The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries (MAPM) combines the study of theology and the Bible with proven principles and best practices for effectiveness in pastoral ministry. This concentration is especially designed to meet the needs of those who feel called to serve as a lead pastor or in another pastoral ministry position in a local church setting. Church leaders and elders who serve in a variety of leadership roles will also find benefit in this program and become better prepared to equip others for ministry.
One of the crying needs in our country today is for healthy and growing local churches that equip believers to love God and others by living missionally, thinking globally, and worshiping wholeheartedly. A healthy local church is a blessing to any community and to the individuals and families who live in it. Students in the MAPM program will learn how to lead a congregation to greater health and growth, helping them to foster positive change, shepherd God's flock while equipping others for ministry, build bridges effectively to the community and world, and serve others faithfully while maintaining their own personal spiritual vitality.
Additional Benefits of the MA in Pastoral Ministries:
- Complete program in only 2 years (4 semesters), a total of 36 credit hours!
- 100% online - so students can further their education wherever they go!
- Affordably priced – with Graduate Leadership Scholarships available!
- Accredited - through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and regional candidacy through the Higher Learning Commission!
Director: Derek Brown, Ph.D.Derek Brown, in addition to his directorships, serves as the Professor of Pastoral Ministry and the chair of the Pastoral Ministry department, as well as College Chaplain. In addition to his credentials in theology, biblical studies, and ecclesiology, Derek is also a scholar of organizational and leadership theory. While his main research focus is Quaker pastoral theology and ecclesiology, he also enjoys researching the broader interplay of theology and culture, as well as the growing field of leadership studies.
MAO501: Orientation (0) – This is a one-week course designed to introduce students to the graduate program at Barclay College, including: classmates, course instructors, the mechanics of the online portal and discussion forum, and the academic rigors of graduate studies.
Theology Core (15 credit hours)
MABI511: Old Testament Hermeneutics (3) – God’s revelation through the Old Testament illuminates His timely message and timeless story for His people, while also providing the context and foundation for the New Testament. In this class, students will investigate the richness of the Old Testament and its relevance for today, including the principles and procedures for its interpretation, application, and exposition.
MABI521: New Testament Hermeneutics (3) – The narrative of Christ and His Church, foreshadowed in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament, provides the framework for Christian faith and practice. This class in Biblical interpretation and exegesis focuses on the life and teachings of Christ, the experience of believers, and the eternal hope of the Church as recorded in the gospels, epistles, and apocalyptic literature.
MATH531: Christian Theology (3) – This class investigates the essential teachings of the evangelical Christian faith, with special attention given to the person and work of Christ, sin and salvation, the role of the Holy Spirit, the life of the Church, and contemporary theological issues. Students will become better equipped to apply and articulate theological convictions in ministry settings.
MATH541: The History of Christianity (3) – This course addresses the major events, issues, personalities, and movements that shape and define the story of the Christian Church. Topics such as the birth and growth of the Early Church, the threat of persecution, the rise of monasticism, the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon, the Reformation, the Great Awakenings, ecumenical efforts, and the globalization of the gospel provide a deeper understanding of the Church and a relevant perspective for ministry today.
MAMM513: The Missional Church (3) – We may not all be called to serve Christ as missionaries in a foreign land, but we are all called to be “on mission with God” wherever He may lead us. In this course, students are challenged to examine their purpose and calling in life, maximize their capacity to build bridges, and bear faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and around the world.
Research and Application (9 credit hours)
MARA523: Research Methods (3) – This course is an introduction to the research methods that are applicable in a variety of academic and organizational settings, including both quantitative and qualitative strategies that are commonly used in a graduate Capstone project.
MARA533: Applied Research I: Field Experience (3) – In this research and application course, students will identify and begin to investigate a potential Capstone project that relates to their chosen concentration of graduate studies. Through practical examination, each student will focus on their field of study using a variety of potential methods, some of which may include: field experience, literature review, and other forms of data collection.
MARA543: Applied Research II: Church Health and Growth (Capstone Project) (3) – This course involves the completion of a written Capstone project that serves as the culmination of a student’s research and their graduate school experience. Students will integrate their research findings with their chosen area of concentration, making application to life, service, and leadership today. In addition, each student will demonstrate their acquisition of scholarship, critical thinking, creativity, and written communication skills.
Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries (12 credit hours)
MAPM512: The Personal Life of the Pastor (3) – A study in the care of the personal life of the pastor, recognizing the need for personal spiritual health and Christ-like formation for effectiveness in ministry. Topics such as spiritual disciplines, character development, time management, marriage and family, and finances will be addressed.
MAPM522: Preaching and Worship (3) – A study of the craft of sermon preparation and the delivery of Biblical and relevant messages within the context of a corporate gathering for worship. Other aspects of effective worship services will also be explored.
MAPM532: Pastoral Care and Counseling (3) – This course will prepare men and women for effective shepherding, pastoral care, and counseling within the context of a local church body. Topics to be covered will include: family, marital, individual, pre-marital, crisis, and grief counseling; life-stage care (weddings and funerals); baptism and communion; hospital and shut-in visitation; and support group models for healing and corporate health.
