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The Master of Arts in Ministry, Leadership and Culture is an innovative and holistic educational experience designed primarily for pastors currently engaged in ministry. This three-year program, conducted primarily in an online classroom, includes instruction from strategic, global ministry leaders and is grounded in engagement with our changing culture. The program requires students to serve in their local church for 10 hours per week, attend a weekly 90-minute synchronous discussion via video conference, attend four one-week retreats in North America, and create their own cross-cultural experience before graduation. Each student will be assigned a coach or spiritual director to help him or her develop into a highly equipped ministry leader.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced faculty who take great interest in student academic success
  • Ministry coaches assigned to each student
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Cross cultural experience
  • Four 1-week residencies with cohort
  • Live session with cohort weekly
  • Fully online

Career opportunities

With a Master of Arts in Ministry, Leadership and Culture, you will be able to integrate theory and practice. As the Christian church looks to creatively navigate current culture, this degree will help graduates prepare to lead the church into the future with a distinct ability to understand sub-cultures, theology and leadership practice. Graduates will also learn to cultivate the important practice of caring for their own souls throughout the course of their future ministry.

Program director

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

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


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

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

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

Professor, Program Director, New Testament

Mark Baker
Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor, Program Director, Theology & Intercultural Studies M.A.

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

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

David Bruce Rose
David Bruce Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

terry brensinger
Terry Brensinger, Ph.D.

Professor, Pastoral Education

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Biblical And Theological Reflection

BIB 734Understanding, Interpreting and Listening to Scripture (Includes study of a biblical book)3
BIB 744Exploring God’s Self-Revelation3
BIB 721The Kingdom, the Church, and the Mission of God3
THEO 718Following Jesus, Living Out the Implications3
HIST 724The Story of Radical Renewal Movements Through Church History3
BLIT 700Journeying Deep Into Scripture3

Personal and Holistic Formation

BIB 724Engaging the Bible With New Eyes1.5
MIN 706Discerning Personal Vocation and Calling1.5
MIN 710Spiritual Formation1.5
MIN 721Building a Deep and Sustainable Life3
THEO 720Technology, Theology & Spirituality1.5

Radical and Practical Application

THEO 725Investigating Western Culture and Local Contexts1.5
MIN 718Effective Contemporary Public Communication3
MIN 736Entrepreneurial Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations1.5
MIN 738Collaborative Leadership1.5
MIN 755Transformative Outreach for Disciple-Making1.5
MIN 757Forming a Community of Mercy, Justice and Peace3
MIN 759Conflict and Peacemaking within Organizations and Communities1.5
COUN 768Serving Resiliently Through Crises and Trauma Credits2 – 3

Must be taken for 3 units

Self-Directed Learning

MIN 749Cross-Cultural Experience2.5
MIN 790Creative Capstone Project2

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.