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Master of Arts: Ministry

At Hope, the graduate Ministry program prepares adult students, many seeking training for a second career, for more effective leadership in their local church or para-church organization. Students experience a blend of biblical development, professional development, and personal development courses that equip them with a solid foundation for Christian leadership.

Concentrations

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Leadership
  • Church Planting
  • Intercultural Studies (Missions)
  • Pastoral Care
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Worship

This program is offered 100% online or on campus through an annual Residency on campus in Fullerton, CA.

On-ground
Classes are offered through a unique Residency format. A Residency consists of 8 days of classroom learning, close interaction with outstanding Christian leaders, and fellowship and networking with like-minded ministry professionals. Residencies are held in January on campus in Fullerton, CA. Following the Residency is 4-10 weeks of online coursework.

Online
Online courses provide an interactive learning environment through online video lectures, online discussion threads, and an online drop box where you can virtually submit your assignments. Best of all, you can log-on to view lectures, participate in threaded discussions, and submit assignments any time of night or day!

Master of Arts: Ministry program is 36 units.

Career Opportunities

  • Discipleship Pastor
  • Executive Pastor
  • Menís Ministry
  • Pastoral Lay Counseling
  • Senior Pastor
  • Small Group Pastor
  • Womenís Ministry
  • Worship Pastor
  • Youth Pastor

Interesting Courses

  • Developing Spiritual Disciplines
  • Building Effective Teams
  • The Church: Past, Present, and Future
  • Conflict Management in Ministry
  • Heritage and Leadership
  • Personal Development of the Minister

 

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Our Alumni Tell Our Story Best

Chris Delfs
M.A. Ministry '08

Senior Pastor
LifePointe Christian Church
Elk Grove, CA

"I believe my level of professional proficiency increased substantially in the areas of preaching, teaching, casting vision, developing disciples and leading small groups as a result of my experience at Hope International University."

Our Alumni Tell Our Story Best

Chris Delfs
M.A. Ministry '08

Senior Pastor
LifePointe Christian Church
Elk Grove, CA

"The professors provided a positive learning environment, challenging my thinking and stretching my faith in numerous ways. Their understanding of church life and ministry life in the 21st Century combined with their solid biblical perspective was invaluable to assisting me in putting my education to practical use in ministry."

Our Alumni Tell Our Story Best

Chris Delfs
M.A. Ministry '08

Senior Pastor
LifePointe Christian Church
Elk Grove, CA

"My graduate work at Hope helped me grow tremendously on a biblical, personal and professional level. It helped advance my leadership skills, gifts and abilities so I could be more effective for the Cause of Christ. My knowledge base increased, as I read, wrote, interacted with the students online and listened to the professors share their knowledge and wisdom. My degree training provided much more than just head knowledge as God captured my heart, mind and soul in a fresh new way, inviting me to knowing Jesus in fresh new ways."

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Eric Sanford
M.A. Ministry '08

Director of Student Development
Manhattan Christian College

"My time at Hope was excellent! The professors were incredible and did everything they could to reach me in my current ministry experience. Learning from other adults in and out of the classroom was priceless as well. HIU has helped me think outside of the box and implement new ideas into my current ministry that will be invaluable to me now and later on in life."

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Lynda Rosiles
M.A. Ministry '08


"Probably the most amazing part of Hope's Ministry program was attending the blocks. Getting to know my professors personally as I learned under such humble and wise servants of Christ was truly an honor. I have grown as a whole person: professionally, in my theology, and most noticeably, in my personal life. My time at Hope has transformed me by preparing me for, and helping me discover, the plan God has for me."

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Merle Hower
M.A. Ministry '08


"Two of the most important things l learned at Hope were the contemplative form of worship, and praying for the mediation of the Holy Spirit in all things."

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Gabriella Van Breda
M.A. '04

Executive Director
World Impact Network

"Hope gave me the flexibility to build whatever components I needed into my degree to help me achieve maximum results in my ministry life and professional career. I will be eternally grateful for their encouragement and support."

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Christopher LaPel
M.A. '94

Founder
Cambodian Christian Church Organization

"The personalized education I received from Hope professors and staff was irreplaceable."

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Mike Parejo
M.A. '09

Student Ministries Pastor
Pantano Christian Church
Tucson, AZ

"The graduate ministry program has been a great fit for me in my current position as the Student Ministries Pastor at my church in Arizona. Between the block program and online courses, I can take the classes I need and ensure that I get plenty of time with my two young sons. I really appreciate Hope's standard of a balanced education between Scriptural, professional, and personal development. The flexibility in the program allows me to take classes that not only will help me in the future, but in my current ministry as well."

Our Alumni Tell Our Story Best

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Sharon A. Cunningham
M.A. '95

Manager
The Kupahar Christian School
Kulpahar, India

"Having had the opportunity to study at Hope was a life-changing experience! The opportunity to study under such profound professors who loved the Lord and His Word...and teaching that it was for ALL mankind gave me a challenge and responsibility I shall never take lightly! The Cross-Cultural courses were so on target for my day to day 'out of my comfort zone experiences'."

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Joel Brown
M.A. '08

Pastor of Youth
Faith Christian Community
Anchorage, AK

"My number one purpose in pursuing a Masterís Degree was to be a more effective servant for Christ and the people He sends my way. I can honestly say that the Graduate program at Hope equipped me to be a better and more effective servant than just three years ago. Not only was the course work challenging and thought provoking, the presenters were top notch. These men and women truly cared about the health of my soul."

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Robin Joyce
M.A. Ministry '08

Pastor of Community, Marketplace, & Church Relations
Canyon Ridge Christian Church
Las Vegas, NV

"I gained more clarity on my ministry goals than I ever thought I would. The graduate ministry program is extremely comprehensive in preparing students who currently serve or are planning to serve in ministry, and the benefit to me personally was enormous. I appreciate the equal devotion given to biblical, professional and personal development. Hopeís holistic approach does a great job at preparing students for 21st century ministry."

Featured Student

Dale Lawrence
Executive Director
Arizona Reservation Ministries

"The graduate program at Hope has been a wonderful experience for me. After being out of college for nearly 30 years, I found it a real challenge to get back into the swing of academia once again. The staff and professors at Hope were very encouraging and helped make the transition much easier than it could have been. An outstanding experience in every way!"

Featured Student

Dale Lawrence
Executive Director
Arizona Reservation Ministries

"I particularly appreciated the balance between professional, personal and spiritual development. Hope offers the most well rounded program I have seen. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to further their education in a Biblically based environment. The online format provides the flexibility that someone in the hectic life of full-time ministry like me needs in order to continue their education."