The M.A.C.P. program offers cohort tracks that enable students to focus on specific ministerial practices.

The current M.A.C.P. cohort, “Serving Congregations” is designed for lay ministry professionals in the congregation, serving in various forms of ministry, for example:

  • youth and children’s ministers
  • pastoral caregivers
  • mission and outreach directors
  • church business administrators

About the Cohort

This cohort will focus on "Forming Congregational Professionals Serving Vital Congregations":

  • Studies include Bible and Christian theological tradition integrated with the foundational practices of congregational ministry.
  • Students will learn from Duke Divinity faculty and skilled church leaders, studying the theology and practices of ministry that form faithful and vital congregations. 
  • Students can seek specialized training in traditional and non-traditional congregational ministries, such as discipleship formation (for children, youth, and adults), pastoral/congregational care, church administration, missional evangelism and new congregational development.
  • Working in partnership with congregational supervisors and faculty, students will form a plan for supervised ministry in their vocational setting, using the insights and experience gained  in the program. 
  • Students participate in an ongoing seminar in Christian formation that seeks to integrate learning with spiritual practice. 

The M.A.C.P. is open to persons of all denominations. United Methodist students may use the degree to meet the course requirements for Certification studies (e.g., Children’s or youth ministry) and the majority of the Basic Graduate Theological Studies requirements for ordination as deacons.

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