Masters of Arts in Christian Formation (MACF)

Earn a Masters of arts in Christian Formation (MACF) through North Park Seminary in partnership with the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC). Pastors who have completed an MACF are eligible for ordination in the Covenant.

IGNITE is an affordable cohort-based pathway to a seminary degree in four years.  The IGNITE experience brings the academic excellence of North Park Seminary into partnership with a “Friends on Mission” culture. 

Class Schedule

Each academic year includes Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer studies.  Typically, classes meet early in the term for one week of face-to-face instruction with your professor.  The exception is the “online only” class held each Spring.  Fall and Summer courses meet at Mission Springs Camp and Conference Center in Santa Cruz, CA. The Winter courses are held in conjunction with the Covenant’s Midwinter Conference, which rotates locations.

2019-2020 Onsite Teaching Schedule

Cohort 3 Beginning studies fall of 2019

Fall Teaching Time:  September 22 – 27: Old Testament I  (Mission Springs)

Winter Teaching Time:  January 20 – 24: Christian Theology (Covenant Midwinter – Chicago in 2020)

 Spring:  January 13 – May 8: Church History (Online only)

 Summer Teaching Time: June 1 – 5: New Testament (Mission Springs)

Housing begins at Mission Springs on Sunday, following an evening orientation and dessert.

 Occasionally, the onsite week will extend beyond Friday into Saturday when necessary.

Mission Springs Partnership

Mission Springs, our Covenant Camp, graciously discounts the cost of food and lodging at camp during the week of instruction. Some call the week-long experience, “Seminary Camp!” We share meals, class time, and in the evening explore fun things to do in Santa Cruz.

During the Mission Springs week, the Pacific Southwest Conference Staff is onsite to experience moments in class, share a meal, and talk about life and ministry.

IGNITE Students may drive to Santa Cruz or fly into the San Jose, San Francisco, or Oakland airports.

The cost for food and lodging at Mission Springs each September and May is $250/student.


MidWinter registration is $100 for class/event fee. Food and lodging are the student’s responsibility. In the past, students have shared hotel rooms or rented an AirBnB, and cooked meals in community.

A New Way to Fund Seminary Education

North Park’s 50% Discount + The Student + Your Covenant Church + The PSWC + The ECC = Tuition & Class Payment

The low cost of the IGNITE is made possible because of the friendship and partnerships that exist in the Covenant. Below is a breakdown of how Covenant entities contributes to an IGNITE student’s tuition.

North Park Seminary has graciously given each IGNITE student a 50% discount off the normal seminary tuition.

Each IGNITE Student is responsible for paying $2,000 a year in tuition/class fees.

The Sponsoring Covenant Church is responsible for paying $2,000 a year in tuition/class fees on behalf of the student.

The Pacific Southwest Conference & The Evangelical Covenant Church each contribute funds that offset and subsidize the costs incurred by each IGNITE student.

Additional Fees apply throughout the degree process. See directly below.

Additional Class Fees

Some classes require professional assessments and evaluation to be done through a partner organization. In addition to books, these are considered part of the typical material required for classwork.

Vocational Excellence - $250 (once), Journey to Mosaic - $250 (once), Field Education - TBD, Graduation Fee - $100


North Park Professors and Covenant-Connected leaders facilitate each class. In the past, courses have been taught by Dr. David Nystrom, Dr. Jim Bruckner, Dr. Timothy Johnson, Dr. Elizabeth Pierre and Dr. Armida Belmonte Stephens.

Fall 2019 - Application Process

Deadline to Apply:  June 15, 2019.  This includes Steps 1 – 4 below. 

Step 1:  Talk with your church leadership about Ignite sponsorship

Step 2:  Apply here

Step 3:  Submit all applicable transcripts to North Park Seminary

Step 4:  Submit completed Student/Church Contract

Step 5:  Students will hear from NPS by July 31

Step 6:  Respond to NPS, verifying plans to go forward!

For More Information:

IGNITE Recruitment - Kayla Stelle,

 NPS Admissions - Bea Radakovich,

 NPS Academics - Alex Macias,

 PSWC IGNITE Team - Matt Aalseth, & Anita Eyer,

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