Master of Arts in Christian Formation

Master of Arts in Christian FormationThe MACF is a professional degree, educating and equipping students to lead formation ministries of the church. AMBS provides a context, a process and tools for students to study and engage the ministries of personal and congregational formation. The 60-credit-hour degree involves study, participation in formation seminars and a supervised practicum.

The MACF prepares students for

  • congregational leadership in faith formation
  • spiritual care in the congregation
  • spiritual direction
  • long-term visitation and spiritual companionship
  • manager of a hospital pastoral care department
  • congregational teaching and training

Note: The MACF degree is not designed to prepare people to serve as lead or solo pastors.

Graduates with an MACF will:

  • Articulate or otherwise demonstrate knowledge of the biblical, historical, and theological disciplines that undergird their ministry of leadership.
  • Reflect critically, contextually, and constructively on the theological content and practices of their specialized ministries.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information and resources effectively.
  • Exercise competent leadership through designing, implementing, and assessing ministry experiences in their specialized ministries.
  • Demonstrate skills for equipping, training, and empowering leaders for specialized ministries.
  • Assess their own growth toward spiritual and personal maturity.
  • Clarify and develop a ministerial identity.

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