Master of Christian Ministries

Gain the foundation and flexibility you need to pursue areas of passion and demand in Christian ministry.

The Master of Christian Ministries (MCM) is designed to equip students already serving in ministry to reach the next level of competency in their ministry path.

Often, people in ministry already know the needs of their context and how they need to grow in order to serve more effectively. The MCM will meet you there: mix and match classes from Bible, Theology, and/or History; Christian Ministry; Experiential Ministry; Leadership and Management; Counselling; and Worship while focusing in on two of these six areas.

Partner for success

Finances shouldn’t keep you from ministry training. Our Partnering for Success initiative makes our MCM even more accessible by allowing students to split tuition costs three ways with their church and with Briercrest.

Relevant training

Tailor your master’s to suit your needs. With four core courses, eight specialization courses across two subject areas, and two elective courses, this 14-course program is highly adaptable to allow you to be equipped in the areas in which you feel called to minister.

Learn together

Learn not only from your professors, but also your peers. Briercrest Seminary attracts students from various ministry contexts and walks of life, making for eye-opening class discussion and rich community events.

Johnson Ugoji

Briercrest is a wonderful place for rigorous, biblically-based study with seasoned professors who teach with dedication and passion. I can boldly say that Briercrest enhanced my ministerial competence as I am fully furnished for a lifetime of impact.

  • Overview
  • Requirements

The intent of this program is to provide flexible and adaptable professional education for students already serving in ministry, whether in the church or parachurch, in order to equip them to reach the next level of competency in their ministry path.


  1. Articulate and apply an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving the local church and its global mission.
  3. Demonstrate growth as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. Advance to the next level of competency in their chosen area of ministry.
  5. Demonstrate a capacity to guide individuals and groups in disciple-making and mentoring.
  6. Show evidence that they have deepened and broadened their experience in a particular ministry setting.
Credit Hours: 42

I. Core (12 credit hours)
In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from each of the following disciplines:
Personal Formation for Ministry *
New Testament
Old Testament
THEO 601 Christian Theology Overview **

II. Specializations (24 credit hours) ***
Specialization 1 - Elective 1
Specialization 1 - Elective 2
Specialization 1 - Elective 3
Specialization 1 - Elective 4
Specialization 2 - Elective 1
Specialization 2 - Elective 2
Specialization 2 - Elective 3
Specialization 2 - Elective 4

III. Electives (6 credit hours)

IV. Non-Credit Requirements
RD 700 Experiential Integration
PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview

* Must include one of the following: CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.
** With permission of the program coordinator, a student with sufficient background in theology may replace this course with one course in history or theology.
*** Choose four courses each from two of the following specializations: Biblical Studies and/or Theological Studies and/or History, Christian Ministry, Experiential Ministry (exempt from RD 700), Leadership and Management, Counselling, Worship.

Program Sheet(s)


Blayne Banting
Blayne Banting DMin, PhD
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Preaching and Christian Ministry
Richard Hovey
Richard Hovey  DMin
Adjunct Faculty in Christian Ministry
David Lee
David Lee DMin
Adjunct Faculty in Christian Ministry
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Anyone who wants to leverage their ministry, and influence for the Kingdom should take the MALM (Master of Arts in Leadership and Management). If you are serious about making a difference in this world, Briercrest's MALM is a great experience.
Andy Gabruch