NGU Named in Top 10 Best Online Master's in Ministry Programs
Individuals pursuing online pastoral degree paths feel called to ministry, with many deciding to seek roles as pastors or other Christian leaders in the church. According to data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roles for clergy are projected to grow by 8% between 2016 and 2026, while positions for directors of religious activities and education could grow by 7% during the same time frame. The Pew Research Center found seven out of every ten Americans identify with some form of Christianity, roles for these spiritual leaders should stay in demand in the coming years. This guide offers information on common coursework, degree outcomes, and potential careers.
TheBestSchools.org, founded in 2011, seeks to provide the best resources and advice to assist learners through every step of their education, into their careers, and toward sustainable lifelong learning. The online platform provides in-depth rankings of degree programs as well as of colleges and universities. They recently ranked the Top 30 Best Online Master's in Ministry & Pastoral Leadership Programs and placed North Greenville University (NGU) ninth in the nation.
“It is an honor, a privilege, and the result of a lot of effort to build a program that is both rigorous and intentionally seeking to prepare transformational leaders for ministry. We have had the pleasure and responsibility of training folks to serve all over the world,” said Dean of Christian Ministries Dr. Matt Wireman.
Wireman says that this responsibility is not taken for granted.
“To help people rightly divide the Word of God and to serve in the strength that God supplied so that Jesus gets the glory is something we love and look forward to doing more of,” he said.
For the online master’s in ministry and pastoral leadership degree program ranking, Best Schools has selected the degree programs based on the quality of the program and range of courses provided, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation. According to Best Schools ranking guidelines, they are deliberate in balancing academic excellence, return on investment, and indirect or secondary benefits in evaluating schools or programs.
NGU’s T. Walter Brashier Graduate School located at its Tim Brashier Campus in Greer, offers a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry to help students meet specific needs in the places they currently serve. Most learners take 18 months to complete the 36-credit program. Online terms last eight weeks, and on-campus terms take 16 weeks. New students can enroll at any of five start dates during each academic year.
Core courses in the program include biblical interpretation, spiritual formation, and Christian theology, along with an integration project. NGU's online pastoral degree also includes three concentration track options: church growth and revitalization, discipleship and spiritual formation, and missions and evangelism. Applicants must submit a 500-word, self-reflective essay, plus evidence of a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA or higher.
NGU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
For more information about NGU’s master’s in Christian ministry program, visit ngu.edu/master-of-arts-in-christian-ministry.
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