Online Master of Arts in Ministry

Ohio Christian University has developed its Master of Arts with a major in Ministry to enhance the ministry skills of pastors and lay leaders in the local church. The major will prepare students to serve even more effectively in the church and society, whether they are in paid or lay ministry. All courses contribute to the ability to enhance students’ ministry skills. All graduates of this major must be grounded in the Bible, theology, and historical thought and context of the church.

Major Objectives

Upon completion of the major a student should be able to:
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    Demonstrate a deep love for God by continually practicing spiritual disciplines.
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    Analyze Christian theological thinking through the centuries and its effects on the church and culture and the effects of culture and church on Christian theological thinking.
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    Conduct independent research and evaluation of biblical and theological literature and apply knowledge to enhance ministry practices.
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    Analyze situations and choose the proper interventions to help others cope with crises. (Pastoral Care and Counseling)
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    Demonstrate skills in church administration, preaching/ teaching, handling sacraments and rituals, and care giving in the local church. (Practical Theology)
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    Conduct research that leads to enhanced ministry practices.

The Master of Arts with a major in Ministry program is comprised of 34 semester credits: 22 semester credits from the required ministry courses plus 12 semester credits from one of the following concentrations: Practical Theology, Pastoral Care and Counseling, or Sports, Recreation, and Fitness Ministries.

REQUIRED MINISTRY COURSES24 CREDITS

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    This course is an introductory course that will assist the learner in developing the basic skills necessary for success in graduate study. The orientation course is an overview of biblical studies and theology, while building awareness of calling, personal strengths, and graduate writing skills. (Note: This course is the prerequisite for the remaining courses in the program.)
     
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    Undertakes the task of forming pastoral care givers who focus on the value of persons and their relationships, who know the history of pastoral care, the major therapeutic models, and the application of biblical principles to pastoral care and counseling, with the result that they can identify basic human problems and respond appropriately through pastoral care and counseling.
     
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    This course acquaints the students with the results of modern research on the New Testament. It will provide a study of the origin and nature of the New Testament canon with special attention being given to the relationship of the synoptic Gospels, the purpose and integrity of Acts, and the authorship and dates of the epistles.
     
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    Acquaints the student with the results of modern research on the Old Testament. The literary approaches to the biblical material are studied, focusing primarily on the Pentateuch, Isaiah, Daniel, and the Psalms.
     
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    Traces the development of the Church's doctrines from the close of the Apostolic Age through the modern period. Emphasis is given to the development of the ecumenical creeds and to the distinctive doctrines of the Reformation.
     
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    The course provides a fuller understanding of the Wesleyan theological heritage through its spiritual and ideological construction found at the inception of Methodism. This study is intended to offer a critical explanation and evaluation of the origins and development of Methodism's richest resources, while encouraging its adequate communication in preaching, teaching, scholarship, and holy living.
     
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    This course equips students for mission to non-Christian people in contemporary Western society. The course draws on insights from Scripture and the social sciences. Emphasis will be given to understanding the social and cultural influences, attitudes, beliefs, values, and worldviews of people in 'post-modern' and 'post-Christian' America.
     
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    This course will be the culmination of the program incorporating all learning elements. Students will integrate learning as a scholar/practitioner in ministry in the creation of their Personal Credo, their Philosophy of Ministry, and development of a project addressing a real-world problem.
    (Prerequisite: Completion of major courses and/or concentration courses.)

CONCENTRATION COURSES12 CREDITS

Total36 Credit Hours

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