LSTC

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Master of Arts in Ministry

The Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.) enables students to pursue a first theological degree that prepares them for various ministries - in daily life, leadership within congregations and communities, and national and global contexts. It consists of a strong core of foundational studies in Bible, church history and systematic theology and offers the opportunity to do focused study in a particular ministry area.

This degree grew out of LSTC's commitment to assist students preparing for lay rostered ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and incorporates curricular expectations of the ELCA to prepare for service as a lay professional minister in the church. LSTC also welcomes ecumenical and interfaith students whose vocational goals make this degree preferable to the M.A.T.S.

Program Outline

Diaconal Ministry Associate in Ministry Ecumenical and Interfaith Students
Bible 1. Pentateuch OR Prophets
2. Gospels OR Paul
1. Pentateuch OR Prophets
2. Gospels OR Paul
1. Pentateuch OR Prophets
2. Gospels OR Paul OR Equivalents of 1. and 2.
History 3. Church History I
4. Church History II
5. Lutheran Confessional Heritage
3. Church History I
4. Church History II
5. Lutheran Confessional Heritage
3. Church History I or equivalent
4. Elective in history
Theology 6. Systematic Theology I
7. Systematic Theology II
6. Systematic Theology I
7. Systematic Theology II
5. Systematic Theology I OR II
6. Elective in Systematic Theology
Area Options 8. Ethics
9. Church and Society
8. 1 course from listings in Ethics, Communities of Color, World Religions, or Leadership for Mission and Public Life 7. 1 course from listings in Ethics, Communities of Color, World Religions, or Leadership for Mission and Public Life
Ministry 10. A course in Worship OR Preaching
Supervised ministry
Supervised ministry Ministry in Context OR CPE
Summative Evaluation 11. Integrative paper in theology and ministry. To be completed in the Spring Semester of the final year of study. [Diaconal Ministry Project] 9. Integrative paper in theology and ministry. To be completed in the Spring Semester of the final year of study. [AIM Project] 8. Integrative paper in theology and ministry. To be completed in the Spring Semester of the final year of study.
Electives 12. through 16. 5 elective courses
- May receive 1 elective credit for internship
- May receive 1 elective credit for CPE
10. through 16. 7 elective courses
- May receive 1 elective credit for internship
- May receive 1 elective credit for CPE
9. through 16. 8 elective courses
- May receive 1 elective credit for internship
- May receive 1 elective credit for CPE
Total Courses 16 total 16 total 16 total

Concentrations

M.A.M. candidates may develop an area of concentration in any discipline or specialization represented by the LSTC faculty. The professors in a specific field of study determine which courses are essential for a concentration in that field and identify pertinent related courses. A concentration requires six courses which may include those used to fulfill M.A.M. requirements. At least four of the courses must be electives at the 400 level or above.

Concentration in Theology and Art

This concentration combines theological studies with art studies, including both lecture and studio courses. The seminary offers this concentration in collaboration with the Grünewald Guild, Leavenworth, Washington. Grünewald theologian and artist, Dr. Richard R. Caemmerer Jr., is a member of the auxiliary faculty of LSTC. The curriculum for this concentration normally follows the M.A.M. format regarding curricular requirements in biblical studies, historical studies, theological studies, integrative studies, and electives. Students may take several courses in art at the Grünewald Guild. The seminary encourages students to design their own art concentration in consultation with Professor Caemmerer or with the Director of the M.A. programs.

Emphases

An emphasis is a program of study designed by one or more faculty members that allows students to focus on a specific field of study in order to enhance their ministry preparation or to prepare for further graduate study. LSTC offers multiple emphases, and students are able to design their own emphasis if one does not exist for their area of interest.

ELCA Lay Ministry Preparation

Students intending to serve as associates in ministry, deaconesses, or diaconal ministers of the ELCA should establish a relationship with their synodical candidacy committee. An endorsement and approval process similar to that for ordained ministry, though abbreviated because of the shorter program, is available for M.A.M. students. The Director of the M.A. programs and the Coordinator for Candidacy Studies are available to advise students about the candidacy process.

Field Studies

M.A.M. students engage in supervised ministry practice. ELCA candidates for lay rostered ministry complete 600 hours of work and a project (200 hours - which may be used as the fulfillment of the Summative Evaluation), which are supervised by the Director of Field Education. Students of other faith traditions may (1) take Ministry in Context, a year-long supervised ministry course that includes a field placement and monthly seminar, or (2) a basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Program Options

Credit for Previous Study

M.A.M. candidates may petition to gain credit by examination for any of the core course requirements. They may also petition to substitute a more advanced course for the core course if prior coursework has been successfully completed (B or higher) that covers the basic material of the core course.

Cross-Registration

The seminary strongly encourages its students to make use of the rich variety of courses offered in other Chicago area seminaries. Information about these offerings is available through the ACTS. The registrar publishes a list of courses that are suitable for substitution of core requirements each year.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

M.A.M. candidates may receive one elective credit for CPE. M.A.M. students using CPE to fulfill the field studies requirement may gain elective credit for a unit of CPE that is completed after the basic field studies requirement is met.

Dual Degree Program<

In consultation with the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, LSTC offers a coordinated program of studies. Students may earn the M.A.T.S. or M.A.M. degree from LSTC and the A.M. degree from the University of Chicago.

Area Options

Communities of Color

This area requirement has a multi-sided intent as it engages students in theological inquiry emphasizing communities of color and communities representing emerging majority cultures to:

  • ensure that all students experience a significant encounter with a cultural/theological heritage different from their own;
  • prepare students for deep dialogue in an increasingly multicultural world;
  • provide opportunities for students to prepare for ministry in a particular community of color.

Ethics

This area requirement provides an opportunity for students to engage in critical reflection on contemporary issues facing church and society. It is designed in a manner which respects the varieties of preparation students bring to theological study. Students may choose from courses in biblical, social, and theological ethics, as well as courses which address specific issues (e.g., sexual ethics) or which approach ethics through a particular focus (e.g., womanist ethics). Students who have had little exposure to ethical theory are encouraged to begin by taking the introductory (300 level) course.

World Religions

This area requirement addresses the growing opportunity and challenge of living in an interfaith environment. The reality of religious pluralism is not confined to cities like Chicago, which is truly a city of many faiths. It is also increasingly the reality in rural and suburban U.S. contexts as well. Those who live their Christian vocations in this multi-faith world need skills in interfaith dialogue-skills crucial to making a compelling witness of their own faith as well as respectfully learning about the faith of others. Students may focus their work in world religions in a particular area or develop a working knowledge of more than one world religion.

Leadership for Mission and Public Life

Courses in this area are designed to assist students to develop particular leadership skills and thinking processes that help them navigate the challenges of church and community leadership. Theoretical models of leadership as well as practical application will be important elements of these courses. Students may choose from courses such as "Leadership Development for Public Life," "Mission Leadership in the Church," and other offerings.

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