Do you have a passion about making disciples and seeing Believers grow in their spiritual lives? Then, the Master of Arts in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation may be the degree for you. This degree focuses on the aspect of the Great Commission given to the church by Jesus to "Go and make disciples." This degree is beneficial to students who serve their church in a wide range of areas from pastor to servant lay leadership.
The MA in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation deepens student' understanding in the spiritual disciplines, exposes them to classical works, which have influenced the church for many centuries, explores theology as foundation for spiritual growth, provides better understanding of Christian leadership, and more. 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.
- 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
Degree specialization Electives- Choose four of the following courses:CM 5005 Theology of the Christian Life
CM 5006 Angelology and Spiritual Warfare
CM 5008 Contemporary Evangelical Spirituality
CM 5010 Devotional Classics of the Christian Faith
CM 5331 Discipleship
CM 5332 Leadership Development in the Local Congregation
CM 5334 Practicum in the Southern Baptist Convention
CM 5337 Spiritual Gifts: Discovering, Developing, and Mobilizing the Membership
CM 5007 Psalms and Christian Spirituality
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 5005 Theology of the Christian Life (3 credit hours)
A study of the Christian life through the lens of the theology of sanctification.
CM 5006 Angelology and Spiritual Warfare (3 credit hours)
CM 5008 Contemporary Evangelical Spirituality (3 credit hours)
An in-depth study of key contemporary writers and thought of evangelical spirituality.
CM 5010 Devotional Classics of the Christian Faith (3 credit hours)
An in-depth study of the concepts and practices of Christian spiritual formation through a reading of spiritual classics and participation in a faculty-mentored group.
CM 5331 Discipleship (3 credit hours)
Students will be introduced to the many facets of Biblical, theological, and personal discipleship as well as discipling those in the local church.
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 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.
CM 5007 Psalms and Christian Spirituality (3 credit hours)
Expositional studies in the Psalms, with consideration of their message for Christian Spirituality. Attention will be given to the special literary qualities of the Psalms and the enduring theology of the book.
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.”