School of Theology & Christian Ministry
Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
The online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Anderson University provides a basic understanding of theological disciplines for those currently involved in professional ministry within the life of the church or faith community.
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM), a professional degree preparing students for pastoral ministry, is offered 100% online. Approved by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the MACM is delivered by the same faculty members who teach our residential classes. The goals for online courses are no different from those who participate in our residential programs: to deliver the highest quality, fully accredited courses in Bible, theology, church history, and pastoral ministry to students preparing for or already engaged in ministry.
This 48-hour program is offered 100% online. Students do most of their coursework on their own schedule. The Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry has scheduled courses in such a way that students can complete this degree in three years. Students may take one to three courses each semester.
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Online Specializations Philosophy
The Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry is committed to the biblical and theological education of those already serving in ministry.
Therefore, the faculty developed specializations for its online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry to assist those currently in vocational ministry — and laypeople who wish to take a seminary degree. Each specialization has a specific philosophy that guides its structure and course content.
Pastoral Ministry is meant for the senior pastor/preaching pastor/solo pastor who might have years of experience in ministry but is feeling the need for the biblical and theological foundations and specific help in preaching and relationship building in a congregation. An example of classes in the specialization include:
- Clinical Pastoral Education
Student Ministry is intended for a paid or volunteer minister of youth and/or children who may or may not have years of experience. This specialization includes biblical and theological foundations plus specific content directed at ministry with youth and children. An example of classes in the specialization include:
- Leading, Teaching, and Disciplining Children
- Clinical Pastoral Education
- Leading, Teaching, and Disciplining Youth
Preaching has been an important part of the church and particularly within the history of the Church of God reformation movement. This specialization is designed to assist the student to understand the methods and delivery of the preached word for more effective communication within the congregational setting.
- Finding Your Preaching Voice
- Pastoral Preaching
- Expository Preaching
Requirements and Degree Core Structure
The Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry has the following admissions requirements:
- You must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university.
- You must demonstrate that you possess graduate-level writing skills. Because most of the academic work in the proposed degree will be done through the computer, you will need to be able to write clearly, accurately, and at a graduate school level.
- You must demonstrate that you possess minimal computer skills, including the ability to (a) produce documents with Microsoft Word, (b) access the internet, (c) send and receive an email with attached files, and (d) receive streaming media. If you do not possess all of these abilities, you will not be admitted to this program.
The Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry has the following degree requirements:
- Complete 48 hours of courses.
- For each course, recruit a small group of adults in your local context and teach them for five hours using information learned in that course.
- Achieve a grade of C- or above in all required courses.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
The MACM has a core structure of courses:
- Orientation to Online Graduate Theological Studies
- Literature and History of the Old Testament I and II
- Literature and History of the New Testament I and II
- Constructive Theology I and II
- Church of God Reformation Movement (or your denominational history)
- History of the Christian Church
- Ethics for the Vocation of Ministry
- Biblical Foundations of Mission
- The Ministry of Reconciliation
For detailed information on these courses, sequence, and the program structure, see the current Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry catalog.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does an online class work?
To the extent possible, our online classes are exactly the same as our residential classes; the major difference is the delivery method. Most online classes are taught by the same faculty members who teach our residential classes, they use the same text books, give the same assignments, and use the same examinations. All online classes follow the same academic calendar as the residential classes. Online classes have the same start and end dates as residential classes. You need high-speed internet access. On the first day of the semester, you will receive an email from the director of distance education with your login instructions. You will log in to your class, where you will find the syllabus and a list of assignments to be completed. Online classes are organized just like residential classes, with weekly assignments. There are weekly reading assignments, weekly lectures, and weekly online forums with other students. You do not have to log in at a specific time. You log in at whatever time is convenient for you and allows you to complete the professor’s assignments by the day and hour the professor requires them to be completed.
It is important to understand that online learning is not for everyone. Online classes are generally more demanding than residential classes, because you must be self-motivated to complete your assignments and post them on time each week. While you do have a community of learning, it is a virtual community. You will read your classmates’ forum postings, and respond appropriately, but this is not the same as being in the same room at the same time with the whole class.
How many courses may I take during a semester?
A full-time student in the online degree takes three courses per semester (nine semester hours).
How long will it take to complete this online degree?
A student taking nine hours per semester may complete this degree in two and one-half years.
Is there financial assistance for the program?
Yes, a student may receive direct scholarships from the seminary and apply for federal financial. To be considered for scholarship assistance, the student must send their request form with their application by the deadline noted. The amount of scholarship assistance is determined annually based on available funds.
