The M.A.C.P. degree offers students the opportunity to reflect theologically upon practices of lay professional ministry or other Christian service in various Christian organizations. The degree introduces students to disciplined theological reflection as a means for enriching their Christian service in both the church and the world. The degree is primarily for those seeking to enhance lay vocations while remaining in a full-time ministry context or other professional position, and is based on intensive short, residential seminars combined with web-based distance learning. 

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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Academic Requirements
  • Twelve courses completed in no less than two academic years, plus satisfactory participation in an ongoing spiritual formation seminar
  • Student portfolio: compile a portfolio to be reviewed by a faculty advisor
  • The maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Completion of all degree requirements for the degree within a four year period

Note: The M.A.C.P. degree is not eligible for credit transfer.

Paradigm & Resources

Course requirements integrate studies in Bible and the Christian theological tradition with practices of ministry that serve the needs of both the church and world. 

M.A.C.P. Paradigm (pdf)

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The current M.A.C.P. curriculum is designed for people serving congregations in various forms of ministry:

  • 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 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. operates on an alternative pedagogical model that blends short, residential seminars with web-based distance learning.

  • The degree is comprised of six terms scheduled over two years. 
  • Each intensive takes place on the campus of Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.

M.A.C.P. intensive residential seminars typically occur at the following times:

  • June: last week in June
  • January: 1st week of January
  • May: end of the 3rd week of May to the beginning of the fourth week of May
  • August: end of the 2nd week of August to the beginning of third week of August