Master of Ministry - Clamp Divinity School

Master of Ministry | MMIN

The Master of Ministry (M.Min.) degree provides a solid foundation for ministry service by focusing on the core competencies of pastoral ministry. While providing a foundation of biblical and theological study, the program emphasizes practical ministry training, with a particular emphasis on leadership in ministry. The degree program will be appropriate for a variety of persons, including those already in ministry who are ready for advanced study, and persons entering ministry who seek an effective preparation for hands-on ministry service. The program will also be of value for committed lay leaders in the church who seek to advance their capacity and preparation for service.

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Course Format

The Master of Ministry is offered via three delivery modes, classroom, online, or students can mix delivery modes through our hybrid format. The program is designed to be convenient for persons who are already employed full-time and seek graduate education in a more accessible format and schedule.

The 42-hour Master of Ministry typically can be completed in 2 to 3 years. The maximum time for completing the graduate program is 5 years.

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Program Overview

CHR553. Leadership in Ministry I is a study of the principles of organizational leadership with a particular focus on the local church context. Topics will include ecclesiology, church polity and structure; financial management & budgeting; fund-raising and capital campaigns; personal management (time, finances, emotional management); and spiritual disciplines for ministry.
CHR554. Leadership in Ministry II is an application of principles of organizational leadership to specific issues within a ministry setting, including: building and leading teams; staff relations; mentoring/coaching; interpersonal relationships; dealing with volunteers; conflict resolution; member assimilation; and using technology in leadership.
CHR555. Leadership in Ministry III is an application of principles of organizational leadership to specific issues within a ministry setting, including: crafting and casting vision; project management; leading change; negotiating decision-making; strategic planning; risk management; space utilization; and accountability in leadership.
CHR560. Pastoral Ministry is an introduction to the theological foundations and practical strategies relating to pastoral ministry, including: pastoral care, worship, discipleship, spiritual disciplines, and issues in contemporary ministry.
CHR562. Christian Preaching/Teaching is a study of the preparation and delivery of effective biblical sermons. (For students for whom preaching is not part of their ministry service, an alternate graduate course may be substituted with the permission of the Dean.)
CHR565. Evangelism and Church Health is an introduction to the disciplines of evangelism and church health, including their biblical basis and theological foundations along with a study of strategies, methodologies, and trends with a focus on their practical application.
CHR569. Communication for Ministry is a study of rhetorical theory and the process of communication in a contemporary setting, with particular focus on the local church context. Areas of communication to be addressed include preaching, teaching, interpersonal communication, communicating via electronic media, and marketing for ministry.
CHR597. Ministry in the 21st Century is an on-campus intensive course which will examine the church’s interaction with cultural and social change in the 21st century. This capstone course will provide students with the opportunity to draw on insights gained in prior leadership courses to establish a foundation for effective service in the local church. Contextualizing ministry and evangelism in a changing world will be central to the course. Course will include research, preparation and presentation of a practical ministry project relating to the student’s area of ministry service.
CHR501. Introduction to the Old Testament is an introduction to the literature of the Old Testament in the English Bible, including the Pentateuch, the historical books, the Prophets and Writings in the Old Testament, with an examination of critical, historical, hermeneutical, and theological issues.
CHR502. Introduction to the New Testament is a study of the materials available for studying the life and teachings of Jesus, the transmission of the gospel traditions in the early church, the teachings of Jesus, the main events in Jesus’ life, and a study of the Acts to Revelation in the framework of the history of the early church.
CHR503. Biblical Hermeneutics and Exegesis is a study of the history of the formation of the biblical canon and development of the English Bible, the goal of biblical interpretation, the presuppositions involved in the interpretation, the means of arriving at the meaning of an ancient text along with its present-day implications, and the application of those principles to biblical exegesis for preaching and teaching. Students will learn to exegete texts using various tools, including electronic resources.
CHR504. Christian Theology is a study of the major doctrines in Christian theology, including: creation, the image of God, human nature and original sin, the doctrine of God, Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.
CHR535. Church History is an introduction to the development of Christianity from the apostolic period to the present. Emphasis is placed on the central historical figures, movements, and theological issues, with attention given to their importance for Christian ministry today.
CHR540. Christian Philosophy is a study, in historical perspective, of the basic issues in the philosophy of religion, with a particular emphasis on the application of that study to the development of Christian worldview and the role of Christian apologetics in ministry.

Admissions and Requirements

Anderson University accepts students on the basis of academic qualification, character and evidence of the potential to benefit from the university experience. Each applicant’s record will be examined for evidence reflecting potential for intellectual and social growth, strength of character, and seriousness of purpose. The University considers all qualified applications without regard to race, religious creed, place of national origin, sex, disability, or ethnic group. Admission will be on a competitive basis, with the best qualified students receiving priority.


Official transcripts for all coursework leading to completion of a bachelor and/or graduate degree(s) from a regionally-accredited institution that demonstrates an acceptable undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

3 Recommendation Letters

Download Here. One of the recommendation letters must be from the pastor/minister of the local church where the applicant is currently a member; if the applicant is the pastor, then the letter may come from another leader within the church.


A one page essay explaining the reason for your application and the potential impact of the M.Min. degree on your ministry. The purpose of the essay is to establish the applicant’s motivation for pursuing the degree and the applicant’s professional goals.

Transfer Hours

Up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally-accredited college, university or seminary may be transferred into the degree program at the time the student is admitted, provided the grades earned were B or higher. Transferability of hours will be determined by the Dean based on equivalence to courses required in the M.Min. program.

Even if you do not meet all the requirements, let us know. Maybe we can work something out so that you can get started.

We understand that sometimes your educational journey does not work out the way you had originally planned. Clamp Divinity School offers leveling courses as well as Provisional Acceptance for those who are unable to meet the admissions requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The current cost of tuition is $325* per credit hour, or $936 for a three-hour course. The entire cost for the program comes out around $13,650. While institutional scholarships are not currently available for M.Min. students, such students can obtain educational loans through the Financial Aid office. We also have a selected list of potential scholarship opportunities.

*This amount is subject to change and dependent upon institutional discretion. Additional fees may apply.

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Why consider the Master of Ministry Degree?

Fully Accredited

At Anderson University, you are benefiting from the quality of one of the finest Christian universities in the nation. Anderson is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Regional accreditation is the national standard for education quality and is a mark of excellence.

Solidly Biblical

We are committed to biblical fidelity and authority as a standard for life and ministry. We believe in the full truthfulness and inspiration of holy Scripture, which is the foundation for all we teach.

Intensely Practical

We emphasize leadership training. Compared to many seminaries – where you might have one course on church administration – the M.Min. at Anderson University requires three courses in leadership, dealing with practical issues like budgets, staff, working with volunteers, conflict management, managing change, and vision.

What’s the difference between the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Ministry (M.Min)?

There are many similarities between the Master of Divinity and the Master programs. Both degrees are graduate level degrees with a focus on leadership. Both degrees will provide adequate training for vocational ministry. So how do you decide which is best for you?

What’s your end goal?

What type of training are you looking for? The M.Min. is designed for those already in full-time ministry who are ready for some advanced study. The Master of Divinity is a more robust degree for those who are considering advanced degrees. Most chaplaincy and doctoral programs require M.Div. level degrees.

What’s your end goal?

The M.Min. is a 42-hour degree whereas the Master of Divinity is a 75-hour degree. The Master of Ministry is a streamlined version of the M.Div. The Master of Ministry does not include the study of Biblical languages nor does it include the large selection of elective courses. Both degrees have an emphasis on leadership, communication, biblical studies, evangelism, and church health.