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Master of Christian Leadership

What is the Master of christian leadership PROGRAM?

The Master of Christian Leadership is a program of study designed to prepare students for competent leadership in congretations, where the calling is not to senior ordained pastoral leadership, or to other ministry settings outside the local church. Students may choose a Congregational (C) or Public Life (PL) emphasis in their coursework to support their intended ministry context. This program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

The program is designed to be completed in three to four years part time or two to three years full time. Courses are scheduled so that students who are working full time may pursue their studies without compromising their employment and family life.    

Who should consider the CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?

The Christian Leadership Master's Program is ideal for persons pursuing education in specializations such as church ministry and church planting. It is also for persons wishing to complement their current career path with theological education by exploring the interaction between their faith and career.

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER THE CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?

We live at challenging times.  Church attendance in many mainline and evangelical churches in the US is declining, and so is the vitality of the churches.  Situation in the larger culture is problematic as well.  The country is coming off the worst economic and financial crisis since the great depression.  Among other things, this crisis has been caused in a significant part by moral failures in the business community.  The country as a whole faces unprecedented financial challenges.  Politicians seem incapable of dealing with the current financial predicament.

These challenges cannot be met successfully on a practical “how to” level.  The problems go much deeper.  Secularism that cordoned ecclesial communities off the public discourse into the realm of the private is showing cracks.  The past century teaches us that in order to meet major challenges successfully, we need to deal with them theologically.  Christians of first centuries were able to remarkably grow and transform their society because they lived their faith out to the fullest.  In addition, theology was a crucial dimension in the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther King Jr. and John Paul II as they dealt with fascism, racism and Communism, respectively.  The same is true for the current challenge of secularism: we will overcome it only by living out our theologically informed faith in the modern world.

At Leland, we are committed to the formation on Christian leaders capable of meeting challenges of the modern world, both in and outside of the local church.  We introduce leaders to current leadership theories, teach effective leadership practices, and equip leaders to form their own leadership styles.  At the same time, we believe that the Christian leader needs to be prepared for the emerging postsecular world by learning to approach leadership theologically.  That means we equip our graduates to articulate and implement leadership strategies based on sound theological reflection and informed by current leadership scholarship, so they would be able to shape both churches and other public institutions in ways fitting for the advent of postsecular age.

What courses will I take?

Ministry Formation Studies Leadership Studies

Global Perspectives in Ministry and Mission (2)

Models of Leadership (2)

Spiritual Formation (2) Models of Evangelism (C) (2) OR
Biblical Models of Christian Leadership (2) Theology & Public Life (PL) (2)
  Focused Leadership Elective (C) (4) OR
Biblical Studies Theology & Work (PL) (2) AND
Old Testament Interpretation I and II (4) Leadership in Context (PL) (2)
New Testament Interpretation I and II (4) Leadership Seminar (2)
Advanced Biblical Studies (2)  
Biblical Hermeneutics (2) Historical and Cultural Studies
Biblical Exegesis (2) Global Church History (2)
  Historical Theology I, II, and III (6)

Theological, Philosophical & Integrative Studies

Baptist History and Identity (2)
Introduction to Theological Studies (2) Christianity and Culture:
Christian Ethics (2)

Postmodern Theology and the Church (2)

Philosophy for Theology (2)  
Who is Jesus? (2) Leadership Practicum (2)
   
52 Total Credit Hours  


LOCATIONS

Master of Christian Leadership courses are offered at Leland’s Main Campus in Arlington, VA and at the Hampton Roads Extension location. Hampton Roads students must take a portion of their coursework at the Main Campus.

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The best way to learn about Leland Seminary is to visit. To schedule an individual visit, please contact the Office of Admissions at 703-812-4757 ext. 205.

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Click here to begin the application process. The application includes a basic application form, application fee, transcripts, recommendations, and essays. Applications for Fall 2013 are due May 1, 2013 and December 1, 2013 for Spring 2014.

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  John Leland Center for Theological Studies
1306 N. Highland Street
Arlington, VA  22201
(p)703-812-4757