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December 5, 2001

MASTER’S OF CHURCH MINISTRIES DEGREE PROGRAM TO PREPARE FUTURE ORDAINED DEACONS

DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology has enrolled its first students in a new degree program, the Master in Church Ministries (CMM), a multi-track degree intended to prepare candidates for the ministry of ordained deacons in the United Methodist Church as well as to serve students of other denominations who seek preparation for specialized ministries in Christian education or urban ministries.

The CMM program includes 54-term hours of educational credit, with 48 term hours of course work and six term hours in an appropriate supervised internship, and participation in a Spiritual Formation Group for two semesters, usually in the first year of study. Course work provides basic instruction in scripture, theology and history, and in the social and cultural context of ministry.

The goals of the degree program are to increase students’ knowledge about the church and its ministries, as well as teach students to work in specialized areas of church ministry, such as Christian education and urban ministries. The CMM program replaces the former Masters in Religious Education (MRE) curriculum.

For more information contact Perkins admissions at 1-888-THEOLOGY.


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