Master Of Arts In Religion MAR In Church Ministry In The Digital Age
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Broaden the Scope of Your Ministry with an M.A.R. in Church Ministry in the Digital Age

These days, technology drives almost everything that we do in life. The first thing most people do in the morning is reach for their phone. In fact, Americans check their phones an average of 96 times a day.* Learn how to grow your ministry and help fulfill the Great Commission through Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R) – Church Ministry in the Digital Age.

As the distinctions between the physical world and the digital become more blurred, there comes a need for pastors and individuals who can navigate a growing number of digital ministry platforms. Digital ministry utilizes technology to achieve spiritual outcomes consistent with the teachings set forth in Scripture. Our M.A.R. in digital ministry will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, lead, and implement a variety of ministries across multiple digital platforms.


Your divinity degree is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and has met rigorous accreditation standards. You can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Why Choose Liberty’s M.A.R. in Church Ministry in the Digital Age Degree?

Liberty’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is one of the leading academic institutions of theological training. This unique specialization of church ministry in the digital age is designed to prepare anyone who is interested in the growing trend of the digital church. Many larger churches offer live-streaming for their church services or upload content on their website, and they are looking for those with the skills and passion to help spread God’s word.

Upon graduation, you will be equipped to help lead local churches by developing digital ministries that are biblically justified and technologically sound. As you become part of your church’s digital ministry, you will have the opportunity to use the knowledge and skills gained at Liberty from our experienced pastors and theologians.

While here, you will have the opportunity to network with organizations like the International Mission Board (IMB), Summit Church, and Samaritan’s Purse. We also partner with a multitude of local churches and ministries in Lynchburg as well, so you can gain hands-on ministry experience while you complete your degree. Additionally, our new Monday-only program gives you the option to take the majority of the classes you need on Mondays, so you can remain involved in full-time ministry.

What Will You Learn in Our Church Ministry in the Digital Age Degree?

In our Master of Arts in Religion program, you will study the Old and New Testaments in-depth, providing a firm foundation for your degree. You will also take classes designed to give you the skills you need for successful ministry within the Church, such as apologetics, hermeneutics, sermon preparation, and systematic theology.

Your specialization in digital age ministry will teach you how to compose a discipleship ministry strategy for Christian ministries using digital platforms. Your courses will build upon 4 digital domains, which are digital theology, formation, community, and strategies. These courses will provide a balanced exposure to digital ministry regardless of the context of your church.

Our digital ministry will explore the practice of ministry in online digital environments that do not necessarily involve physical gatherings of leaders and participants. You will also dive into the complex question: “Is physical presence a requirement for authentic Christian community?” As you are here, you will devise a plan for personal growth, development, and service.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information!

Featured Courses

CLCM 510 – Constructing a Theology of Networks for the Digital Age

CLCM 520 – Spiritual Formation in the Digital Age

CLCM 530 – Creating Christian Community Online

CLCM 540 – Introduction to Ministry in the Digital Age


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Highlights of Our Digital Church Ministry Degree

  • In addition to their hands-on ministry experience, our faculty are theologians who are well-respected authors, speakers, and researchers.
  • We are committed to defending the authority of Scripture and conservative evangelical theology.
  • Our master’s of religion in Christian ministry in the digital age degree provides hands-on experience within the local church as well as opportunities to serve with churches and organizations like the International Mission Board, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Samaritan’s Purse, and Second Baptist Houston.
  • Our new Freedom Tower offers interactive classrooms and a Scriptorium that houses rare editions of the Bible, such as a Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century.           
  • Monday-only classes allow residential graduate students to complete large portions of their M.A. in Religion degree while only attending classes 1 day a week – allowing them time to develop their own ministries.
  • We offer multiple scholarship opportunities to our residential students, including the full-tuition Keesee Scholarship.

Our Master’s of Religion – Christian Ministry in the Digital Age Degree Information

    Career Opportunities for M.A.R. in Digital Ministry Graduates

    • Communications liaison
    • Digital ministry associate
    • Digital pastor
    • Director of digital ministries
    • Online campus pastor
    • Youth pastor

    Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees in Religion

    Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

    *Asurion-sponsored survey by Market Research Firm Solidea Solutions conducted August 18-20, 2019 of 1,998 U.S. smartphone users,  (Viewed on April 22, 2020)