Bethel University M.A. in Ministry

Ministry Program

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With a Ministry degree, you’ll fuel your passion for the church and be prepared to minister with confidence.

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Transformation starts here. In Bethel Seminary’s M.A. in Ministry program, you’ll build a foundation of biblical studies and theology, then integrate spiritual and personal formation, because all ministry starts with self-leadership. Finally, you’ll add practical ministry training that prepares for leadership roles in a variety of pastoral staff contexts.

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This program is designed to prepare and inspire you to fulfill your highest passions in ministry. We'll provide you with the framework, theories, and practices that produce the best results.

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Program Highlights

Spiritual formation

You’ll grow in spiritual maturity through a greater understanding of the Bible and how it relates to your own life. As you grow your faith, you’ll expand you capacity to serve others.

Relevant, unique concentrations

You’ll be able to target your specific ministry area by choosing courses or a concentration that supports your passions and call.

Practical application

You’ll gain hands-on experience through a professional internship, giving you a chance to practice ministry—and reflect on that practice.


If you feel called to an even deeper level of preparation, you'll be able to transfer seamlessly into our Master of Divinity degree program.

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Transformation starts here.

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At Bethel Seminary, you’ll experience personal and spiritual transformation that will equip you to transform others—for eternal impact. Our M.A. in Ministry program exists where preparation meets calling, so you can fuel your passion for the church and prepare to serve God’s people.

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Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a Ministry degree?

The M.A. in Ministry program will prepare you with the knowledge and training for associate or staff ministry roles in churches, student ministries, nonprofits, or parachurch organizations.


Learn how to:

  • Increase your impact by developing the knowledge, spiritual maturity, and skills that will equip you to practice the ministry to which you are called
  • Promote a culturally sensitive understanding and practice of ministry
  • Develop a biblical and theological framework for your specific ministry goals
  • Familiarize yourself with emerging theoretical and research methodologies in the field of ministry studies
  • Promote awareness of ethical and theological issues relevant to ministry praxis
  • Be a successful member of any ministry team through developing your leadership skills


The M.A. in Ministry prepares students for a broad field of ministry roles. Possible ministry opportunities include:

  • Associate Pastor
  • Pastor of Community Life
  • Pastor of Discipleship
  • Pastor of Small Groups
  • College Ministry
  • Youth Ministry
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