Are you aware that Duke Divinity School is offering a new
Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree
for those who are looking to experience a rich theological education
while continuing to serve the church in their
present youth ministry position?
Duke Divinity School’s new MACP degree blends short, residential, intensive seminars with web-based distance learning, allowing participants to remain in a full-time ministry context or other professional position.
That’s right. We don’t expect you to uproot and move to Durham. We’ve developed a program to enrich your current work in youth ministry and provide you with a path to ordination. If you happen to be a United Methodist, you’ll be glad to know that after finishing the two-year program, you will have completed the course requirements for Youth Ministry Certification and nearly all the requirements for ordination as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.
We welcomed our first cohort of students earlier this year, and they’ve enjoyed courses with Divinity School faculty such as Dr. Fred Edie (teaching “The Mission of Youth Ministry”) and Dr. Craig Hill (teaching an “Introduction to Theology”). They’re looking forward to new classes in January, “Introduction to the Old Testament,” taught by Dr. Anathea Portier-Young and “The Youth Minister as Leader,” taught by Mark DeVries of Youth Ministry Associates!
We know that cost is always a factor when choosing to pursue theological education. On our website, you can learn more about financial aid and other scholarship opportunities and a model Tuition Covenant Agreement where churches help to fund this education in exchange for a youth minister’s commitment to years of service.
Send me an email to let me know you’re interested, and I’ll be in touch to discuss the impact that targeted theological education could have on your life and your ministry with youth.
The application deadline is March 15, 2012, but don’t wait! Enrollment for the MACP is now open, and the first session, a two-week residential term, begins in mid-June with participation in the Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation.
I look forward to talking with you soon.
Grace and Peace,
Director of Youth Ministry Initiatives
Duke Divinity School