Master of Arts: Sports Outreach

The Master of Arts in Sports Outreach Ministries (MASO) is established on Christo-centric, theological truths from which biblically-based organizational principles for sports, recreation, and fitness ministries are formed, and out of which strategically-relevant and effective methodological, evangelistic disciple-making models emerge. MASO students will discover the theological and Biblical foundation for the development and implementation of sports outreach ministries in their local churches, communities, and international settings.

The MASO concentration is especially designed to assist Sports Outreach ministers, but it will also be of strategic benefit to pastors, church staff members, coaches, church planters, and sports-related para-church ministry leaders. The content in the classes, along with the relationships that are developed with like-minded students and professors, will enable students to envision, plan, and be prepared to implement a catalytic, disciple-making missional movement through sports, recreation, and fitness ministries. Each MASO student will grow personally, professionally, and spiritually.

Additional Benefits of the MA in Sports Outreach:
  • 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: Greg Linville

Greg Linville, the main Professor of this program earned the world’s first Honorary Doctorate in Sports Ministry from Briercrest Seminary. As well as teaching at Barclay College, he has served as the Executive Director of Church Sports and Recreation Ministers since 1999. He also has a Doctorate with a concentration in Sports Outreach. He has coached and led YMCA and Young Life ministries over the years.

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 Missional Multiplication (12 credit hours)

MASO512: Theology of Competition and Sport – This course will enlighten students concerning the Biblical and Theological basis for competition and sport. It will provide the Theological foundation and Christ-centered rationale for competition, sport, and Christian involvement in athletics. It will also provide a template for determining how competitors can live out their faith in secular sporting realms.

MASO522: 21st Century Models of Sports Outreach Ministry – Students will be provided with a general historical overview of Sports Ministry during the 19th – 21st centuries with a brief review of 1st century interaction between the sporting world and the emerging Christian Church. Students will come to understand all sports ministry from a theological foundation that builds a philosophy of ministry, which in turn drives relevant methodological models. Keen awareness of how to evaluate sports ministry around the five main values (Proclamation, Worship, Mission, Service and Equipping) of the church will be examined.

MASO532: “Christmanship” – A Biblical and Ethical Basis for Sport and Competition – This course will provide students with guidance on how to establish a personal and corporate ethical basis for sport and athletics based on a Christian worldview of Christmanship. Additionally, students will determine a logical rationale for Christian involvement in sport and athletics.

MAS0542: Evangelistic Disciple-making Through Sport, Recreation, and Fitness Ministry – This course will provide students with guidance on how to establish a personal and corporate ethical basis for sport and athletics based on a Christian worldview of Christmanship. Additionally, students will determine a logical rationale for Christian involvement in sport and athletics.

 

Tuition & Fees

Semester Program
Tuition $3,555 $14,220
Fees $300 $1,200
Total $3,855 $15,420

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.

 

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 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.

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. 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 (ginger.maggard@barclaycollege.edu) 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

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