Master's in Christian Leadership

Effective leaders are motivated and equipped to lead the church in honoring Christ and accomplishing its God-given purposes. This includes introducing others to Christ, serving the communities around the church, guiding disciples toward spiritual maturity and mentoring other leaders to serve. To be equipped for such tasks requires a thorough understanding of Scripture, a dynamic personal relationship with Christ and a variety of leadership skills. Multnomah offers this program with a choice of emphases (pastoral leadership, spiritual formation, and global development and justice) that are designed to help graduates be wise, faithful and effective leaders in their current and future ministry locations.

Educational Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a two-year professional degree focused on preparing leaders for either full- or part-time service in the local church or a parachurch organization.

The MACL emphasizes contextualizing your learning experience. Professors work with students to design supplemental readings and class assignments that enable students to apply their learning to their current or anticipated ministry settings. Your professors are also experts in their fields who are currently serving or have extensive experience serving in the church and/or in parachurch settings. In this program we go beyond learning about leading and together learn how to be godly leaders.


At the completion of the MACL program, students will have the following proficiencies:

  • Lead from the foundation of a personal relationship with Christ, the power of the God’s truth and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit versus a power based approach
  • Promote a missional perspective of God’s work in the world by encouraging persuasive communication of the gospel and commitment to global ministry
  • Engage culture by understanding our world broadly and biblically, by integrating the richness of human diversity appropriately and by expressing our faith incarnationally
  • Recruit and lead a talented leadership team
  • Lead people wisely, effectively and strategically including board members, lay leaders and other volunteers
  • Develop an organizational mission, set of core values, vision and then develop strategies to execute that plan
  • Manage organizational change and conflict
  • Communicate effectively on an interpersonal and large group level
  • Develop and manage an organization’s financial plans
  • Strengthen one’s emotional and cultural intelligence
  • Diagnose causes of organizational dysfunction and implement effective strategies to overcome those barriers to organizational health and success
  • Develop an intentional plan for their formation and soul care that will enable a healthy spirit and life

Student story

Regina Molokomme is confident that this program will equip her to minister to world leaders.

Program qualifications 

  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 32 semester hours of general studies from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada or the equivalent.
  • Must hold a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average (4.0 scale).
  • Advanced Track: Bachelor’s degree must include a Bible major with a minimum of 36 semester hours of Bible, theology and Bible-related subjects covering the complete Bible and the traditional areas of systematic theology.

Online option

Our MA in Christian Leadership program is fully available online. That means you can earn your degree anywhere, anytime. Learn more about MU Online.

Costs and financial aid

Tuition for 2017-18 is $520/credit.

View cost details and financial aid options here.