MA in Pastoral Ministry
The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPMin) degree is a collaborative arrangement between North American Division Union Conferences and the SDA Theological Seminary to provide advanced theological education via field-based intensives. It is specifically designed for mature persons in ministry (employed or lay) who hold a BA degree, have served in a local ministry leadership role for at least the last 5 years. While not a substitute for the MDiv, the basic degree for the Adventist ministry, the MAPMin degree does provide ministerial education for Adventist pastors employed by NAD conferences who otherwise could not attend traditional on-campus classroom learning.
Classes are delivered twice a year at sites within most Union territories. Each teaching module usually includes two back-to-back classes thus conserving time and travel expenses. Pastors are able to complete the full 48-hour program in about four years.
Courses covered in the MAPMin delivery mimic those included in the MDiv program. In other words all applicants will be required to accumulate certain credits in each of the Seminary's major departments. Annual progress reports (check sheets) allow pastors to track their journey through each of the following disciplines; Church Ministry (CHMN), Discipleship & Religious Education (DSRE), Church History (CHIS), Biblical Studies (NTST) & (OTST), Theology and Christian Philosophy (THST), and World Missions (MSSN), plus a few electives.
Your progress through the MAPMin program is monitored by the use of an academic check sheet. This is a virtual inventory of classes you have taken (or need to take) as you journey through the academic curriculum delivery. Note that each category has a required number of credits expected. In some cases specific classes are required, but generally you are free to choose within the categories or departments listed.
You will note that the headings on the check sheet correspond with the academic departments of the Seminary: Biblical Studies (OTST & NTST), Theology & Christian Philosophy (THST), Christian Ministry (CHMN) and/or Discipleship & Religious Education (DSRE), Church History (CHIS), World Missions (MSSN), and electives which can come from any of the above.
Check sheets indicate what you have done as well as have yet to do. The sheet indicates when you took a particular class, what academic credits it generated, and your grade. Since it takes some time to officially 'post' grades, you will often see a DG by a class, meaning Deferred Grade, until either your work is turned in to the professor or the professor has posted that grade with Graduate Records.
The InMinistry Center staff manages and distributes check sheets upon request. Any questions or problems should be reported immediately at (269) 471-3514.