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Grow as a disciple. Go as a leader.


Mention ministry leadership, and usually seminary comes to mind. Crown provides an excellent and practical alternative to the seminary experience: the online Christian Masters in Ministry Leadership. An advanced degree with an emphasis on practical leadership, the program prepares men and women for leadership positions in churches, missions and other faith-based organizations. Our graduates also actively study and engage in a changing culture from a Christian perspective.


Ministry Leadership

The online Master’s in Ministry Leadership program empowers leaders with skills in researching one’s ministry context so that effective strategies can be developed and implemented. This preparation includes coursework related to key leadership competencies in the areas of spiritual formation, social and cultural analysis, theories of leadership, and the theology of work and leadership.

Anyone actively involved in leadership and ministry is a life-long learner. So our M.A. in Ministry Leadership includes research components that engage students in analyzing the ministry context in which they are working, and in enhancing their relevance in addressing the needs of the people they are leading. In this way, the program equips graduates to innovate and move their faith-based organizations into the future.




Why choose Ministry Leadership at Crown?

  • Demonstrate a commitment to spiritual formation as a lifelong journey and correlate spiritual formation with ministry and leadership development.
  • Analyze one’s personal and leadership decisions in light of the principles of effective stewardship, time-management, teamwork and leadership initiative.
  • Apply the theology of leadership and work to an area of ministry leadership practice.
  • Employ sound hermeneutical and theological principles of Scripture and identify and assess unsound theologies and hermeneutical approaches in print, audio, and visual media.
  • Create a strategy for facilitating spiritual formation in a particular ministry context.
  • Analyze one’s social and cultural context in order to develop strategies for local ministry.
  • Write an effective strategic plan.
  • Recommend changes based on a communication audit.


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Your virtual campus. Open all hours.

Anytime, anywhere, you can complete your coursework. Simply log into your classroom. Whether taking part in discussions with classmates or turning in your latest assignment, your virtual classroom doesn’t just run during office hours. Canvas is open 24-7.


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  • Find weekly overviews, assignments, updates, discussion boards, and quizzes in the Courses tab.

  • Dynamic discussions allow students to connect with fellow thinkers to grow together and go deeper.

  • The integrated Quizzes feature allows students to prove they have got the course material down.

  • See textbooks needed, course guidelines, and an overview of the module.


Personalize your experience at Crown. You can add any of the following emphasis without adding more credits. Graduate on time while studying what interests you most.


For leaders who want to encourage freedom over addiction.


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For leaders who want to dive into Biblical research.


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For leaders who want a deeper understanding of Christianity.


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For leaders who want to build a stronger church.


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For leaders who want to pour into their communities

Crown’s online Community Development is for students who want to empower members of their communities to bring about positive social change.  Students will be introduced to a holistic approach to community development that uses asset-based participatory strategies for change.  They will also learn to evaluate outcomes to make sure that community goals are being met.


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For leaders who want to prepare thoroughly and respond effectively to crisis.

Crown’s online Disaster and Emergency Management emphasis addresses the management principles, public policies and best practices that are essential for any emergency management professional, but it also adds the faith components that often go hand-in-hand with this critically important work.


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For leaders who want to make an impact in the business world.


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For leaders who want to prepare the next generation of collegiate learners.


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For leaders who want to dive deeper into Hmong culture.


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For leaders who have a heart for missions.


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For leaders who want to take their skills overseas.


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Grow your leadership skills. Learn how to coach others to make a difference in your ministry or workplace.


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For leaders who are passionate about bringing arts to the Church.


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For leaders who want to build something that serves others effectively.


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For leaders who want to dive deeper into pastoral care.


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For leaders desire to strengthen their church.


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For leaders who are relentlessly curious about the social world.

Crown’s online Social Science Research emphasis provides students with the practical skills they need to do basic social science and evaluation research.  This program is perfect for those who plan to pursue advanced degrees in the social sciences and for those who will be regularly engaged in evaluation and assessment research for non-profits.

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For leaders who care about cultivating deeper relationships with Christ.


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For leaders who want to go deeper into theology.


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For leaders who want to bring revival to our cities.


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You've got a bright future ahead of you.

Limitless options. Extreme flexibility. Future-proofed career skills. Ministry Leadership majors have boundless opportunities.


M. Div. Program


Emphasis credits to fit your passion


Week courses


Online program

What Will I Study?

  • Theology of Leadership
  • Hermeneutics
  • Theological Research
  • Organizational Communication
  • Strategic Planning
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Facilitating Spiritual Formation
  • Social + Cultural Foundations
  • Leadership + Culture
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Custom-built for your life.

We know you’re busy. Whether its family, work, or church, we created a program that fits with your priorities. Our online programs are flexible and designed for those working full-time, so you can do your coursework anywhere, anytime. Most coursework is due Thursday and Sunday by midnight, giving you the freedom to complete your coursework in your own schedule.

You might also be interested in:

Master of Divinity, M. Div.

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Christian Studies, M.A.

Going Deeper into the Word

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Pastoral Counseling, M.A.

Going deeper into the Christian mind

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* $575 for MBA credits


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