Master of Arts in Ministry


"Being a student at LSTC was life-giving. LSTC provided me with a variety of learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to discern my vocation. Through the combination of classes, relationships with students and faculty, and fieldwork, I was able to imagine how I could use my gifts and talents in service to the church and the world, putting the concept of Public Church into action."

Lora Salley, 2020 MAM graduate

If you’re wondering if there is a place for you at seminary if you’re not feeling called to pastoral ministry, the answer is definitely “Yes!” The MAM degree is designed for students who are pursuing a call to the ELCA’s Word and Service roster or preparing for ministry in secular settings. The MAM is a practical professional degree that incorporates both coursework and fieldwork and will allow you to concentrate your studies on a particular ministry discipline or passion.

Leaders for a Public Church Curriculum

LSTC’s curriculum cultivates competencies for leadership in a public church that focuses on community engagement, public witness, and social transformation. Our holistic approach to theological education breaks academic disciplines out of their silos and allows creative collaboration to flourish.

MAM students take eight Orienting and Deepening Courses and eight additional Pathway Courses for a total of 16 courses that cover all areas of competency. Coursework for the MAM can be completed in two years. Students pursuing a call to the ELCA’s roster of Word and Service must also complete 600 hours of field work.

MAM Orienting and Deepening Courses

  • Cultural Context: Public Church I, Ethics
  • Religious Heritage: Scripture I or II, History and Theology I or II, Grace Incarnate: Lutheran Confessions
  • Ministerial Leadership: Ministerial Leadership I or II
  • Spiritual Formation: Spiritual Formation I
  • Summative Evaluation or Diaconal Ministry Project

LSTC is a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools consortium (ACTS), making hundreds of classes available to MAM students at 11 denominational seminaries in the Chicago area, three within walking distance of LSTC.

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