Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries – Concentration in Religious Education

The MAPM degree prepares adult learners for the challenges of serving in increasingly complex and varied ministerial contexts. The new 36-credit concentration in religious education equips students with the pastoral skills and theological sophistication for nurturing God’s people as religious educators and catechists. Students will explore the theological, philosophical and pedagogical foundations of contemporary and traditional approaches to religious education, while being invited to renew their own approach and agency to forming others for discipleship. We offer classes in hybrid, weekend, and teleconferencing formats to cater to the lives of working adults.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Religious Educator
  • Director of religious education

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

STM 551 Contemporary Approaches to Religious Education and Formation
Examines contemporary approaches to calling and forming Christians to faith and discipleship.

STM 552 Historical Foundations of Religious Education
Designed as a survey of historical approaches to the education of Christians. From the catechetical writings of the early church to major treatments on religious education and catechesis in the twentieth century, the wisdom of the ages will be retrieved to inform a living and contemporary faith.

STM 652 Adult Religious Education: Principles and Application (new course)
Drawing on theories of adult development, this course examines the elements critical to an adult expression of faith. It challenges students to discern what a mature faith demands for contemporary ministerial contexts.

STM 654 Adolescent Faith Formation (new course)
Explores elements critical to the education of adolescents. Attends to their specific developmental needs and capacities, examines the social contexts that shape adolescent development, and pursues pedagogical strategies faith formation and expression.

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