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Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (MAPM)


The Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (MAPM) is a professionally oriented degree that equips students for leadership and service in Christian ministries which ordinarily do not require ordination. It provides an integrated curriculum of foundational studies especially focusing on the Bible and the practice of ministry. The degree requires 36 credit hours. Students may take an additional 12 credit hours to expand their foundational knowledge or add a concentration in a specialized area of ministry.

Program Director

Gore, R. J.

Professor of Systematic Theology
Dean Emeritus
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MAPM Curriculum

36 Hours

  • BI 501 Bible Survey = 3 hs * * Required in one of the first three semesters of studies.
    or BI 080 Bible Challenge Exam = 0 hs * * Required in one of the first three semesters of studies.
  • BI 502 Principles of Exegesis * * Required in one of the first three semesters of studies.
  • PM 502 Christian Vocation and Transformation
  • OT 501 Old Testament I
  • OT 502 Old Testament II
  • NT 601 New Testament I
  • NT 602 New Testament II
  • Bible elective
  • CH 551 Survey of Church History
  • ST 551 Survey of Systematic Theology
  • PM 705 Supervised Ministry
  • Ministry elective
  • Ministry elective

48 Hours

  • PM 608 Pastoral Care and Counseling (required) CE 505 Christian Education (required)
  • PM 570 Ministry Throughout the Life Cycle CE 713 Teaching the Bible (required)
  • PM 715 Family Ministries PM 715 Family Ministries
  • CO 580 Family and Marriage Counseling PM 720 Children and the Church
  • PM 774 Clinical Pastoral Education I PM 725 Youth Ministry
  • PM 775 Clinical Pastoral Education II
  • CE 505 Christian Education (required)
  • CE 713 Teaching the Bible (required)
  • PM 715 Family Ministries
  • PM 720 Children and the Church
  • PM 725 Youth Ministry
  • PM 733 Effective Ministry with Adults
  • PM 507 Evangelism (required)
  • ST 780 Apologetics and World Religions (required)
  • MS 775 Islam in the West
  • PM 745 Church Planting and Renewal
  • PM 786 The African American Church
  • PM 742 Developing the Missional Church
  • PM 610 Intro to Chaplaincy (required)
  • ET 711 Christian Ethics (required)
  • CE 551 Spiritual Formation
  • CE 750 Promoting Spiritual Growth
  • PM 507 Evangelism
Program Requirements
  • Admission
    Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution with an acceptable grade point average. (See “Admissions” for details.)
  • Graduation
    Students must complete 36 hours of coursework with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain in good standing and maintain eligibility for financial aid. The program may be completed in as little as two years of full-time study. Students must normally complete the program within six years.

Student Learning Outcomes

In dependence upon the grace of God, Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (MAPM) graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate (both orally and in writing) the essential biblical, theological, historical, cultural, and ministerial concepts necessary for a lifetime of learning and effectiveness in their various callings and ministries. (Articulation and Essentials)
  2. Interpret the Bible within its canonical and historical contexts and apply the message of the Bible to contemporary life and to their ministry contexts, while drawing upon the Church’s theological and historical heritage (Interpretation and Application)
  3. Discuss graciously the essentials of evangelical Christianity and the Reformed theological tradition within the contexts of diverse ecclesiologies, contemporary cultures, and global Christianity. (Evangelical and Reformed)
  4. Identify contemporary issues in the Church and the world and demonstrate the ability to theologically evaluate and pastorally address those issues. (Theological and Pastoral Integration)
  5. Demonstrate love for Jesus Christ and growth in sanctification toward personal, relational, and spiritual maturity appropriate to their vocational callings and ministry contexts. (Sanctification)
  6. Demonstrate competence for faithful and effective Christian leadership, teaching, and pastoral care within the Church and to the world. (Christian Leadership)
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