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Our mission at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) is to teach, form, and nurture women and men for public ministry in a context that is Christ-centered, faithfully Lutheran and ecumenically committed. Our focus is on preparing students to succeed in a variety of ministry settings such as youth and family ministry, music ministry, faith formation, chaplaincy, and directors of faith-based non-profit organizations.

Many of our students are Lutheran, but not all of them. At LTSS we believe that being Lutheran means being in relationship with other denominations as well. That’s why some of our students are Methodists, some are Baptists, and some are from other denominations.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) degree is a two-year program (55 credit hours) that enables graduates to serve in a number of ministry areas, depending on the specific credentialing requirements within their denominations. The MACM provides the necessary educational and formational requirements for ELCA students desiring to serve as Deacons.

The faculty will teach, form, and nurture MACM students so that graduates:

  • Understand scripture, theology, and church history.
  • Can interpret and communicate the Gospel that honors both the Christian faith and the contemporary multicultural world.
  • Serve as effective ministers and disciples in a variety of settings.
  • Understand and develop comprehensive skills in an area of specialized ministry.

Christian ministry ACCREDITATION


The MACM degree is designed with a core of 28 credit hours which is combined with 15 credit hours in selected ministry related areas, three semesters of teaching parish, and nine credit hours in electives which provide for an area of specialization.

Some students enter seminary with extensive academic background in religious studies and theology. Others have experience in ministry which may be relevant to certain courses. If you believe you are one of these students, please contact the Registrar (registrar@lr.edu) who will consider your circumstances in consultation with the Dean of the College of Theology or other appropriate faculty and staff.

Christian Ministry Curriculum Requirements

Program Contact

Dr. Susan McArver

Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry
LTSS Campus