Residential M.A. in Christian Formation and Ministry

Equip Your Calling



This Outdoor and Adventure Leadership concentration is designed for those looking for excellent training to launch them into diverse leadership roles, including as a professional in the global Christian camp and outdoor adventure movement.  Students will live and work at HoneyRock, the Northwoods Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College for the approximately two years it takes to complete the program. Opportunities to serve in different program and operations roles at the Center will enable the integration of coursework with real ministry opportunities.  Living at HoneyRock as part of the ministering and learning community will allow for on going walk-alongside discipleship.  Special permission is required to live off campus. 

Requirements for the Christian Formation and Ministry program leading to a Master of Arts degree involves the successful completion of 42 semester hours, a comprehensive examination, and a capstone project or internship. Students are required to complete 24 hours of core courses plus an additional 18 hours in the Outdoor and Adventure Leadership concentration.

Core CFM Courses (24 semester hours)

  • CFM 512 Bible in Ministry (2)
  • CFM 513 History and Philosophy of Ministry (4)
  • CFM 514 Ministry in Culture (2)
  • CFM 515 Human Development and 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)
  • BITH Theological Studies Requirement (TSR) (4)

Students are also required to complete a zero-credit comprehensive exam and a zero-credit Mentoring Group in their area of concentration. 

OAL Concentration Courses (18 semester hours)

In addition to core classes in the Christian Formation and Ministry Department, students also take 18 hours of the following courses in outdoor and adventure ministry.

  • CFM 563 The Church and Outdoor Ministry (4)
  • CFM 564 Adventure Challenge Education (4)
  • CFM 662 Theology and Practice of Outdoor Ministry (4)
  • CFM 663 Leadership Development in Outdoor Ministry (4)
  • CFM 664 Wilderness Programming and Leadership (4)
  • Outdoor Ministry Final Project, Internship, or Applied Thesis (2)

The final project within each concentration may be a thesis/applied thesis (698), creative project (692), or internship (696).  Up to four hours of electives within a 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.

Refer to the Christian formation and ministry department for more information.

Application Process

Go to Graduate School Admissions for further details. You may also request information from the Wheaton College Graduate School. Please keep in mind the application deadlines as you plan.

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