Lee To Offer Graduate Degree In Ministry Online

Friday, March 15, 2013 - by Tyler Beckett, Lee University

Lee University’s School of Religion, in partnership with the Division of Adult Learning, will make the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies available as a fully-online program. Starting in May, participants will be able to earn a degree in just a 15-month period. 

The new program has been designed by qualified faculty members that are experienced ministers, all with the goal of equipping graduates to become leaders in ministry.

“We are delighted to partner with DAL and make the MA in Ministry Studies available to students,” said Dr. Lisa Long, director of Lee’s graduate programs in Christian Ministries. “It will further the students’ knowledge and expertise, equipping them to be the leaders in ministry that God has called them to be.” 

The program is designed to help its users on their way to a degree. This effort includes the Lee Graduate Ministry Discount, which reduces the tuition rate to $400 per credit hour.  The program also uses a cohort model of learning that encourages interaction and working relationships between classmates, and multiple program start dates with new sessions beginning in May, August, and January.

Multiple emphases are offered as well, allowing a focus in Leadership Studies, Worship Studies, or Youth and Family Ministries.

As Lee’s first fully-online graduate program, the DAL and SOR are committed to making it a success for those who choose to enroll. Students will participate in two weekend-long on-campus experiences.  These intensives are designed to provide the students with an opportunity to personally meet and interact with each other and with the School of Religion faculty.  

“We’re trying to find ways to best serve the community,” said Dr. Joshua Black, executive director of the DAL. “This is an opportunity to enrich the spiritual knowledge and talents of those called to minister.”

“Rather than being just ‘one more thing to do’ in the life of a busy minister, this program engages the student in the practice of ministry itself (whatever and wherever that may be) and encourages practical and theological ways to think about doing this,” said Dr. Terry Cross, dean of the School of Religion. “This program will invigorate and refresh any ministry as well as develop innovative ideas for presenting the ‘Good News.’” 

Applications for the online Master of Arts in Ministry Studies are being accepted now. For submission guidelines, go to http://www.leeuniversity.edu/adult-learning/. For more information, contact 614-8370 or dal@leeuniversity.edu.


University Hosts Award-Winning Author Janisse Ray

Award-winning author, naturalist, and activist Janisse Ray will give a talk on the UTC campus about heirloom seeds, agrodiversity and the future of food. The event is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Raccoon Mountain Room of the UTC University Center. This program is presented by the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones and UTC Department of Biological and Environmental ... (click for more)

Dalton State Program Gives Non Students Chance To Further Their Education

Lynda Shenefield had an idea for a book.  But she needed help. Shenefield had no idea how to get her book published.  Then she saw a news release about an epublishing course offered at Dalton State, and thought that would be the perfect opportunity to learn what she needed to know.  At 63, Ms. Shenefield didn’t want to go through the process of enrolling as a student ... (click for more)

EPB Says It Did Not Overbill The City; Says City Got $685,877 Break

EPB officials said Tuesday that an exhaustive audit of its street light contract with the city showed that it did not overbill the city. Instead, it said it found that the city was underbilled $685,877. EPB said it only goes back one year on errors so the amount owed by the city would be $178,314. Officials said that would be discussed with the city. Stan Sewell, the city's ... (click for more)

Citizens To Comment Next Tuesday On Sound Control Ordinance That Allows Higher Sound Around Downtown Clubs

Citizens will be allowed to comment next Tuesday on a new Sound Control Ordinance that allows higher sound from nightclubs in a downtown Controlled Sound Boundary. Track 29 behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo, that has drawn the wrath of some nearby Southside residents, is within the boundary, which goes along the river on the north and west, to around Erlanger Hospital on the ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)