Whether you are already working in a church or mission setting or just starting to plan a career in a ministry role, you need to be able to engage with and lead those you encounter.
The Master of Arts in Church Ministry at Southern Evangelical Seminary prepares you for leadership and ministry with a strong foundation in apologetics, biblical studies, and theology, along with practical field experience. Graduates of this master’s program are prepared for either church or parachurch ministry in the areas of congregational leadership, discipleship, evangelism, missions, Christian education, and more.
An increasing number of churches and ministry jobs require ministers to hold a master’s degree. The Master of Arts in Church Ministry will prepare you for more jobs and open up new possibilities for you to use your gifts and skills.
While many seminaries offer a variety of master’s degrees, there are some specific benefits of the master’s degree programs at SES. These benefits include:
You’ll be learning from faculty who have served as pastors and in other ministry roles. You’ll be able to go beyond textbook knowledge and gain wisdom and insight from their life experiences. Our faculty are also dedicated to getting to know students’ goals and helping them to understand the material in a way that applies to current or future callings.
Our courses integrate theology, philosophy, and apologetics in a way that helps you interact with today’s culture. We live in a world that is crying out for answers to life’s challenges. Whether you’re working in the church, the missions field, or even in a non-ministry profession, you’ve likely encountered people who have questions about love, suffering, grief, and God’s plan. You will learn how to answer those questions, defend the truth of the Scriptures, and reach people from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds.
SES provides a fully immersive digital campus experience where every aspect of traditional education is achieved in a virtual environment. We integrate industry-leading technologies for live-streaming, course management, and student interaction. Our innovative digital campus can deliver the training you need in a way that fits your schedule and budget.
As a Student in the SES Master of Arts in Church Ministry Program, You Will:
Learn the systematic and rational defense of the basic elements of the Christian Faith, including the existence of God, miracles, the deity of Christ, and the inspiration of the Bible.
A comprehensive study of the missio dei theme, the progressive missional role of God’s people in Scripture, as well as the practical implications and principles these streams bring to Christian ministry.
A study of the principles and practices of Christian discipleship as related to the programs of the local church. Learn how to integrate apologetics into discipleship.
If the M.A. in Church Ministry seems like a potential fit for your calling and interests, download a program preview. Inside, you will find:
Southern Evangelical Seminary offers a simple, four-step application process. Prospective students can apply online, submit a personal statement, provide official transcripts, and pay a nonrefundable application fee to be considered for admission. Read more about our application process, deadlines, and tuition.
Individuals who enroll at SES have many different goals, but one thing in common: a desire to strengthen their grounding in core issues to glorify God. If you are looking to more clearly articulate truth and teach others with confidence, you’ll find invaluable community at SES. Our faculty and staff invest in each student’s journey, and like-minded peers help sharpen each other along the way. These meaningful relationships will be critical to your personal growth and ability to defend your faith in an ever-changing world.
There is much more to share with you. You can start right now by downloading our e-book, 3 Reasons for Seminary.
PREREQUISITE COURSE – 3 hours Pass/Fail
SM501 Writing & Research Skills (3)
APOLOGETICS – 6 hours
AP501 Introduction to Christian Apologetics (3)
AP502 New Religious Movements (3)
BIBLICAL STUDIES – 12 hours
OT501 Old Testament Survey 1: Genesis–Esther (3)
OT502 Old Testament Survey 2: Job–Malachi (3)
NT501 New Testament Survey 1: Gospels & Acts (3)
NT502 New Testament Survey 2: Epistles & Revelation (3)
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – 6 hours
CE501 Educational Program of the Church (3)
CE502 Discipleship (3)
HISTORICAL THEOLOGY – 3 hours
HT501 Historical Theology: A Survey (3)
MISSIONS & EVANGELISM – 6 hours
ME507 History of Missions & World Christianity (3)
ME508 Biblical Theology & Principles of Missions (3)
PASTORAL THEOLOGY – 3 hours
PT501 Homiletics or PT502 Pastoral Care
or PT503 Biblical Counseling (3)
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY – 15 hours
ST501 Prolegomena & Bibliology (3)
ST502 Theology Proper & Creation (3)
ST503 Hamartiology & Soteriology (3)
ST504 Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, & Eschatology (3)
ST505 Hermeneutics (3)
ELECTIVE – 9 hours
From CE, ME, or PT
FIELD EXPERIENCE – 0 hours
FE501 Field Experience 1 (0)
FE502 Field Experience 2 (0)
TOTAL HOURS: 60 hours