1 ASTER OF ARTS IN MINISTRY Leadership Studies Pastoral Studies Student Ministry
2 Get the education you need for a rewarding ministry career in as little as two academic semesters, with one and two-year program options available. Lancaster Bible College s Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) concentrations are designed for adult learners who have prior commitments to God, family, and work. Students learn from expert faculty and international ministry leaders through a blend of flexible online classes and on-campus studies. Read on to get the specifics and discover if the ilead Center s Master of Arts in Ministry program is right for you. Contact Us Lancaster Bible College 901 Eden Road Lancaster, PA P or E Dr. Currie Tilley Associate Dean for Masters Studies ext Disclaimer: The information published here is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change. Please check our website for up-to-date information.
3 MA in MinistrY Lancaster Bible college MISSION Lancaster Bible College exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society. About the Institution Lancaster Bible College offers a full range of collegiate programming, from noncredit biblical enrichment to undergraduate, master s, and doctoral degree programs. Since 1933, the college s Bible-centered education has helped students follow God s plan for their personal and professional lives. Studies take place in a caring environment that integrates biblical teaching across a culturally diverse curriculum. Its faculty bring a wealth of academic credentials and real-world experience to each class. ACCREDITATION LBC is an accredited, nondenominational institution which offers undergraduate, graduate, and non-traditional education. The institution is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSche). LBC is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation (ABHE). Graduates from the MEd programs receive state certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. LBC also has affiliate status with the Council for Christian College & Universities (CCCU). Lancaster Bible College is also approved by the U.S. Department of Justice for the training of nonimmigrant international students. LBC s International Leadership, Education and Discipleship (ilead) Center offers biblically-based graduate education and non-degree learning opportunities. The ilead Center s regionally-accredited graduate degree programs equip students for Christian leadership in an ever-changing world. Master of Arts in Ministry The Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) program prepares students for biblical servant leadership in church and church-related ministries. Through contemporary biblical and theological scholarship, this professional ministry training enables students to pursue their unique calling. Upon graduating from the MAM program, students have the foundation necessary for a broad range of careers. Graduates have become pastors, church and parachurch staff, Christian education specialists, and student ministry specialists. Graduates of this degree program: Have a character consistent with biblical servant leadership Serve God and humanity through the use of essential communication, leadership and management skills Are committed to the core beliefs and values of the Christian faith 3
4 Program Design Getting a graduate education doesn t require putting your life on hold. LBC understands that you have other commitments to God, family and work. That s why the MAM program is designed for adult learners who are employed full-time. The ilead Center offers convenient and flexible scheduling options to accommodate prior commitments while you continue your education. Designed for Life-Engaged Learners Life-engaged learners are students who are actively engaged in family, church, and professional life while participating in the Master of Arts in Ministry program. While the program is intensive in nature, the time required on campus will not necessitate relocation or require students to leave their current leadership context. This is accomplished through a blended delivery model, combining classroom engagement with online student/professor interaction. A Cohort Community of Learners The Master of Arts in Ministry is a cohort-based program. Students will enter the program with a group of no more than 18 students. This cohort follows a prescribed sequence of courses together. Because cohort learning involves a group of students who start and finish their degree together, students experience a number of educational advantages. Cohort learning, combined in a blended manner with both face-to-face and internet-enhanced learning, offers one of the most effective learning opportunities available to the graduate student. Genuine, rich, and deep relationships will be developed through the course of the program as students support and serve each other in the quest for knowledge. Internet-Enhanced Learning This program combines faculty-mediated online interaction with face-to-face seminar participation. This model enables students to benefit from a range of educational delivery systems while maintaining the highest standards of academic quality. Students participate in online discussions and other learning activities led by both the professor and fellow students. On-campus interactions