The Outdoor and Adventure Leadership concentration is designed for current camp ministry professionals, as well as for those looking for excellent training to launch them into this career field. Students will live and work at HoneyRock, the Northwoods Campus and Camp of Wheaton College. Students can apply for one of the graduate coordinator roles or a variety of seasonal staff positions. Employment in either of these ways is a critical part of the program as it provides the context for integrating coursework into real ministry. Students are also required to live at HoneyRock as part of the ministering camp community. Special permission to live off campus may be approved by the program coordinator.
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 capstone project or internship.
Students pursuing the Outdoor and Adventure Leadership 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 515 Human Development & Research for Ministry (4)
- CFM 516 Teaching for Transformation (4)
- 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, this consists of CFM 512 plus a 4-hour course from the Category I listing in the Graduate School section of this catalog.
Outdoor and Adventure Leadership (18)
- CFM 563 The Church and Outdoor Ministry (4)
- CFM 564 Adventure Challenge Education (4) - or - CFM 664 Wilderness Programming and Leadership (4)
- CFM 662 Theology and Practice of Outdoor Adventure Leadership (4)
- CFM 663 Leadership Development in Outdoor Adventure Leadership (4)
- CFM 692 Outdoor Ministry Leadership Final Project (2)
The final project within the concentration may be either a thesis/applied thesis (698), creative project (692), or internship (696). Up to four hours of electives within the concentration may be taken through independent study courses. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be applied to the degree requirements. For courses offered only on a pass/fail basis, two hours of pass/fail credit may be applied to the degree with approval of the department chair.