Curriculum and Program Requirements

North Park's MACF is designed to equip men and women for leadership in formation ministries within congregations and communities. The degree focuses on Christian formation as understood through foundational subjects. The core degree is 48 credits; an additional 12 credits may be completed by individuals who anticipate seeking Ordination to Word and Service in the Evangelical Covenant Church. View the full list of degree outcomes in the Seminary catalog.

This degree can be completed in two years, although students may choose to extend the program based on their family needs and community involvement.

Please note: 17 credit hours are required in residence at the main campus.

Bible, 12 credit hours

  • BIBL 5150 Interpreting the New Testament I
  • BIBL 5151 Interpreting the New Testament II
  • BIBL 6120 Interpreting the Old Testament I
  • BIBL 6121 Interpreting the Old Testament II

History, 3 credit hours

HSTY 6210 Christian Tradition and MIssion Theology, 3 credit hours THEO 6330 Christian Theology

Spiritual Formation, 3 credit hours

The spiritual formation sequence seeks to integrate the ongoing spiritual and academic dimensions of the seminary experience in order to facilitate conscious growth in personal and corporate spiritual life.

  • SPFM 5201 Spiritual Journey
  • SPFM 5202 Spiritual Practices
  • SPFM Elective

Foundations in Christian Ministry, 9 credit hours

  • CEDF 7200 Christian Education and Formation in the Church
  • MNST 5108 Ministry Identity and Practice
  • THEO 7203 Christian Worship

Christian Education and Formation and Ministry Electives, 15 credit hours

You must take a combination of Christian education and formation (CEDF) and ministry (MNST) courses, with at least one three-credit course from each field.

General Electives, 3 credit hours

Field Education, 7 credits

You are required to complete 3 field education credits in addition to the 36 academic credit hours required for your degree:

Graduation Requirements

The master of arts in Christian formation is awarded to students meeting the following requirements:

  1. Completion of a Bible exam and psychological evaluation; successful completion of the End of Studies evaluation.
  2. The completion of 48 semester hours of academic course work, plus 7 Field Education credit hours.
  3. A grade point average of 2.5 must be maintained. No grade under C- shall be counted toward the degree.
  4. Exemplification of a quality of life and commitment suitable for ministry.

More information on these requirements is available in the North Park Theological Seminary catalog.