Master of Practical Ministries
Ryan Spittal, M.B.A., Coordinator
The Master of Practical Ministries (MPM) is designed specifically for officers of The Salvation Army who have already obtained a bachelor's degree.
The Territorial Secretary, Education Department of The Salvation Army Central Territory, collaborates with Olivet's program coordinator of the MPM. The major goal of the program is the preparation of students at the graduate level for ministry that confronts society as a whole while focusing on religious, social, and cultural issues, especially as they relate to The Salvation Army.
Learners are involved in concentrated studies during week-long seminars, offered during May and August, with experts in the field of practical ministries. Instructors include faculty from Olivet as well as qualified personnel from The Salvation Army. Work relating to these seminars and various aspects of practical ministries as carried on by The Salvation Army (readings and papers) are assigned as work study projects.
Select eight of the following 10 courses:
PRM 602 Organizational Behavior
603 Spiritual Formation and Personal Development
606 Principles of Management
616 Worship and Preaching
617 Community Relations
621 Faith in Action Through Social Work
660 Youth and Family Ministry
671 Family Dynamics and Intervention
Plus (required for all)
PRM 698 Ministry Practicum
The purposes of the MPM program are to:
Coursework for May seminars must be completed and submitted to instructors no later than the end of November (dates to be assigned).
Coursework for August seminars must be completed and submitted to instructors no later than the end of February (dates to be assigned).
The Graduate Committee is developed by the program coordinator. The Committee consists of a major adviser and two additional faculty members, one of whom is appointed by Olivet. The Committee approves the thesis topic and conducts the oral defense. The completed thesis is recommended by the Committee to the program coordinator for final approval.