Master of Arts in Christian Leadership
The master of arts in Christian leadership is an outgrowth of
LWC's vibrant and burgeoning undergraduate program in
Christian ministries. As a church-related college, the mission
of the MA in Christian leadership coincides with the stated
purpose of the UMC Board of Higher Education, which is to
develop the next generation of Christian leaders. The program is
intentionally broad and ecumenical, empowering graduates to become
leaders in a variety of church-related occupations. Employment
opportunities exist within the local church as pastors, student
ministry leaders or directors of Christian education; in church
extension ministries or parachurch organizations.
The curriculum contains a leadership core of classes in servant
leadership; transformational leadership; leading groups and
organizations; effective church leadership; and conflict, crisis
and change. It is further supplemented with coursework in Christian
doctrine, church history and electives.
Partnership agreements are set up with various other graduate
schools and seminaries to encourage further graduate study beyond
the master of arts degree.
Guided by a caring, competent faculty, students will benefit
from the small, interactive class settings and spiritually rich
atmosphere. Classes are held in the attractive Sumner Campus
Ministry Center and Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship,
which are located next to the towering, nine-story John B. Begley
The Master of arts in Christian leadership requires a minimum of
30 graduate hours. An innovative delivery system is employed with
classes held either on Monday nights or weekend format (4-9 p.m. CT
on Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. CT on Saturday) with a separate final
exam. This allows working professionals to attend classes while
still being employed full-time. Students commute to classes on the
A.P. White Campus from cities such as Nashville, Tenn., Louisville,
Ky., and Lexington, Ky.
For students with an academic background in Christian
ministries, Christian education or religion, it is possible to
finish the program within one full year, including summer classes.
While students may study at their own pace, a majority of
participants have chosen the year-intensive route.
Why choose Master of Arts in Christian Leadership?
The master in arts in Christian leadership is for people who
want to make a serious difference in the world. The distinctive
emphasis on servant leadership as exemplified by Jesus Christ calls
forth the best in human potential and offers growth for the whole
person. Skills and principles learned in the program can bring
further effectiveness and productivity in any setting that