Master of Ministry
Clarks Summit University
Clarks Summit University offers a Master of Ministry degree for students and members of a church or other professionals who want to act in a leadership role in a church or other religious organization. Students will learn about theology and the study of religion, as well as develop practical skills to utilize in their role in the ministry. The program offers specializations in church education, church planting, global ministry, organizational leadership, outreach pastoring, pastoral counseling, pastoral leadership, worship ministries leadership, or youth pastoring.
The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Classes include: pastoral counseling, revitalizing the plateaued church, philosophy of youth ministries leadership, methods of teaching and communication in the church, leading in active learning ministry environments, family ministries in the church, launching and growing a missional church, and more.
Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate effective preparation for Christian ministry and leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings, to demonstrate ability to use the biblical text and theological and historical studies to enrich the spiritual life of others, to understand the means by which one may grow morally and spiritually, and by which one may lead others in positive spiritual formation in the likeness of Jesus Christ, and to develop the scholarly, theological, and reflective foundation that will provide the basis for further advanced studies.
Degree Level: Master
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The original Clarks Summit University campus began as an undergraduate school in 1932 in Johnson City, NY. Growth demanded a new campus, and in 1968 the campus relocated to Clarks Summit, PA. The Seminary program began in the 1970s, followed by the introduction of graduate studies in 1989. The private, not-for-profit college awards degrees ranging from a one-year Bible certificate and Associate’s degrees to Master’s and Doctorate programs. Clarks Summit University supports a mission focused on the "excellence in biblical higher education for effectiveness in global Christian leadership."
While students have the opportunity to complete on-campus degrees, the institution also promotes the Online Bible College, along with the Online Graduate and Online Seminary schools offering distance education. Through the Online Bible College, students can pursue degrees in Bible and worldview studies. Through BBC Online Graduate Studies, students can complete master's degrees in fields such as education, counseling, and Bible. Other graduate degrees may be earned in hybrid formats.
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