Emphasis in Formational Care & Discipleship

Master of Arts in Family Ministry

Program Director

Dr. Kathryn Helleman (Interim)

Enrollment into the MAFM program has been suspended for the 2018-2019 academic year.


The Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree is designed to integrate Christian care, discipleship,
and spiritual formation. 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. They are also given training in formational care
through information learned in class, as well as in supervised practical application (Integrative
Seminars) in MAFM-specific courses.

The program is designed to equip men and women for a variety of ministry opportunities: (1) formational care and chaplaincy ministry; (2) staff ministries such as youth, children, adults, small groups; spiritual formation; and discipleship; (3) other Christian ministry contexts; or (4) lay ministry. The MAFM is also appropriate for persons who are already ordained and seek further professional and personal enrichment. The MAFM degree does not qualify the graduate for licensure by the state of Ohio.

Program Outcomes for MAFM Graduates

1. Gain Knowledge (Knowing): The graduate will integrate a basic understanding of
theology, Bible, Christian spirituality, and formational care.
2. Pursue Wholeness (Being): The graduate will manifest growth in personal wholeness,
spiritual formation, and self-awareness.
3. Change Lives (Doing): The graduate will demonstrate ability for forming others
utilizing formational skills appropriate for ministry situations in today’s culture.

Assessment Outcomes for MAFM Students

1. Gain Knowledge (Knowing): The student will write and articulate a coherent faith
statement that represents the student’s best work in biblical studies, theology, and
church history with direct observation and evaluation by faculty.
2. Pursue Wholeness (Being): The student will achieve growth in personal and ministerial
goals as identified in The Ministerial Person course and evaluated in the progress
review process (upon completion of 24 credit hours), and show indication of spiritual
and personal growth in their Integrative Seminar Capstone presentation.
3. Change Lives (Doing): The student will successfully complete the capstone project,
which includes a presentation demonstrating a combination of biblical understanding,
personal growth, and an ability in forming others.

Description & Duration

*See the addendum on page 219 of the seminary’s catalog, effective as of January 01, 2019.

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. One of the most effective dimensions of any person in
ministry is a healthy, holistic view of God, self, and others. This program provides training for
students to increase their own spirituality and emotional well-being, as well as opportunities to
increase formational care skills necessary for biblically-based ministry.

Course Load

Credit hours necessary to be considered full-time vary by program (see Suggested Course
Sequence that follows). Students must be at least half-time for student loans (both new loans and
loan deferment) and other financial aid. Students should contact the Student Success and Records
Coordinator if they have questions about their status.

Class Format

Class format (classroom, online, or intensive) is based upon course content and curriculum status.
Students will need to have flexibility in their schedule in order to attend the Foundations for
Seminary Studies orientation class, field trips, and retreats.

Non-Military Chaplaincy

Students pursuing non-military chaplaincy should verify requirements with the organization which
provides credentialing. MAFM students must complete an additional 24 credit hours to fulfill the
requirements of the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI). Details are available from the
Student Success and Records Coordinator.

Curriculum Plan

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

Foundations for Seminary Studies (1 credit hour)
Old Testament Foundations*
New Testament Foundations*
A Survey of the History of Christianity
A Survey of Christian Theology
Interpreting God’s World and Word
The Ministerial Person
Discipleship Ministries
Spiritual Formation
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Spiritual Direction
Sacred Sexuality (CM 700.1 Integrative Seminar in Sacred Sexuality also required)
Formational Prayer (CM 700.2 Integrative Seminar in Formational Prayer also required)
Marriage Care (CM 700.3 Integrative Seminar in Marriage Care also required)
Group Formation (CM 700.4 Integrative Seminar in Group Formation also required)
Crisis Care (CM 700.5 Integrative Seminar in Crisis Care also required)
Integrative Seminar in Formational Care–Capstone (CM 700.6)

*Students may test out of OT Foundations and/or NT Foundations by passing a preliminary Bible exam

Integrative Seminar in Formational Care (2 credit hours)
Included in the Integrative Seminar is the senior Capstone project, as well as the courses listed after each core
MAFM course above. This will include an estimated ½ hour of combined classroom and homework per week in
each of five trimesters in which a student is registered for a MAFM core course. In the final trimester of their
program, they will complete the integrative seminar. CM 700.1-6 will assist students in integrating the class
topics into their own personal life, as well as their practice of ministry. Each trimester that a student is enrolled
in a MAFM core course they will also register for the corresponding CM 700.1-5 course. These will be graded
P/F and a final grade assigned in CM 700.6.

Class Standing

M.A. students will be classified as juniors until they have completed 24 credit hours, and when
they have completed over 24, they will be listed as seniors.

Requirements for Graduation

The seminar will confer the Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree on students who complete
the 48 credit hours required in the program with a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average,
have met the requirements for graduation, have been recommended by the faculty, and are
approved by the Board of Trustees.