involve open dialogue in face-to-face seminar sessions led by nationally renowned and published faculty members. Program schedule is available online at Program Outcomes The MAM equips students for ministry in the church and society by developing: A foundational knowledge of the narrative, content and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of spiritual formation and the development of a biblical worldview A biblical philosophy of ministry and leadership applicable to contemporary culture The character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader The knowledge and skill sets necessary to lead individuals, teams, and organizations The skill sets necessary for assessing organizational health and strategizing plans for development The learning and research skills necessary for maintaining lifelong education The knowledge and skill sets appropriate for the selected concentration 4
5 MA in MinistrY Program Requirements The Master of Arts in Ministry program with concentrations in Leadership Studies, Pastoral Studies, and Student Ministry is compromised of 48 credits (36 credits with advanced standing). Summary of Requirements MAM with Advanced Standing Biblical & Theological Foundations 12 0 Degree Core Concentration Field Based Experience 6 6 TOTAL Advanced Standing Advanced standing is granted to those students who have completed 30 hours or more of undergraduate Bible and theology courses. Students with less than 30 hours may receive partial advanced standing credit proportional to undergraduate Bible and theology studies completed. Advanced standing allows students to complete this degree program in one year. Program Curriculum Biblical and Theological Foundations (12 credits) or Advanced Standing (0 credits) The Biblical and Theological Foundation requirements can be completed online BTC 513 Biblical Hermeneutics BTC 523 Old Testament Survey BTC 533 New Testament Survey BTC 543 Survey of Systematic Theology Degree Core (18 credits) ORI 500 Online Orientation MIN 504 Communicating Biblical Truth or LSP 505 The Leader as Communicator MIN 505 Theological Foundations for Ministry MIN 507 Leadership Development and Team Builiding MIN 508 Organizational Change and Conflict MIN 509 Personal Spiritual Formation & Discipleship MIN 510 The Leaders Life & Work Field-Based Experience (6 credits) Options include internships, mentorships, research, and design, or an advisor approved alternative study program. Concentration (12 credits) Select one group: Leadership Studies Concentration LSP 501 Leadership Theory & Practice LSP 502 Development of Organizational Leadership & Culture LSP 503 The Psychology of Leadership LSP 509 Leadership Style Analysis Pastoral Studies Concentration PAS 502 Local Church Revitalization PAS 503 Theology, History & Practice of Worship PAS 513 Advanced Homiletics PAS 520 Designing Strategic Models of Adult Education Student Ministry Concentration STM 501 Student Development, Culture, and Contextualization STM 502 Student & Family Systems Counseling STM 503 Thinking Theologically in Student Ministry STM 504 Spiritual Formation of Students 5
6 Course Descriptions Biblical & Theological Foundations Students with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a biblical field of study may have the following courses waived by being granted advancement standing status. BTC 513 Biblical Hermeneutics This course introduces the student to the basics of Bible study and hermeneutics. This course is offered online and may be taken any time during the student s program of study. 3 credits. BTC 523 Old Testament Survey This course introduces the student to a survey of the setting, history, books, theology, and overview of the Old Testament. This course is offered online and may be taken any time during the student s program of study. 3 credits. BTC 533 New Testament Survey This course introduces the student to a survey of the setting, history, books, theology, and overview of the New Testament. This course is offered online and may be taken any time during the student s program of study. 3 credits. BTC 543 Survey of Systematic Theology This course provides an overview of the various topics in systematic theology. Attention is given to the following areas: the Bible; the Trinity and the individual members of the Godhead; humanity, sin, and salvation; God s work in the church and in the world. The course will focus on theological methods, discussing the various perspectives on these issues both throughout the history of the Christian tradition and across the current landscape. This course is offered online and may be taken any time during the student s program of study. 3 credits. Master of Arts in Ministry Degree Core Courses MIN 504 Communicating Biblical Truth This course is a survey of theory and practice in contemporary communication useful in the context of biblical and theological teaching and preaching. Consideration is given to biblical content organization and teaching methodologies with hermeneutical principles. 3 credits. MIN 505 Theological Foundations for Ministry This course will provide an introduction to the nature and practice of evangelical theology, with a special focus on the doctrine of ecclesiology and its application to ministry. There will also be sections on theological method and the history of evangelicalism. 