Do you have a passion for sharing the Gospel? Do you see opportunities to invite others to Christ easily? Do you sense a call to reach the nations for Christ inspiring you to consider a call to missions? The Master of Arts in Missions and Evangelism is for you. This degree focuses on the aspect of the Great Commission given to us by Christ to "Go...into all the nations. This degree will benefit students who have a passion to build the Kingdom of God by giving them better understanding of the process and distinct disciplines of evangelism and missions
The MA in Evangelism and Mission provides opportunity for students' to garner a stronger understanding of mission and evangelism through both academic and practical curriculum. Course options focus on missiology, evangelism, Christian leadership, and world religions. The degree is further enhanced by practical experience through foreign and home mission opportunities. Our faculty do not simply teach information, but rather work to develop relationships that shepherd students to greater growth and understanding. 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. The faculty have extensive training and expertise in missions and evangelism which enables them to mentor students' with greater effectiveness.
- 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
Required Emphasis Elective - Choose four of the following courses:
CM 5006 Angelology and Spiritual Warfare
CM 5008 Contemporary Issues in Evangelism
CM 5310 Evangelism and Church Planting
CM 5311 Effective Evangelism for the Local Congregation
CM 5312 Prayer and Spiritual Awakenings
CM 5330 Christian Education in the Local Congregation
CM 5332 Leadership Development in the Local Congregation
CM 5345 Introduction to Christian Missions
CM 5347 Christian Faith and World Religions
CM 5355 Practicum in International Christian Missions
CM 5356 Practicum in North American Missions
Open elective - Choose one 3 hour elective course
CM 6390 Integration Project (3 credit hours)
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.
Required Emphasis Electives
CM 5006 Angelology and Spiritual Warfare (3 credit hours)
CM 5008 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 5312 Prayer and Spiritual Awakenings (3 credit hours)
The history of spiritual revival movements and the sociological milieu out of which these movements arose will be considered. A study of biblical links between prayer and spiritual awakening, the role of prayer in the evangelistic ministry of individual believers, and the development of evangelistic prayer ministries in local congregations.
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 5345 Introduction to Christian Missions (3 credit hours)
A study of the biblical, theological, historical, and practical basis for Christian missions. Special attention is given to contemporary issues in missions as well as current ways to do missions.
CM 5347 Christian Faith and World Religions (3 credit hours)
CM 5355 Practicum in International Christian Missions (3 credit hours)
A comprehensive experience in an international setting including both practical involvement in personal and other types of evangelism and exposure to various methodologies and ministries of evangelism.
CM 5356 Practicum in North American Missions (3 credit hours)
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.
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.”