Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

Who should consider an MACL?

This degree balances spiritual growth and leadership training for students interested in working in a specific area of ministry. It is ideal for those who wish to offer theological and spiritual leadership in a variety of professional setting including: United Methodist deacon orders, participation in a congregational leadership team, work in a community or social service agency or mission outreach locally or globally. This degree is a terminal degree, which means that it is not intended for those who wish to continue on for PhD-level studies.

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What is the curriculum?

49 semester hours completed in two or more years

Why EMS?

Formation studies

A unique strength of Eastern Mennonite Seminary is our formation program. We believe that focusing on one’s own formation during the seminary journey is the way for ministering persons to be healthy and whole in their vocations. For this degree, four formation courses are required. Formation in God’s Story I & II (2 credits each) helps students understand their own lives in conversation with and connection to God’s story as found in Scripture and being written in the present in their own lives through spiritual practices. Formation in Ministry I & II (3 credits each) offers students the opportunity to put their learning into practice in internship sites related to their vocational leanings with a mentor to help with on-site theological reflection. For more information, please visit the formation page.

Ministry specialization project

This project is intended to help students integrate their seminary education into their intended ministry setting. As a culmination of their seminary experience, students will develop a resource, with the assistance of a faculty advisor, which will equip them more fully to minister in contexts beyond the seminary.

FS 501 Formation in Gods Story I (2)
FS 502 Formation in Gods Story II (2)
BVOT 511 Old Testament: Text in Context
BVNT 512 New Testament: Text in Context
CTT 634 Living Theology  
CM 643 Missio Dei in Cultural Context

Choose either History Course (3)
CTH 501 Christian Tradition I 
CTH 501 Christian Tradition II

*Choose two Biblical Studies course (6) * 
BVG, BVOT or BVNT courses
BVG 511 Basics of Biblical Language
BVG 621 Interpreting the Biblical Text

Choose one Worship Course: (2-3)
SMCL 642 Congregational Worship (3)
FS 563 Spiritual Formative Worship (2)
FS 683 Intergenerational Worship (2)  
FS 723 Prayer Practices in Worship (2)

CM621 Evangelism: Living to Tell*

  • strongly recommended; required for United Methodist deacon students

Choose two Advanced Theological studies courses (6)
CTT course
CTE course
CTH course 
United Methodist Studies (6)
 (Student needs to check with his/her conference to confirm all requirements are met)
CM 671 U.M. History (2)
CM 681 U.M. Doctrine (2)
CM 691 U.M. Polity (2)

SMCL 698 Ministry Specialization Project (required)

May include the following:
FS 601 Formation in Ministry I
FS 602 Formation in Ministry II

Possible Ministry Specializations:
EMU graduate certificates may fill ministry specializations
Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care
Christian Spiritual Formation 
Congregational Ministries: Preaching, worship etc. 
Conflict Management & Peacebuilding
Youth and Young Adult Ministry

Students may choose other interest area in consultation with their advisor.

Total of 49 SH 
Core courses: 33-37
Elective – guided by specialized specialization focus: 12-16

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