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Master of Arts: Pastoral Leadership
Carl Leth, Ph.D., Coordinator
We believe that the best ministry is "practiced theology." The program leading to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership degree is taught by leading pastors, either actively engaged in ministry or with extensive ministerial experience, who also have the appropriate academic credentials (normally a doctorate) and a deep knowledge of theology. A small student/professor ratio allows for significant interaction within the group.
The aim of the program is to a) nurture theologically formed, technically competent, missionally effective, and ethically aware pastoral leaders; b) produce 'influence leaders' who will provide intentional patterns of leadership in ministry; c) encourage in these influence-leaders the development of a core theological vision that can be reproduced in other ministers, who, in the course of time, may be mentored by students in this program; d) address reflectively and purposefully the question, "What does it mean to be an effective pastoral leader of a community that embodies and nurtures the life of the Kingdom as presented in the Bible and incarnated today?" and e) develop in students an appreciation for and understanding of the history and theology of Christianity and especially the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The program assumes that Protestant, Wesleyan-Arminian, and Holiness traditions are normative for most students and faculty, but students from other traditions are, of course, welcome.
PAST 600 – Theology and Ministry
610 – Christian Leadership
620 – Life Management and Personal Renewal
630 – Pastoral Leader as Prophet
640 – Preaching and Worship as Pastoral Leadership
650 – The Teaching Church
660 – Pastoral Leader as Priest
670 – The Church as a Community of Formation
680 – The Church in the World
690 – Pastoral Leader as King
700 – Visionary Leadership
710 – Development of a Ministry Plan
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation from the program, no course counting toward graduation may carry a grade of less than a B-.
The cohort format is followed for the integrated sequence of 12 courses to maximizes student interaction within the group. Students are 'in class' 36 out of the 52 weeks in a year, and although designed so that students can remain in ministry in their local situations, prospective students must be aware of the significant commitment of time and energy. The program is completed in two calendar years.