3 credits. MIN 507 Leadership Development and Team Building This course is a study of principles necessary to recruit, equip, maintain, and motivate people in spiritual leadership and development in organizations in a team setting. Included in the content will be leadership inventories, biblical models of equipping, recruiting, various models of equipping venues for leadership development, and a focus on team building in your church or organization. 3 credits. MIN 508 Organizational Change and Conflict This course will focus on the four primary factors that impact change in local churches and business organizations. Additional focal points will include basic organizational change theory and the leadership dynamics needed to reduce conflict, and decrease organizational dysfunction. 3 credits. MIN 509 Personal Spiritual Formation and Discipleship This course is designed to provide practitioners with skill sets necessary for the practice of personal spiritual formation and to gain an experiential understanding of the process of biblical discipleship. Historic and contemporary approaches to spiritual formation and discipleship will be examined. Biblically based spiritual disciplines, such as Bible study, prayer, silence & solitude, Sabbath and rest, will be studied and implemented into one s personal habits of life. 3 credits. MIN 510 The Leader s Life and Work This course examines the pivotal issues that leaders face as they try to balance personal lives with public lives, and personal convictions and values with the demands of their position. Included in this study are topics such as the leader s call and competencies, life-long learning habits, critical values and choices, and common stumbling blocks to leadership. 3 credits. Concentration Courses Leadership Studies LSP 501 Leadership Theory and Practice An introduction to and comprehensive understanding of leadership theory, research, and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. Lectures, small group assignments, case studies, and experiential exercises are utilized. 3 credits. LSP 502 Development of Organizational Leadership and Culture A comparison and contrast of current leadership procedures with the biblical concept of leadership including the character and skills necessary for a servant-leader. Emphasis is placed on group dynamics, supervision, and development of other leaders. 3 credits. LSP 503 The Psychology of Leadership An analysis of leadership psychologies through a review of historical and contemporary leaders, leadership literature, and prevailing psychological theories. The course utilizes lecture, handouts, and guided discussions on selected topics, simulated skill building exercises, written assignments, and films. 3 credits. 6
7 MA in MinistrY LSP 509 Leadership Style Analysis A comparison and contrast of current leadership styles, the identification of the student s personal leadership style, and effectiveness with various groups of men, women, children, and youth. 3 credits. Pastoral Studies PAS 502 Local Church Revitalization An exploration of the issues involved in revitalizing a local church or Christian nonprofit organization, including elements related to personal spiritual development, understanding the culture of organizations, situational leadership, casting vision, goal setting, developing volunteers, and cultivating community. 3 credits. PAS 503 Theology, History, and Practice of Worship Skill development in the preparation for and leadership of corporate worship experiences with attention to biblical and historical models, ecclesiastical and cultural contexts, and the nature, significance, and use of church music. 3 credits. PAS 513 Advanced Homiletics A consideration of advanced homiletical theory and practice, with attention to contemporary relevance, audience analysis, and adaptation. 3 credits. STM 503 Thinking Theologically in Student Ministry This course is designed to help students think theologically within the primary discipline of student ministry. Special attention will be given to the area of how students fit into the overarching story of scripture and how theology should be the basis for a robust philosophy of student ministry. 3 credits. STM 504 Spiritual Formation of Students This course is designed to equip leaders in the art of soul tending within the student ministry setting. Special attention will be given to creating environments sensitive for spiritual formation practices. Within these environments our focus will be centered on creating a community of colaborers who embody spiritual formation as a form of discipleship within students. 3 credits. Field-Based Studies Options include internships, mentorships, research and design or an advisor approve alternative study program. Student should consult concentration advisor to for approval. PAS 520 Designing Strategic Models of Adult Discipleship This course is designed to expose the student to Biblical principles that can guide the Christian worker in designing a holistic and contemporary discipleship ministry to adults within the local church. Topics explored will include: spiritual formation in adults, mission strategies, principles in program planning, and practical elements for designing local church discipleship strategies that facilitate life-change in adults. 