Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Ministry Practice degree offered by Bethel University in Minnesota is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. This program aims to prepare its students for associate ministry roles in churches or parachurches, such as associate pastor, pastor of community life, pastor of discipleship, pastor of small groups, college ministry, or youth ministry. The curriculum of this program aims to provide students with practical ministry training that is shaped by a firm grounding in biblical and theological reflection. An objective of this program is to provide students with biblical and theological framework for ministry practice and to familiarize students with emerging theoretical and research methodologies in the field of ministry studies. Students should also learn to promote the awareness of ethical and theological issues that are relevant to ministry praxis.

This program strives to help students acquire the capacity and skills for effective ministry practice within the scope of a specific area of ministry. Students are offered the opportunity to gain intercultural competencies through various ministries of the local church, broader community, and the global arena. The Ministry Practice program also intends to help students understand the best practices of ministry through the integration of biblical knowledge and personal and spiritual formation into ministry practice with diverse populations.

This program requires its students to take and complete 51 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Ministry Practice. The core requirements include: Hermeneutics, Church History, New Testament Survey, and Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations. The degree specific courses include: Global, Cultural, and Contextual Ministry, Intro to Transformational Leadership, and Intro to Spiritual and Personal Formation. Students also have the opportunity to choose either the Congregational Leadership Concentration (available only to Traditional and Evening students) and Converge School of Church Leadership.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1871, John Alexis Edgren began Baptist Union Theological Seminary in Chicago to prepare pastors for the ministry of Swedish Baptist immigrants. After the turn of the century, the school relocated to St. Paul and expanded to offer four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College and Seminary. As the school progressed forward, new programs and campus locations were established. In 2004, the school transitioned into Bethel University. Today, retaining its Christian-based vision, the private, not-for-profit Bethel University main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional facilities at San Diego and along the East Coast.

    Bethel University supports goals of adult students seeking associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs. In order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, accelerated programs are offered online, in the evenings, or on weekends. The Graduate School at Bethel University awards master’s and doctorate degrees, along with certificate and license programs. Students progress through accelerated formats that incorporate faith values. Classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends in addition to other campus locations and online. 

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