How do I pay for the program?
Payment must be made in full at the time of registration. A student may enroll in Tuition Management System (TMS) and make monthly payments. Arrangements for payment must be made before registration is valid, i.e. payment in full or enrolled in TMS. Information on TMS is available online or by calling (888) 713-7234.
Are there other opportunities for financial assistance?
A student seeking government direct loans needs to contact the Office of Student Financial Services. You will need to identify yourself as a School of Theology student and an online MACM student. You must be enrolled for six (6) hours each semester in order to apply for government loans. You must also submit a FAFSA for this process.
May I receive a refund if I do not attend classes?
Registration constitutes a contractual agreement between the seminary and the student. If enrollees withdraw from all classes after classes have begun, or reduce the number of hours carried, they might be entitled to a reduction in charges for tuition. The following scale is used if withdrawal or schedule revision occurs:
- First Week of Classes: 90% Reduction
- Second Week of Classes: 80% Reduction
- Third Week of Classes: 60% Reduction
- Fourth Week of Classes: 40% Reduction
- Fifth Week of Classes: 20% Reduction
- Sixth Week of Classes: No Reduction
What if I am not able to complete a course by the end of a semester?
Students are discouraged from seeking final grades of “incomplete.” However, if you must seek an incomplete, you must pay a fee of $150 per course and complete, along with your instructor, a Request for Final Grade of “I” Form. You must complete this form and have it signed by the instructor prior to the end of the semester. Failure to submit this form will result in the registrar assigning a failing grade for the course. This form is sent to the Office of the Registrar with copies going to you and the instructor. You will not be permitted to take any other courses until the incomplete course is finished. You will be required to complete the course the next time it is offered, without payment of further tuition or fee beyond the $150.
How are materials delivered to me?
All course materials and most communication will be delivered via the internet. You will purchase your textbooks via an internet provider of your choice.
I’m an international student. How do I apply?
International students must follow the same procedure as all other online students. International students must follow the steps detailed on the admissions page. An international student must have original transcripts sent to the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministry. The seminary admissions office will review all documents and determine if the student is educationally qualified to enter the seminary’s graduate program. The seminary will review educational transcripts, essays, and references for applicants. There may be a fee charged if the transcripts require verification.
All courses are taught in English. English proficiency is required when a student’s home language is non-English; TOEFL scores of 550 (paper-based), TOEFL scores of 213 (computer-based) or above, or Michigan test of English scores are accepted as such documentation of proficiency. All international students must have reliable internet and broadband service to engage in this program.
I’m an international student. How do I pay for courses?
International students must pay their fees and tuition in U.S. dollars. Anderson University suggests that international students use peerTransfer for this exchange. peerTransfer offers excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save a significant amount of money compared to traditional banks. You will be able to track the progress of your payment throughout the transfer process via a student dashboard, and you will also be notified via email when your payment is received by Anderson University. peerTransfer also offers a live chat feature to ask any questions you might have about the payment process. For information and a link to peerTransfer, visit the Office of Student Accounts.
Ministry preparation within Anderson University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry is rooted in some important values. First of all, we value Scripture. Faculty take the Bible seriously and encourage students to read it, take seriously its claims, become familiar with its stories, and work with critical questions about how it came to be and how it is used.
We value good theology. Theology is as much a practice as a system of belief, and good ministry involves sound thinking about important issues. It doesn’t mean doing so alone, however, nor does it mean carrying around a set of stale answers. Good theology is a living, breathing activity done with others in light of particular challenges.
We value people and the many places where they can be found. We don’t assume that reviewing someone’s status updates, knowing if they are a “Boomer” or “Gen X,” or classifying them as “red” or “blue” is the same as knowing that person. There is more to every human being created in God’s image than the labels that person might be given, and we encourage students to become familiar not only with categories, but with people in particular ministry contexts.
We value the Church. We affirm that ministry is a characteristic of authentic Christian community. We see ministry as being open so that God’s good news works through each person’s giftedness to affect individuals for good at the point of their real needs. It is no one’s private property. We affirm the ministry of congregations and encourage students to have a meaningful connection with a particular setting for ministry—to observe, to offer their contribution, to learn, to critique when necessary, and to grow.
We value ministry. We recognize that callings differ. At the same time, we do not encourage the kind of specialization that would keep us apart or make us competitors. There should be a connection and a coherence about Christian ministry, which is why we don’t have a separate major for every one of its forms. In the same way, we work on building character more than crafting charisma, and we value the cultivation of wisdom more than the collection of techniques.
