Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Leadership

Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
58 $592 3 0 12 0 27 0 7 9 0


The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry & Leadership with a concentration in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry is designed to equip students for leadership and preaching in church or parachurch settings. It aims to produce students who:
• Model spiritual, emotional and relational health.
• Prepare and present sermons demonstrating biblical accuracy, oral clarity and contemporary relevance.
• Integrate biblical/theological knowledge and skill in Christian ministry.  
• Lead Christian communities in the tasks of the church: making and growing disciples, worshiping, praying, and impacting the broader community. 

"The concentration in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry helps develop the whole person in preparation for pastoral ministry. The preaching classes help students preach in a way that is clearer, more relevant, and especially, more biblically accurate. But the degree is not only about preaching. Students who finish this degree will find their personal lives and ministries enriched by the classes they have taken in theology, biblical interpretation, spiritual formation, ministry skills and hands-on ministry internships." -- Gary Manning, Associate Professor of New Testament

Greek Requirement

The courses listed below are required beyond beginning Greek. A qualifying examination is available to all interested students. Those who pass the examination may enroll directly in TTNT 503. Taking TTNT 503 early in the degree is recommended, since it is a prerequisite for TTPT 609 Expository Preaching.
• TTNT 503 - Introduction to Exegesis  Credit(s): 3.
• TTNT 604 - Exegesis in the Gospels or TTNT 605 - Exegesis in the Epistles  Credit(s): 3

Beginning Greek Requirement

Students who do not take or do not pass the qualifying examination must take the courses listed below (for 2 credits each) as prerequisites to TTNT 503.
• TTNT 501 - Beginning Greek I  Credit(s): 2.
• TTNT 502 - Beginning Greek II  Credit(s): 2.


Course Units
TTBE 519 Survey of Genesis-Malachi pre-req
TTBE 520 Survey of Matthew-Revelation pre-req
  Language/Exegesis Courses  
  Select one of the following options


New Testament    
TTNT 501 Beginning Greek I  
TTNT 502 Beginning Greek II  
TTNT 503 Introduction to Exegesis  
TTNT 604 OR TTNT 605 Exegesis in the Gospels OR Exegesis in the Epistles  
Old Testament    
TTOT 603 Elements of Hebrew I  
TTOT 604 Elements of Hebrew II  
TTOT 703 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis  
TTOT 722 Advanced Hebrew Reading  
TTBE 517 Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods 3
TTPT 591 Introduction to Field Education 1
TTPT 592 Field Education II 0
TTPT 602 Pastoral Ministry 3
TTPT 609 Expository Preaching 3
TTPT 610 Contemporary Biblical Preaching 3
TTPT 691 Field Education III 0
TTPT 703 The Church and Society 3
TTPT 707 Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling 2
TTPT 730 Biblical Leadership and Management 3
TTPT 741 Preaching Narrative Literature 3
TTPT 742 Preaching the Wisdmon and Poetic Literature of the Old Testament 3
TTPT 791 Field Internship 0
TTPT 510 OR TTPH 602 Evangelism and Follow-Up OR Apologetics 3
TTSF 501 Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation 3
TTSF 503 Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation 3
TTSF 504 Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines 1
TTSF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction I 0
TTSF 506 Talbot Spiritual Direction II 0
TTTH 521 Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation 3
TTTH 522 Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation 3
TTTH 623 Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things 3
  Total 58

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