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MA in Christian Leadership

Effective church leaders are motivated and equipped to introduce others to Christ and to guide disciples toward spiritual maturity in Christ. To be equipped for such a task requires both a thorough knowledge of Scripture and a variety of complementary ministry skills. Multnomah offers a Master of Arts program with a choice of emphases (Family Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Ministry Management, Spiritual Formation, and Women's Ministry) that are designed to prepare Christian servant-leaders for specialized ministry positions.

Educational Philosophy

The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a two-year professional degree program designed to prepare graduates for part-time or full-time ministries in supportive staff positions in the local church or through parachurch organizations. (The student interested in an ordination track should consider the Master of Divinity program.)

Practical features are built into the program through a sequenced mentored ministry program that is central to the core curriculum. Each student is supervised by an experienced mentor and guided by resident faculty who assist in the skill-learning process. We desire to graduate students who possess both the requisite knowledge for ministry and the experience of an affirming mentored ministry.

Outcomes

Graduates of the MACL program will be able to:

  • Minister in a support role based upon an ability to serve with a clear biblical and theological foundation;
  • Understand the nature of the family and develop strategies from a biblical perspective in light of contemporary culture;
  • Support pastors of local churches in matters of leadership and people management;
  • Utilize a variety of communication skills, including expository preaching, small group leadership, teaching, and one on one dialogue;
  • Assess counseling needs and develop listening, guidance and relational skills.

For further details and information on admission and graduation requirements, please visit our catalog.

Program of Studies

MACL – Standard Track  
Spiritual Formation 5
SF 505 Foundations 2
SF 512 Principles of Spiritual Formation 3
English Bible 18
Bib 501 Genesis-Song of Solomon 4
Bib 502 Isaiah-Malachi 3
Bib 503 Acts, Pauline Epistles 4
Bib 504 Gospels, Hebrews-Revelation 4
Bib 509 Biblical Interpretation 3
Theology 8
Th 507 Christian Theology I 4
Th 508 Christian Theology II 4
Cultural Engagement 5
IS 701 World Religions and 3
and IS 642 Theology of Cultural Engagement or
or IS 612 Biblical Theology of Missions (2)
2
Pastoral Ministry 12
PM 605 Biblical Leadership 2
PM 711 Theology of Community and Ministry 2
PR 708 Communication Skills for Ministry and Lab 4
PM 700/710 Staff Internship I, II (2 units each) 4
            Electives* 14
            Total Required 62

 *Students who are full-time may apply to waive 2 units

MACL – Advanced Track  
Spiritual Formation 5
SF 505 Foundations 2
SF 512 Principles of Spiritual Formation 3
English Bible 5
Bib 726 1 Corinthians : Problem Solving in the Church 2
BTh 633 Methods in Biblical Theology or 3
BTh 733 New Testament use of Old Testament 3
Theology 3
Th 717 Contemporary Theology and Ethics 3
Cultural Engagement 5
IS 704 World Religions and 3
IS 722 Theology of Cultural Engagement or
IS 612 Biblical Theology of Missions (2)
2
Pastoral Ministry 19
CN 721/723 Found of Biblical Counseling + Lab 3
PM 605 Biblical Leadership 2
PM 711 Theology of Community and Ministry 2
PR 708 Communication Skills for Ministry and Lab 4
PM 700/710 Staff Internship I, II (2 units each)* 4
PM 720/730 Staff Speciality Internship (2 each) 4
Electives 14
Total 62

 ** Students who are full-time in ministry may apply to waive 2 units

Meet Your Professors

  • Dr. Val Clemen Dr. Val Clemen Chair of Pastoral Ministries Department, Educational Ministries
  • Dr. Gene Curtis Dr. Gene Curtis Assistant Professor of Preaching
  • Dr. Rick McKinley Dr. Rick McKinley Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry
  • Prof. Tom Schiave Prof. Tom Schiave Instructor of Pastoral Ministry