MA Family Ministries
The Master of Arts in Family Ministries (MAFM) combines Biblical theology and practical understanding about families with a strong emphasis on personal growth and reflection.
What will I learn?
The Master of Arts in Family Ministries (MAFM) combines biblical theology and practical understanding about families with a strong emphasis on personal growth and reflection.
Families, both good and bad, are in the business of reproducing themselves. Many individuals recognize the brokenness that is passed down through their family and yet feel helpless to remedy that pain. Even healthy families have their challenges, but God’s promise is that individuals and families can endure, strengthen each other, and achieve the health and longevity that we all believe a family should experience.
Come join us as we work together to move beyond the facades and pretenses of our culture and explore how personal health leads to the healthy relationships we seek with our spouses, children, and others in our lives.
Family Ministries Course Requirements
Master of Arts in Family Ministries (12 credit hours)
MAFM512: Ministry of Self (3) – This class will examine the personal life of the minister and the motives and beliefs that drive each individual’s decisions, relationships, and personal goals. Becoming healthy in our own life is necessary if an individual hopes to help others find health in their life, relationships and ministry. Emphasis is given to personal responsibility and respectful boundaries among those we love and serve.
MAFM522: Ministry of Marriage (3) – This class explores the dynamics of marriage and the balance that is necessary with the demands of life, including: family, ministry, vocation, avocation, and calling. The individual’s responsibility as a husband or wife is viewed through the respectful and supportive interplay of health and growth for ourselves and also our spouse.
MAFM532: Ministry of Family (3) – This class examines the circle of family dynamics through the lens of family systems theory. Beginning with the nuclear family, healthy relationships are analyzed with an eye to the larger extended family, family themes, family myths, cultural and ethnic influences, and a host of other dynamics that shape the family unit.
MAFM542: Ministry of Community (3) – This class begins to shape the student’s belief about the intersection of individual and family health and a sustainable culture of ministry to families that bring change and healing. Ministry models are examined with an emphasis on the individual health of the minister while, at the same time, enabling families to heal and grow.
Master's Course Requirements
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 (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 – 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.
David Marine Mabry, D.Min.
Director of Family Ministries
David Marine Mabry serves as the Director of the M.A. in Family Ministries and as the Dean for the School of Graduate Studies. Before coming to Barclay College, he had been involved with pastoral and para-church leadership since 1990. He has served as a youth pastor, sports and recreation pastor, senior pastor, and an Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is the founder and executive director of One Another Relationships, INC which seeks to help marriages, families, and organizations build better relationships for greater impact through coaching, consulting, and content creation. He and his wife, Theresa, live in Columbus, Ohio.
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Benefits of graduate studies at Barclay College
Complete program in only 2 years (4 semesters), a total of 36 credit hours
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wherever they go
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Accredited — by the Higher
Learning Commission and
the Association for Biblical
Tuition & Financial Assistance
The costs at Barclay College are much less than similar private Christian colleges. We also offer scholarships and other types of financial aid. Our outstanding quality and reasonable costs add up to a great education value.
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Barclay College admits students based on academic record and abilities, Christian commitment, and agreement with the established purposes of the college. See the requirements for the application to the School of Graduate Studies.
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Recent Blog Post
What is family ministry? Dr. David Marine Mabry explores this topic in the article below. Sarah loves her family. They are not perfect, but to Sarah, they are a gift from God. So, when her life was transformed when she began following Jesus as a teenager, she had a...