Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

ACU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a flexible degree program designed to equip you for competent leadership in ministry fields such as youth and family ministry, children’s ministry and education ministry.

ACU’s Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is a flexible degree program designed to equip you for competent leadership in ministry fields such as youth and family ministry, children’s ministry and education ministry.

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Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

About the Program

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This online Christian ministry degree is ideal if you’re looking to deepen your theological knowledge for a career outside ministry, such as in education or social service. The master’s degree in Christian ministry will help you tackle leadership challenges and prepare you for life-long service and success.

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With many elective hours, you are able to personalize your online ministry degree to match your particular ministry passions and interests. The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is also available as a residential program in Abilene.


Ministerial Leadership
Ministry and Bible
Student and Family Ministry
Spiritual Formation

Required Hours

48 hours
30 months

Example Coursework

Biblical Exegesis
History of Christianity
Systematic Theology
Foundations of the Theology of Ministry

Upcoming Start Dates

May 3, 2021
August 23, 2021

Meet the Program Director

Mindi Thompson

Dr. Mindi Thompson is an Associate Professor and Director of Distance Education. She joined the Graduate School of Theology in 2011. Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. from Luther Seminary where she focused on the Old Testament. She holds an M.A. from Emmanual Christian Seminary, and her B.A. and A.A. are from Minnesota Bible College.  She earned the honor of Outstanding Faculty of the Year for the College of Biblical Studies at ACU in 2015. She is the co-author of the book, To the Ends of the Earth: Cultural Considerations for Global Online Theological Education and author of the publication, Reading Leviticus 19: Issues for Interpretation.


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Student Spotlight: Andrew Ritchie

Get to know Andrew Ritchie, ACU alum (BA Biblical Texts) who’s nearly halfway through his online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) program.

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Vocational Formation at ACU: Finding Your Purpose and Passion

Vocational formation is all about finding your life’s calling, learning how God is shaping you into the person you were born to be. You likely have a career goal or the spark of an idea of what you’d like to do professionally. Vocational formation takes this a step further by helping you understand your deeper desire to serve others, no matter what the job title or duties entail.

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Upon completion, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the history of the Christian faith.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to a particular aspect of ministerial practice.
  3. Integrate theological and theoretical concepts with concrete ministry situations.
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To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit an official transcript of all previous colleges attended. The transcript must indicate an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate approximate B average or above in the area of focus or related area and evidence of an overall productive GPA.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Author a personal statement of interest.
  • Complete a writing assessment.
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The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, an organization of more than 250 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in theological disciplines.