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M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry

Why Pursue an M.A. in in Christian Formation and Ministry?

The purpose of the M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry is to develop reflective and compassionate practitioners who can grow individuals into mature disciples of Jesus Christ. Graduate students have the option to add an area of concentration in Student Development with this degree.

Dr. Laura Barwegen, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, considers how the Wheaton College Statement of Faith is reflected in our program. To view the full Statement of Faith video series, click here.

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Why Pursue an M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry degree at Wheaton?

Students develop an integrated understanding of the biblical narrative, biblical interpretations, Christian theology, and church history. They also develop a ministry philosophy, learn critical ministry skills, and deepen their engagement with personal spiritual formation.

This program is 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.

Students come to understand how they themselves and others are formed educationally and spiritually to better help them in their ministry to grow and nurture the Church. This knowledge is then integrated with theory and creative practice to allow students to teach effectively and handle Scripture wisely. 

My time at Wheaton allowed me to refocus on what I was doing in ministry. Without it, I think I would have only continued in overseas ministry for a few more years. — Brian Blackburn M.A. '06, Chief Administrator of Mercy Ships Academy, Africa

Faculty Books

Modern Psychopathologies

Modern Psychopathologies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal

Written by well-known and respected scholars Mark A. Yarhouse, Richard E. Butman, and Barrett W. McRay, this book provides an introduction to a set of disorders along with overviews of current research on etiology, treatment and prevention.

The Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality by Tom Schwanda

Emergence of Evangelical Spirituality: The Age of Edwards, Newton and Whitefield

Dr. Tom Schwanda introduces readers to the full range of writings arranged topically to create a narrative approach to the spiritual journey of evangelicals.

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood by David Setran

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood

Dr. David Setran bridges the gap between academic and popular literature on emerging adulthood and offers concrete ways to facilitate spiritual formation among emerging adults.

Internships and Careers with CFM

In order to best prepare our students for the jobs they will eventually pursue, internship opportunities are integrated into our program. Beyond that, our Center for Vocation and Career helps these students find jobs in student development, church and parachurch ministries, and many more.

The M.A. in CFM offers a concentration in Student Development. This concentration may be completed in two years, including two fall and two spring semesters.

Our alumni have pursued careers ranging from working with Mercy Ships Academy in Africa, to serving as resident directors and directors of activities at colleges and universities, pastor positions, and many more.