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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. Join guest faculty Danielle Strickland and Alan Hirsch in exploring what it means to serve in leadership in the context of today's world. 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
  • Featuring guest faculty Danielle Strickland and Alan Hirsch

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.

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


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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

Admission requirements

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Course listing

Biblical And Theological Reflection

BIB 734Understanding, Interpreting and Listening to Scripture Credits*3
BIB 744Exploring God’s Self-Revelation Credits3
BIB 721The Kingdom, the Church, and the Mission of God Credits3
THEO 718Following Jesus, Living Out the Implications Credits3
HIST 724The Story of Radical Renewal Movements Through Church History Credits3
BLIT 700Journeying Deep Into Scripture Credits3

* Includes study of a biblical book

Personal and Holistic Formation

BIB 724Engaging the Bible With New Eyes Credits1.5
MIN 706Discerning Personal Vocation and Calling Credits1.5
MIN 710Spiritual Formation Credits1.5
MIN 721Building a Deep and Sustainable Life Credits3

Radical and Practical Application

THEO 725Investigating Western Culture and Local Contexts Credits3
MIN 718Effective Contemporary Public Communication Credits3
MIN 736Entrepreneurial Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations Credits1.5
MIN 738Collaborative Leadership Credits1.5
MIN 755Transformative Outreach for Disciple-Making Credits1.5
MIN 757Forming a Community of Mercy, Justice and Peace Credits3
MIN 759Conflict and Peacemaking within Organizations and Communities Credits1.5
MIN 768Serving Resiliently Through Crises and Trauma Credits2-3

Must be taken for 3 units

Self-Directed Learning

MIN 749Cross-Cultural Experience Credits2.5
MIN 790Creative Capstone Project Credits2

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.