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Master of Arts in Christian Ministry: Spiritual Formation Concentration

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Be discipled yourself to disciple others in this 36-hour degree with interactive intensives and interactive online options.

  • 2 years


  • 36


  • 18

    Concentration Specific Credit Hours

Why choose the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Degree at OCC?

Why choose the Master of Divinity degree at OCC?

The Master of Divinity is a 72-hour professional degree for leaders serving or preparing to serve in a church or other ministry setting.

Students will enjoy the broad range of courses as well as the number of electives empowering them to tailor their educational experience.

High Quality Education

For over 80 years, OCC has trained men and women for Christian service through deep biblical study. We believe that ministry principles grounded in Scripture provide profound cultural agility regardless of your kingdom calling.

Personal Transformation

Education, at its best, is a process of discipleship, and discipleship, according to Scripture (Galatians 2:20), is the process of transforming you into the hands and feet of Jesus.

Spirit-Centered Community

When you join the master’s program at OCC, you are partnering with God’s Spirit by connecting with Christ’s community represented by fellow kingdom workers across the world.

Who is this degree for?

Anyone in search of or in charge of wholistic transformation and discipleship of Christ-followers, especially:

· Discipleship Pastors
· Small Groups Pastors
· Senior Ministers
· Spiritual Directors
· Student Ministers

Those without a Bible college undergraduate degree are encouraged to pursue this degree program.

Featured Degree Courses

  • Contextualized Hermeneutics

    A critical examination of various principles of interpretation through the book of Acts intentionally engaging in missiological, pastoral, and historical-grammatical contextual analysis. Students will learn both general and specific hermeneutical principles necessary to acquire and apply scriptural insights to various contexts.

  • Worldview and Cultural Discernment

    This course outlines and analyzes the content of the many worldview systems operative in our world today from a Christian worldview rooted in Scripture. Attention is paid to the development of these worldviews over time as well as their many present applications. Students will learn how to understand and appreciate these worldviews, and how to evaluate and respond from a Christian worldview perspective.

  • Biblical Theology of Mission

    A critical examination of the principles of missiology as seen in Scripture specifically engaging the major historical and theological perspectives on mission. Students will learn to distinguish missiological approaches with a particular emphasis given to the significance of Abrahamic covenant in Missio Dei theology.

  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship

    An examination of the biblical truths that guide how spiritual practices become helpful to the spiritual journey of the individual and groups. Students will learn why spiritual practices are important, how they can be approached healthily and unhealthily, and how to apply certain spiritual practices for specific seasons of the spiritual journey.

  • Awareness and Identity

    A critical examination of self-awareness and its relation to identity using Scripture, ancient and modern texts, assessment tools, and personality profiles. Students will learn spiritual practices that focus on deepening self-awareness, unearthing their identity in Christ, and how this impacts Christian community.

  • Historical Streams of Christian Spirituality

    A study of the major spiritual traditions in Christian history with special attention on integrating their concerns, foundations, and methods for contemporary disciple-making. Students will be introduced to major figures in the history of Christian spirituality and will apply their concepts to issues in spiritual formation today.

  • Spiritual Theology

    A synthesis of various issues and traditions of Christian spiritual formation into the liturgical practices of a local community. Students will utilize biblical foundations, historical practices, and insights in group dynamics to imagine a fellowship that leads to personal spiritual maturity.

Looking for more course information?

View all course information in our catalog and find courses offered during the next term.

Program and Concentration Outcomes

  • Students will be able to…

    1. Identify the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the spiritually maturing believer.

    2. Integrate spiritual pathways and practices for individuals and local Christian communities.

    3. Disciple others through relationships and spiritual practices.

Featured Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who will teach my class?

    Just like in our undergraduate program, Lincoln Seminary's faculty set us apart. You’ll learn from practitioner professors—men and women with hands-on experience in their fields—in a distinctively Christ-centered community.

  • How much is tuition?

    Each graduate credit hour at Lincoln Seminary is $490 plus fees.

  • Are there scholarships available for Lincoln Seminary students?

    Yes! You can find all of our scholarship information here. And fill out your FAFSA with Ozark's code, 015569.

  • Is OCC accredited?

    Yes, Ozark Christian College holds dual accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

  • Is the master’s program online?

    Yes, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry can be a fully online, 30-hour degree. Or, choose from three 36-hour concentrations with required on-campus intensives.

    In the three 36-hour concentrations, a majority of your coursework will be online.

    · 80% of your coursework is personal study on your own schedule (research, writing, online discussion posts, etc.).

    · 20% of your coursework is community interaction on a pre-arranged schedule (Zoom, in-person intensives, virtual seats, etc.).

    Contact [email protected] for more information.

  • What is OCC’s statement of beliefs?

    You can view our full statement of beliefs here.

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