Spiritual Formation: Christian Studies MA

MA in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Spiritual Formation

(9 Credits)

Students in the Spiritual Formation emphasis are exposed to a variety of issues in personal spiritual formation and leading others to become formed into the image of Christ.   This track also embeds a number of personal assessments and mentoring experiences into the curriculum.

Degree details The Spiritual Formation emphasis within the Christian Studies and Ministry Leadership master’s degree programs consists of 9 credits and is designed for students with specific interest in the discipleship and spiritual formation of individuals and groups.

What it emphasizes Elective courses in the area of Spiritual Formation provide students more in-depth studies on the biblical principles and various approaches for facilitating spiritual growth.   Students in the Spiritual Formation track are exposed to a variety of issues in personal spiritual formation and leading others to become formed into the image of Christ.   This track also embeds a number of personal assessments and mentoring experiences into the curriculum.

What you need to pursue this degree Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have an accredited bachelor’s degree in any subject. This degree requires a spiritual commitment to gain Biblical knowledge and a deepening love for God and others.

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  • Courses

    Spiritual Formation Emphasis Courses

    Emphasis Requirements


    Total - 9 Credits




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  • Careers

    Types of opportunities where this degree might be used Graduates of this program might pursue some of the following career and volunteer tracks:

    • Senior Pastor
    • Associate Pastor
    • Worship Pastor
    • Youth and Family Pastor
    • Children’s Pastor
    • Spiritual Director
    • Author
    • Overseas Missionary
    • YWAM Worker
    • Campus Crusade Worker
    • Christian Camp or Retreat Staff
    • Hospital Chaplain
    • Prison Chaplain

     

  • FAQS

    The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding the online master’s degrees in Christian Studies and Ministry Leadership with an emphasis in Spiritual Formation. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor directly for any additional questions you might have.

    What areas are covered by the Spiritual Formation emphasis? A Spiritual Formation Emphasis helps people think deeply about Christian formation into the image of Christ, reflect on their own personal formation, and then lead other individuals and groups in their own journey towards transformation.

    What classes would this program include? Some of the courses students may select from in this emphasis include:

    • Facilitating Spiritual Formation
    • Spiritual Classics
    • Practical Christian Theology
    • Theology and Practice of Worship
    • Chaplaincy in the Graduate Context

    How long does it take to complete the degree? Crown’s 36 credit hour master’s degree is normally completed in two years, but students may elect to complete the degree more quickly or slowly depending on their availability.

    How often do I have to be on campus? The Master’s degrees in Christian Studies and Ministry Leadership are 100% online and have no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program.  Although they are fully online degree programs, you will have a dedicated advisor throughout the program who can assist with various departments.  You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email. While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation!  We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation.  The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday

    What jobs can I get with this degree? Some of the roles well-suited to those graduating with the Master degree in Christian Studies and an emphasis on Spiritual Formation could include:

    • Senior Pastor
    • Associate Pastor
    • Worship Pastor
    • Youth and Family Pastor
    • Children’s Pastor
    • Spiritual Director
    • Author
    • Overseas Missionary
    • YWAM Worker
    • Campus Crusade Worker
    • Christian Camp or Retreat Staff
    • Hospital Chaplain
    • Prison Chaplain
    • Social Worker

    Do I need to be a pastor or missionary already to complete this program? No, although some familiarity with ministry as a career path will certainly help for this particular major.

    Can I transfer into the Christian Studies (MA) or Ministry Leadership (MA) program if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree? While some life experience and work history (such as current or previous work) may be considered for credit, as a master-level, professional degree, all students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the program and most students will be required to complete all courses included in the curriculum.

    Did you know? 

    • Crown faculty in our graduate programs have earned doctoral degrees and actively serve as practitioner-scholars in a variety of church and non-profit ministry contexts.
    • Crown’s M. A. degrees seek to draw upon the strengths in our other graduate programs to allow students to take elective credits in their area of interest.
    • Our program is designed for both men and women who seek to serve in a variety of religious leadership roles.