Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
    
    Sep 27, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Christian Ministry, Hispanic Church Leadership Specialization, M.A.


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The M.A. Christian Ministry in Hispanic Church Leadership program is an advanced degree for persons interested in furthering their ministerial education, primarily in the practical and educational disciplines of leadership and administration, age-related ministries, pastoral ministry and counseling, evangelism, and missions. The non-thesis track allows students who elect not to complete a Master of Divinity the opportunity to gain additional ministry training while actively serving in a local Christian ministry. It may also provide interested students an avenue for additional study in the practical ministry disciplines.

The thesis track substantively prepares the student for work on more advanced degrees, such as the Ph.D. or Th.D. in practical ministry discipline, with the addition of a research thesis. (Note, however, that the Doctor of Ministry degree requires a Master of Divinity.) Students considering a career teaching at the college or seminary level should understand that the M.A. in Christian ministry is a step toward the academic credentials required for college or seminary teaching positions.

Wayland Baptist University affirms the significance of the institution known as the Hispanic/Latinx church and has committed itself to the preparation of church leaders with the knowledge and skills for effective ministry in and with the Hispanic church. Wayland’s Hispanic Church Leadership program seeks to broaden the student’s understanding of Hispanic/Latinx religious experiences as well as prepare for leadership in the Hispanic/Latinx church by exploring courses in pastoral care, pastoral leadership, urban ministry and an historical/theological understanding of the Hispanic/Latinx Church.

Graduates of the M.A. Christian Ministry in Hispanic Church Leadership gain skills necessary to 1) engage cultural exegesis; 2) provide pastoral care in the Hispanic/Latinx Church context; 3) provide pastoral leadership in the Hispanic/Latinx Church context; 4) bridge the historical and contemporary Hispanic/Latinx Church; 5) conduct research in and develop ministerial strategies for Hispanic/Latinx church leadership.

To help students to be good stewards of their financial resources, the School of Christian Studies proudly offers an accelerate B.C.M. Christian ministry to M.A. Christian ministry program for students who apply as undergraduates. The accelerated program can reduce the financial cost for the student by reducing the time required to complete a master’s degree.

Program

The non-thesis track is 42 hours for students with no undergraduate work in Christian studies. The thesis track includes an additional 6 hours of graduate work. Up to 12 hours of foundations courses may be waived in either track for applicants who have relevant academic background in Christian studies.

Electives - 15 hrs (at least 9 hrs MNST)


Fifteen hours of electives, of which at least nine must be MNST.

Additional Requirements


M.A. Christian Ministry students must take the following courses if they did not take undergraduate courses that cover similar content. Students should take these as part of the 42 hours required in the degree.

Hispanic Church Leadership Specialization


Students pursuing the Hispanic Church Leadership specialization will complete the following courses as part of the M.A. in Christian Ministry:

Thesis (pre-doctoral) track - 6 additional hours


In addition to the 42 hours above, students who wish to prepare for doctoral work in an area of practical or educational ministry are encouraged to complete the thesis (pre-doctoral) track. Students should complete the appropriate specialization for their field of interest in consultation with a faculty mentor.

The thesis requires a student to demonstrate the ability to do independent research. Students should be aware that many doctoral programs require competency in additional modern research languages, and perhaps biblical languages, so advance exploration of doctoral programs is suggested as is consultation with a faculty mentor.

Thesis (pre-doctoral) track additional graduate courses:

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