We value education. We help students draw on deep wells that will sustain their work rather than encourage the strategy of scrambling for resources to “plug in” to their program. We embrace and explore critical questions, and we encourage students to question certainties that are reached prematurely.
We value you. At graduation, we would much rather shake the hands of people who have been changed by important questions from various fields of knowledge, than wave goodbye to tourists who had a nice time and are leaving with a few items they picked up along the way. We consider students' whole academic career—and their other educational experiences—to be part of their preparation for ministry. We encourage them to view life itself as a learning opportunity.
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Dr. Fred Burnett is the chair of the Department of Christian Ministries. He teaches World Religions, New Testament, and Advanced Greek in both the undergraduate school and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.
As a researcher, he is an active member of The Society of Biblical Literature, The American Academy of Religion, and The Catholic Biblical Association. His publications have appeared in The Journal of Biblical Literature; The Catholic Biblical Quarterly; Interpretation; Semeia; The Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Theology Today; Biblical Interpretation; The Bible and Critical Theory; Religious Studies Review; Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels; Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; Christian Scholar’s Review; Critical Review of Books in Religion; The McKendree Pastoral Review; Shofar; Hebrew Studies, and in several collections of essays (Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between Scripture and Film [Richard Walsh and George Aichele, editors]; Literary Encounters with the Reign of God [Sharon H. Ringe and H. C. Paul Kim, editors]; A Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation [A. K. M. Adam, editor]; and, Reading Communities, Reading Scripture [Gary A. Phillips and Nicole W. Duran, editors]). His monographs have been published by Yale University Press (co-authored) and University Press of America.
He has received research grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Eli Lilly Foundation, Vanderbilt University, The University of Chicago, Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Development Award, Vanderbilt University Center for the Humanities, The American Academy of Religion (Grant for Collaborative Research), and Anderson University’s Faculty Development Award. He has delivered academic lectures at College of the Holy Cross, University of St. Francis, University of Indianapolis, The Universalist-Unitarian Church (Arlington, Virginia), Anderson University (Faculty Lecture Series), The Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, The Society of Biblical Literature, The American Academy of Religion, The Weststar Institute, and The Catholic Biblical Association. Honorary awards and memberships include Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Who's Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, (Marquis') Who's Who in America, and Two Thousand Notable American Men (American Biographical Institute, 2nd edition, 1994). He has received outstanding faculty member awards from both Anderson University (1993) and the University of St. Francis (1989, 1997).
He has also served as the Liaison and Faculty Advisor to the state of Indiana for the University of St. Francis Health Arts Program, on the Editorial Board and the Board of Trustees for The Christian Scholar’s Review, and on the Advisory Boards for the University of St. Francis Health Arts Program, and Hospice and Home Health Care (St. John's Hospital, Anderson, Indiana). His editorial activities include Semeia Studies Monograph Series for The Society of Biblical Literature, (co-editor), and Religious Studies Review (book review editor).
He has also taught courses at Vanderbilt University, American Baptist Seminary, Indiana University, the University of St. Francis, George Mason University, Drew Theological Seminary, and New Mexico State University. He was raised in the Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama, has been an ordained minister in the Church of God since 1979, and has served churches in Alabama and Tennessee as interim pastor.
Fred has been on Anderson's faculty since 1976.
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Professor of Religion
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
D.Min., Vanderbilt Divinity School
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Rev. Dr. Todd Faulkner is the Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at AU and Dean of the SOTCM Chapel. Todd is an ordained minister in the Church of God. He graduated from the Anderson University School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree in 2004 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009. His dissertation work focused on narrative theology in the practice of ministry. Todd has served congregations as children's pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, and senior pastor. He served as Campus Pastor at AU from 2008-2016.
Todd lives in Anderson with his wife, Cindy, and their three children, Caleb, Anna, and Isaiah.
Todd has served at Anderson University since 2008.
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
B.A., Bluefield College
MDiv., Anderson University School of Theology
DMin., Anderson University School of Theology
MaryAnn Hawkins, dean and professor of intercultural studies, brings significant experience to her faculty role at the School of Theology because of the years spent as academic dean for KIST in Kenya, East Africa. She and her husband Jim also served the Church of God (Anderson) in California before coming to the seminary. Hawkins is the national convener of Women in Ministry for the Church of God (Anderson) with the program Qara and is on the national board of the Wesleyan Holiness Clergy Women. In her capacity as dean of the chapel, Hawkins is responsible for the seminary’s worship ministry. She is the editor and contributor to two books, Thread of Hope and Called to Minister, Empowered to Serve.
