McAfee to Offer a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Beginning this summer, the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will offer a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. The degree is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to deepen their ministry without pursuing a full-time Master of Divinity.

The degree can be completed in two years and is ideal for bi-vocational and part-time ministers, ministers with undergraduate ministerial education, lay leaders and professionals from other disciplines seeking to broaden their competencies.

“The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry was designed for lay ministers, mid-career and part-time students,” said Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, dean of McAfee. “It offers the core of the Master of Divinity program, without the requirements in Greek and Hebrew. We think it’s going to be an attractive degree for students seeking a theology education who cannot devote full-time to an academic program.”

The degree will help students develop the general theological understanding required as a basis for local church ministries while nurturing the practical abilities and skills needed in that setting.  It consists of 56 credit hours in such courses as New and Old Testament, church history, ethics, leadership, evangelism and mission, and spiritual formation.

In addition, the degree allows for the transfer of up to 14 master’s-level hours from another accredited seminary. For more information, contact the McAfee admissions office at or (678) 547-6474.

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