3 credits. Student Ministry STM 501 Student Development, Culture, and Contextualization This course is designed to explore the spiritual development of adolescents as well as the physical, cognitive, and social identity of students. Special attention will be given to the area of student development and its overarching relationship to culture. A thorough synthesis of student development & culture will be done through the use of contextualization principles. 3 credits. STM 502 Student and Family Systems Counseling This course is designed to equip students in the essentials of counseling adolescents and their respective family systems. A family systems approach to counseling will be introduced and then used as the framework for understanding of how one can be healed through the counseling process. Special attention will be given to family histories and the synthesis of those histories through a process known as genograming. 3 credits. 7
8 Faculty MAM program faculty members are recognized practitioners, educators and authors who will personally invest in your development as a ministry leader. Resident Faculty Gary J. Bredfeldt, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Philip E. Dearborn, EdD, Temple University Deborah K. Hinkel, MAM, Lancaster Bible College Miles A. Lewis, EdD, Pennsylvania State University Hal K. Pettegrew, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Richard S. Rhoads, MALED, Columbia Biblical Robert B. Shelley, ThM, Dallas Theological Peter W. Teague, EdD, Nova Southeastern University L. Currie Tilley, EdD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Steve Yates, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Adjunct & Visiting Faculty William P. Donahue, PhD, University of North Texas Mark G. Eckel, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Wesley L. Feltner, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Stuart J. Levey, MBA, Western Michigan University Gary L. McIntosh, PhD, Fuller Theological Stephen J. Musser, PhD, Temple University Alan E. Nelson, EdD, University of San Diego Shane W. Parker, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Larry J. Purcell, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Duffy Robbins, MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological John Trent, PhD, North Texas Universities Angela J. Ward, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Michael S. Wilder, PhD, Southern Baptist Theological 8
9 GRADUATE EDUCATION ADMISSIONS APPLICATION ENROLLMENT INFORMATION Master of Arts Marriage & Family Counseling Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts in Bible Bible Master of Arts in Ministry Adult Ministry Children & Family Ministry Church Planting Leadership Studies Pastoral Studies Sports Ministry Student Ministry Master of Education Consulting Resource Teacher School Counseling, Elementary School Counseling, Secondary Please check if you are also working toward public school certification Reading Specialist School Counseling, Elementary School Counseling, Secondary Graduate Certificate Programs Adult Ministry Bible Children & Family Ministry Local Church Leadership Organizational Leadership Student Ministry When do you anticipate beginning coursework? Fall Winterim Spring Summer 20 PERSONAL INFORMATION Name Last First Middle Gender Male Female Social Security No. Birthdate / / Birthplace (City/State) Street Address City State Zip Address Home ( ) Cell ( ) Citizenship USA Other (Country) If other, give type of resident Student Visa Permanent Other Church Affiliation: Church name Church address Pastor s name Are you a member? Yes No ACADEMIC HISTORY List all colleges, universities, and community colleges attended: Name of Institution City, State Dates Attended Degree
10 EMPLOYMENT/MINISTRY HISTORY Name of Business/Ministry City, State Job Title Dates of Service I am essentially in agreement with the Statement of Faith of Lancaster Bible College as published in the Graduate Education catalog. (online at Yes No If No, please indicate the area(s) on a separate sheet of paper or include with your autobiography. CERTIFICATION I certify that to the best of my knowledge the information provided on this application and in other admission related documents is true, accurate, complete, and is voluntarily given. I hereby give my permission for this information to be used by Lancaster Bible College for the purpose of considering my application, for academic advisement, and for maintaining student records. I fully understand that false or misleading information provided to the college as a part of this application or in the accompanying documents may invalidate the approval process or, if admission has already occurred, may be considered as sufficient grounds for dismissal and/or for the denial or the revoking of an official academic transcript and/or degree. Further, I understand that illegal drug use, homosexual activity, heterosexual misconduct, cheating, abusive behavior, and/or other actions contrary to biblical moral standards or to the college policies also stand as sufficient grounds for denial of admission and/or dismissal at any time from the college. My signature indicates my understanding of and agreement with the conditions under which this application is made. Signature Date Please refer to the specific degree program in the Graduate Education catalog to ensure that all admission criteria are met and all required documents are being forwarded to the Graduate Education Office at the ilead Center at Lancaster Bible College. Please enclose the nonrefundable $25 application fee payable to Lancaster Bible College with your application. Mail to: ilead Center, Lancaster Bible College, 901 Eden Rd., Lancaster, PA Eden Road Lancaster, PA or Lancaster Bible College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability. 9/2011
