Master of Arts: 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.

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.

Additional Benefits of the M.A. in Family 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: David Mabry, D.Min.

David Mabry serves as the Director of the M.A. in Family Ministries, and as a Professor of Bible, Theology, and Ministry. Before coming to Barclay College, he had been involved with pastoral and para-church ministry since 1990, serving as a youth pastor, sports & rec pastor, senior pastor, an Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and as a marriage and family educator and advocate. He has an earned doctorate with a published dissertation entitled Impacting Marital Health in the Local Church Context through the Prepare-Enrich Group Program. Presently, he and his wife, Theresa, lead One Another Marriage. OAM is a marriage coaching and training ministry that is focused on marital health and equipping the church.

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.

Concentration 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.


Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fee schedules may be adjusted from year to year as necessary.

Tuition per credit hour $395
Tuition for 1 class (3 credits) $1,185
Fees per class $100
Semester cost for one semester (9 credits) $3,855
Total program cost (36 credits) $15,420


Financial Assistance

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 two 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.

Graduate Leadership 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. This award may be granted each semester for a total potential scholarship amount of $2,000. Students will need to apply each semester at the time of enrollment. Click her to fill out the Graduate Scholarship Application.

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 1/4 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.

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 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 Barclay College and a GPA of 3.0. Students will be notified by the Financial Aid Office if they will no longer be eligible for their award(s).

Outside Financial Help

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