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Master of Arts in Religion - Pastoral Ministry

People who want to provide professional pastoral care to their communities might enroll in Liberty University's Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry program. Read on for details that include course requirements.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry program should have stellar communication skills, a pastoral recommendation, and a completed School of Divinity Questionnaire. They should have the ability to teach and the willingness to continue learning. Applicants to Liberty University's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry program is designed to help students to prepare their sermons and build a discipleship ministry. Students could be able to learn about the origins of Christianity as well as study the Old and New Testaments. Pastoral care, contemporary evangelism, and spiritual warfare are some other areas of program emphasis. Prayer and anointed preaching might be discussed in relation to the process of growing a church. Courses might touch on hermeneutics, research, and systematic theology.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry

Students will have to accumulate 60 credits during their enrollment in Liberty University's Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry program. There are 20 courses in the program including 48 credits in core courses and 12 credits in the specialization. Degree programs and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (48 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Apologetics
  • History of Christianity I
  • History of Christianity II
  • Discipleship Ministries
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Contemporary Evangelism
  • Global Studies Survey
  • Preparation of the Sermon
  • New Testament Orientation I
  • New Testament Orientation II
  • Hermeneutics
  • Old Testament Orientation I
  • Old Testament Orientation II
  • Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation
  • Systematic Theology I
  • Systematic Theology II

Pastoral Ministry Specialization Courses (12 credit hours)

  • Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches
  • Strategic Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
  • Preventing Ministry Failure
  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Liberty University's Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry program who want to expand their understanding of biblical principles and prepare for church leadership roles might want to continue the educational process. Related doctoral programs could include coursework in bibliology and miracles. Potential programs are listed below:

  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Bible Exposition

Career Paths:

As graduates of Liberty University's Master of Arts in Religion in Pastoral Ministry program, students might have the requisite practical ministry skills to take on several responsibilities. They could seek out opportunities in local churches, non-profit organizations, or parachurches. Careers of interest might include:

  • Lay ministry leader
  • Teaching pastor
  • Associate pastor
  • Church education administrator
  • Missionary

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