Master of Arts in Family Ministry

Dr. Kathryn Helleman, Director (Interim)

The Master of Arts in Family Ministry (MAFM) has suspended admissions for the 2018-2019 Academic Year to allow for program review. The MAFM program remains accredited by the Higher Learning Commissions (HLC) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Current students may contact the interim program director with questions or concerns. Applicants interested in joining a wait list should contact the Admissions Office at

The Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree is designed to integrate Christian counseling and the spirituality of soul care. In the MAFM program, students are prepared for ministry by utilizing a holistic approach to personal wholeness (spiritual, emotional, social, and physical) as they interact honestly and personally with the biblical text. The program is designed to equip men and women for a variety of ministry opportunities: (1) pastoral counseling and formational care ministry; (2) staff ministries such as youth, children, adults, and small groups; spiritual formation; and discipleship; or (3) lay ministry. The MAFM is also appropriate for persons who are already ordained and seek further professional and personal enrichment. The MAFM is a 48 credit hour program that can be completed in two years of full-time study or in three or more years of part-time study.


During the past decade a transition in Christian ministry has occurred that is raising the awareness of the value and priority of holistic care and counseling in a Christian context. In response to this need and vision the MAFM program requires the completion of 48 credit hours that include the following: 

General theological education requirements
 (31 credit hours):
Old Testament Foundations*
New Testament Foundations*
A Survey of the History of Christianity
A Survey of Christian Theology
Interpreting God’s World & Word
The Ministerial Person
Discipleship Ministries
Spiritual Formation
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Spiritual Direction
Foundations in Theological Studies (one credit hour)
*Students may test out of OT Foundations and/or NT Foundations by passing a preliminary Bible exam

MAFM requirement
s (17 credit hours):
Human Sexuality (CM 700.1 Integrative Seminar in Human Sexuality also required)
Formational Prayer in Ministry (CM 700.2 Integrative Seminar in Formational Prayer in Ministry also required)
Marital Counseling (CM 700.3 Integrative Seminar in Marital Counseling also required)
Family Foundations and Dynamics (CM 700.4 Integrative Seminar in Family Foundations and Dynamics also required)
Crisis Intervention in the Family (CM 700.5 Crisis Intervention in the Family also required)
Integrative Seminar in Formational Care

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