The Church and Parachurch concentration is designed for those who are involved or interested in church and parachurch ministries in any setting. The core courses of this program are relevant to all ministry contexts, providing a solid foundation in biblical and theological reflection, ministry philosophy, practical skills, and personal spiritual formation. Beyond the core courses, students can tailor much of the program to their unique needs and interests, selecting a combination of courses that will best equip them for fruitful ministry.
Requirements for the Christian Formation and Ministry (CFM) program leading to a Master of Arts degree consist of the successful completion of 42 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, and a capstone project or internship.
Students pursuing the Church and Parachurch concentration are required to take the 24 hours of core CFM courses plus an additional 18 hours (see below).
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Core Courses (24)
- CFM 512 Bible in Ministry (2)
- CFM 513 History & Philosophy of Ministry (4)
- CFM 514 Ministry in Culture (2)
- CFM 515 Human Development & Research for Ministry (4)
- CFM 516 Teaching for Transformation (4)
- CFM 521 Personal Spiritual Formation (2)
- CFM 522 History and Traditions of Spiritual Formation (2)
- CFM 681 Comprehensive Exam (0)
- CFM 691 Concentration Mentoring Group (0)
- All graduate students are required to complete a theological studies requirement of 6 semester hours. For CFM students in the Church and Parachurch concentration, this consists of CFM 512 plus another 4 elective hours.
Church and Parachurch Ministries (18)
- CFM 523 Ministry Leadership and Organizations (4)
- CFM 534 Care & Counsel in Ministry (2)
Electives, ministry-related (10)
Eight hours allowed from other concentrations or graduate academic departments.
- CFM 692 Church and Parachurch Ministries Final Project (2)
The final project within the concentration may be either a thesis/applied thesis (698), creative project (692), or internship (696). Up to four hours of electives within the concentration may be taken through independent study courses. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be applied to the degree requirements. For courses offered only on a pass/fail basis, two hours of pass/fail credit may be applied to the degree with approval of the department chair.