Church and Parachurch Concentration


Concentration Overview

The Church and Parachurch concentration is designed for those who are involved or interested in church and parachurch ministries in any setting. The core courses of this program are relevant to all ministry contexts, providing a solid foundation in biblical and theological reflection, ministry philosophy, practical skills, and personal spiritual formation. Beyond the core courses, students can tailor much of the program to their unique needs and interests, selecting a combination of courses that will best equip them for fruitful ministry.

Program Requirements

Requirements for the Christian Formation and Ministry (CFM) program leading to a Master of Arts degree consist of the successful completion of 42 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, and a final project. 

Students pursuing the Church and Parachurch concentration are required to take the 24 hours of core CFM courses plus an additional 18 hours (see below).

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Core Courses (24)

  • CFM 512  Bible in Ministry (2)
  • CFM 513  History & Philosophy of Ministry (4)
  • CFM 514  Ministry in Culture (2)
  • CFM 516  Teaching for Transformation (4)
  • CFM 517  Developmental Theory and Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 518  Research Methods for Ministry (2)
  • CFM 521  Personal Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 522  History and Traditions of Spiritual Formation (2)
  • CFM 681  Comprehensive Exam (0)
  • CFM 691  Concentration Mentoring Group (0)
  • All graduate students are required to complete a theological studies requirement of 6 semester hours. For CFM students in the Church and Parachurch concentration, this consists of CFM 512 plus another 4 elective hours. 

Church and Parachurch Ministries (18)

  • CFM 523  Ministry Leadership and Organizations (4)
  • CFM 534  Care & Counsel in Ministry (2)

Electives, ministry-related (10)

Eight hours allowed from other concentrations or graduate academic departments.

Final Project


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