Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries

Begun in 1980, the 36-credit hour MAPM degree prepares adult learners for the challenges of serving in increasingly complex and varied ministerial contexts, with hundreds of graduates taking up positions across the country. We have offered innovative formats for classes (hybrid, weekend, and teleconferencing options) to cater to the lives of working adults. Students are prepared for a variety of ministries within the church, as well as for further graduate studies.

Featured Professors

Career Opportunities

  • Pastoral care associate
  • Theology/Religion teacher
  • Director of Church Ministries
  • Pastoral Counselor

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

STM 562 Justice Advocacy and Social Transformation
Examines the role of the church as servant in mission to the world and as prophetic community. Students will study means by which ministry responds to contemporary social issues in a prophetic and reconciling manner.

STM 511 Human and Faith Development
Compares theories of human development as focused by adult and family life-cycle theories of the social sciences and theories of faith development as sources for pastoral practice.

STM 512 Method in Ministry
Designed to acquaint the student with the basic research methods used in pastoral action and reflection. Naming the problem, gathering data, analysis and discernment and evaluation will be studied as components that lead to pastoral practice. Each student chooses an area of research from which to develop a pastoral project of action and reflection.

STM 571 Pastoral Care and Counseling
Provides pastoral ministers with the basic principles and human relation skills for counseling in a faith-based setting, including spirituality and value orientation in the counselor/counselee relationship.


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