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Online Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Ministry Leadership Graduate Degree at Crown

Mention ministry leadership and, usually, seminary comes to mind. Crown provides an excellent and practical alternative to the seminary experience: The online Christian Master’s 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 a changing culture from a Christian perspective.

The online Master’s in Ministry Leadership 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.

M.A. in Ministry Leadership students can choose from numerous Emphasis tracks including:

The online Master’s in Ministry Leadership is designed so that students can also pursue the Master of Divinity degree.  Students hoping to pursue the M.Div. in addition to MA degree are encouraged to pursue the Christian Studies emphasis.

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.

Faculty with the highest academic degrees, as well as significant ministry and mission experience, lead the courses in Crown’s dynamic online learning environment. The quality of the Christian Ministry M.A. is reflected in top rankings by both MONEY Magazine and Christian Universities Online.

Crown’s easy-to-use online learning environment allows you the freedom and flexibility to complete coursework at your convenience. Tuition is priced competitively lower than similar accredited institutions. In fact, 98 percent of those enrolled at Crown receive student loans, scholarships or financial aid for graduate students.

  • Career Outcomes

    Degree details

    The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MA) degree is a 1-2 year graduate-level program designed as an accelerated path for those who want to earn a ministry-oriented master’s degree.  The online ministry degree is a convenient program for those already working in ministry and desiring to further develop their knowledge and skills as professionals. The program is also a good choice for individuals seeking to change careers and move into a vocational ministerial role.

    What it emphasizes

    The Ministry Leadership (MA) equips students with innovative ideas to keep their ministries relevant and Christ-centered. Leadership theory, organizational communications, ethics, strategy, and topics in applied ministry are all key components of the program.   Other key outcomes associated with this degree will include enhanced leadership skills and the ability to effectively lead conflict resolution, strategic planning, research, and analysis of various ministry contexts. The overarching goal is to train leaders who will lead their faith-based organizations more strategically, effectively, and in alignment with biblical principles of leadership.

    Types of opportunities where this degree might be used

    The online Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MA) degree is a good choice for individuals who are already actively engaged in fulltime ministry as well as those employed outside the church but desiring greater training for key leadership roles they hold within the church or related ministries.  The degree may be well-suited to those serving in missions, para-church ministries, Christian schools, Christian colleges, and a wide range of faith-based nonprofit organizations.  Graduates might hold roles as senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, committee chairperson, elder, deacon, church business administrator, nonprofit director, executive director, and so on.

    What you need to pursue this degree

    Those applying for entrance into this program will be required to have a baccalaureate degree in any subject. This degree will be beneficial for those who have some training and research background in Theological studies.

    Interesting facts

    Crown faculty in our graduate programs have earned doctoral degrees and actively serve as practitioner-scholars in a variety of church and non-profit ministry contexts.

    Our program is designed for both men and women who seek to serve in a variety of religious leadership roles.

    Crown’s M. A. degrees seek to draw upon the strengths in our other graduate programs to allow students to take elective credits in their area of interest. The online master’s degree in Ministry Leadership offers various areas of Emphasis in the areas of Christian Studies, Spiritual Formation,Pastoral Leadership,Executive Leadership,Pastoral Counseling,Intercultural Ministries, Disaster and Emergency Management and Social Science Research.

  • Learning Goals

    The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership is designed to prepare men and women for a variety of leadership positions in local churches, para-church ministries, and non-profit organizations.

    Graduates of the MAML will be prepared to:

    • 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
  • Required Courses

    Ministry Leadership (M.A.) Courses

    To view the following courses in our online catalog system, click here.
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    I. Core Phase – 24 Credits

    ·         MIN 6210 – Spiritual Formation for Ministry 3 Credits
    ·         MIN 5218 – Social & Cultural Foundations for Ministry 3 Credits
    ·         GRD 5012 – Strategic Planning 3 Credits
    ·         GRD 5014 – Organizational Communication 3 Credits
    ·         GRD 5013 – Leadership and Culture 3 Credits
    ·         CST 6212 – Hermeneutics & Theological Research 3 Credits
    ·         MIN 5512 – Facilitating Spiritual Formation 3 Credits
    ·         CST 6210 – Theology of Leadership, Vocation, and Work 3 Credits

    II. General Electives or Emphasis Options – 12 Credits

    Total – 36 Credits


    Students hoping to continue on to pursue the Master of Divinity degree are encouraged to pursue the Christian Studies emphasis track and consult with their Academic Advisor to choose electives which will transfer into the M.Div.

    If required emphasis track courses have been taken as a part of the degree core, an additional 3 credits of emphasis track electives per course will be required in order to fulfill the emphasis requirements.

    Two-Year Program Plan

    Block A

    ·         MIN 6210 – Spiritual Formation for Ministry 3 Credits
    ·         CST 6212 – Hermeneutics & Theological Research 3 Credits
    ·         GRD 5012 – Strategic Planning 3 Credits

    Block B

    ·         MIN 5218 – Social & Cultural Foundations for Ministry 3 Credits
    ·         GRD 5013 – Leadership and Culture 3 Credits
    ·         Elective 3 Credits

    Block C

    ·         Elective 3 Credits
    ·         Elective 3 Credits
    ·         MIN 5512 – Facilitating Spiritual Formation 3 Credits

    Block D

    ·         GRD 5014 – Organizational Communication 3 Credits
    ·         Elective 3 Credits
    ·         CST 6210 – Theology of Leadership, Vocation, and Work 3 Credits

    Block Sequence:

    Students starting in the Fall: A, B, C, D

    Students starting in the Spring: D, A, B, C

  • Tuition

    An Affordable Online College Education.

    Earning your degree online makes sense. It’s convenient and provides an invaluable advantage to your future success. And at Crown College, it’s affordable. Crown is one of the 10 most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. With 98 percent of our students receiving some form of financial aid, we will work with you to figure out the best financial aid package available.

    Financial aid is funding made available by the federal government, state government, private entities and Crown. Crown College’s School of Online Studies and Graduate School programs participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans to help finance your education.

    Most financial aid is awarded on the basis of need. The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The FAFSA is the government form used to help assess a family’s financial strength. Crown’s school code for FAFSA is: 002383. Students must apply for financial aid each year to be considered for funding.

    Tuition and Fees

    For a list of the Online and Graduate School’s current tuition and fees, please click here.