Master of Arts in Christian Formation

The 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 program does not prepare them to serve as lead or solo pastors.

Educational goals

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.


The MACF is a 60-credit-hour degree involving study, participation in formation seminars and a supervised practicum.

Ministries of recent graduates

  • congregational pastoral care
  • overseas mission work
  • spiritual direction
  • pastoral ministry as an associate pastor
  • manager of a hospital pastoral care department
  • congregational teaching and training
  • resource to congregations in faith formation

More information

Please see the AMBS Catalog for details about the Master of Arts in Christian Formation.