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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) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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

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Randy White, D.Min.

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


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Tim Geddert, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

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Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

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Lynn Jost, Ph.D.

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

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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 *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 **2-3
BIB 761Theology for Transformation3
MIN 765Spiritual Direction for the Community Developer0

* May be taken as a 2 unit course

** Must be taken as a 3 unit course

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 and Mediation *2-3
THEO 740Global Christian Theologies2-3

* May be taken as a 2 unit course

Capstone Learning (6-9 Units)

BIB 790CLTSenior Seminar Community Leadership3
or MIN 799Thesis3-6
MIN 770CLTMinistry Discernment Community Leadership and Transformation0

Students must choose one option

MIN 795ACommunity Leadership Transformation Practicum I1.5
and MIN 795BCommunity Leadership Transformation Practicum II1.5
or MIN 795CCLT Practicum: Organizational Leadership1.5

Electives (4-7)

Must include 1.5 units from COUN courses