Program Details

Our M.A. in Transformational Leadership is offered through our InMinistry Distance Learning program.

The 3-year InMinistry program is designed for students who are passionate about advancing their ministry without having to put it on hold. Students spend most of the year in distance learning through interactive online courses, and then gather twice a year at the St. Paul campus for 1 week of intensive class sessions.

You’ll move through your degree program with your cohort—about 20 of your peers who, like you, are actively involved in ministry. Your cohort will become a close community for you to share insights and provide mutual support as you face ministry challenges and experience personal growth.

Sample Concentration Courses

Introduction to Transformational Leadership

Various leadership theories are explored. A model of transformational leadership theory is presented, with application made to the learner’s personal context as well as a diverse range of global contexts. Biblical and “secular” approaches to leadership practice are compared and contrasted and applied to the student’s ministry context.

Emotional Maturity and Spiritual Leadership  

This course presents, examines, and seeks to apply a broad range of information that addresses the connection between emotional maturity and effective, spiritual leadership. This class explores the nature and functioning of emotional maturity, as well as the connection between emotional maturity and leadership effectiveness in a variety of contexts, including the local church, ministry agencies, and other organizations. Three sources of information will be utilized:

  1. A careful study of the biblical material relevant to emotional maturity.

  2. An overview of the contemporary research on the topic of emotional maturity and leadership effectiveness.

  3. The use of historic cases that highlight the critical connection between emotional maturity and effective community leadership.

Team Leadership in Global Perspective

Principles and practices required for developing and maintaining high performance, sustainable ministry teams are examined. Special emphasis is given to identifying and discussing the critical knowledge, skills and abilities required for sustained leadership success in a team-based, entrepreneurial organizational setting. Cases are presented from a wide range of global contexts. The application of intercultural competence is explored.


Location: St. Paul
Delivery: InMinistry (distance learning program)

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