The program provides the most comprehensive program of studey for the person who desires to integrate leadership training into a thorough theological and practical preparation. The M.Div./GCLS program is ideal for those who would like to pursue ordained congregational ministry and wish to have a leadership emphasis in their training. The program is also ideal for those who intend to enter bi-vocational ministry, as the GCLS may enhance career opportunities both in and outside the church. Students who complete the program will earn both the M.Div. degree and the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies. It is designed to be completed in 5-6 years part-time or 3-4 years full-time.
|Leadership & Ministry Formation Studies
||Spiritual Formation (2 hours)|
|Global Perspectives in Ministry and Mission (2 hours)|
|Introduction to Preaching (2 hours)|
|Pastoral Theology & Ministry (2 hours)|
|Theology and Practice of Christian Worship (2 hours)|
|Models of Evangelism (2 hours)|
|Biblical Models of Leadership (2 hours)|
|Modern Theories of Leadership (2 hours)|
|Leadership Seminar (2 hours)|
|Focused Leadership Electives (4 hours)|
|Biblical & Language Studies||Biblical Greek (4 hours)|
|Biblical Hebrew (4 hours)|
|Old Testament Interpretation (4 hours)|
|New Testament Interpretation (4 hours)|
|Biblical Hermeneutics & Exegesis (4 hours)|
|Advanced Biblical Studies (4 hours)|
|Theological & Philosophical Studies||Introduction to Theological Studies (2 hours)|
|Philosophy for Theology (2 hours)|
|Introduction to Christian Ethics (2 hours)|
|Historical & Cultural Studies||Global Church History (2 hours)|
|Historical Theology (6 hours)|
|Baptist History & Identity (2 hours)|
|Postmodern Theology & the Church (2 hours)|
|Integrated Seminars||Who is God? (2 hours)|
|Who is Jesus? (2 hours)|
|What is Salvation? (2 hours)|
|What is the Church? (2 hours)|
|What is the Mission of the Church? (2 hours)|
|Ministry Experience and Internship||Ministry Rotations (4 hours)|
|Supervised Ministry (4 hours)|
|Master’s Sermon (0 hours)|
Total credit hours = 82
An essential aspect of fulfilling Leland’s mission to “equip transformational leaders for the global ministry of Jesus Christ” is nurturing spiritual growth in students. Leland seeks to provide a structure and atmosphere that helps students to have the support and accountability necessary for both individual and corporate spiritual growth. Like anything, building community that encourages this kind of growth takes time and intentionality. To this end, Leland has set in place specific requirements for our students.
Spiritual Formation Class – M.Div./GCLS students are required to take the Spiritual Formation class during their first semester at Leland. Besides acquainting students with basic aspects of the history and practice of Christian spiritual formation, this class will provide a model for practicing spiritual disciplines within the context of a covenanted small group.
Covenant Groups – Every subsequent semester, M.Div./GCLS students are required to continue participating in a covenant group comprised of 4-7 other graduate students, which will meet seven times during the semester. The group typically reads a spiritual classic together and encourages one another in their spiritual practices.
Community Life Events – M.Div./GCLS students are also asked to contribute to and benefit from the broader Leland community by participating in two required community life events each semester (or four per year). These events include the all-school gatherings that inaugurate each semester, Advent and Lent worship services, Theological Society meetings, and the Graduation ceremony.
The John Leland Center for Theological Studies is committed to providing equal opportunity for all student applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. The decision for admission rests with the Admissions Committee. Admission into the Master of Divinity/Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies program is based on the following considerations:
See Our Admissions Process for a more detailed description of the application process.
Credit Hours: 82
Vocational Focus: Ordained pastoral ministry, church staff, chaplaincy, parachurch and non-profit ministry, bi-vocational ministry
Curricular Focus: A comprehensive foundation in biblical, theological and ministry formation studies and practice with a leadership emphasis. Student will earn both the M.Div. degree and the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies.