All Christians are called to ministry. By God’s design, we are to be equipped for our several ministries by certain individuals whom Christ has given to the church specifically for this purpose. It has been observed that there is a diminishing number of ministers to serve in local congregations. In recognition of this growing need for capable ministers in the Church, Harding University offers the Master of Ministry, a 36-hour non-thesis program, for promoting mastery in ministry--equipping people as congregational servants who can fully participate in building up the body of Christ.
Purpose of the Program
To equip an increasing number of Christians as professional and non-professional ministers capable of serving effectively and encouraging others in Christian service in the local church and the world.
Students completing the Master of Ministry program: Will demonstrate an ability to discern God’s Word as the primary source of spiritual formation and ministry in order to integrate Bible knowledge with constructive ministry. Will demonstrate competence in communicating the Word effectively in a variety of settings. Will be able to integrate an understanding of God’s will with the realities of the church’s context and interpersonal dynamics in order to participate with fellow Christians in the process of articulating a ministry vision, setting goals, and planning strategically, while exercising skill in managing conflict. Will demonstrate an ability to participate with others in pursuing spiritual health and growth, in discovering and developing gifts, and in exercising gifts in constructive ministry in the church.