Master of Arts in Educational Ministries

Online | Deerfield, IL

The Master of Arts in Educational Ministries (MA/EM) provides you with a rigorous theological background in Christian education ministry with intentional application to the ministry context. This program will further your understanding of educational theory and its application – helping people to grow in their Christian faith in the church, global education ministries, and other Christian contexts. This program will provide you a footing for leading educational ministries or anticipating a Doctor of Educational Ministry.

A foundational curricular core in Bible, theology, and educational ministries provides a structure for integrative academic thinking. Course selections are developed in consultation with an educational faculty advisor in areas of your interest leading the program capstone. The capstone will demonstrate in-depth analysis and critique of educational practices for the local church or other educational settings such as camps, private schools or para-church organizations.


Bible and Theology Core (12–13 Hours) Select from:

Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
OT 5000
Old Testament Introduction 4 hours
NT 5000 New Testament Introduction 3 hours

Educational Ministries Core (6 Hours)

Course Title Credits
EM 5200 Educational Ministries (or EM 5100) 2 hours
EM 5125 Teaching and Learning 2 hours
EM 5210
Christian Leadership  2 hours


Participants consult with the EM faculty advisor to focus concentration courses around an educational area of contextual and personal interest.

Congregational Life Focus

Course Title Credits
EM 5541 Youth in the Congregation 1-3 hours
EM 5560 Adults in the Congregation 1-3 hours
EM 5576 Marriage and Family Enrichment 1-3 hours
EM 6100 Intergenerational Ministry in the Church 1-3 hours
EM 6270 Building Community in the Church 1-3 hours
ES 7524 Children in the Congregation 1-3 hours
ES 7535 Nurturing Families in the Church 1-3 hours
ES 7550
Local Church as System 1-3 hours
ES 8211 Teaching Others to Teach 1-3 hours
ES 8235 Ministry with Aging Adults 1-3 hours

 Collaborative Ministry Engagement Focus

Course Title Credits
EM 6100 Intergenerational Ministry in the Church 1-3 hours
EM 6270 Building Community in the Church 1-3 hours
EM 6275 Developing Healthy Spiritual Leaders 1-3 hours
ES 7550 Local Church as System 1-3 hours
ES 7815 Change, Power, and Conflict  1-3 hours
ES 7830 Developing Collaborative Teams 1-3 hours
ES 8258 Online Teaching and Learning 1-3 hours
ES 8425 Theological Education 1-3 hours
ES 8605 Great Religious Educators 1-3 hours

Formational Learning Focus

Course Title Credits
EM 5510 Children Formation and Journey 1-3 hours
EM 6260 Small Group Process in Ministry 1-3 hours
EM 6265 Building Ministry Teams 1-3 hours
EM 6500 Curriculum Development 1-3 hours
EM 7550 Local Church as System 1-3 hours
ES 7560 Program Planning Dynamics in
the Local Church
1-3 hours
EM 8240 Intergenerational Education 1-3 hours
ES 8255 Models of Non Traditional Education 1-3 hours
ES 8710 Social Intelligence and Leadership  1-3 hours
ES 8715 Appreciative Inquiry 1-3 hours

Suggested Interdepartmental Courses

You are encouraged to consider the following courses in other departments that may be applicable to the EM concentration depending on your area of interest. Work with your advisor to determine which courses are appropriate for your interest area.

Course Title Credits
CH 5051 History of Christianity I 4 hours
CH 5052 History of Christianity II 4 hours
CM 6510 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours
CO 6530 Child & Adolescent Counseling 2-3 hours
CO 6575 Parent Education 2 hours
HM 5000 Theology & Methodology of Biblical Preaching  
ID 6500 Understanding the Social and Cultural Contexts of Ministry
ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism 2 hours
ME 5175 Evangelistic Bible Study: Mark
ME 6610 Anthropology for Ministry
ME 6660 Christian Community Development
ME 6963 Principles of Discipleship
ME 7215 Teaching the Bible in Intercultural Settings
ME 7710 Contextualization
ME 8215 Teaching Across Cultures
ME 8815 Ethnicity: Modes of Inquiry and Analysis
NT 5100 English Bible (various books)
OT 5100 English Bible (various books)
OT 5050 Geography of Bible Lands
PR 5600 Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges 
PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry
PT 6300 Intro to Chaplain Ministries 2 hours

“The MA in educational ministry prepared me well for ministry in any setting, but especially for my role as a Student Discipleship Coordinator at a Christian school. Mixing educational philosophy and ministry corresponds greatly with I am able to teach about Jesus in ways that are most beneficial for students. Jesus himself was an educator and so much of what we are called to do as Christians is educational. I find myself constantly referring people to Trinity for the education but most important the faculty I was blessed by. I completed my MA/EM in combination with the MDiv and it added a special edge to my understanding of ministry that I wouldn’t have had without it. It has set a trajectory for future ministry about which I am very excited.”

Brennan Bowman ’20

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Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.

“The Master of Arts in Educational Ministries is designed to equip leaders for collaborative ministry engagement and transformational teaching and learning. It is based on biblical-theological foundations, whole life discipleship, congregational best practices, and educational theory and practice, affording students the opportunity to integrate their learning with their practical ministry experiences.”

Mimi Larson
Assistant Professor


In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major in educational ministries or its equivalent that includes a minimum of 30 hours in educational ministries, Bible/theology, and social science studies; or
  • An undergraduate major or its equivalent with exposure to educational practice in the church, in parachurch/other Christian organizations, or in the public education arena; and
  • Leadership experience in educational practice.

Alternatively, some applicants may not meet the above ideal admission requirements, but possess the following and are encouraged to apply to the Master of Arts in Educational Ministries program, or the Educational Ministries certificate:

  •  Intensive or extensive life experience with educational practice in the church, parachurch, other Christian organization, or in the public education arena (generally five-plus years of full-time experience)
  • Non-formal or informal preparation for theological study in educational ministries at the graduate level (theological education in a church or parachurch environment)
  • Demonstrated academic ability through evaluation and interview by the Educational Ministries department (personal interview encompassing demonstrable skills, character, knowledge, and critical thinking)

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Part-Time Faculty
Adjunct Professors
Dr. Elizabeth Bjorling Poest: [email protected]

Stacy Lung: [email protected]

Richard Trca: [email protected]