Ministry and Leadership Program

Master of Arts in Practical Ministry 2 Emphases

Program Core and Emphasis

The Master of Arts in Practical Ministry (MAPM) degree provides the student with a practical approach to the application of Scripture and theology across various ministry disciplines. Emphasis is placed on the basic knowledge and skills necessary to engage in effective study, teaching, or pastoral care. 

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This Master of Arts degree is appropriate for lay ministers and full-time ministers. There are two possible tracks, one for study and teaching, and the other for the work of pastoral care or chaplaincy. The program may also provide an academic foundation for further graduate training, ministry credentials, or for transitioning from lay to professional ministry.

Overview

Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Practical Ministry

Accredited Degree Program

  • At least a bachelor’s degree or educational equivalent from an accredited school (a master’s degree from an accredited school will substitute for a bachelor’s degree)
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on undergraduate work
  • Applicants who are not native English language speakers must demonstrate English proficiency

Required Application Documents 

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application form (including an applicable resume or CV)
  • Official college transcripts
  • A personal essay
  • Two recommendation forms:
    • One recommendation from an overseeing pastor, board member, or similar position
    • One recommendation from a peer
  • A copy of a government-issued photo identification card

Personal and Professional Development

Personal enrichment students may take classes on a credit/no-credit basis. Courses taken may not be applied to a degree program.

Prerequisites:

  • No scholastic prerequisites 
  • Must be at least 18 years old

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application form 
  • Personal Statement (on the application form)

Transcript Evaluation for Foreign Students

Students whose previous education did not take place in the United States will need to work with the WES (World Education Services) to have their educational experience evaluated. For information on the evaluation process refer to the World Education Services website.

Core Program Goals

The Master of Arts program is designed to:

  • Provide students with a biblical and theological foundation for ministry.
  • Develop research and analytical skills for ongoing biblical and theological studies.
  • Develop communication skills necessary for the ministry.
  • Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, growth, and ministry.

Core Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Arts degree program, students will be able to:

  • Apply the biblical and theological foundations for ministry into their chosen area of service and leadership.
  • Understand and practice disciplines to develop spiritual character.
  • Utilize research methods to study and apply Christian truths in lay or full-time ministry settings.

Tuition

MA in Practical Ministry: (Total Program Cost)

Tuition ($550 x 36 credits)

$

19,800

Textbook costs ($100 per course estimate) *

$

1,200

Program total cost

$

21,000

*Students may purchase textbooks from the vendor of their choice. Therefore, the cost listed above is only the best estimate.

The program length is 24-months. Students can choose the following payment method:

  1. Pay annually, will enjoy a 3% tuition deduction
  2. Pay monthly, there will be an additional 3% processing fee

 

Program Emphasis

The MAPM program offers two tracks or emphases:

  1. Jewish Foundations of the New Testament (36 units)
  2. Care of Souls (36 units)

Both emphases share the same core curriculum of seven courses; five additional courses are specific to each emphasis.

Unit Requirements

The Master of Arts degree is a two-year program consisting of 36 units (semester hours). Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry coursework, you will complete a Written Comprehensive Exam.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Master of Arts degree in Practical Ministry the student will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Successfully complete all courses in the degree program.
  • Complete and pass the written comprehensive exam.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.
Emphasis

MAPM - Jewish Foundations of the New Testament

The MAPM study track in Jewish Foundations of the New Testament is designed to give the student an understanding of the biblical and cultural backgrounds of Jesus, His disciples, and the early New Testament church.

Emphasis Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Analyze the New Testament writings in light of their authorship, audience, and their historical/cultural backgrounds.
  • Understand and describe the Jewish foundations of Christianity.
  • Apply the theological, cultural, and devotional understanding of the New Testament to life and the practice of ministry.

Course List

Core Courses (21 units)

GS 501 – Theological Research and Writing

Theological Research and Writing will prepare students for research and writing requirements of future Shiloh University course work. This course will equip students with biblical and theological resources and will teach them how to utilize online tools for cataloging these resources. The students will learn various types and approaches to biblical and theological research; they will also learn how to write a research paper. The course includes a review of basic grammar in preparation for writing research papers, for future studies in the biblical languages, and for the process of biblical exegesis.

MT 501 – Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation presents a study of various spiritual disciplines that help foster the spiritual formation of a Christian believer. Each discipline will be studied through the lens of the Scriptures, the course textbook by Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, and additional readings that provide a strong foundation for spiritual formation. While the disciplines in themselves are not an end result, they can facilitate an exposure to God that brings transformation and spiritual maturity.

MT 505 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation provides an overview of the historical and cultural background and the literary genres of the Bible as a foundation for the study of Scripture. The student will study the integration of history, literature, and theology to ensure a proper interpretation of the Bible. The student will gain insights into the various genres of Old and New Testament literature and the best guidelines to interpret each type. This course will explore various applications of these truths.

