Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML)


Dr. Joshua Zeifle
Dean of the College of Ministry



Dr. Bob Stallman


MA Ministry Leadership

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (MAML) is to develop a theoretical framework for understanding leadership, mission and culture, globalization, ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, teamwork, spirituality, and other leadership issues. This program emphasizes the need for Missional leaders to live out the gospel so that it is seen and experienced in community.

The overall objective of the M.A. in Ministry Leadership program is to develop a biblical and theoretical framework for leadership that is both academically rigorous and praxis-oriented, and facilitates the growth and development of missional leadership for the twenty-first century church. Full time students can finish in 24 months.

Students meet together in 4-day intensives, typically 8 AM – 5 PM.

Admission into the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership requires the completion of a Bachelor of Arts or Science (or an equivalent degree) from a regionally accredited college or university. Allowances may be made for degrees accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Students also complete the application and acceptance process for the College of Ministry Graduate School. MAML students may transfer up to 9 credit hours of eligible graduate level coursework (subject to Program Director’s approval) from an accredited institution towards their degree.

In addition to achieving the general goals of the University and the College of Ministry, completing the Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership results in the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will develop an understanding of a theological and theoretical framework for leadership, culture, and mission for the present day church.
  • Students will develop skills that are both academically rigorous and practical for ministry settings.
  • Students will understand and apply technological tools through online and classroom involvements and develop skills to utilize technological developments in today’s ministry opportunities.
  • Students will observe skilled leaders – faculty, church leaders, and para-church leaders – and understand present day ministry practices while developing techniques to relevantly apply in today’s church ministries.
  • Students will understand spiritual leadership principles, missional strategy, ethics, creativity, vision development, strategic planning, working as a team, and ongoing spiritual formation.


For the Degree Plan, please visit “Student Resources“.