M.A. Rural Ministries


Program Purpose

The Master of Arts (Rural Ministries), an applied research degree in practical theology, is designed to equip students for dynamic and relevant ministry in the rural church or unique cultural contexts. The emphasis of this program applies biblical leadership models to the student’s unique setting to achieve ministry that multiplies.

The heart of learning takes place in immersion experiences hosted by four thriving churches. Experiential learning enables immediate application of biblical ministry concepts and facilitates evaluations assisting each student to excel. The adult learning style of teaching embeds principles of practical Pentecostal theology: prayer, Missio Dei, coaching and theological reflection with application to the student’s setting through four broad concepts: contextualized evangelism, biblical partnership, principles of multiplication, and creative leadership.

Successful completion of this 48-credit degree equips students to lead the church forward in their ministry setting with insight and purpose. This program also prepares students for doctoral or other advanced degrees.

Program Objectives

Upon completing the MA(RM), the student should be able to:

  • Apply Biblical principles to contemporary ministry contexts
  • Evaluate and respond to cultural phenomena in light of Scriptural values
  • Evaluate and respond to historical events and their aftermath in light of Scriptural values
  • Formulate relevant ministry strategies for the rural context
  • Model Biblical principles appropriately in a rural context
  • Develop personal habits of lifelong learning

Program Distinctives

The MA (RM) program with Trinity has two unique features that set it apart from programs nationwide:

  1. The cohort basis of the program is specifically designed to accommodate those in fulltime ministry. This provides the benefit of face-to-face interaction with the professor and with classmates, while making it possible to continue to minister or work fulltime.
  2. Emphasis is placed on direct contact with locations involving rural ministries learning experiences.

Typical Student

There will be two categories of students:

  • The mature student who is currently in pastoral, missionary or other ministry vocations.
  • The student completing their undergraduate studies and wishing to continue directly into postgraduate studies.

Program Structure

The MA (Rural Ministry) is a 48 credit program and you can complete in as little as three years.

Complete the Program in Up to Three Years

  • Year one: Take two courses in the fall, including Research Methods 1 and Global Scholar and the first rural ministry saturation experience.
  • Year two: Take the second Global Scholar and Research Methods 2 and the third saturation experience trip in the fall and the fourth saturation experience trip in the spring.
  • Year three: Work on thesis and elective class.

Session Dates

2019-2020 School Year

  1. August 19-23, 2019 - On-Campus Session
  2. October 21-25, 2019 - Marysville, Kansas
  3. March 23-27, 2020 - Valentine, Nebraska
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2020-2021 School Year

  1. August 24, 2020 - On-Campus Session
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  3. October 19-23, 2020 - Foley, Minnesota
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  5. March 22-26, 2021 - Little Rock, Arkansas