MAPM542: Church Leadership and Administration (3) – Churches need effective leadership to experience vitality and growth. This study equips men and women for effective leadership and administrative roles in a local church setting, covering important topics every pastor needs to know, such as: working with a team, conflict management, recruiting and equipping others for ministry, creating and casting a compelling vision, leading through change, church finances and fund-raising, and church governance.
Tuition & Fees
NOTE: These figures do not include variable expenses, such as travel, books and supplies. The College reserves the right to adjust tuition and fee schedules from year to year as necessary.
The Barclay College School of Graduate Studies works with each individual student to provide practical solutions for tuition costs. To ensure the highest quality of education at the most affordable price, Barclay College goes to great efforts to provide answers for the financial needs of graduate students.
Competitive and Affordable Barclay College School of Graduate Studies monitors the tuition of graduate programs around the country to ensure its graduate programs are affordable. It is our commitment to our students that we will be an affordable private Christian institution, while delivering the highest level of academic rigor in order to ensure the future success of the student.
Scholarships, Awards, and Payments Plans
Barclay College offers several institutionally-supported programs to assist students with tuition costs. In each case, applicants must be enrolled on a full-time basis in a program leading to a graduate degree. In relation to scholarships and grants, qualified applicants will only receive one institutional award per semester, but it will always be the one that is the largest that they are eligible to receive.
Scholarship: Any student who applies to the M.A. program (regardless of the concentration) may also apply for the Graduate Leadership Scholarship. This scholarship is for up to $500 per semester. Students only need to apply at the time of their
initial enrollment, but this award may be granted each semester for a total potential scholarship amount of $2,000.
Click here to apply for the Graduate Leadership Scholarship.
Pastors and Missionaries Award: First-Time Student Grant: The PMA is a grant for someone who enters the Barclay College School of Graduate Studies program for the first time and who currently serves in a vocational role as a pastor or missionary. The intent is to enable pastors and missionaries to begin their graduate education with less of a financial burden. Qualified applicants who obtain this award will receive their first graduate class for “free” as well as the entire fees for their first semester of enrollment (a value of approximately $1,500). This award is given on a limited basis, preferentially (but not exclusively) to those from evangelically-minded Friends churches or missionary endeavors. To receive this award, a candidate should submit their application prior to the start of the semester of their intended initial enrollment. (Note: This award would preempt a Barclay College Alumni Award or ABHE Award in a student’s first semester.)
Barclay College Alumni Award: All Bachelor’s degree recipients from Barclay College are qualified to receive the Barclay College Alumni Award that will pay 100% of the tuition for their first three Bible/Theology classes in the MA program! These classes occur one each semester in their first three semesters of enrollment. This award equals ¼ of the entire tuition costs for the Master’s degree. In order to receive this award, a student must complete successfully the entire semester in which they hope to receive the free class.
ABHE Alumni Award: Barclay College is a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We have developed an articulation agreement with some of those schools who also share our accreditation as candidates or fully-accredited members with ABHE. Among other things, alumni with Bachelor’s degrees from those approved institutions are eligible for the same award that we are offering our own BC alumni: 100% of the tuition for their first three Bible/Theology classes in the MA program (if they successfully complete the entire semester in which they take those Bible/Theology classes). The institutions that are currently a part of this agreement include: New Hope Christian College (Eugene, OR) and Kansas City College and Bible School (Overland Park, KS).
Graduate Payment Plan The Payment Plan is offered to students who need additional assistance with tuition costs. This assistance program is ideally suited for students who currently have a regular income but need help with cash flow. An affordable payment plan with a minimal administrative fee is arranged with each individual student. Contact Ginger Maggard (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Evaluation, Selection and Retention: Recipients of any institutional financial assistance (scholarships and/or payment plans) must maintain a full-time student status at BC and a GPA of 3.0. Students will be notified if they will no longer be eligible for their award(s).
Outside Financial Help
FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student AidClick here to go to fill out your FAFSA Students interested in financial aid should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine what they are eligible to receive in unsubsidized loans. You can fill out your FAFSA online by clicking the button above. Barclay College school code is 001917.
Some Great Financial Aid Resources on the Web:
- http://www.ed.gov/Federal school codes (used to complete the FAFSA)
- http://www.fastweb.comfastWEB - Financial Aid Search Through the Web
- http://www.college-scholarships.com Free college scholarship search
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- http://www.esaintl.com/esafESA Foundation Scholarships
- http://www.finaid.orgThe Financial Aid Information Page
- http://www.collegefund.org American Indian College Fund provides funding and assistance.
- http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/natamind.phtml Lists links with information on additional sources of funding for Native Americans.
- http://www.uncf.orgUnited Negro College Fund
- http://www.free-4u.com/african.htm America’s Black Collegians website.
- http://www.BlackExcel.org/link4.htm Minority scholarship links.
- http://www.hsf.net/Lists outside scholarships for Hispanics.
- http://aspira.org/Scholarships.htm Scholarships for Latino youths.
- http://www.iefa.orgInternational Education Financial Aid Provides a free searchable database of scholarships for international students.
- http://bhpr.hrsa.govWebsite for students going into the health care field.