Educational & Family Ministry
The Master of Arts in Religion degree is oriented toward general and theological studies. The MAR degree has two options, a 54 hour option for those without a background in Bible, theology or a related field, and a 36-hour option for those who with a background in Bible theology or a related field. For the field of counseling and family studies, students should choose the Pastoral Leadership concentration and can choose an emphasis of Pastoral Care & Counseling or Educational & Family Ministry.
Students graduating with a Master of Arts in Religion with a concentration in Pastoral Leadership will (1) construct a theology for the practice of ministry in contemporary cultural contexts; (2) have effective ministry and leadership skills to help accomplish the church’s mission; (3) have a mature love for God and be committed to personal Christian discipleship; (4) be able to communicate effectively; and (5) have met the objectives outlined in the chosen area of concentrated study.
The Educational & Family Ministries Specialization endeavors to explore both age-focused discipleship ministries and the contexts of faith formation such as family, church, and community. This Specialization takes into account the place, issues, and responsibilities of families that influence and are affected by the teaching ministries of the church. The Educational & Family Ministries specialization is flexible enough to offer opportunity to choose electives that offer options to emphasize children’s, student, adult, or family ministry.
Students who successfully complete the requirements for the specialization in Educational & Family Ministry should be able to (1) develop ministry practices that facilitate discipleship and faith formation in individuals and families; (2) articulate an understanding of human and family development that informs ministry practices; (3) evaluate and use resources to facilitate both age-appropriate and inter-generational ministry; (4) apply strategies for assisting families to grow in spiritual and relational health; (5) demonstrate an understanding of ministry that respects and engages diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, culture, and other contexts of persons; and (6) complete graduate level research and writing in the field of Educational & Family Ministries.
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Course Offerings (Educational & Family Ministry)
MAR Degree Requirements (Educational & Family Ministry)