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Program Overview

Program Overview

Study and practice the pastoral arts in the unique environment of the Debra K. Johnson Rehabilitation Center in Nashville. The MACM (LIFE) degree combines ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ students into one learning community. This is a chance to pursue pastoral training in a cohort setting with both women and men, over a four year period. Within our supportive environment, you’ll learn the skills to restore others and yourself.

Our experienced faculty will guide you through theology, psychology, conflict management, spiritual direction and coaching. We'll help you think critically about complex ministry issues.  As a result, you'll learn to lead others in their faith development and increase your effectiveness as a minister.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Application with $50 nonrefundable application fee
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from a college or university administrator or professor, one from a professional supervisor/employer and one from a church leader or minister
  • Official transcripts emailed to or mailed to Graduate Admissions (One University Park Dr., Nashville, TN 37204)
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Undergraduate or graduate GPA of at least 2.75
  • 750-1,000-word essay discussing the applicant's religious heritage, career goals and how Hazelip School of Theology might contribute to the achievement of those pursuits
  • Completed health form (required during the first semester of enrollment)
Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

  • Program tuition is currently $540 per credit hour.

  • Tuition is offered at a discounted rate.

*Note: The graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective each summer semester.



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One class per semester

Our pacing allows your schedule to remain flexible since you'll only take one class a semester. Your class meets on a weekly basis, ensuring a slow pace where you can dive into your studies and truly get to know those around you.

Only seminary in a women's prison

Classes meet in the Tennessee Prison for Women, making us the only seminary in America in a women's prison. The Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE) program will provide you with one of the most special and unique learning experiences offered. Our traditional students have the opportunity to study and learn alongside residents of the TPW. Through this experience, both groups of students will have the chance to develop the self-confidence, character, knowledge and compassion to pursue their next in life, while serving with others.

Cohort Model

Our cohort model emphasizes communal learning and extended field experiences. You’ll have the opportunity to form professional and personal relationships with like-minded peers that will extend far beyond the duration of the program.


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Our Faculty

Meet our key faculty.

  • Frank Guertin headshot

    Frank Guertin

    Assistant Dean and Associate Professor

    Frank Guertin is Assistant Dean for the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University and Assistant Professor of Theology. Guertin completed his bachelor's degree at Ohio Valley University and his...

    Meet Frank Guertin
  • JP Conway headshot

    Jp Conway

    Assistant Bible Professor of Christian Ministry

    J.P. grew up in Nashville. After high school at Ezell Harding Christian School, he studied at Abilene Christian University (BA in Youth and Family Ministry) and interned two summers at...

    Meet Jp Conway
  • Lisa Durr headshot

    Lisa Durr

    Adjunct Faculty

    As a Spiritual Director Lisa Durr has been called a Soul Midwife. Nurturing, naming and protecting God's ongoing, reforming work in the cradle of the soul is the work of a...

    Meet Lisa Durr
  • John Mark Hicks headshot

    John Mark Hicks

    Adjunct Faculty

    John Mark Hicks has taught full time in higher education among Churches of Christ since 1982 and is currently Professor of Theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has...

    Meet John Mark Hicks
  • Earl Lavender headshot

    Earl Lavender


    Earl was born to missionary parents in Trieste, Italy. He earned undergraduate degrees from Ohio Valley College and David Lipscomb College (Physical Education and Coaching).  He is married to the...

    Meet Earl Lavender
  • George Goldman headshot

    George Goldman


    George teaches courses in New Testament, Greek, and Faith & Culture. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Lipscomb University (1988, 1991), his M.Div. from Harding University Graduate School of...

    Meet George Goldman

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Career Paths


Serve others in their seasons of need as a chaplain in a variety of settings, including the military, hospitals, Hospice, and universities.

Nonprofit work

Lead organizations in their faith-centered mission as they do good in culture and work to improve the lives of others in your community.


Provide pastoral leadership in various aspects of congregational ministry.