NT 501 – Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament is a study of the background, content, and basic themes presented in the New Testament documents. Our purpose is to come to an understanding of the message of the New Testament that will provide a basis for personal growth and an ability to explain the Scriptures to others. We will become familiar with the main themes of each of the books of the New Testament. In addition, woven into the class is our study of importance.

OT 501 – Introduction to the Old Testament

Introduction to the Old Testament is a study of the background, content, and basic themes presented in the Old Testament documents. The purpose of this course is to help the student interact with the message of the Old Testament as a basis for personal growth and to give the student the ability to explain the Scriptures to others. We will become familiar with the main themes of each of the books of the Old Testament. Woven into the class is a study of important background issues and theological themes. These include the role of archeology in the study of the Old Testament, the geographical importance of the land of Israel, the role of covenant in the story of the nation of Israel, and the preparation of the world for the coming of Jesus the King.

TH 501 – Theology 1

Theology 1 introduces students to theological thinking that begins in the life of God, is witnessed to in the Bible, and articulated in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as sent from His Father. We will discuss the nature of humanity created in God’s image but afflicted with sin and needing God’s restorative work. The student will learn to think out of the life of God witnessed to in the Bible and
made evident in the revelation of Jesus Christ, as well as to discern inadequate presentations, all in order to serve God in the life of the church and world.

TH 502 – Theology 2

Theology 2 continues the task of theological thinking that begins in the life of God. We will explore the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the place of Scripture in theological thinking, the life of the Christian in response to God, the life of the church, and the direction in which the Triune God is moving history. The student will learn to think out of the life of God witnessed to in the Bible to
discern inadequate presentations, all in order to serve God in the life of the Christian Church and the world.

Jewish Foundations of the New Testament (15 units)

JS301 – Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought

Exploring Jewish Prayer, Practices, and Thought is a serious attempt to provide students with a broad understanding and appreciation of Jewish Law, Jewish Prayer, and Jewish Ethics. Using a varied selection of books, the course follows the weekly Torah Readings, enabling participants to experience in real-time the Jewish calendar.

JS 503 – Jewish Foundations of Christianity

Jewish Foundations of Christianity graduate-level course examines an unexplored, misunderstood, yet vital subject. Christian roots are deeply rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures, as well as the religion, culture, and history of the Jewish people. The course seeks to enhance participants’ understanding of the emergence, development and spread of Christianity from Judaism. Explore the complex relationship between the two religions, major traditional Jewish themes, and theologies that influenced the religious life of the early church. The class explores the history of Judaism during the Second Temple period, the Abrahamic covenant, and its relation to the New Testament and the early church. In addition, major ideological conflicts of Jesus, his disciples, and the early church with religious Jewish leaders, the faith and life of the first Messianic Jews, and religious celebrations preserved by the church will also be discussed.

JS 511 – Second Temple Judaism

Second Temple Judaism will explore the history and literature of the Second Temple Judaism within the context of changing political powers (516 BCE–70 CE). The students will examine the theological diversity of Second Temple Judaism as reflected in the primary sources, including Apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, Philo, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus Flavius, apocalyptic texts, sapiential literature, and proto-rabbinic corpora. The primary readings will be analyzed with the aid of contemporary tools and methodologies. This course will also discuss the Jewish framework of the New Testament and its reflection of early Jewish customs and beliefs.

NT 513 – Jewish Background of the Parables

Jewish Background of the Parables offers a study of the parables of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels and early non-canonical literature from a Jewish literary and historical perspective. Special attention is given to parallel parables in the Hebrew Bible and rabbinical literature. This course also surveys different methods of interpreting Jesus’s parables. Then a free model which draws on the best insights of each method is applied to each parable in the Gospels. Conclusions are drawn concerning the theology and significance of Jesus’s teaching with consideration given to the present-day application.

OT 502 – Historical Geography of Israel

In Historical Geography of Israel, the students will learn about the geographic regions of Israel and how the geography affected the lives of peoples who lived there in biblical times. The student will study the context of the surrounding regions and civilizations that played a huge role in the history of the Promised Land. There will also be an opportunity to apply historical and geographical information to selected biblical texts and stories.

Total for the program – 36 Units

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry coursework, the student will complete a Written Comprehensive Exam.

Emphasis

MAPM - Care of Souls

The MAPM study track in Care of Souls is designed to assist the student in deepening their understanding and skills in the biblical care of souls.

Emphasis Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Apply the principles of pastoral care, biblical counseling, and crisis counseling to various ministry settings.
  • Exhibit the character of Christ in caring for those needing pastoral or chaplaincy care.

Online Course List

Core Courses (21 units)

GS 501 – Theological Research and Writing

Theological Research and Writing will prepare students for research and writing requirements of future Shiloh University course work. This course will equip students with biblical and theological resources and will teach them how to utilize online tools for cataloging these resources. The students will learn various types and approaches to biblical and theological research; they will also learn how to write a research paper. The course includes a review of basic grammar in preparation for writing research papers, for future studies in the biblical languages, and for the process of biblical exegesis.

