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Taking advantage of the region’s unique geographic and demographic landscape, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary uses Fresno and the surrounding areas as an “urban laboratory” to train current practitioners and emerging leaders to impact urban centers. Students will develop excellent organizational leadership skills in order to effect sustainable change. Partnering with The Center for Community Transformation (CCT), The Master of Arts in Community Leadership and Transformation (MACLT) is a flagship program for the FPU Biblical Seminary. The CCT seeks to provide a faith-rooted, institutional engine and catalyst for systemic and sustainable transformation of a unique region into communities characterized by abundance and peace. The CCT is head-quartered on the seminary campus.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Options to study in Israel and/or attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Pending Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation.

Career opportunities

A Master of Arts in Community Leadership and Transformation will equip graduates practically, personally and theologically to provide effective leadership in urban areas in North American and global contexts. Graduates will be prepared to lead congregations and faith-based community benefit organizations in today’s complex urban environments.

Program director

Randy White
Randy White, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Community Leadership and Transformation, Executive Director of the Center for Community Transformation


Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.
Valerie Rempel, Ph.D.

Vice President, Dean of the Seminary, Associate Professor, J.B. Toews Chair of History and Theology

Tim Geddert, Ph.D.
Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

Mark Baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

Lynn Jost, Ph.D.
Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Old Testament, Director of the Center for Anabaptist Studies

terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Professor, Pastoral Education

FPU Seminary Portrait
Brian Ross, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Required Courses (48 Units)

Biblical and Theological Reflection (13.5 Units)
BIB 709Bible Knowledge Requirement Seminar0
BIB 725Understanding, Interpreting and Teaching Scripture
Must be taken as a 2 unit course
2 - 3
BIB 720The Church and God’s Mission in the World3
MIN 704Discerning Vocation and Calling1
MIN 750DCross-Cultural Encounter: San Francisco1.5
THEO 730Discipleship and Ethics
Must be taken as a 3 unit course
2 - 3
BIB 761Theology for Transformation3
MIN 765Spiritual Direction for the Community Developer0
Community Leadership and Transformation (21.5 Units)
MIN 754Engaging the City3
MIN 726Kingdom Entrepreneurship3
MIN 756Ministry Among Marginalized People3
MIN 716Advocacy and Public Policy1.5
MIN 751Serving and Shaping Diverse Ministry Environments3
MIN 752Into the Neighborhood3
PACS 700Peacemaking Institute
Must be taken as a 2 unit course
2 – 3
THEO 740Global Christian Theologies2 - 3
Capstone Learning (6-9 Units)
MIN 799
Senior Seminar - Community Leadership
or Thesis
MIN 770CLTMinistry Discernment-Community Leadership0

Students must choose one option

MIN 795A
MIN 795B
MIN 795C
Community Leadership Transformation Practicum I and
Community Leadership Transformation Practicum II
or CLT Practicum: Organizational Leadership
Electives (4-7 Units)

Must include 1.5 units from COUN courses