Ministerial Study Program

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The MSP has been developed primarily for people who are aware of the call of God to full-time ministry, but who are unable to obtain their training through traditional educational institutions. It is also used by many others who, through the guidance and approval of their District, desire a self-study and coaching approach to their ministry preparation.

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The Ministerial Study Program

The Ministerial Study Program (MSP) is designed to develop character and competency in skills for ministry. Though the student will gain knowledge, the emphasis of this course is on growing in Christ-like character and developing practical ministry skills. Candidates for the program must be approved by the local congregation and recommended by their respective district superintendent. The student will study under the supervision of a coach appointed by the district. MSP fulfills the academic requirements of The Christian and Missionary Alliance for licensing and ordination or consecration.

The typical candidate for the Ministerial Study Program has the following profile:

  • A person who has experienced a call to full-time ministry and is able to articulate that call
  • A person who is willing to make a career change to follow God's leading
  • Is an experienced leader in a local Alliance church
  • Gives evidence of having godly character and potential for the vocational ministry
  • Is an active member of an Alliance church


The Ministerial Study Program is not officially accredited by an accrediting association, nor is it a degree program. However, it is recognized by some Alliance schools, including Crown College and Nyack College,  which have clearly articulated statements of the college credit an MSP graduate can receive. Students may take classes through a college's online program and the MSP simultaneously, or they may finish MSP first, and then complete their degree at the college. For more information, contact the admissions office of either Nyack College or Crown College

Transferring Credits
Students who have received some theological training at an accredited institution may receive credit for up to a maximum of seven courses in MSP, upon submission of an official transcript of credits. Transcripts should be forwareded to the Registrar ( for evaluation and determination.

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Description of Courses

101 — Church Ministry I: The Priestly, Prophetic, and Sacramental Ministries
This course focuses on worship (the priestly ministry), preaching and teaching (the prophetic ministry), and celebrating the Lord’s Supper and baptism (sacramental ministry), as well as instruction on how to officiate at weddings, funerals, dedications, etc. It also includes a study in basic hermeneutics (how to study and interpret the Bible).

102 — Inductive Bible Study
The student will learn to study the Bible using the inductive method through a study of the Gospel of Mark. With a minimum of instruction, the student will learn to observe what Scripture says, interpret what it means, and apply it to his/her life and ministry.

103 — New Testament Survey
A study of the historical background before and during the writing of New Testament (NT), including an overview of the individual books and and their messages concluding with the overall messages of the NT.

104 — Old Testament Survey
A study of the historical background before and during the writing of the Old Testament (OT), tracing the beginnings of Israel’s history until 400 BC. In addition, this study will include an overview of the individual books, key people, key places and key passages that point to Jesus as the coming Messiah.

105 — Disciplemaking
This course guides a student toward a biblical understanding of “Disciplemaking” as revealed in the Great Commission and Great Commandment priorities of Christ. Students complete this course as a partial fullfillment of their Church Growth & Evangelism requirement for ordination/consecration.

201 — Church Ministry II: Prayer, Outreach, Pastoral Care and Disciplemaking
This course examines prayer, outreach, pastoral care and disciple making ministries. The goal is to equip the pastor or leader initiating or maintaining these specific ministries in their local church. The focus is on making disciples by evangelizing, edifying and equipping each person, based on their level of spirituality maturity.

202 — Introduction to Theology
This course provides an overview of the major doctrinal themes of the Bible.

203 — Alliance Values & Beliefs
This online course consists of two modules: Alliance Family Values, and Christ-centered Theology. The first of these acquaints the student with the values that are at the heart of The Alliance, challenging them consider how each of those values is reflected in their life and ministry. The second module explores the history, meaning and biblical basis of the Fourfold Gospel.

204 — Alliance Polity & Missions
This online course continues the study begun in MSP 203, and again encompasses two distinct modules. An Acts 1:8 Movement assists the student in discovering the past and present of The Alliance, challenging them to engage Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ends of the earth in their ministry context. Family Structures helps the student distinguish and value the ways that Alliance family relationships are structured.

205 — Romans
This course is an inductive study of Paul’s letter to the Romans. Topics such as human depravity, the gospel of God, justification by faith, God’s faithfulness, Israel’s unfaithfulness and our responsibility to live a godly life, are just a few of the major themes that the student will study.

206 — Expository Preaching
This course emphasizes the step-by-step process for building and delivering expository sermons. It includes a brief description of basic types of sermons, the steps in working through a Scripture passage for exposition, steps in building expository sermons, the use of various types of sermon patterns, the use of context for proper exposition, and the help of a preaching plan in expository preaching. The student applies their learning in building sermons from passages in the Gospel of Matthew.

301 — Church Ministry III: Management, Administration and Stewardship
This pastoral ministry course guides the student to deal with issues both personal and in family life, including management of time, human resources, and material resources. It provides practical instruction on working with a governing board, transitions, and finances. Through a written project, the student demonstrates a personal understanding of church management and administration.

302 — The Life of Christ
This course is a self-study into the life of Christ, examining four phases of discipleship that Christ used in His ministry on earth. These four phases include: Ministry foundations, ministry training, outreach and leadership multiplication.

303 — Raising Leaders for the Harvest
A study of the biblical plan and process of raising up leaders for Great Commission ministry in the local church. The plan includes making and multiplying disciples; mentoring; and multiplying leaders through the process of sowing, growing, cultivating, and harvesting.

304 — Alliance Strategies in Mission
This course provides the student with a general understanding of God's work in the world. It specifically focuses on mission strategies that have guided the Alliance in its historical and current ministries. People groups and church multiplication, C&MA missions-church relations, cultural-sensitivity training and the basics of Alliance mission strategies are included.

305 — Ministry Leadership
This course blends a shepherd-leader philosophy of ministry with an introduction to basic peacemaking skills and understandings. This "capstone" course enables the student to discover and implement a biblical approach and response to leadership and conflict in the local church.

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