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Learn how you can become a student at MTS by requesting information from the Admissions Department.

NIGHT TRACK

Memphis Theological Seminary now offers a Night Track for our master’s degree programs. The program makes it possible for a working adult to obtain their MDiv or MACM while still maintaining their full-time job. Classes are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-9 pm. A full time student may complete the MDiv in 4 years and the MACM may be completed in 3 years. Learn how you can become a student.

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MASTER OF ARTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

United Methodist Deacon Specialization
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry prepares you for leadership in ministry wherever God calls you. This degree equips those working in non-profits, campus ministry, para-church, missions, business, or other fields.

SCHOLARSHIP

  • Critically interpret Christian scripture, history, and doctrine to inform and guide their specialized ministry.
  • Employ theological reflection and exercise skills for ministerial leadership in light of cultural contexts for the just transformation of the church and the world.

PIETY

  • Develop and sustain deeper self awareness and accountability through personal and communal relationships for sustainable ministry leadership.
  • Be open to diverse perspectives and expressions of love for God, neighbor, and the creation.

JUSTICE

  • View injustice in new and more complex ways because of transformational encounters with personal and systemic injustices.
  • Integrate their specialized ministry with critical, creative, and compassionate responses to injustice guided by religious faith.

Click here for information about required courses for ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church that will be used to satisfy the below requirements for the MACM.

Core Courses

Interpreting the Hebrew Bible 3
Interpreting the New Testament 3
Introduction to Theological Study for Ministry 3
Christian Heritage I 3
Christian Heritage II 3
Christian Ethics 3
Total credits in Core Courses 18

Cultural Context

Context and Models for Mission and Evangelism (includes field education) 3
Interfaith and Intercultural Elective (with immersion) 3
Total credits in Cultural Context 6

Practice of Ministry Electives

Provides the opportunity for theological reflection on and knowledge of the practice of ministry in relation to the student’s area of specialization.

Practice of Ministry Elective  3
Practice of Ministry Elective 3
Total credits in Practice of Ministry 6

Personal and Spiritual Formation

Formation for Ministry I 1.5
Formation for Ministry II 1.5
Total credits in Personal and Spiritual Formation 3

Free Electives

Electives should be selected consistent with the specified specialization.

Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total credits in Free Electives 9

Specialized Ministry Practicum

Specialized Ministry Practicum 3
Total credits in Specialized Ministry Practicum 3


Integrative Seminar 

(taken after 36 hours or more are completed)

MACM Integrative Seminar and Practicum Project 3
Total credits in Integrative Seminar and Practicum Project 3

                                                                                                                                           

Total credits: 48

 

Note: Within the area of specialization no more than three courses may transfer in from another accredited seminary.

“Practicum” denotes practical education experience within a course. The emphasis within a practicum is the practice of specific ministry skills. This may take place in a classroom, chapel, a local church, or other appropriate setting. Practicums may vary in number of hours from 20 to 70 hours.

“Field Education” denotes 20 hours of practical education experience within a course that takes place outside of the regular classroom setting. The emphasis in field education is learning that takes place through interaction with people and organizations related to the field of study.

“Immersion” denotes at least 50% of class time will take place outside of the traditional classroom setting. Immersions typically involve more field education than practicum.

Degree requirements listed here are for overview purposes only. Official degree requirements are found in the most current Academic Catalog or on current degree sheets.

The specializations for the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) degree program have been designed in light of the mission of Memphis Theological Seminary and the strengths of the faculty. Students will be assigned a faculty adviser who will guide the student in course selections so that those reflect the specialized ministry in which the student chooses to focus.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry offers specializations within different areas.  All specializations share the common core of required courses in Bible, theology, and church history, along with requirements in the areas of the social context for ministry and the practice of ministry.  The latter requirements are shaped with regard to the student’s specialization and include practicum and immersion components.

The United Methodist Deacon specialization provides the basic educational requirements for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church.

“Deacons are clergy leaders who are called by God, authorized by the church and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of word, service, compassion and justice. Deacons exemplify Christian discipleship, nurture others in their relationship to God and lead church people to respond to the needs of the needy, neglected and marginalized of the world.

Deacons are clergy leaders who are called by God, authorized by the church and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of word, service, compassion and justice. Deacons exemplify Christian discipleship, nurture others in their relationship to God and lead church people to respond to the needs of the needy, neglected and marginalized of the world.

In the congregation, deacons teach, preach, officiate at funerals and weddings, offer pastoral care, assist the elder in administering Baptism and Holy Communion, lead discipleship development ministries and help lay people identify and claim their own ministries. Deacons lead the congregation in its servant ministry and equip and support all baptized Christians in their ministry. Through the Order of Deacons, The United Methodist Church affirms this historic, central and distinct ministry.

Outside the walls of the church, deacons share the good news in word and in their advocacy for the poor, neglected, oppressed and discouraged; provide ministries of mercy; and invite Christians into these ministries.”

The General Board of Higher Education Ministries of the United Methodist Church

MACM students pursuing ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church (and MDiv students pursuing ordination as either an elder or a deacon in the United Methodist Church) do so under the oversight of the Methodist House of Studies at MTS.

Click here for information about required courses for ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church that will be used to satisfy the course requirements for the MACM.

 

Colloquia CreditsMACM students are required to earn 6 theological colloquia credits. The colloquia are administration and faculty-approved events held on campus or other events approved by the student’s faculty adviser.

Required GPA for Graduation: Students are required to maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

Requirements for Ordination: Memphis Theological Seminary offers additional courses that meet ordination requirements for certain denominations. Students seeking ordination should consult their denomination officials to ascertain current requirements and procedures.

Important Admission and Financial Aid dates 

NOTICE: If you intend to apply for scholarships as an incoming student you MUST meet the early application deadline.

 

August 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2020 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 15, 2020
Virtual New Student Orientation
August 24, 2020
First day of Fall 2020 Classes

October 1, 2020
2021-2022 FAFSA Opens

MTS School Code G10529

November 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Spring 2021 Early Admission deadline
January 15, 2021
MTS Spring 2021 Admission deadline
January 16, 2021
Spring 2021 New Student Orientation
January 25, 2021
First Day of Spring 2021 Classes
April 30, 2021
Fall 2021 Admission deadline for DMin program
May 31, 2021
Fall 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Fall 2021 Early Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 13, 2021
MTS Fall 2021 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2021 New Student Orientation
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ADMISSIONS DEPARTMENT

We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary. The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey. We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real world. At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.

Rev. Fekecia Gunn

Rev. Fekecia Gunn

Director, Enrollment Services

Fekecia is a graduate of The University of Tulsa (2004) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2012). She currently serves as Youth Minister at St. Andrew AME Church in Memphis, TN.  

Contact Fekecia:
flgunn@MemphisSeminary.edu
901.334.5887

Rev. Walter Henry

Rev. Walter Henry

Enrollment Services Assistant

Walter graduated from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1995 and completed his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University with a projected graduation date of May 2021.

Walter was appointed to serve the gracious and loving people at St. James AME Church in the heart of North Memphis.  He shares, "I am blessed to follow in the footsteps of the legendary Dr. Henry Logan Starks."

Contact Walter:
whenry@MemphisSeminary.edu
901.334.5833