Northwest University’s Master in Ministry (MIM) program blends academics, spiritual formation and practical skills to help you meet the church’s current and future needs. Because each program is tailored for adult learners who are already involved in ministry or other careers, you’ll benefit from a balance of structure and flexibility that allows you to maintain your current lifestyle and commitments while still gaining an exceptional education. The MIM program offers a holistic approach to preparing for vocational or lay ministry, giving you the biblical and theological foundations you need to successfully engage in Christian leadership.
• Versatility: Complete your 30-credit degree program as either part- or full-time student in as little as 16 months. A number of electives are offered in addition to the required courses (21 credits) within the program so you can choose courses that match your particular interests.
• Support: Study in a cohort model, characterized by a small group of students working together and encouraging each other, within an interactive online environment that empowers Christian leadership formation and development of community.
• Relevance: Lay a foundation for effective Christian leadership by building skills that prepare you for further graduate training, ministry credentials or a transition from lay to professional ministry involvement.
• Quality: Engage in culturally relevant, biblically sound coursework guided by faculty with extensive biblical and theological training and diverse experience in ministry and leadership.
Old Testament Introduction: Background & Theology: Examines the basic structure and biblical content of the Old Testament, as well as the core history of Israel in tandem with its relationships to other contemporaneous Near Eastern peoples. This course assists students in developing a foundational understanding of hermeneutical and exegetical method as well as essential theological themes as they interface with the Old Testament canonical literature.
New Testament Introduction: Background & Theology: Overviews the major literary components of the Gospels, Acts, the Pauline corpus, the General epistles and Revelation. Students will review the entire scope of the New Testament writings in terms of authorship, date, occasion for writing as well as for structure and theological content. Attention will also be given to the textual traditions, language, and canonicity of the NT.
Reading the Bible: Exegesis and Interpretation: Serves as an introductory graduate experience in biblical exegesis and Christ-centered hermeneutics as applied to the entire scope of the biblical narrative. Special attention is given to developing an intellectual framework for biblical interpretation coupled with skillful exegesis that lays a solid foundation for both oral and written exposition of canonical sources.
Texts in Context: Using biblical books as a point of departure, this series of courses provides an exegetical basis for interpretation framed with particular contextual issues in mind. Sample course titles include Luke/Acts: Wealth and Possessions; Amos: Economics and Social Justice; Revelation: Politics and Empire; and 1 Corinthians: Power and Justice in Relationships.
Christian Theology: An Introduction: Introduces basic systematic theology as articulated in the evangelical expression of the church, with which the Assemblies of God in broad perspective identifies itself. Gives specific attention to the theological formation of classical Pentecostal doctrine as articulated by the Statement of Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God.
Ministry Essentials: Develops a practical, biblically based foundation for ministry that integrates theology and practice, including the conducting of communion, weddings, funerals and baby dedications, as well as establishing ethical parameters in pastoral counseling, time management, ministerial ethics and leadership style. Emphasizes the divine call of vocational ministry and the attendant challenges of balancing one’s spiritual, personal, and professional life.
Ministry Leadership and Administration: Serves to prepare students to lead a church or other ministry organization by teaching principles of leadership, financial management, governance, board leading, staff and volunteer recruiting and management, record keeping, vision development, relevant legal issues and strategic planning.
Biblical Preaching & Teaching: Provides a graduate-level foundation in effectively communicating God’s Word to engage and empower listeners to live transformed lives. Introduces various forms of preaching and teaching (including communicating in cross-cultural contexts) and prepares students to effectively prepare and deliver sermons as well as didactic presentations. Students will also gain a fundamental understanding of how to incorporate technology into their communication.
Contextual Education I, II, & III: Working in conjunction with a mentor professor, students will design and conduct a supervised field or research-based learning experience that provides the opportunity to focus on a specific ministry interest. Examples include (but are not limited to) the following: supervised work or internship within a specific ministry context in a church or para-church setting, focused study of one’s denominational polity, a directed reading focus related to an area of the student’s interest. Topic is subject to instructor approval.
Contemporary Issues I: Spiritual Formation: A one-credit special topic seminar on spiritual formation.
Contemporary Issues II & III: Special Topic Seminars: A one-credit special topic seminar on a salient topic in pastoral ministry, church ministry, biblical studies, or theology.