MASTER DEGREES

CAREY’S VISION IS TO EMPOWER FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN LEADERS FOR EVERY GENERATION, CULTURE, AND COMMUNITY.

CAREY believes that our educational mission is to equip individuals with the the knowledge and skills to live more intentionally, thoughtfully and faithfully in the church and the world. Our goal is to help our student engage their culture and circles as thoughtful Christians, to be lifelong learners and to be effective workers in their local churches and communities.

 
MASTER DEGREES

MASTER
OF ARTS IN SPIRITUAL FORMATION

EMPOWERING FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN LEADERS for every generation, culture, and community.

If you are interested in exploring more fully a deepening life with God and at the same time increasing your capacity to lead others in spiritual formation, this unique program has a lot to offer you.  The MA in Spiritual Formation program is built around two signature courses (The Inward Journey and the Outward Journey) which have proven to be very formative in student’s lives. This program prepares students to offer leadership in the area of spiritual formation which may include congregational formation ministries, spiritual direction, the public work of the church and retreat ministries.  The creative combination of online and face to face courses allows you to explore Spiritual Formation wherever you might live.


The MASF program reflects Carey Theological College’s deep commitment to the well-being of all of God’s people and His church and we would welcome walking with you for your benefit and the strengthening of others.


 

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT


 

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

DR. LES BIGGS

Academic Qualifications

A RECOGNIZED BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION WITH A MINIMUM OF A B AVERAGE IN UNDERGRAD STUDIES

Suitable Candidates

TYPICAL STUDENTS ARE PERSONS PREPARING TO OFFER LEADERSHIP IN SPIRITUAL FORMATION IN THEIR CONGREGATIONS OR OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST.

TOTAL CREDITS

48

PROGRAM TUITION

$9876
PER CREDIT

PART-TIME STUDY DURATION

4
YEARS
 

MASF Streams of Specialization


 

1

Preaching

The goal of this specialization is to further equip and empower preachers to preach the good news with greater insight into the task of preaching and with greater understanding of the news preachers preach.

2

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (THROUGH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE CSF)

The Centre for Spiritual Formation (CSF) exists to cultivate a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ within the lives of its participants. The program provides a variety of learning experiences that involves instruction and reflection, thoughtful practice and spiritual companionship, service and prayer.

3

BIBLE STUDY AND TEACHING

The Bible Study and Teaching specialization is designed to help Christian leaders and pastors to go deeper in their understanding of God’s word and equip them with the tools to teach the Bible to others.

4

NORTH AMERICAN CHINESE CHURCH MINISTRIES (NACCM)

The North American Chinese Church Ministries (NACCM) specialization is designed to provide contextualized training for leadership in trilingual (Mandarin, Cantonese and English) and bicultural (Chinese and Western) North American Chinese Church communities, helping students to learn, reflect, dialogue, and integrate the universal Christian tradition within the North American Chinese church context, in order to take up roles as second and third- generation leaders and to meet the particular challenges and opportunities in the modern Chinese church.

5

CAMPUS/COLLEGE STUDENT MINISTRIES

Through partnership with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Carey has developed a Diploma program in Campus/College Student Ministries, providing training and resources to enrich ministry in a campus environment or among young adults in the local church. Courses in this area may be taken as electives in Carey’s Masters Programs to form a specialization in Campus and/or College Student Ministries.

 

PROGRAM FEATURES


Through this MASF program students will be able to:

Think biblically and theologically about spiritual formation and the experience of the Christian life; situate life experiences in relationship to formative biblical movements and learn to find lives narrated into the Great God Story.

Appreciate how persons in various times have come to know and be formed by God; be encouraged by the persistence of God with God’s people, and deepen respect for the diverse ways in which God’s people have responded to the invitation to live a deepening life with God.

Evidence practices and perspectives that sustain life with God; deepen Christian character and increase self-understanding.

Design, lead and assess ministries of spiritual formation and the public work of the church.

All MASF students are required to complete the seven-day signature retreat/hybrid courses through the Centre for Spiritual Formation. CSF 500 & 610 are designed to foster both the practice of personal spiritual disciplines and spiritual companionship through community living.

Following the first 7-day retreat, students enter a 6-month period of guided and peer- supported study and development that includes spiritual companionship and personal study. The primary focus is the participants' personal spiritual development in the context of his or her own life and ministry. Following the second retreat, students develop their spiritual practices and awareness of participating in the unfolding plan of God for this world. This is done under the guidance of a spiritual director, through planning and fulfilling a volunteer project of their own design and other assignments. Meeting with their spiritual companionship group may continue.

 
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PROFESSIONAL

Your professional development matters as you study. Our faculty take special care in designing high quality courses which strengthen your professional skills as part of the learning process.

