Christian Ministry and Leadership, M.A.C.M.L. (Preaching and Pastoral Ministry)

Degree Program

The Preaching and Pastoral Ministry specialization is designed for students who want to focus on teaching and preaching ministries. Students are equipped to communicate God's Word by providing the necessary skills to deliver a sermon that is biblically accurate, clearly communicated, and relevant to a particular context.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership, Preaching and Pastoral Ministry specialization, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate abilities relevant to personal spiritual formation, including an understanding of spiritual theology, knowledge of God and self, relational skills, and an understanding of their vocation (ULO 3).
  2. Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, and contemporary relevance (ULO 1). 
  3. Synthesize knowledge, skills, and perspectives from specialization-specific content of the Christian Ministry and Leadership program to determine implications for professional practice (ULO 2). 

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

All applicants must submit a written statement outlining their vocational objectives and how the degree might relate to those objectives.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Satisfactorily complete 58 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum charts below.
  2. Students without previous courses in Old Testament Survey and New Testament Survey must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520, which are not for credit unless taken in place of general elective credits.

  3. Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.

  4. At least 24 of the total credits required for the degree program must be completed in residency at Biola. Advanced Standing and transfer credit are not considered residency credits.
  5. Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
  6. Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
  7. Meet with a Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).

Program Structure

The academic program leading to the degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership with a specialization Preaching and Pastoral Ministry is comprised of 58 credits, including:

  1. Biblical and theological foundations.
  2. Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
  3. Ministry skills.
  4. Additional elective courses determined by the student in consultation with the advisor.

COMBINED B.A. - M.A. Program

Students in Biola University's Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies with a specialization in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry may take graduate courses in their senior year, allowing the completion of a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in an accelerated format. See the Bachelor of Arts in Bible,Theology and Ministry for the undergraduate portion of the accelerated B.A. - M.A. program.

Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Courses 1
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
Program Courses
TTBE 517Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods3
TTSF 501Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation3
TTSF 503Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation3
TTSF 504Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines1
TTSF 505Talbot Spiritual Direction I0
TTSF 506Talbot Spiritual Direction II0
TTTH 521Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation3
TTTH 522Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation3
TTTH 623Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things3
Preaching and Pastoral Ministry Specialization Courses
Language/Exegesis Courses
Select one of the following options:12
New Testament:
Beginning Greek I
Beginning Greek II
Introduction to Exegesis
Exegesis in the Gospels
Exegesis in the Epistles
Old Testament:
Elements of Hebrew I
Elements of Hebrew II
Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis
Hebrew Exegesis
Program Courses
TTPT 591Introduction to Field Education1
TTPT 592Field Education II0
TTPT 602Pastoral Ministry3
TTPT 609Expository Preaching3
TTPT 610Contemporary Biblical Preaching3
TTPT 691Field Education III0
TTPT 703The Church and Society3
TTPT 707Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling2
TTPT 730Biblical Leadership and Management3
TTPT 741Preaching Narrative Literature3
TTPT 742Preaching the Wisdom and Poetic Literature of the Old Testament3
TTPT 791Field Internship0
or TTPT 792 Field Internship
TTPT 510Evangelism and Follow-Up3
or TTPH 602 Apologetics
Total Credits58