MT 501 – Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation presents a study of various spiritual disciplines that help foster the spiritual formation of a Christian believer. Each discipline will be studied through the lens of the Scriptures, the course textbook by Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, and additional readings that provide a strong foundation for spiritual formation. While the disciplines in themselves are not an end result, they can facilitate an exposure to God that brings transformation and spiritual maturity.

MT 505 – Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation provides an overview of the historical and cultural background and the literary genres of the Bible as a foundation for the study of Scripture. The student will study the integration of history, literature, and theology to ensure a proper interpretation of the Bible. The student will gain insights into the various genres of Old and New Testament literature and the best guidelines to interpret each type. This course will explore various applications of these truths.

NT 501 – Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament is a study of the background, content, and basic themes presented in the New Testament documents. Our purpose is to come to an understanding of the message of the New Testament that will provide a basis for personal growth and an ability to explain the Scriptures to others. We will become familiar with the main themes of each of the books of the New Testament. In addition, woven into the class is our study of importance.

OT 501 – Introduction to the Old Testament

Introduction to the Old Testament is a study of the background, content, and basic themes presented in the Old Testament documents. The purpose of this course is to help the student interact with the message of the Old Testament as a basis for personal growth and to give the student the ability to explain the Scriptures to others. We will become familiar with the main themes of each of the books of the Old Testament. Woven into the class is a study of important background issues and theological themes. These include the role of archeology in the study of the Old Testament, the geographical importance of the land of Israel, the role of covenant in the story of the nation of Israel, and the preparation of the world for the coming of Jesus the King.

TH 501 – Theology 1

Theology 1 introduces students to theological thinking that begins in the life of God, is witnessed to in the Bible, and articulated in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ as sent from His Father. We will discuss the nature of humanity created in God’s image but afflicted with sin and needing God’s restorative work. The student will learn to think out of the life of God witnessed to in the Bible and
made evident in the revelation of Jesus Christ, as well as to discern inadequate presentations, all in order to serve God in the life of the church and world.

TH 502 – Theology 2

Theology 2 continues the task of theological thinking that begins in the life of God. We will explore the person and work of the Holy Spirit, the place of Scripture in theological thinking, the life of the Christian in response to God, the life of the church, and the direction in which the Triune God is moving history. The student will learn to think out of the life of God witnessed to in the Bible to
discern inadequate presentations, all in order to serve God in the life of the Christian Church and the world.

Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy (15 units)

MT 511 – Principles of Spiritual Care

Principles of Spiritual Care provides a biblical Trinitarian foundation for Christian counseling and ministry. It explores the “why” behind the “what” and “how.” This course will explore how the understanding of God as a “being in relations” impacts spiritual care and ministry. This course will develop a theological basis for spiritual care.

MT 513 – Practical Crisis Counseling

Practical Crisis Counseling will present some of the basic historical, theological, spiritual, and practical foundations for crisis counseling. The functional, pragmatic, and philosophical aspects of crisis counseling will be covered as well. This class will be focused on the practical application of learned principles and behavior in the participant’s unique situations. The goal is that students will gain real-life applications in the local church and other ministry settings.

MT 514 – Pastoral Counseling for Recovery and Restoration

Pastoral Counseling for Recovery and Restoration will introduce the student to pastoral support in the pursuit of recovery related to relation-based issues for individuals, relationships, and those coping with life’s challenges. We will begin to explore what it means to be created as persons in relationship and explore how dysfunction arises from several factors, including a lack of understanding, trauma, loss, pain, or self-medication. We will survey the symptoms of relational breakdowns as they present themselves in a variety of addictions, divorces, and family breakdowns. We will attempt to articulate what a healthy relationship entails, how it becomes dysfunctional, and explore the first steps towards
recovery and support. This course explores beyond the objective study of a subject. It will require self-reflection, empathetic engagement with other persons, and an honest and vulnerable investigation of what it means to understand yourself and others in the midst of challenging relationships.

MT 523 – Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation

Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation addresses current issues that face the Church today. This course engages pastors in practical means by which they can facilitate ministry to the victims of injustice, racial harmony, and social justice in their church and community. In a world of separatism, sectarianism, and secularism, this course will examine the Church’s call to reconciliation. Given that people are both sinners and victims of sin and injustice, this course theologically addresses the sinned against, discusses the ways in which the Holy Spirit ministers healing and justice, and offers practical tools that will help pastors to compassionately minister to the unique pastoral care needs of the sinned against within the context of a safe and healing church community.

MT 526 – Christian Counseling Ethics

Christian Counseling Ethics provides a framework for the practice of Kingdom ethics in counseling from a biblical worldview. This course examines how to serve those in need of healing and spiritual care in a professional, ethical manner in the practice of counseling and spiritual care. Such knowledge is intended to promote a commitment to the ethical practice of ministry.

Total for the program – 36 Units

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Practical Ministry coursework, the student will complete a Written Comprehensive Exam.

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