Christian Ministry and Leadership, M.A.C.M.L. (Women's Ministries)
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership, students will be able to:
- Identify the basic contents of all books of the Old and New Testaments and the broad historical and cultural background information relevant to the study of the Old and New Testaments (ULO 1).
- Exegete and apply a biblical text properly through application of historical-grammatical hermeneutics (ULO 3).
- Explain the major doctrines of Christianity, including their biblical basis, historical development, and contemporary relevance, and assess non-evangelical doctrines from an evangelical perspective (ULO 1).
- Describe and explain (a) a basic knowledge of Spiritual Theology (the integrative study of Scripture and the ministry of the Indwelling Holy Spirit regarding the nature, process and directives of spiritual transformation in Christ) (b) their experience and understanding of the Double Knowledge of God and oneself in truth and (c) how these impact personal vocation and ministries in the local church (ULO 2).
- Employ empathetic listening skills in leadership and counseling contexts (ULO 1).
- Develop strategies and programs for pastoral ministry in church or parachurch environments (ULO 1).
- Employ ministry skills in leadership areas such as preaching, administration, teaching, counseling, and worship (ULO 3).
- Develop redemptive church ministries to their communities in society and culture, being relevant to current sociopolitical issues and ethical problems (ULO 3).
- Employ leadership capabilities to deal with the growing complexity and challenges that leaders face daily as they guide people toward shared goals (ULO 3).
- Describe how their own personal growth issues may hinder their ability to minister (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.
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.
- Satisfactorily complete 49 semester credits as outlined in the curriculum chart below.
Complete the online introduction to theological research and writing by the end of the second semester.
- 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.
- Obtain a 3.0 average with no grade below a "C-" in all courses to be credited toward graduation.
- Complete the entire program in no more than five years.
- 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.)
The academic program leading to the degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership with a specialization in Women's Ministries is comprised of 49 credits, including:
- Biblical and theological foundations.
- Spiritual Formation Focus (SFF).
- Ministry skills.
- Additional elective courses determined by the student in consultation with the advisor.
|Prerequisite Courses 1|
|Old Testament Survey|
|New Testament Survey|
|TTBE 517||Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods||3|
|TTSF 501||Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation||3|
|TTSF 503||Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation||3|
|TTSF 504||Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines||1|
|TTSF 505||Talbot Spiritual Direction I||0|
|TTSF 506||Talbot Spiritual Direction II||0|
|TTTH 521||Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation||3|
|TTTH 522||Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation||3|
|TTTH 623||Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things||3|
|Women's Ministries Specialization Courses|
|TTPT 609||Expository Preaching||3|
|TTPT 634||Foundations of Women's Ministries||3|
|TTPT 635||Toward a Philosophy of Ministry to Women||3|
|TTPT 636||Evangelizing and Ministering to Women in the Present Culture||3|
|TTPT 637||Family Issues in Women's Ministry||3|
|TTPT 638||Survey of Biblical and Historical Women in Ministry||3|
|TTPT 639||Developing Leadership Teams||3|
|TTPT 699||Women's Ministries Internship 2||3|
|TTPT 707||Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling||2|
|TTPT 708||Advanced Pastoral Counseling||3|
|General elective course||1|
TTBE 519 Old Testament Survey and TTBE 520 New Testament Survey are prerequisites for this degree. To meet the prerequisite, students must have received a "C" or higher in approved undergraduate or graduate survey courses from a regionally accredited institution. Students who enroll without the prerequisite courses must take TTBE 519 and TTBE 520 before graduating. Credits from these courses may count as general elective courses, or may add to the length of the program if general elective courses are not available.
Must be taken three times, for 1 credit each time.