Master of Arts (MA), Christian Leadership

In these times of rapid cultural and economic change, effective Christian leaders must be able to maintain focus on the mission, mobilize people in pursuit of that vision, and facilitate the execution of strategies that accomplish the mission. It’s a tall order. It requires extraordinary leadership.  The Christian Leadership program uses a dynamic integrated learning framework to equip leaders for real-time faith-driven skill development to meet that challenge in any organization and leadership role.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the MA Christian Leadership program, students will be equipped to exercise effective leadership within an organization across an intentional framework of mission-driven leadership skills. Success will be demonstrated in the exercise of the following competencies:

  1. Exercise of mission-driven leadership that encourages and facilitates collaborative learning at all levels of the organization.
  2. Application of a solid understanding of organizations that creates and maintains a productive community of learners.
  3. Development of comprehensive organizational strategies using skills in evaluation, adaptation and integration of new and existing strategies for efficient and effective pursuit of organizational goals.
  4. Recruitment, development, and mobilization of employees and volunteers as effective teams.
  5. Coordination of board and administrative team activities for creation and maintenance of maximum organizational productivity.
  6. Effective and prudent planning and oversight of all financial aspects of a nonprofit organization.
  7. Development and management of a comprehensive, responsible risk management policy.

Total Program Hours: 30 Credit Hours

Leadership Core (21 credits)

The discipline of leadership synthesizes the mission of an organization within its practical realities. Effective leadership understands the confluence of philosophy and practice. This track of courses is designed to engage that dynamic, with a balanced dose of organizational philosophy and practical skill development.

  • LDR501 Leading in Active Learning Environments. A study of organizational leadership theory and practice as it relates to the development and facilitation of active learning environments. Identify and evaluate your personality and leadership style, adapt and use leadership approaches, and explore principles for moving individuals and organizations toward growth and development.
  • LDR502 Organizations as Learning Communities. Interact with organizational theory to identify and understand the unique organizational mission and culture within which you function.  Formulate strategies to enhance learning and innovation. 
  • LDR503 Strategic Thinking. In a fast-paced environment organizations must be able to respond quickly to emerging challenges. Apply strategic theory, change theory, and implementation disciplines to real challenges within your organization.
  • LDR504 Developing Dynamic Teams. Apply group and team theory for recruiting, developing, mobilizing, and mending teams of employees and volunteers for maximum effectiveness.
  • LDR505 Governance and Administration of Nonprofit Organizations. Engage theories of governance and administration to interact effectively with all levels of an organization from any position within that organization.   
  • LDR506 Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations. Prudent planning and management of organizational finances is essential to continued success. Interact with all aspects of an organization’s finances to gain proficiency in the competencies of financial oversight.
  • LDR507 Risk Management for Nonprofit Organizations. Get familiar with current law and industry standards by which liability is determined. Interact with accreditation agencies and processes in the development of sound risk management policy.
  • LDR508 Organizational Communication. Develop skills for managing organizational behavior through effective communicative processes.
  • LDR510 Emotional Intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a skill that can be developed with training and practice. Develop the core competencies of emotional intelligence, including self-management, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation and empathy.
  • LDR511 Nonprofit Leadership. Introduce and survey leadership skills across governance, financial management and risk management for nonprofit organizations. *Should NOT be combined with LDR505, LDR506, and/or LDR507.

Bible & Theology Electives (9 credits)

The MA Christian Leadership program is designed with a flexible elective block that allows students to select from a range of available Bible and Theology courses that broaden the application of the concentration skills to a variety of ministry and leadership dynamics.  The following is a sampling of suggested courses.