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Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (M.A.C.L.) is a 42-hour program
that will provide you with biblical and theoretical
perspectives on leadership. This program is offered
as a cohort with students taking one course at a time over the course of a two
This degree will equip you to think and lead biblically
wherever you serve. You will be prepared to lead with integrity in Christian
and non-Christian organizations as an executive, manager, pastor, lay leader,
ministry practitioner or in any other capacity.
The M.A.C.L. is designed for those seeking to develop as
leaders through an application of biblical and theological perspectives. The
M.A.C.L. focuses on developing the integrity of the leader while emphasizing
the necessity of practical skills for effective leadership.
M.A.C.L. is created for students who:
completion of the M.A.C.L., you will be able to:
and Theology Sequence- 15 hours
Theological Foundations for
This course evaluates several theological and
doctrinal positions that have bearing on the leadership. Emphasis is placed on
the implications of specific theologies upon the role of the leader and on the
task of leadership more generally. The identity of the Christian leader as a
member of the body of Christ is also addressed.
4 credit hours
Applying Scripture in Leadership
This course is designed to equip
individuals to serve effectively as leaders, agents of change, facilitators of
mission and administrators in the parish or in other related vocational
settings. Emphasis placed on the analysis of one’s particular leadership
context to better diagnose the situation into which Scripture must be allowed
to speak. Various leadership assessments are also taken as part of this
Biblical Interpretation and
This course evaluates specific biblical
passages drawing implications for issues related to leadership. Emphasis is
placed on the manner in which specific Biblical passages influence theories
of leadership and the activities of the leader. Course includes a discussion
of leadership as a Christian vocation. Various assessments are taken as part
of this course.
Cultivating Character and Trust as a Christian Leader
This course will survey the resources available to a Christian for personal
spiritual growth and effectiveness as a leader. The study will include
practical guidance and personal disciplines for self-management. Emphasis
placed on strategies for the development of trust in connection with
This course guides students in the development
of skills related to various tasks of management within an organization.
Human resource management, the development of organizational structures and
policies, the use of effective documentation and other essential tasks will
3 credit hours
Christian Life and Organizational Life
of this class is to investigate the impact that individuals, groups and
structures have on the development of an organization for the purpose of
applying such knowledge toward resolving conflict and change in
organizations. Emphasis placed on the theologically formative capacity of
organizational structures and politics and on the development of strategies
to ensure faithful leadership while negotiating organizational structures,
group dynamics, communication, conflict, leadership and motivation. Various
assessments are taken as part of this course.
3 credit hours
Building Teams that Transform and Achieve
frames team-building as context for theological reflection and personal
transformation. The course examines the strategies required to onboard new
members onto a team. Emphasis is place on the development of high performing
teams and the manner in which group dynamics impact the character of
individual team members. Course also addresses issues related to clarity and
communication within the framework of teams.
4 credit hours
Leading Teams within an Organizational
This course examines the skills needed to
successfully leverage the resources and expertise across the whole
organization. Emphasis placed on the development of communication strategies
between various stakeholders with the framework of biblical instruction
related to communication.
Leadership Development Plan
This course addresses the
philosophy, methods, skills and character for becoming a leader through the
creation of a leadership development plan. The plan is based upon assessments
taken throughout the program and 360 reviews of the student that will be
performed as part of the course requirements. The course is intended to
prepare students to become more effective Christian leaders. Students learn to
assess leadership development needs and examine options to meet those needs.
Students will create an initial leadership development plan that will be
implemented throughout the rest of the program.
Leadership Coaching I
This course addresses areas identified in the
student leadership development plan through one-on-one and/or small group
coaching sessions with a leadership coach, faculty mentor or professional in
a leadership position.
4 credit hours
Leadership Coaching II
continuation of Leadership Coaching I this course addresses areas identified
in the student leadership development plan through one-on-one and/or small
group coaching sessions with a leadership coach, faculty mentor or
professional in a leadership position.
4 credit hours
is designed to integrate student learning that is related to biblical,
theological and leadership scholarship. Students will also be given the
opportunity to reflect upon their own leadership experience. Students will
complete a second 360 review, as well as updating their leadership
development plan. Students will also create a philosophy of Christian
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