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Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism (MASFE)

Through rigorous academics paired with profound spiritual formation, the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism is designed to provide you with advanced training in the spiritual and devotional practices that lead to both personal and communal growth. Graduates enter into pastoral leadership roles in congregations and at agencies offering specialized ministries.
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Garrett-Evangelical’s deep and abiding commitment to nurture spiritual leaders will ensure that the church has leaders who are not only intellectually prepared to serve God and others, but who are spiritually formed in Christ so God can use them for the transformation of the world. - Dr. Frederick Schmidt

Spiritual Formation Focus

Spiritual Formation Practicum

Effective leadership at the national and local level in churches, in non-traditional settings, and in one-on-one relationships requires a deep orientation to spiritual values and practice. For Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism students who focus on Spiritual Formation, a practicum tailored to your vocational goals will be integrated into your degree requirements to help you further develop such values and practice. The practicum will include at least one year of supervision in spiritual guidance of individuals and groups and require regular engagement in one's own spiritual direction.

Spiritual Formation Stance

The stance is an integrative project or essay developed during the final year of the program. The spiritual formation stance will integrate work from the practicum and reflect on the degree goals of the MASFE and certification competencies related to spiritual formation. In addition, the stance can be combined with application materials for professional certification.

Evangelism Focus

Field Education

For Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism students who focus on evangelism, one year of field education will be integrated into your degree requirements. Without exception, Garrett-Evangelical graduates point to their field education experience as key to their seminary education. Our field education program reflects the Seminary’s philosophy that students mature into ministry by knowing, being, and doing. By combining hands-on experience with our academic course series, Vocational Formation & Church Leadership (VFCL), we offer students the finest opportunity to discern, test, and refine their call to ministry.

To learn more about our Field Education program, go here.

Evangelism Stance

The stance is an integrative project or essay developed during the final year of the program. The evangelism stance will include work within the context of field education and students will integrate their stance with core competencies for certification in evangelism.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry and Spiritual Formation

Our faculty is one of Garrett-Evangelical's greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the church and academy. Our faculty in the areas of spiritual formation and evangelism include:

Dr. Frederick Schmidt holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical. Previously, Dr. Schmidt served as the Director of Spiritual Formation and Anglican Studies, as well as Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality, at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas. He has also served as Canon Educator and Director of Programs in Spirituality and Religious Education at Washington National Cathedral; as special assistant to the President and Provost of La Salle University in Philadelphia; as a Fellow of the American Council on Education; and as Dean of St. George’s College, Jerusalem. Dr. Schmidt blogs regularly at and most recently published The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Faith in Hard Times (Abingdon Press 2013).

Dr. Mark Teasdale is the E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical and an ordained elder and full clergy member of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has published several articles on the history of Methodist evangelism and is the editor of Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. He is the author of Methodist Evangelism, American Salvation (Pickwick, 2014) and the tentatively titled Thinking Authentically about Evangelism (IVP, forthcoming).

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Evangelism is a 56-credit hour program. Students may chose to follow either the spiritual formation or evangelism track of the degree.

Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/3 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer can take no more than 1/3 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language

Admission Process

Applications will be reviewed upon completion. The admissions committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, rolling-admission basis and are due six weeks before date of entry for domestic students. International applications are due March 1st.