Master of Arts in Missional Ministry

An MA in Missional Ministry supports any contextual ministry with core curriculum featuring practical ministry, biblical studies, and missional theology.

Encouraging students to explore the character of God within the context of the unfolding drama of Scripture’s story is our goal. MA in Missional Ministry students are equipped to understand the Scriptures fully and to apply them practically to their community and context.

All classes and programs are available on-line. The majority of our on-line classes are in a synchronous format. This means that you can engage with your professors and classmates from the comfort of your own home! For more information please contact our admissions department here.

Why the MA Ministry Degree

Missio’s unique approach to ministry focuses on our commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ and a generously orthodox faith. We teach ministry from a missional theology perspective, encouraging students to explore the character of God within the context of the unfolding drama of Scripture’s story. This is truly a unique learning experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Shape Your Degree into What You Need

Students can pursue our general concentration or focus on four new concentrations of learning to provide the core content of the degree. The four new concentrations will have classes to help you focus on your distinct area of ministry and calling.

Four New Concentrations:
• Church and Non-profit Administration
• Spiritual Formation and Soul Care
• Church Remissioning
• Church Planting

Available tracks and curriculum

Core Courses – 18 Credits

Reading the OT Missionally
Reading the NT Missionally
Theology 1
Formation and Mission

Ministry Courses – 18 Credits

Leadership Development
Organizations and Change
Community and Mission
Christianity and World Religions
Ministry Internship

Notes regarding the program:

Students must take Formation and Mission within the first year (and preferably within the first nine credits). Students must pass the Bible Knowledge exam to qualify for graduation. Students who select the MA in Missional Ministry program without a concentration may choose most of Missio’s offerings as electives.

Notes regarding the Counseling concentration:

The counseling concentration is designed to prepare students to use basic counseling competencies in a church environment. For the licensure-oriented program, see our Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program.

Total Required Credits - 36

The Remissioning Track in MAMM is a partnership between Missio and the V3 Movement ( It is intended for church leaders who are seeking an MA degree specializing in formation for remissioning established or traditional congregations. The Track’s main feature is a 2-year cohort experience that offers advanced standing of 9 credit hours towards the MA program. The weekly virtual cohort meetings will be led by a team of V3 coaches who have experience in leadership formation in community and in remissioning churches.

This V3 track is aimed at helping leaders recalibrate their church around missional presence, learn how to make cruciform-shaped disciples, tackle old policies and outdated procedures, and honor the past while innovating towards the future. The V3 Remissioning Cohort will help leaders and their church to bear new fruit and live on mission.

Cohort Details:

• Meet for a coaching call each week (with breaks around the holidays/semester break)
• Coaching calls last between 1-1.5 hours
• Pre-coaching call work is assigned weekly that takes between 30 minutes to an hour and includes: reading, reflection questions, videos, etc.
• Cohorts are 4-10 students to give each remissioning leader time to process with coach and group-specific challenges.
• Cohort ends with creating both a short-term (6-12 month) and long-term (1-3 years) prospectus that should be used in leadership gatherings at the church.
• Final papers will be assigned to integrate theological reflection, readings, learning from peers, and practical tools explored in the cohort.

Cohort Topics Include:

Spirituality of Weakness – leadership that acknowledges limits and habits of the cross that can lead to resurrection. Learning to be a disciple before making disciples.

Creative Destruction – Learning how to put the narrative of life, death and resurrection into real-time practice.

Cultural Assessment – Identifying the gaps and resources of a current established community. Charting a strategic path over the gap into the landscape of transformation.

Purposeful Pruning – Recognizing that every event, ritual, program and tradition ultimately shapes a church’s mission. Discover thoughtful habits of pruning so that a gathering of people can bear good fruit again.

Traditioned Innovation – Holding the past and future in creative tension and learning to live more fully in the present activity of God.

Ecclessial Architecture – Organizing your teams, groups and committees around a framework of movemental discipleship rather than duties for service.

Shared Experiments – Utilizing time bound experiments as pathways into neighboring, missional living and new ways of leading.

Ready to start your journey?

Whether you are looking for more information regarding a program, scheduling a visit, starting the application process, or just wanting to talk to someone about your dreams, our admissions department is always available to assist you and answer any question that you might have.

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