Senior pastors seeking leaders for youth ministry “often cite a lack of theological depth among applicants and a high rate of employee turnover” as their greatest challenges, says Craig Hill, director of the M.A.C.P./Youth Ministry degree program.
“Youth ministers themselves mention the high cost of formal theological education and their relative job insecurity,” adds Hill. “Duke’s M.A.C.P. Tuition Covenant Agreement is meant to address each of these issues, creating a win-win for both churches and youth ministers.”
Through the covenant, the church pays most or all of the expenses for its youth minister to pursue the M.A.C.P. degree at Duke Divinity School. In return, the youth minister serves for an agreed period of time—such as the two years of study, plus three years in full-time ministry.
At the end of each year of service, the church formally forgives the corresponding portion of the debt.
“The church gets a better educated and more dedicated employee, and a stronger and more consistent youth ministry,” says Hill. “The youth minister gains expertise, professional identity, and a measure of job security.”
The M.A.C.P./Youth Ministry Cohort is a low-residency graduate-professional degree ordinarily of two academic years for those interested in youth ministry. The application deadline for summer 2011 is March 15.
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Application Deadlines for D.Min, M.A.C.S. Degrees
The academically rigorous doctor of ministry program involves two academic years of coursework (low-residency) followed by a period of research and writing, ordinarily of one to two additional years. Apply by March 15 for fall 2011.
The master of arts in Christian studies (M.A.C.S.) is a general academic degree ordinarily of one academic year for those interested in exploring theological study. Rolling admissions. Final deadline for Fall 2011 is April 1.
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