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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 Anabaptist leaders and is grounded in the Anabaptist tradition. The program requires students to serve in your local church for 10 hours per week, attend a weekly 90-minute synchronous discussion via video conference, attend three 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 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
  • Featuring guest faculty, Greg Boyd, Ph.D.; Brian Zahnd; and Bruxy Cavey, Th.M.
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Pending Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation.

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

Brian Ross, D.Min.

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Admission form and fee ($90)
  • Personal profile statement
  • Three letters of references
  • Writing sample

Course listing

Biblical And Theological Reflection (18 Units)

Exploring God’s Self-Revelations3
Understanding, Interpreting and Listening to Scripture3
The Kingdom, the Church and the Mission of God3
Following Jesus, Living Out the Implications3
The Story of Radical Renewal Movements3
Journeying Deep into Scripture3

Personal And Holistic Formation (9 Units)

Engaging the Bible with New Eyes1.5
Discerning Personal Vocation & Calling1.5
Spiritual Formation1.5
Building a Deep & Sustainable Life3
Technology, Theology and Spirituality1.5

Radical And Practical Application (16.5 Units)

Investigating Western Culture and Local Contexts1.5
Collaborative Leadership1.5
Entrepreneurial Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations1.5
Effective Contemporary Public Communication and Social Media Use1.5
Transformative Outreach for Disciple-Making1.5
Forming a Community of Mercy, Justice and Peace3
Serving Resiliently Through Crises and Trauma3
Conflict and Peacemaking Within Organizations and Communities3

Self-directed Learning (4.5 Units)

Creative Project2
Cross-Cultural Experience2.5

Residency Units

Residency requirement (one-week retreats each semester)0