11 MA in MinistrY Program Essentials Program Cost $23,000 for students who need need to take the Biblical Foundation courses. $19,000 for students with advanced standing. Cost is approximate and includes tuition, all fees and textbooks, plus activity fees for on-campus sessions. A down payment of $500 is required. There are both monthly and semester payment plans available. Actual program costs are established at time of acceptance. Admission Requirements Start the path to LBC enrollment by seeing if you meet the following admission requirements: A growing relationship with Jesus Christ Bachelor s degree from an accredited institution Official transcript of undergraduate studies with GPA of 2.75 or higher Major in Bible or completion of Biblical Foundations courses Autobiographical essay Two reference forms Completed application Interview with faculty member Graduation Requirements The following requirements must be successfully completed in order to receive the Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) degree: 1. Satisfactory completion of all course work 2. A minimum cumulative GPA of Fulfillment of all financial obligations 4. Adherence to biblical standards and ethics in living one s lifestyle Apply Online Is LBC in God s plan for your life? Find out by applying today. Once you ve completed the online application, an Assistant Director will contact you with more information. If you have questions contact the ilead Center. Financial Aid Financing a college education can be overwhelming. LBC s Financial Aid Office is here to help. Together, we ll sort through the many sources of funding to find the right ones for you. Call , or read on to learn more about several financial aid options. To apply for federal student aid, students must be matriculated into one of the ilead Center s graduate degree programs. Students must also be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents and not in default on any prior student loans or other federal aid. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for the federal student loan programs. The FAFSA may be completed online at Students must complete the FAFSA for each academic year they are enrolled in the ilead Center s graduate program. Financial aid options: Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Qualified students may borrow up to $20,500 per academic year on this 6.8% interest federal loan. Repayment of principal is deferred while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Interest accrues while in school. To apply, students must complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov) and the Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (www.studentloans.gov). Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan: Qualified students must be enrolled at least half-time and be credit-worthy. Annual loan amount is cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives. Interest rate is 7.9%. This loan is an option if additional loan funds are needed above the $20,500 Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Private Educational Alternative Loan: Students must be enrolled at least half-time and be credit-worthy. Annual amount is cost of attendance minus any other financial aid the student receives. Interest rate may be either fixed or variable based on either the Prime Index or the 3 month LIBOR. For a list of suggested lenders that offer these products, go to Students are free to select any lender of their choice. Veterans Educational Benefits: Eligible veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserves may use their educational benefits to pay toward their tuition at LBC. For more information, visit va.gov or call the VA Educational Office at The VA Certifying Official is located in the LBC Financial Aid Office. ilead Center Scholarships: A limited number of need-based graduate education scholarships are available. Applications are available at or by contacting the ilead Center or the Financial Aid Office. Deadline dates apply. Contact the ilead Center or the Financial Aid Office at to discuss LBC tuition and the financial options that are best for you. 11
12 It has been a pleasure to be part of the MAM program at LBC. The exposure to godly faculty presenting biblically-framed material has given me a fresh perspective on leading the staff with which I have been entrusted. The online/cohort format of the MAM program at LBC has given me the opportunity to learn leadership principles and then apply them to the ministry without leaving the ministry or home. The program has provided me with the best of both worlds: short periods of focused classroom instruction and online flexibility. Without this model, I believe an advanced degree would have not been possible. Bruce, Eden Road Lancaster, PA or Lancaster Bible College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or disability.