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McAfee to Offer a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

April 1, 2010

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

Admissions contact:
(678) 547-6474

ATLANTA - Beginning this summer, Mercer University’s James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology will offer a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. The degree is designed for mid-career professionals seeking to deepen their ministry without pursuing a full-time Master of Divinity.

The degree can be completed in two years and is ideal for bi-vocational and part-time ministers, ministers with undergraduate ministerial education, lay leaders and professionals from other disciplines seeking to broaden their competencies.

“The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry was designed for lay ministers, mid-career and part-time students,” said Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, dean of McAfee. “It offers the core of the Master of Divinity program, without the requirements in Greek and Hebrew. We think it’s going to be an attractive degree for students seeking a theology education who cannot devote full-time to an academic program.”

The degree will help students develop the general theological understanding required as a basis for local church ministries while nurturing the practical abilities and skills needed in that setting.  It consists of 56 credit hours in such courses as New and Old Testament, church history, ethics, leadership, evangelism and mission, and spiritual formation.

In addition, the degree allows for the transfer of up to 14 master’s-level hours from another accredited seminary. For more information, contact the McAfee admissions office at or (678) 547-6474.

About the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
The McAfee School of Theology was established in 1996. Located in Atlanta on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus, the School of Theology offers programs leading to the degrees Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The School of Theology also offers several joint programs: an M.Div.-Master of Business Administration, an M.Div.-Master of Science in Counseling and an M.Div.-Master of Arts in Church Music through the Townsend-McAfee Institute for Graduate Church Music Studies, a collaborative program between the School of Theology and the Townsend School of Music in Macon. For more information, visit

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,000 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at three regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit
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