Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
Christian ministry happens in a variety of settings, and by people from all walks of life. The master of arts in Christian ministry (MACM) degree program recognizes the expertise that comes with experience and further equips lay leaders and church staff through foundational theological training. This degree will enhance ministry in a variety of vocations, and is designed for students currently serving in ministry. All students are required to maintain active ministerial service throughout the program.
As the most flexible master's degree offered by North Park, the MACM includes courses in core theological disciplines, concentrations in specific ministry areas, and opportunities for discernment around your experience and vocational call. Read the full list of degree outcomes in the NPTS catalog.
The MACM curriculum provides a foundational knowledge of Bible, Christian history, and theology, while encouraging practical application of learning in each student's current ministry setting. The following tools are designed to help you plan your studies:
North Park Theological Seminary prepares women and men for ministry in its many forms, through both academic training and spiritual formation. The evaluative processes throughout your program aid in assessing your progress both academically and spiritually, as well you in your ongoing vocational discernment. You will participate in the following as a student in the MACM program:
- First Week: New students are invited to campus during the week prior to the start of classes to become familiarized with the Seminary community and available resources.
- Vocational Excellence: The Seminary is committed to preparing you both academically and formationally for a call to ministry. All students will participate in the Vocational Excellence field education experience, which includes several assessment pieces. On-campus students should register for this in the first semester.
- Field Education Planning: During your first year, you should meet with the field education faculty to devise a plan to complete your field education requirements throughout your Seminary program. A plan should be in place before you go through the Degree Candidacy evaluation.
- Degree Candidacy: Following the completion of one-third of your degree program, typically in the spring of the first year, you will apply for degree candidacy, helping make sure you are on track in your program.
- Field Education Credits: You should be well under way in your required field education experiences. Contact the Field Education Office if you have any question about fulfilling your requirements.
- End of Studies: At the completion of two-thirds of your degree program, you will begin this evaluation program which will aid in determining your readiness for ministry.
- Graduation: The Seminary Commencement and Consecration Service is a chance for the whole NPTS community to celebrate graduating students and wish them well on their journeys in ministry.