Master of Arts in Christian Leadership Degree (M.A.)

Quick Program Facts

Credit Hours: 36

Total Cost: $5,400.00

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s Degree

Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.)

Are you called to lead?  Are you in a position of influence in your church, community, or ministry?  Do you want to enhance your leadership abilities and learn healthy principles for leading from the world’s experts in Christian Leadership studies?

Our Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree program is a unique program offered as Online Studies or through Correspondence. The program is directed by Dr. Malcolm Webber, Dean of the College of Leadership.  The program is offered in cooperation with the Center for Healthy Leadership in Elkhart, IN and is designed to prepare leaders in churches and non-profit organizations with leadership skills.

Courses You’ll Take to Earn Your Degree

  • CE 501: Church Administration and Leadership

    A course designed to develop leadership potential in students and to give them a familiarity with the various elements of the administrative process, including: goal setting and achieving, organization, delegation, human relations, group dynamics, supervision, and the training of other leaders. Though the principles are universal, the focus of the course is the local church.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • CE 502: Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management

    An examination of the process of interpersonal communication and conflict management in human relationships within Christian organizations, with attention given to communication models, self-concept, nonverbal messages, stress and other strategies that will assist the Christian leader in developing interpersonal communication skills and the productive use of conflict.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • CE 503: Advanced Leadership and Administration for the Church

    A church leader wears many hats. In this course learners discover how to maximize productivity in the various functions of church leadership. The course examines the biblical foundation and practical functions of administrative leadership in churches and Christian organizations, and focuses on developing successful, biblical attitudes and skills among team leaders. Students will analyze basic leadership principles from secular and evangelical sources, analyzing them through a biblical/theological grid. (This advanced course is built on ITS course CE 501 Church Leadership and Administration. However, CE 501 is not a prerequisite for this course.)

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • LE 501: Introduction to Leadership and Leaders in the Church

    This is a study of the nature of leadership. It will introduce a practical definition of what leadership is, briefly consider the recent history of leadership research, reflect on changing paradigms in Christian leadership today, and study the differences between leadership and management. Particular focus is given to the nature of transformational leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of the nature of leadership and leaders, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own roles as leaders and managers, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, (4) give students a clear conceptual framework within which to understand the differences between leadership and management, along with the practical implications of those differences, and (5) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • LE 502: Ministry Leadership Foundations

    This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with a model of healthy Christian leadership as well as a clear understanding of both servant and abusive leadership. Particular focus is given to the centrality of Christ in Christian leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of a healthy Christian leader and servant leadership, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own lives and ministries, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, (4) provide students with an understanding of the characteristics of abusive leaders, (5) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own strengths and weaknesses as leaders, (6) guide the students in making personal plans for avoiding being abusive leaders, and (7) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • LE 503: Dynamics of Effective Christian Leaders and Followers

    This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with basic models of effective leadership and followership from a biblical perspective. Particular focus is given to the practices of effective leaders and effective followers. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of the practices of effective leaders, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership practices, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, (4) provide students with an understanding of the characteristics of healthy followers, (5) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own strengths and weaknesses as followers, (6) guide the students in making personal plans for followership improvement, (7) provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the causes and prevention of leadership derailment, and (8) increase students critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • LE 504: Spirituality and Leadership

    This course is the most important one in the leadership degree program. It is designed to acquaint students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with a clear biblical understanding of the core role of true spirituality in Christian leadership. Particular focus is given to union with Christ as the heart of healthy Christian leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of true spirituality in Christian leadership, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own spiritual lives and motives for ministry, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for improvement in their spiritual lives, and (4) increase students critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • LE 505: Contemporary Issues in Christian Leadership

    This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with an understanding of several key contemporary issues in leadership: teams, change, organizational improvisation, multiculturalism, and women in leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of these contemporary issues, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership practices, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for leadership improvement, and (4) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills and report preparation.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • LE 506: Leader Development in the Church & Beyond

    This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. It is designed to acquaint these students, as well as pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers with a biblical and practical model of effective leader development. Particular focus is given to the 18 principles of how leaders are built. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) provide students with an understanding of how leaders are built, (2) lead the students in personal evaluations of their own leadership development, (3) guide the students in making personal plans for building other leaders, (4) guide the students in making personal plans for their improvement as leaders, and (5) increase students’ critical thinking, writing skills, and report preparation.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • LE 511: Christian Leadership Practicum

    This course is one of the required courses for students pursuing degrees in leadership. This course consists of a collage of practical learning experiences, dealing with the student’s spiritual and character development in the context of relationships with others, on an ongoing basis throughout the degree program. It is designed to implement much of the content of the other courses in the lives of these students, pastors, chaplains, educators, and church workers. Particular focus is given to create a context for life change in all the demands of healthy leadership. The underlying purposes of the course are to: (1) lead the students in the development of their own spiritual lives, (2) lead the students in the development of their own relational lives in both areas of church and family life, (3) lead the students in the development of their own lives and ministries in the area of calling, and (4) increase students’ capacity to take theoretical information and use it in a practical way to facilitate life change for themselves and others.

    3 Credit Hours.

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  • PT 504: Christian Worldview

    How do you view reality? What is the source of your knowledge? Do you live what you believe? Such are the questions that a worldview answers. This course examines the nature and function of belief structures, and the value of developing and living a distinctly Christian life. The course develops a Christian worldview from a redemptive history model of Biblical theology, which is then clarified using the philosophical categories of metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology. Learners will gain an understanding of modern and postmodern thought and how to critique them biblically, and are encouraged to develop and apply a Christian worldview to life and ministry.

    3 Credit Hours.

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The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree program consists of 36 credit hours. It is recommended that the degree program begins with the student selecting a resident mentorship in the locality of the student. The student will then complete LE501 and LE502. At the same time, he or she will begin LE 511, the Leadership Practicum, which will continue throughout the entire degree program.   After completing LE 501 and 502, the student will continue with the additional courses, completing one at a time, taking approximately 3 months for each course.  The student will take approximately 18-24 months to finish the entire degree program.

What You’ll Be Able To Do When You Earn Your MA in Christian Leadership Degree

  1. Apply Christian leadership concepts in order to creatively solve organizational problems and promote healthy organizational development.
  2. Facilitate the use of change-agent skills in the areas of program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  3. Work with the design and development of strategies that promote personal development and enhance the functioning of organizations.
  4. Develop an understanding of leadership from a structural, human resource, theological, and symbolic framework.
  5. Investigate current research on leadership.
  6. Review leadership models currently in organizations and investigate new models.
  7. Analyze and critique leadership behaviors.
  8. Practice leadership techniques and report on leadership experience.

Our Objectives for the Degree Program

  1. To empower students for transformational leadership within their ministry context.
  2. To provide students with advanced competences in organizational theory, management, and leadership skills in practice and in research.
  3. To enable students to integrate personal, biblical ethics, integrity, moral values and practice with sound management theory in leadership vocations including business, community, and faith-based service.
  4. To expose students to business laws that influence leadership, management, and financial practices.
  5. To develop students who are competent in the techniques and practices necessary for business vocations, community organizations and other non-profit organizational management.
  6. To enable students to demonstrate that ethics, integrity, and morality are in harmonious synergy with sound Leadership and Management theory and practice.
  7. To prepare students for advanced studies in leadership and/or professional ministry.