Do you have a passion to see churches revitalized with greater fervor to spread the Gospel? Do you want to be a part of inspiring church members to catch the vision of the Great Commission and build the Kingdom of God? If so, please consider pursuing The Master of Arts in Church Growth and Revitalization. This degree will enhance a student's understanding of what the Bible says regarding the church.
This degree establishes students' understanding of how to full fill the Great Commission mandate to the church. Students acquire tools to become integral in developing a more effective Sunday school or small group system within an established church, planting new churches, developing spiritual gifts among the membership of the body, and what Christian leadership looks like in these settings. The program offers rolling enrollment with five 8 week terms per year. Students may choose to enroll fully online, fully onsite or a hybrid combination of the two formats. Students will be taught and mentored by practitioners who have worked years in ministries, churches, Christ-centered institutions, and on the mission field prior to teaching. Our faculty do not simply teach information, but rather work to develop relationships that shepherd students to greater growth and understanding. This program is designed to grow students academically, personally, and spiritually to help them reach their full potential.
- On-Campus (Greer, S.C.)
BI 5300 Biblical Interpretation
OT 5300 Old Testament Research and Application
NT 3500 New Testament Research and Application
CM 5000 Spiritual Formation
TH 5300 Christian Theology
CM 5305 Personal Evangelism
Requited Emphasis Elective - Choose four of the following courses:
CM 5306 Contemporary Issues in Evangelism
CM 5310 Evangelism and Church Planting
CM 5311 Effective Evangelism for the Local Congregation
CM 5315 Church Growth and Renewal
CM 5316 Church Revitalization
CM 5330 Christian Education in the Local Congregation
CM 5332 Leadership Development in the Local Congregation
CM 5334 Practicum in the Southern Baptist Convention
CM 5335 Contemporary Issues in Church Growth
CM 5337 Spiritual Gifts: Discovering, Developing, and Mobilizing the Membership
Open elective - Choose one 3 hour elective course
CM 6390 Integration Project
CM 5000 Spiritual Formation (3 credit hours)
An intensive process to encourage spiritual growth through the study of Christian spirituality and spiritual disciplines based upon the teaching of the Bible.
BI 5300 Biblical Interpretation (3 credit hours)
A study of the principles and methods of biblical exegesis and interpretation with an emphasis on the problem of communicating the biblical message in the modern world (3 credit hours).
OT 5300 Old Testament Research and Application (3 credit hours)
A study of the exegetical issues involved in studying the Old Testament including historical, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as the nature of the Old Testament texts, canon, and text and versions. Includes an introduction to the books of the Old Testament by groups and individual texts with a discussion of the application of their message for their day and today.
NT 5300 New Testament Research and Application (3 credit hours)
A study of the exegetical issues involved in understanding the New Testament including historical, linguistic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as the nature of the New Testament texts, canon, and text and versions. Includes an introduction to the books of the New Testament by groups and individual texts with a discussion of the meaning of the different passages in their original settings and potential applications for contemporary society.
TH 5300 Christian Theology (3 credit hours)
A systematic survey of the major theological teachings of Christianity regarding God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, revelation, humanity, sin, salvation, the church, and eschatology. Special attention will be given to 1) the Biblical basis of these doctrines, 2) theological methodology, 3) how philosophical and cultural influences have shaped these doctrines, 4) how these doctrines have changed and been held at different periods in church history, and 5) how these doctrines are relevant to contemporary belief and practice.
CM 5305 Personal Evangelism (3 credit hours)
A study of the nature and practice of evangelism with emphasis on its biblical, theological, and historical roots. Special attention will be given to the rationale and context for evangelization.
CM 6390 Integration Project (3 credit hours) Prerequisite:
30 Hours in this program. Planned with the student's adviser, the goal of this experience is to integrate the student's coursework, personal experience and goals in a "Theology of Ministry" that will further define the student's view of self in the ministry. The written project plan, literature search, and analysis of results is the capstone experience in the Master of Christian Ministry.
Degree Specialization Electives
CM 5306 Contemporary Issues in Evangelism (3 credit hours)
CM 5310 Evangelism and Church Planting (3 credit hours)
Focuses on starting new congregations primarily in western cultures. Attention is given to spiritual principles, personnel, evangelistic strategies, and mass communication needed for success.
CM 5311 Effective Evangelism for the Local Congregation (3 credit hours)
A study of the Biblical imperative of evangelism in light of current opportunities and the analysis of factors that are productive for church growth.
CM 5315 Church Growth and Renewal (3 credit hours)
An examination and analysis of current theories and methods for evangelism, church growth, and renewal in the 21st century.
CM 5316 Church Revitalization (3 credit hours)
An in-depth study of the process for revitalizing the local church. Attention will be given to the causes leading to stagnancy as well as the process for transforming the heart, changing the thinking, mobilizing the people, and establishing a strategy for healthy church growth.
CM 5330 Christian Education in the Local Congregation (3 credit hours)
A careful study of the educational thrust of the church as seen in the scriptures. Current educational needs of the Church will be identified and processes and plans for meeting those needs developed.
CM 5332 Leadership Development in the Local Congregation (3 credit hours)
An integrated analysis of theology, organizational behavior, group process, personality theory, pastoral care, and problem solving skills designed to enhance the leadership effectiveness of participants.
CM 5334 Practicum in the Southern Baptist Convention (3 credit hours)
A study of the structure, events, and meetings of the annual Southern Baptist Convention through readings, lectures, and onsite examinations.
CM 5335 Contemporary Issues in Church Growth (3 credit hours)
A study of current trends, issues, and opportunities in church growth with special attention to innovative church growth ministries in specific churches and movements. The trends and ministries will be evaluated theologically, historically, and sociologically.
CM 5337 Spiritual Gifts: Discovering, Developing, and Mobilizing the Membership (3 credit hours)
This course is an in-depth exegetical study of all the relevant spiritual gift passages in the New Testament. Focus will be on learning how to discover, develop, and deploy spiritual gifts in the context of the church for the advancement of the kingdom. Examination will be made of the role of spiritual gifts and the growth of the church.
Graduate School of Christian Ministry
Dr. Larry McDonald
Dean of the Graduate School of Christian Ministry
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Studies
Professor of Christian Spirituality
Serving North Greenville University since 2008, Larry McDonald holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to almost 20 years of pastoral ministry, McDonald previously served as a Christian studies professor at Truett-McConnell College, adjunct professor at Southeastern Seminary, and a visiting professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Netherlands) and Uganda Baptist Seminary. A native Mississippian, McDonald was recognized for his leadership abilities by Leadership Jackson of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mississippi of the Mississippi Economic Council. He and his wife have three adult children and two granddaughters.
Dr. Bill Cashion
Professor of Missions and Evangelism
Veteran missionary and pastor Bill Cashion served almost 20 years with the International Mission Board as a missionary in Venezuela and as missions administrator, overseeing volunteers in missions, world hunger emphasis, and crisis management procedures. He also served as a pastor for 20 years, most recently at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville, Ga.; taught at Truett-McConnell College as visiting professor of missions for six years; and served as a visiting missions professor at seven Baptist seminaries. Cashion holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in missiology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Cashion truly seeks to live out his belief that “a disciple should never allow his world to be smaller than the one Jesus died to save.”