Master of Arts in Christian Formation (MACF)

The Master of Arts in Christian Formation (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 52-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.

Educational Goals

Graduates with a Master of Arts in Christian Formation 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.
  • 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.

Degree Design

MA in Christian Formation students can complete the program of study in two years of full-time study by taking about 27 credit hours per year through courses in three terms: Semester One, Semester Two and Intensive Term in summer.

Download our Admissions Calendar to see an overview of AMBS’s academic year and note important application deadlines.

Why seminary?

Students and faculty share why and how they discerned attending their AMBS program

“I was looking for the school in the world where I could bring together my commitment to peace-building and justice-seeking with theological insight. I did an exhaustive search of the schools in the world, and I found that AMBS was doing what I wanted to be doing. In short, the past almost three years of my time at seminary have been a time of academic and spiritual formation that helps me to continue to grow and develop a capacity to resist the social constructs that divide God’s people and foster hostility.”

Henok T. Mekonin of Nazreth, Oromiya region, Ethiopia (Master of Arts: Theology and Peace Studies, 2021)

Meet the AMBS Admissions Team

From your first inquiry about seminary study to your transition from applicant to student, we’re here to help you.

Janeen Bertsche Johnson, MDiv
Admissions Associate
Teresa Thompson Sherrill
Teresa Thompson Sherrill, MDiv
Enrollment & Financial Aid Specialist
Paul Keim, PhD
Student Services Coordinator
Mary Ann Weber, MA
Director of Enrollment

Yes, you can afford seminary!

AMBS’s low base tuition rate

+ generous need-based financial aid
+ scholarships for full- or part-time student
+ church matching grants
= an affordable seminary degree

Looking for something else?

Try an upcoming graduate course

Want to explore seminary study? Take an upcoming graduate course! 

If you’re a non-admitted student, you can even get 50% off your first three credits at AMBS!*Exceptions apply

Try an online short course

Looking to expand your theological knowledge?

Take one of our six-week, discussion-based, online short courses.

(No papers. No grades.)

Request a visit from an AMBS instructor

Invite the faculty and staff of AMBS to come directly to you either in person or over video conference.