Global Leadership, Church Development Concentration (M.A.)

Global Leadership, Church Development Emphasis (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Global Leadership Church Development Emphasis is designed to help students:

  • Successfully lead organizations in domestic and international contexts
  • Develop competencies in strategic planning, effective communication, team building and analysis
  • Gain a broad comprehension of culture and its effect on human interaction
  • Prepare for cross-cultural ministry under missionary sending agencies and denominations, such as the Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Promote an understanding of the interplay among culture, gospel and ministry
  • Effectively lead intercultural church initiatives

Degree details

The online Master’s degree in Global Leadership with concentration in Church Development is designed to prepare students for cross-cultural missions and church ministries.  Students will learn strategies and develop the skills necessary to effectively grow churches and develop ministries in international and domestic contexts.

What it emphasizes

The Church Development concentration is designed to equip leaders for greater effectiveness in founding or developing ministries around the globe and domestic multicultural contexts.  The concentration will address current issues in missions along with strategy, communication, and leadership as it applies to ministry growth.

What you need to pursue this degree

Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have an accredited bachelor’s degree in any subject. This degree requires a spiritual commitment to gain Biblical knowledge and a deepening love for God and others.


Learn More About Crown College

  • Courses

    Church Development Emphasis Courses

    Emphasis Requirements

    Total - 9 Credits

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  • Careers

    Types of opportunities where this degree might be used

    While primarily designed for those who are preparing for or currently working in the area of missions, church planting, and church development, the program includes leadership and management components that would also be applicable to those working with faith-based organizations outside the church whose primary goal is that of spreading the Gospel.

  • FAQS

    The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding the online master’s degree Global Leadership (MA) with a Church Development concentration from Crown College. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor directly for any additional questions you might have.

    What areas are covered by a Church Development concentration? Topics in this concentration will deal with the various challenges faced in missions and outreach as well as the principles and strategies that may be implemented to foster the work’s success.  Students will study current events in missions, the team dynamics that impact faith-based works conducted overseas, communications in the context of a foreign or multi-ethnic environment, and strategies for growth based on biblical principles and current best practices.

    What classes would this program include? Some of the courses students may select from in this emphasis include:

    • Contemporary Issues in Missions
    • Intercultural Team Building
    • World Church Growth Principles and Strategies
    • Intercultural Communication

    How long does it take to complete the degree? Most students complete the program in two years.  This can be done by taking one 7-week class at a time over the two year time period.

    How often do I have to be on campus? The Master’s degree in Global Leadership Studies with a concentration in Church Development is 100% online and has no requirement for you to travel to campus for any aspect of the program.  Although it is a fully online degree program, you will have a dedicated advisor who will provide academic support, guidance and advice throughout the program.  You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email. While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation!  We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation.  The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.

    What jobs can I get with this degree? Students who pursue the Church Development concentration might pursue roles in:

    • Missions Organizations
    • Church Planting
    • Intercultural Ministry
    • Parachurch Ministries

    Do I need to be a pastor or missionary already to complete this program? No, although some familiarity with ministry as a career path will certainly help for this particular major.

    Can I transfer into the Global Leadership (MA) program if I’m still working on my bachelor’s degree? Students are required to have a bachelor’s degree in order to start the program.

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