Master of Arts in Christian Ministries: Course Descriptions

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries degree is a three-year 48-credit hour practical ministries, distance education degree designed to enhance the work you are already doing in ministry, without relocation. Courses are hybrid, combining both online courses and 1-2 intensive on-campus residencies each year.

Courses are offered in the following areas:

  • Christian Ministries (15 credit hours)
  • Biblical Studies (15 credit hours)
  • Church History and Christian Theology (12 credit hours)
  • Spiritual Formation/Mentored Ministry Experience (6 credit hours)

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Money and Ministry

sweeneyMost seminaries emphasize programs that prepare their students for preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, but do far less when it comes to church administration. And even if they offer courses in administration, there is almost nothing in place to prepare ministers to provide financial leadership in their churches.

Emmanuel has decided to do something about it, offering an online course called Money and Ministry, taught by Dr. Mike Sweeney. Dr. Sweeney typically teaches in the areas of World Mission and New Testament, but has many years of administrative experience, both on the mission field and as a past president of Emmanuel. In addition to developing a theological perspective on money, students will learn skills in interpreting financial statements, developing budgets, and raising funds, as well as learn how the IRS looks at those of us in ministry differently from anyone else. All exercises and examples are from actual churches (although with their names changed and the data altered somewhat to provide learning opportunities).

So, whether you are in the MACM or MDiv program, or even if you are someone in ministry who feels the need to develop yourself in this area and wants to take the course outside of a degree program, think about signing up for CMA 7920, Money and Ministry. Look at it as a wise investment for the future.

*Can be taken as one of the Christian Ministries requirements in the MACM

Ministry Team Dynamics and Leadership

mike_crullVirtually all ministry these days is team ministry, and few people have more experience working with the complexities of team ministry than Dr. Mike Crull. Originally coming out of the business world, Mike joined TCM International in 1990 and because their European Vice President. He joined the staff of East 91st St. Christian Church in 2010 to become their Executive Pastor. In 2014, he moved to Northview Church to be the Operations Pastor for their many campuses. In the midst of all that, he completed his Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and his Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.. Mike is a obviously a master of multitasking! But all of this has led to great experience in leading ministry teams.

When we were considering whom to ask to teach a course on team ministry, Mike was at the top of our list. This course is fully online and will help the student develop the skills, attitudes, values, and theological perspectives that will lead to productive ministries as a part of a team. Students learn what it takes to make a team work, including planning, setting goals, training, and conflict resolution. Throughout the course, students will put these skills and attitudes into practice as they work in teams to fulfill the course requirements.

This course provides great preparation for anyone heading into ministry, be it with a local congregation or a part of a mission team on the other side of the world.

*Can be taken as one of the Christian Ministries requirements in the MACM

Christian Tradition and Mission

blowers1CH 5017 Christian Tradition and Mission is a comprehensive introduction to the panorama of the historical emergence of Christianity, its consolidation as a faith tradition, the major phases and developments in the worldwide growth of the Church.  Along the way, we analyze the major factors in the self-definition of “normative” Christianity, and the defining theological standards and practices that have shaped Christian identity.  We survey as well the major strands of the Christian Tradition (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant) and their distinctive character.  An important component is the “contextualization” of Christianity through very different historical and cultural contexts, leading into our own time.  The course presupposes that mission is itself a part of the core tradition of Christianity.  The “delivery” of the course is primarily through video PowerPoint lectures and the reading of electronic texts.  The course includes online postings on various themes (Discussion Forum format), a paper submitted electronically; a group project; and two online exams.

Mentored Ministry Experience

dr.-gary-selbyThe Mentored Ministry Experience is designed to provide students with a “theory into practice” experience where they explore connections between their academic work and their ministry, and where they process and reflect on the shape and direction of their ministry. Supervised by Dr. Gary Selby, students engage with a “conversation partner” in a series of guided conversations over the course of a semester.

As a result of your participation in this experience, you should be able to:

  • Explore the ways that your coursework has impacted how you understand and practice ministry;
  • Identify and demonstrate competency in specific skills appropriate to your chosen area of ministry; and
  • Articulate positive qualities and particular skills that you bring to ministry, as well as the areas of personal life or ministry skill where you need to grow.

Additionally, the Mentored Ministry Experience is intended to encourage you to develop the life-long practice of engaging in this kind of supportive partnership after you have completed your time at Emmanuel.

Exegesis of Philippians

NTS 6107. An exegetical examination of Paul’s letter to the Philippians based on a grammatical, socio-rhetorical, and theological reading of the English text. We seek to understand the complexities and richness of Paul’s proclamation and moral reasoning, Paul’s pastoral style, and the believing community that developed in Philippi in response to Paul’s preaching, teaching, and leadership. Attention to the social-historical background, informed by rhetoric and Hellenistic moral patterns, will highlight discussions of friendship, joy, partnership, contentment, and Christology.

Prerequisites: BIBL 5007, NTS 5107. Three semester hours.

Curriculum Development for Teaching

CME 6027. Curriculum Design and Teaching for Ministry

This course will examine and utilize educational theories that assist in the formation, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum by the practice of creating curricular materials. Specifically, this course will assist students in understanding that Christian education is not limited to Sunday school or small groups and that curriculum is more than printed supplies purchased from publishing companies. Students will come to appreciate that the curriculum can be found in classrooms, hallways, living rooms, coffee shops, and street corners. Though this is true, the ability to design curricular materials for specific settings will be an important skill. Additionally, students will learn to assess and modify curricular materials so they might be used in conjunction with the educational goals and learning objectives/outcomes of a ministry or institution. Three semester hours.

*Can be taken as one of the Christian Ministries requirements in the MACM