MASTER OF PASTORAL LEADERSHIP
The Master of Pastoral Leadership (MPL) is an in-service, hybrid degree that allows people in full-time ministry to complete a master’s degree in as little as two years*, without having to relocate.
It is a professional studies degree designed to provide advanced training for men and women who have been in vocational ministry for at least five years and want to enhance their ministry leadership skills.
The MPL incorporates online and face-to-face learning experiences. It will require just six visits to the Springfield campus over the course of two years.
Course Delivery System
Courses in the MPL will utilize face-to-face and online learning systems to deliver two courses (6 credits) each semester.
Participants will come to the Springfield campus at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) for a one-week face-to-face learning experience. The remainder of the course will be completed online. The week will be divided into two 20-hour segments, one for each course.
The online portions of these courses extend to the end of the semester and will maximize student interaction with the course instructor and classmates.
The MPL is a 48-credit master’s degree that may be reduced to 36 credits of study based on the participants’ undergraduate degrees and the extent of their preaching and teaching ministries.
In an effort to provide a more complete approach to pastoral leadership development, the MPL program has been designed around the following four areas:
Essential courses that provide participants with the basic skills needed to interpret and expound the Word of God
Contextually-sensitive investigations of the participants’ local ministry settings with a view toward enhancing its health and improving its effectiveness
Learning experiences that define the heart of Pentecostal leadership and enhance the skills associated with leading Spirit-empowered ministries
Practical engagement with the tasks of preaching and teaching to refine and improve the skills that make them more effective
Sample Course Rotation
|Spring||PTH 513 Effective Preaching in the Old Testament
PTH 521 Being and Building a Spirit-Led Community
|Summer||PTH 516 Contextualizing the Global and Local Mission of the Church
PTH 517 Engaging Ethical and Social Issues in the 21st Century
|Fall||PTH 514 Effective Preaching in the New Testament
PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making MinistryNOTE: The following course is only for students completing the programPTH 556 Field Education Research Project
|Spring||PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society
RES 531 Theological Research and Writing
|Summer||PTH 512 Caring for the Congregation
PTH 511 Leading the Congregation to Health and Growth
|Fall||PTH 522 Identity and Calling of the Spiritual Leader
PTH 513 Effective Preaching in the Old Testament