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MA Degree – Major in Pastoral Ministry

The major in the Master of Arts degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.


Purpose of the Major

To enhance an appreciation for Christian ministry through gaining competence in biblical interpretation and theological reflection.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will formulate a philosophy of ministry that addresses biblical and theological foundations; personal assumptions about pastoral care, the work and organization of the church, and pastoral leadership; and cultural implications.
  2. Learners will evaluate various practices in church and ministry as to their effectiveness and biblical soundness.
  3. Learners will create models of ministry that address current cultures and biblical foundations.
  4. Learners will apply sound leadership theory and practice to the multiplicity of church experience.

Major Core Studies – 18 Credits

Major Core Studies form 18 credits of the 33 credits minimum for the MA degree Major in Pastoral Ministry.

  • CE 550 Spiritual Formation and Christian Discipleship
  • EP 695 Contemporary Preaching
  • BS 518 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • PM 541 Theology of Ministry
  • AD 504 Effective Communication for Leadership
  • PM 659 Strategies for Personal Evangelism

Program Structure – 33 Credits Minimum

  • RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
  • General Electives – 12 credits
  • M.A. Core Studies – 3 credits
  • Major Core Studies – 18 credits

A minimum of 18 credits must be earned at Trinity.

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