Hawkins joined the School of Theology faculty in 2006.
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Professor of Intercultural Studies
B.S., Bartlesville Wesleyan College
M.A., Azusa Pacific University
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Shane Kirkpatrick majored in Bible and Religion at Anderson University (1993). He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (1996) and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). His doctoral dissertation has been published as Competing for Honor: A Social-Scientific Reading of Daniel 1-6 (Brill, 2005).
Dr. Kirkpatrick has deep roots in the Friends church (Quakers), where he has served as a pastor and continues to be an invited preacher. He is now active in the United Methodist Church. He has traveled to over a dozen countries, touring and doing church work in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As a student at Anderson University, he participated in Tri-S trips to Costa Rica and India.
Among the courses he regularly teaches are “Introduction to the Bible,” “Methods in Biblical Exegesis,” “Hermeneutics: The Practice of Interpreting,” and upper-division exegetical courses on Old Testament texts, as well as a course in the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) Program. He is active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, presenting and publishing research and reflections on pedagogy as well as facilitating workshops on teaching in theology and religion.
Students regularly report having transformative experiences through their education in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and with Dr. Kirkpatrick. He helps students take responsibility for their own learning, which is pursued in a supportive environment that welcomes faith. His work with students in the field of biblical studies is one of the reasons that Anderson University is valued as an education destination for ministry preparation.
Professor Kirkpatrick has served at Anderson University since 2000.
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Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Gilbert Lozano, professor of biblical studies and Hebrew, was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Lozano came into the Church of God as a youth. His growth and service to the church would in time take him to live in Brazil. He completed his bachelor's at Warner Pacific College (Portland, Ore.). This opportunity opened a network of friendships that would in time allow him to complete his graduate work at the University of Denver/ Iliff School of Theology and then pave the way for him to teach at Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.). Lozano returned to Curitiba, Brazil where he taught for Fidelis, the Mennonite School of Theology, before joining the Anderson University School of Theology faculty. Here he teaches Hebrew and Old Testament studies. Lozano is also ordained in the Church of God (Anderson) and has served congregations in both Colombia and the United States.
Lozano joined the School of Theology faculty in 2011.
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Professor of Biblical Studies and Hebrew
B.Th., Boa Terra Theological Institute
B.A., Warner Pacific College
M.Div., Iliff School of Theology
Ph.D., University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology
Kimberly Majeski, associate professor of biblical studies, is a scholar, preacher, and author. Majeski has served the wider church as a conference speaker, women’s retreat leader, and radio personality with the Church of God’s ViewPoint ministry (Christians Broadcasting Hope). Before joining the seminary faculty, Majeski served Anderson University as campus pastor and as ministry coordinator of the Women of the Church of God. She writes a popular weekly blog and is the founder of Butterflies of Hope Outreach, a ministry to exotic dancers in her city. Majeski is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson). Kimberly and her husband Kevin reside in Anderson, Ind., with their two black cats, Monkey and Henry.
Majeski joined the School of Theology faculty in 2008.
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Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Cumberland University
M.Div., D.Min., Anderson University School of Theology
Post graduate education University of Notre Dame (IN)
Dr. Overstreet came to Anderson University after serving as a pastor in the Church of God for 14 years. He was ordained in 1989 and has served with congregations in Michigan and Indiana. For several years he represented Indiana Ministries of the Church of God on the Servant Board of the Indiana Partners for Christian Unity and Mission, a statewide ecumenical organization.
Dr. Overstreet's academic preparation for ministry began at Gulf-Coast Bible College (now Mid-America Christian University) and continued at Anderson University's School of Theology. His Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary concluded with the project, “The Authority and Function of Scripture in Congregational Life.”
Whether teaching courses in Christian education and pastoral care in the ministry core of the Christian Ministries and Youth Ministries majors or courses in faith development and Bible within the liberal arts curriculum his background in practical theology prompt him to encourage students to explore not only how beliefs influence faith practices but also how communities and practices influence the formation of Christian belief.
Dr. Overstreet is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, and the Religious Education Association. With his family he attends Park Place Church of God. In addition, he is a tutor with the Madison County Literacy Coalition.
Professor Overstreet has served at Anderson University since 2002.
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Professor of Christian Education/Ministry
B.A., Gulf-Coast Bible College (Mid-America Christian University)
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
D.Min., Christian Theological Seminary
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