The School of Theology recently launched a new specialization in Christian worship for the online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM). This specialization is the result of a partnership with the AU School of Music and its Master of Music Education.
This specialization came about because of inquiries regarding Christian worship. Dr. MaryAnn Hawkins of the School of Theology approached Dr. Jeff Wright, dean of the School of the Arts for Anderson University, to explore the possibility of offering courses in Christian worship.
Wright and Hawkins began working on graduate courses that would complement the current online requirements, assist current ministers of music/worship arts, maintain the academic rigor of the seminary’s master’s-level courses, and mesh with the ethos of the School of Theology.
“This specialization in Christian worship is of benefit to the church,” observes Hawkins. “The program not only provides a biblical and theological core, it also provides both a theological and cultural understanding of the foundations of worship.”
This partnership specialization provides “hands-on” opportunities to design worship; ideas for working with choirs, praise teams, and worship bands; and exploration of worship trends in other cultures or ethnic groups and how to use them during corporate worship.
Hawkins, who serves the seminary as dean of the chapel, believes this program is of utmost importance to the life of the church and believers. “Many people think of worship as music in the way we prefer it on Sunday morning. Churches often hire worship leaders because they are good musicians even if they don’t fully understand the impact a leader’s words, actions, and music selection has on the congregation. This specialization addresses not only the doing and leading elements but also the practicalities of being a minister who leads people in worship of the triune God.”
The online MACM degree is a virtual learning community designed for the ordained pastor or lay person who wishes to enter graduate-level study. The same faculty members who teach our residential classes also teach all online classes.
The goals for online courses are no different from those in residential classes. The 48-hour MACM graduate degree also offers specializations in pastoral ministry, student ministry, and church planting. For more information, contact Dr. John Aukerman, director of distance education, by e-mail, telephone at (765) 641-4530, or on Skype (johnaukerman).
The Anderson University School of Theology is the seminary of the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). Established in 1950, the seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The seminary offers a number of degree programs, including the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.), the Master of Arts in Intercultural Service (M.A.I.S.), and the Online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.).