Are you passionate about seeing people transformed spiritually? Do you have a desire to both deepen your personal knowledge and understanding of Scripture while gaining practical tools for the everyday reality of ministry?
PLNU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) program is designed with the student in mind. By combining a strong ministry component with rigorous academics, PLNU’s MACM is ideal for both practicing and aspiring pastors and other ministry leaders.
Within the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program, you will be equipped and empowered to be a strong leader whose preaching and teaching impact the lives around you. Develop a better understanding of how to lead a missional church and how Wesleyan theology can inform your contemporary ministry.
The program is designed to accommodate students who live at a distance (often in ministry assignments). Courses are offered in eight-week quads, including one intensive week per semester (or three times per year). There is also a Distance Exception Policy that allows those who live more than fifty miles from PLNU’s Point Loma campus to complete the degree online without having to attend in-person classes on campus. The curriculum has a strong emphasis on both academic rigor and practical ministry.
The degree is designed around four central emphases, which are highlighted in the core courses:
- Christian Formation
- Christian Scripture
- Church in Mission
- Christian Tradition
Each of these courses is paired with a course that focuses on application in local ministry.
After completing the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry program, students will be able to:
- Incorporate Christian formation in the local congregation and the life of the minister.
- Interpret Scripture especially as related to preaching and teaching in the local church.
- Explain the nature, mission, and social context of the church, especially as related to ecclesial practices and leadership in the local congregation in the local congregation.
- Analyze theology, ethics, and church history, especially as related to the Wesleyan tradition and contemporary ministry.
Master of Divinity
As part of Nazarene Theological Seminary’s Multi-Campus Seminary initiative, you can now take NTS coursework at PLNU toward the completion of a Master of Divinity degree. PLNU Master of Arts in Christian Ministry units may also be transferred into the NTS M.Div.
PLNU's Master of Arts in Christian Ministry curriculum covers partial educational requirements for ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.