Ohio Christian University has developed its Master of Arts with a major in Ministry to enhance the ministry skills of pastors and lay leaders in the local church. The program will prepare students to serve even more effectively in the church and society, whether they are in paid or lay ministry.
The Master of Arts with a major in Ministry program consists of a core requirement (8 courses) and concentrations (Practical Theology or Pastoral Care and Counseling), each consisting of 4 courses. All courses contribute to the ability to enhance students’ ministry skills. All graduates of this program must be grounded in the Bible, theology, and historical thought and context of the church.
Upon completion of the graduate program a student should be able to:
- Demonstrate a deep love for God by continually practicing spiritual disciplines.
- Analyze Christian theological thinking through the centuries and its effects on the church and culture and the effects of culture and church on Christian theological thinking.
- Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.
- Analyze situations and choose the proper interventions to help others cope with crises. (Pastoral Care and Counseling)
- Demonstrate skills in church administration, preaching/teaching, handling sacraments and rituals, and care giving in the local church. (Practical Theology)
- Conduct research that leads to enhanced ministry practices.