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GLOBAL

Through our innovative course design, you will be able to engage with other MPM students from all over the world, as well as with our faculty and peers, to gain unique perspectives as you complete your coursework.

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COLLABORATIVE

We encourage collaborative learning with other Christian leaders who will challenge you to a greater level of excellence while fostering lifelong friendships in ministry.

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MINISTRY-BASED

We believe that you'll learn best when grounded within the context of a ministry setting. Not only will you personally benefit but your co-workers, family and friends will also share in the fruit of applying your MPM studies in the real world.

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CUSTOMIZED

Our growing roster of excellent adjunct faculty bring world-class experience to your studies. Through customizable program streams, you will be able to create meaningful learning opportunities with the support of engaged supervisors.

“Carey has constantly exceeded my expectations with the quality of courses, professors and flexibility of the programs.”

David Ohori, First Baptist Church Prince George

 
 

“In Carey school you will find your life with Christ so close. The campus and friends around you are so deep in their faith.”

Gibril Koroma, Winnipeg campus

 

MASF COURSE REQUIREMENTS
(TOTAL: 48 CREDITS)


 
 

FOUNDATION COURSES (15 CREDITS)

MLOS - Graduate Studies Orientation (Mandatory) - 0 CREDIT
COR500 - Interdisciplinary Cornerstone Module - 12 CREDITS
BIBL510 - Bible Foundation - 3 CREDITS
 
 

DIRECTION COURSES (12 CREDITS)

CSF500 - Awakening to the Inward Journey - 6 CREDITS
CSF600 - Living the Outward Journey - 6 CREDITS
 
 

FOCUS COURSES (12 CREDITS)

12 Credits in Total - Choose one from each category;
Proclamation
Evangelism & Mission
Pastoral Care
Leadership & Administration
 
 

SPECIALIZATION COURSES (12 CREDITS)

12 Credits in Total - Choose any available specialization or elective course up to a total of 12 credits
 
 

POSSIBLE SPECIALIZATION COURSES:

APPL511 - Introduction to Preaching
APPL512 - Worship: Theology & Praxis
FORM500 - Character & Call I
FORM501 - Character & Call II
INDS630 - Faith and Life Module
THEO504 - The Gospel in a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Faith World
THEO618 - Theological Integration for Mission and Ministry
HIST503 - Historical Insights for Contemporary Issues
MISS535 - God's Mission for God's People
THEO520 - Doctrinal Heritage of the Church
 
 

SYNTHESIS COURSES (9 CREDITS)

CAPS600 - Practicum, Capstone Project & Mentorship
 
 

NON-CREDIT REQUIREMENT

Orientation, Retreat, Small Groups, Spiritual Disciplines, Cultural Immersion
 
 

EVANGELISM & MISSIONS

APPL652 - Transforming Discipleship: Making Disciples a Few at a Time
MISS535 - God's Mission for God's People
MISS540 - Advocacy and Proclamation
NACC635 - Rethinking the Mission of the North American Church
NACC670 - Reading the Contexts of Chinese Churches
 
 

PASTORAL CARE

APPL574 - Introduction to Pastoral Care
APPL577 - Pastoral Counseling
APPL635 Professional Ethics & Spiritual Care
FORM500 Character & Call I
FORM501 Character & Call II
SPIR500 Spiritual Formation I
SPIR501 Spiritual Formation II
SPIR588 Introduction to Spiritual Direction
SPIR593 Spiritual Formation of Children and Families
 
 

LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION

APPL584 - Leadership in Faith-Based Contexts
APPL623 - Conflicted Church, Conflicted Leaders
APPL628 Missional Leadership
APPL660 The Life of the Preacher
APPL690 Supervised Ministry (6 credits)
NACC680 Leadership Issues in the North American Chinese Church
SPIR690 Leading Spiritual Formation Ministries
 

 

SUGGESTED STUDY PLAN
(48 Credits)

 
 
FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
YEAR 1 Cornerstone Module (12) Bible GS
CSF 500: Inward Journey Elective #1 Elective #2
YEAR 2 CSF 600: Outward Journey Elective #3 Elective #4
Capstone, Practicum, Spiritual Direction (9) + Elective #5

Note: We encourage you to carefully review our most up to date Academic Catalogue for further information. In cases where the the Academic Catalogue conflicts with any other information presented, including Carey’s website, printed material, staff and faculty communication (whether written or oral) etc., the Academic Catalogue valid at that time shall be deemed correct.
 
 

MASF ADMISSION PROCESS


 
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1.CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY


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2.Submit an Application


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3.Approval Process


 
For more detailed information, please refer to the Academic Catalogue
 
 

DMIN ADMISSION PROCESS


 

1.CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY


2.Submit an Application


3.Approval Process


UPCOMING COURSE
SPRING 2018