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MASTER OF ARTS IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
Methodist Ministry Specialization
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 Methodist Ministry specialization provides the basic educational requirements for ordination as a deacon in the United Methodist Church or for local pastors pursuing ordination as an elder through the Advanced Course of Study of the United Methodist Church (The 2016 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church ¶ 324.6.d.). It is also an excellent specialization for any student wanting to deepen their understanding of Methodism. The course of study offers students a background in theology, biblical studies, Methodist doctrine, history, and polity, along with practical ministry courses such as evangelism and worship. MACM students pursuing ordination in The United Methodist Church do so under the oversight of the Methodist House of Studies at MTS.
“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.
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.
|Introduction to Theological Study for Ministry||3|
|Interpreting the Hebrew Bible||3|
|Interpreting the New Testament||3|
|Christian Heritage I||3|
|Christian Heritage II||3|
|Total credits in Core Courses||15|
|Context and Models for Mission and Evangelism||3|
|Interfaith and Intercultural Elective (with immersion) or Christian Ethics||3|
|Total credits in Cultural Context||6|
Personal and Spiritual Formation
|Formation, Spirituality, and Ministry||3|
|Formation and Contextual Ministry (involves a ministry placement in a church or other organization based in the Wesleyan tradition)||3|
|Total credits in Personal and Spiritual Formation||6|
|Theology and Practice of Worship||3|
Mission and Evangelism in a Globalized World
Evangelism and Discipleship in the Wesleyan Tradition
|Early Methodism: History, Doctrine, and Polity||3|
|American Methodism: History, Doctrine, and Polity||3|
|Total credits in Specialization Courses||18|
|MACM Integrative Seminar: Formation and the Practice of Ministry||3|
|Total credits in Integrative Seminar||3|
Total credits: 48
Note: Within the area of specialization no more than three courses may transfer in from another accredited seminary.
*Elective should be chosen consistent with the student’s intended vocational role. Please note, students pursuing ordination as a deacon in the Mississippi Annual Conference need two total pastoral care courses, Arkansas Annual Conference requires an additional worship course, and some other conferences (North Alabama and Tennessee) require a course in homiletics (preaching). Students should consult with the Director of the Methodist House of Studies for selecting these electives.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Colloquia Credits: MACM 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 13, 2023
August 14, 2023
August 23, 2023
October 1, 2023
|December 31, 2023
Spring 2024 Scholarship Application deadline
& Spring 2024 Early Admission deadline
|January 2, 2024
Spring 2024 Admission deadline
|January 15, 2024
Spring 2024 New Student Orientation
|January 24, 2024
First Day of Spring 2024 Classes
|April 30, 2024
Admission deadline for DMin program
|May 31, 2024
Fall 2024 Scholarship Application
deadline & Fall 2024 Early Admission deadline for Masters &
|August 1, 2024
Fall 2024 Admission deadline for Masters &
|August 13, 2024
Fall 2024 New Student Orientation
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