A Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree from Grand Canyon University prepares students to lead in local churches and Christian organizations.
The College of Theology at Grand Canyon University offers focused training grounded in biblical truth. It is our conviction that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, true and authoritative Word of God. This conviction shapes all that we do and provides a firm foundation for theological studies and ministerial preparation.
“GCU seeks to bridge the gap between gaining an education and continuing in ministry by offering convenient online theology programs with a variety of emphases,” explains Dr. Jason Hiles, Dean of College of Theology. “This allows pastors and others in ministry to continue serving their local community while pursuing a graduate education through the College of Theology.
“Whether you want to be a pastor, a missionary or serve in some other way, GCU’s programs will prepare you to response to the call God has placed on your life,” Hiles adds.
Leadership education options
Students can choose from a variety of College of Theology master’s degree programs:
Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in:
Christian Leadership: Many students work as church pastors, deacons, elders or administrators. Others who pursue this program work in the secular world and want to earn their MA in Christian Leadership to develop as Christian leaders within their business field.
Pastoral Ministry: Prepares graduates to provide spiritual guidance and care to members of their church or congregation. Students include pastors, pastoral associates, health care chaplains, religious educators, retreat leaders and Bible study leaders.
Urban Ministry: This program addresses specific challenges and needs within churches, nonprofits or as a startup in inner cities and suburbs.
Youth Ministry: Prepares students to serve and help our youth reach their potential through biblical guidance and teachings as young congregants grow personally and spiritually.
Master of Divinity with an Emphasis in:
Global Ministry: Sets the stage for ordained professional ministry and the foundational elements for a successful academic career and for work internationally in cross-cultural environments.
Worship Leadership: Uses a deeper understanding of biblical and theological concepts toward leadership and ministry positions in churches and other religious organizations.
“Students who complete (the Worship Leadership emphasis) will learn the biblical theology of worship will begin to develop worship leadership skills and learn to serve effectively in a variety of contexts, whether small leadership rolls or within a larger church,” says Dr. Hiles. “These students are going to learn the same sort of biblical and theological underpinnings that other students will learn, but they’ll learn to apply them in particular ways so that they’re effective and faithful worship leaders.”
For more information, visit www.gcu.edu/churchexecutive.
Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. (800-621-7440)
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