This program is for experienced Christian leaders who are convinced that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Reflect and build on the breadth and the depth of your experience in ministry, become a more effective and creative leader, and learn to live increasingly out of the best of what you believe, not merely out of what works.
Get equipped for effective leadership in congregational life or other arenas of ministry. Work out the majority of your learning in your local context of ministry, and let God transform you increasingly into a follower of Christ and a leader of God’s people. Build the character that authentic leadership requires, develop a Christ-formed spirituality that sustains your ministry, and gain the experience needed for living out the vision of God with the people of God.
Learn to lead a congregation facing the bicultural challenges of Chinese churches in North American cities. Understand the rich tradition of Chinese Christianity and the particular challenges facing second and third generations. Integrate cultural realities with the Christian Gospel, learn how to preach and teach effectively, and develop a personal life formed by prayer and Scripture.
If you are called to lead others toward deeper relationship with God, you must first experience it yourself. Deepen your life with God while learning how to nurture in others a vibrant, meaningful faith. Understand biblical paradigms of the spiritual life, develop sustaining spiritual practices, and experience spiritual companionship and the transforming love of the triune God.
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
Do you have a passion for deeper integration of your faith with your daily living? Do you wish to be faithful to where God is calling you in the marketplace and in your community? The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is customized to your needs and to your context. You will take a set of core courses along with supplementary electives that speak to your unique passions and calling.
ADVANCE DIPLOMA + CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
A doctoral-level diploma that explores the transformative power of preaching. Integrate into a Doctor of Ministry, or take as a stand alone diploma.
To serve a broad range of learning styles and student work experiences, we employ instructional technologies to teach some courses. These technologies, while reducing travel costs, can boost collaboration and allow students to learn in different modes.
Some learning options include electronic bulletin boards, computer-mediated class discussions, blogs, videoconferencing and web streaming. Each of these methods provide flexibility for students to access a Carey education.
As well, we offer Guided Studies, which provide our students with the opportunity to study areas of personal interest beyond those in the established curriculum. Details regarding such courses are available from the Registrar’s office. Such studies may be taken after approval by the Registrar, in consultation with the VP Academic, and the appropriate instructor’s consent.
Required courses will not be offered as Guided Studies, so students should plan to complete all required elements of their program in the modular format or online format when they are offered. Guided Studies are reserved for topics in which a student wants to pursue individual study with a professor and may be used only to fill electives within the academic program.
CSF 600 / 610 | Dr. Les Biggs and Dr Dan Heavenor, Hybrid Course May 7, 2016 – February 25, 2017 Retreat: May 7 – 13, 2016 6 credits (CSF600) 9 Credits (CSF 610) PRE-REQUISITE: CSF500 Relationality is at the heart of God and thus the heart of Christian spirituality. We do not become spiritually mature without others. Christian community within which and through which we live out the spiritual life is a reflection of our relationship with God and others. Ours is a shared journey. As we willingly open ourselves to the transformative movement of the love of God, we open ourselves to the world around us. An ever-deepening spiritual experience is participation in Jesus’ incarnational presence, through the Spirit, giving flesh to God’s compassionate love of humanity and all creation. The outward journey takes into consideration the persons we are, our interests, our personality, and our unique relationship with God and weaves that uniqueness into the fabric of community, the people of God. Together we are entrusted with the challenge of embodying the values and vision of God’s kingdom. The Spirit of God invites us to be an attentive and responsive presence as we listen for and respond to the guidance of that “still small voice” guiding our journey together; a journey that promotes and establishes healing and hope, compassion and justice, peace and reconciliation, in this created world … on earth, as it is in heaven. Learning Outcomes As a result of this course, the students will: Gain a biblical base for the practice and experience of the Christian life as an outward movement of the Spirit. Deepen their desire for the practice of discernment that flows out of knowledge and experience of God, self, and community. Appreciate the varied and imperative relationships comprising the spectrum of spiritual companionship and their place in the transforming of Christian community. Envision living the attitudes and beliefs required of a community characterized by an attentive and responsive presence to the Spirit of God. Experience ministry/service opportunities that increase the spiritual impact of others who share the journey with emphasis on stewardship of the earth and the public life of the Church. PRE-REQUISITE: CSF500 REGISTER NOW | 600 SYLLABUS | 610 SYLLABUS
APPL 690 Supervised Ministry | Dr. Axel Schoeber Course duration: Sept 26-June 6 2017 6 Graduate Credits (270hours [Master’s])/3 Graduate Credits (135 hours [Diploma]) Course Description: The goal of this course is readiness for effective ministry. It is a nine month orientation to ministry which has at its heart an individually designed ministry experience involving supervision, selected reading, reflection on ministry, and direct ministry involvement. (Diploma students will spend six months in the course, through March.) Learning Outcomes: Through thoughtful and diligent participation in this course you will: Clarify and affirm your sense of call to ministry and the particular expressions of that call to which you are drawn. Demonstrate ability to integrate new perspectives in your ministry—both for the present and for the future—through reflection on ministry experience, Scripture, course texts and your own faith background. Demonstrate increasing competence in pastoral practice. Show openness to relationships and community as important settings in which ministry effectiveness can be sharpened. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS
APPL 695 MASF Practicum | Dr. Les Biggs September 26, 2016 – April 28, 2017 6 graduate credit hours Course Description This course is designed to provide practical opportunities for applying previous components of thinking and learning within the MASF program, along with ongoing whole-person growth and reflective experience in the realm of Christian spiritual formation ministries. This eight-month, hands-on experience focuses on a particular relational context, core options being Congregational Ministries, Public Work of the Church or Spiritual Direction, and combines elements of design, implementation and assessment to enrich personal ministry perspectives and refine skills of leadership and intentional application. Course Objectives By participating in this practicum, you can expect to continue growing as a person and leader in particular Christian spiritual formation ministries as you cooperate with God’s Spirit to enrich the transformational journey of others. Specifically, you can expect: To develop and demonstrate your values, perspectives, and practices related to a Christian Spiritual Formation vocation within a congregational, public or spiritual direction context; To deepen your ability to discern and respond appropriately to real-time dynamics associated with particular ministry opportunities; To demonstrate abilities to integrate previous learning, as well as to plan, lead and assess intentional experiences in Christian spiritual formation; To embrace and evidence personal practices reflecting an intentional life with God that sustains and informs your practicum experience. REGISTER NOW |SYLLABUS