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Church and Community
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  • OnlineOctober 20, 2020

Overview

Become equipped to love and serve the community where God has placed you

The Master of Arts in church and community degree program is designed to offer a specific type of ministerial preparation not readily found elsewhere. This program uses a local congregation approach to community healing. Churches, to be true to the narrative of the people of God, must engage the places to which they have been sent.  

This degree prepares students to help congregations begin to engage actual neighborhoods, working for the peace of the place that they have been given rather than the one they wish they had.  

Students will train to lead congregations and ministries within diverse communities and learn to respond uniquely to community issues like racism, immigration, generational poverty and changing neighborhoods. They will learn how to study their neighborhoods, how to engage in successful intercultural work in changing neighborhoods, and how to lead people toward reconciliation.  

With spiritual formation woven into every course, our program seeks to create faith-filled servant leaders who will be able to: 

  • Critically evaluate and interact with influences shaping culture, communities and congregations
  • Construct Christian responses to contemporary issues facing society
  • Help congregations and communities flourish 
  • Work among and with diverse communities with cultural sensitivity

Focus on areas of specific interest

Optional summer intensives allow students to focus on areas of specific interest: 

  • Immigration and refugee ministry (Atlanta)
  • The church in a post-Christian context (Manchester and London, England)
  • Issues in underserved communities such as gentrification, food deserts and homelessness (Nashville) 
  • Church-planting in a multicultural context (Nashville or Florida)

What to expect

The program can be taken 100 percent online, with books and materials delivered to your front door. You can complete the entire degree remotely. Online students work with a learning cohort throughout the program, taking one class at a time. Finish the program in 24 months with a master’s degree in hand.

Additionally, students may choose to participate in optional face-to-face offerings that include conferences, spiritual formation events and retreats, synchronous sessions in courses, and intensive classes that meet in the summer. Some of these summer intensives will be held at the University, but some will be part of domestic or international trips. These courses give a way not only for face-to-face learning but also for learning in real contexts. 

Participating in the face-to-face offerings allows you to finish your degree in only 18 months. 

This program is ideal for students who:

  • are interested in compassionate ministries, urban ministries, rural communities or rapidly changing multicultural communities
  • are involved in community development or non-profit ministry that is attached to churches
  • are practitioners who have found help through the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)
  • have a personal passion to see churches involved in bringing underserved communities to a place where they’re flourishing 
  • urban pastors of large churches, rural pastors of small churches and lay persons in service and outreach ministries—all church and ministry leaders who want more focused training on church and community issues surrounding

Overview

Become equipped to love and serve the community where God has placed you

The Master of Arts in church and community degree program is designed to offer a specific type of ministerial preparation not readily found elsewhere. This program uses a local congregation approach to community healing. Churches, to be true to the narrative of the people of God, must engage the places to which they have been sent.  

This degree prepares students to help congregations begin to engage actual neighborhoods, working for the peace of the place that they have been given rather than the one they wish they had.  

Students will train to lead congregations and ministries within diverse communities and learn to respond uniquely to community issues like racism, immigration, generational poverty and changing neighborhoods. They will learn how to study their neighborhoods, how to engage in successful intercultural work in changing neighborhoods, and how to lead people toward reconciliation.  

With spiritual formation woven into every course, our program seeks to create faith-filled servant leaders who will be able to: 

  • Critically evaluate and interact with influences shaping culture, communities and congregations
  • Construct Christian responses to contemporary issues facing society
  • Help congregations and communities flourish 
  • Work among and with diverse communities with cultural sensitivity

Focus on areas of specific interest

Optional summer intensives allow students to focus on areas of specific interest: 

  • Immigration and refugee ministry (Atlanta)
  • The church in a post-Christian context (Manchester and London, England)
  • Issues in underserved communities such as gentrification, food deserts and homelessness (Nashville) 
  • Church-planting in a multicultural context (Nashville or Florida)

What to expect

The program can be taken 100 percent online, with books and materials delivered to your front door. You can complete the entire degree remotely. Online students work with a learning cohort throughout the program, taking one class at a time. Finish the program in 24 months with a master’s degree in hand.

Additionally, students may choose to participate in optional face-to-face offerings that include conferences, spiritual formation events and retreats, synchronous sessions in courses, and intensive classes that meet in the summer. Some of these summer intensives will be held at the University, but some will be part of domestic or international trips. These courses give a way not only for face-to-face learning but also for learning in real contexts. 

Participating in the face-to-face offerings allows you to finish your degree in only 18 months. 

This program is ideal for students who:

  • are interested in compassionate ministries, urban ministries, rural communities or rapidly changing multicultural communities
  • are involved in community development or non-profit ministry that is attached to churches
  • are practitioners who have found help through the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)
  • have a personal passion to see churches involved in bringing underserved communities to a place where they’re flourishing 
  • urban pastors of large churches, rural pastors of small churches and lay persons in service and outreach ministries—all church and ministry leaders who want more focused training on church and community issues surrounding