Ministry – Washington, D.C.

Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM)

48 (only offered at our Washington, D.C. location)

Avg. Completion Time

1-2 years (full-time)

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Why Earn an MA in Ministry through LBC | Capital?

At the LBC | Capital Washington location, this Master of Arts in Ministry program provides professional ministry development – and not just for the church. When you choose to study at Capital, you’ll receive foundational and formative preparation for a broad range of careers.

At LBC | Capital, we value the biblical definition of ministry, recognizing that ministry happens in broad contexts. Many of the graduates from this program have gone on to become pastors, church leaders and leaders in para-church and non-profit ministries, church planters, youth and young adult ministry leaders, worship leader and more. This degree program provides individuals with contemporary biblical and theological scholarship that is transferable to ministry and brings vitality and commitment to service and our faculty is committed to the learning experience of students through rigor, dialogue and prayer. Through this program, we strive to raise up Christian leaders who are marked by character qualities consistent with biblical servant leadership, competent in service to God and humanity through the use of essential skills in communication, leadership and management and committed to a set of core values and beliefs that align with the historic Christian faith.

What Makes our Program Different?

LBC | Capital’s MAM program is designed to allow students to take one or two courses per eight-week session in hybrid format. Depending on the pace students take courses and whether they have been awarded advanced standing, the average program completion time is between between one and two years.

The MAM program is also highly customizable allowing students to choose between two different concentrations of specialized study and skills development to achieve their unique vocational goals.

Course Length

8 weeks

Residency Requirement

2-day in-person residency

Highly Customizable

Choose from six concentrations to design a unique program that meets your educational goals.

Advancement Standing

Receive up to 12 credits of advanced standing

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Transfer no more than 50% of a degree from an outside institution

Would You Like More Information?

Reach out to request more information today, and one of our admissions counselors will connect with you soon to provide further details and answers to your questions.

Program Plan

Master Arts in Ministry (48 Credits)

Biblical & Theological 12 Credits

Ministry Praxis 9 Credits

Advanced Ministry Praxis 21 Credits

Field-Based Experience 6 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

Difference between Hybrid & Online Courses

HYBRID include a required in-person two-day residency that provides a unique opportunity for students and professors to interact face-to-face within a learning community. These residencies also offer natural opportunities for ministry networking, informal peer interactions, and creative learning activities.

ONLINE offer the flexibility of not requiring an in-person residency. Online students can interact with peers and professors through optional weekly synchronous online meetings. Online courses also allow students to pursue their degrees from anywhere in the world.

Career Paths

The Master of Ministry will prepare you for a wide range of service and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers in which our MAM alumni serve:

  • Pastoral Roles (Children, Youth, Executive, Associate)
  • Ministry Leader
  • Christian Non-Profit Leader
  • Teacher
  • Church Planter
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Gain a foundational knowledge of the narrative, content, and interpretation of the Bible for the purposes of the development of a biblical worldview.
  • Obtain the skill sets necessary to in effectively communicate the Scriptures.
  • Obtain the skills necessary for personal spiritual formation as well as the discipleship of others.
  • Obtain the character and competencies necessary to be an authentic servant leader.
  • Gain a biblical philosophy of ministry and leadership practice applicable in the context of contemporary culture.
  • Obtain the knowledge and skill sets necessary to lead individuals, teams, and organizations.
  • Obtain the skill sets necessary for assessing organizational health and strategizing for organizational development.
  • Gain the knowledge and skill sets appropriate to the selected ministry concentration.
  • Gain experiential learning and research skills for maintaining life-long education.

Customize Your MAM Studies with a Concentration

By combining the general MAM plan with one of these concentrations, you can customize your course of study to better meet your educational goals. With the strategic use of available electives, these concentrations provide students with unique opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills within specific domains and disciplines.

Some concentrations may require a remote residency.

Leadership Studies

Students choosing to earn a concentration in Leadership Studies will take the following courses:

  • Leadership Theory & Practice
  • Development of Organizational Leadership
  • Psychology of Leadership
  • Leadership Style Analysis
Pastoral Studies

LBC | Capital’s Pastoral Studies concentration is grounded in the authority of Scripture and places a strong emphasis developing church leaders to become faithful pastors that lead fruitful churches. From a biblical foundation, students learn about the nature of ministry, discipleship and leadership within the context of the local church.

Students choosing to earn a concentration in Pastoral Studies will take the following courses:

  • Local Church Revitalization
  • Theology, History, & Practice of Worship
  • Advanced Homiletics
  • Designing Strategic Models of Adult Discipleship

Meet the Faculty

LaSondra Barnes, DMin
Director of Master of Arts in Ministry Program, Assistant Professor
Esther Zimmerman, PhD
Church & Ministry Leadership Dept. Chair, Children & Family Ministry Program Director
Samuel Harbin, DMin
Professor, Chair of Bible & Theology Department
Rob Blanks, MDiv
LBC-PDN Liaison, Director of Pastoral Ministry Degree
James Ayers
Professor Emeritus
Hans Finzel, DMiss
Adjunct Faculty

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Logos Bible Software Package for Students

Our partnership with Faithlife enables us to provide MAM students with a Logos Bible Software package worth over $4,000 for a fraction of the cost, which is already built into the cost of this program. LBC | Capital is committed to equipping students with the skillset needed for successful ministry in the 21st century. We believe this includes taking full advantage of the technologies that are relevant and applicable to their context. The LBC | Capital Logos Package combines a custom-designed library of exegetical resources and the powerful tools of Logos Bible Software, which should aid students in being faithful to the biblical text as they navigate the demands of life and ministry.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Master’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.

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