Master of Arts: Missional Leadership

    Northwest Nazarene University's online master's degree in Missional Leadership explores the theory and practice of Christian leadership as it applies outside the walls of the church. Through courses and materials focusing on creative and missional engagement, students are empowered and trained to become innovative kingdom-builders. Earn an M.Div. within 50 months or an M.A. in less than two years without any residential requirements. 

    Our online master's degree in Missional Leadership program emphasizes the need for Christ followers to live out the gospel so that it is seen and experienced in community. By challenging students to empower others to take ministry outside the walls of the church, the program marries mission with the wholeness of life, both personally and culturally. This program advances missional leadership as both incarnational and holistic: missional leaders recognize the value of tradition and both the opportunities and pitfalls within culture; they lead through servanthood; and they seek to ground their ministries biblically and theologically.

    Students in NNU's MDIVML program complete an online orientation, 39 credits in their pastoral ministry core, and 36 hours of emphasis in Missional Leadership. After completing an online orientation, MAML students focus their studies strictly around the same nine Missional Leadership courses in which MDIVML students take as their emphasis, as shown in the comparison to the right.

    Financial aid is available for those who qualify, or students may take advantage of a zero interest monthly payment plan. Avoid expensive travel costs associated with modular programs at other seminaries, not to mention costly time away from home and your workplace. Tuition discounts are also available to members of the Church of the Nazarene.

    To maximize contextualization, all of our students participate in a mentor relationship with someone in their own ministry setting. Ministry mentors receive a small stipend for the support offered.

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    Course Descriptions

    Specialization Courses

    BIBL6540 — Gospel & Culture (4 Credits)
    This course approaches the biblical texts from a Christocentric narrative with special attention given to the role of culture on the biblical writers, as well as those who have interpreted Scripture in the past and present.

    CHIS6540 — Wesleyan Tradition in Context (4 Credits)
    This course explores how John Wesley's historic vision for the practice of Christian ministry engaged his cultural context. Students will also assess how Wesley's approach to theology and practice may serve as a foundation for missional ministry engagement today.

    PHIL7540 — Premodern, Modern & Postmodern Philosophies (4 Credits)
    This course examines the breadth of human thought across the history of philosophy. Special attention will be given to the ways in which these philosophical perspectives have shaped or been shaped by the Christian message.

    PRTH6140 — Introduction to Ministry & Culture (4 Credits)
    This course introduces students to the discipline and challenge of missional leadership today. As the first course in the program, this course offers extensive examination of the nature and scope of missional leadership, and deeper understanding of the cultural contexts in which students live and serve.

    PRTH6840 — Missional Discipleship (4 Credits)
    This course recognizes the holistic approach for uniting discipleship and evangelism by examining what it means to be faithful disciples of the gospel in light of the nature of the Church and its mission to the world. Students explore how culture shapes an understanding of Gospel, Church, and ministry and intergrate theological insights in developing a missional discipleship strategy to inform a ministry response to their own local context.

    PRTH6990A — Supervised Ministry (2 Credits)
    Under the direction of a ministry mentor, students will be involved in practical ministry experience in a local ministry context. Special attention will be given to preaching, counseling, teaching, education, evangelism, and administration. The experience will be under the direction of the instructor in cooperation with the supervising ministry mentor. A grade will not be issued for this course until completion of PRTH6990B.

    PRTH6990B — Supervised Ministry (2 Credits)
    This course is a continuation of PRTH6990A and must be completed before a grade will be issued for PRTH6990A. Prerequisites: PRTH6990A

    PRTH7540 — Missional Practicum (4 Credits)
    This course at the beginning of a student's second year of study centers on a five-day on-site practicum with his or her colleagues through interactions with a variety of leading edge missional pastors and churches in the Pacific Northwest. Students who cannot attend the practicum personally may also participate online through webcasting technologies.

    PRTH7940 — Community, Context & Transition (4 Credits)
    In this course, students develop a ministry project from their own cultural context, assessing their own leadership, church structures, and community needs and developing strategies for more effective missional ministry implementation.

    THEO7940 — Theology of Leadership (4 Credits)
    This course explores the implications of how a missional understanding of God shapes followers of Christ and faith communities, as well as how various theologies relate to our understanding of God. Special attention will be given to evangelism, church structure, and ecclesiology.

    Program Outcomes

    • The graduate understands the historical interplay between cultural, philosophical, and theological shifts that inform Christian ministry practice.
    • The graduate utilizes insights of missional leadership to evaluate and assess congregational contexts and move persons and congregations toward practices consistent with a Wesleyan-Holiness theology.
    • The graduate understands and is able to explain God's mission in the midst of a dynamic and changing world.
    • The graduate engages the social context from the perspective of Christian mission to articulate and embody the gospel of Christ.


    Missional Leadership Learning Community 12 Fall 2018

    Grad Fall Semester 2018
    PRTH6000 OnRamp Program Orientation      08/13 – 08/26/18 Bynum/McNeiece
    PRTH6000L Personal Development Lab 08/27 - 10/21/18 Lynn Bohecker
    PRTH6140 Intro. to Ministry & Culture 08/27 – 10/21/18 Dana Hicks
    BIBL6540 Gospel & Culture 10/22 – 12/16/18 Dick Thompson
    Grad Spring Semester 2019
    THEO6094 TP: Voices & Perspectives in Ecclesiology & Holiness  01/14 - 03/10/19 TBD
    PRTH7940 Community, Context & Transition 03/11 - 05/12/19 David Pendleton
    Grad Fall Semester 2019
    PRTH7540 Missional Practicum 08/26 – 10/20/19 Jay Akkerman
    PRTH6840 Missional Discipleship 10/21 – 12/15/19 Jon Middendorf
    Grad Spring Semester 2020
    *PRTH6990A Supervised Ministry (2 cr) 01/13 – 02/23/20 Ralph Neil
    CHIS6290 Founded on Embodied Tradition: Church History and the Christian Life 01/13 – 03/08/20 Diane Leclerc
    *PRTH6990B Supervised Ministry (2 cr) 03/09 - 04/26/20 Ralph Neil
    PHIL7259 Reflecting on Character: Philosophy and the Christian Life 03/09 – 05/10/20 Joe Bankard

    Please Note

    *MA students should take PRTH6990A and PRTH6990B course during the Spring 2020 semester or delay their completion and take them in the Summer 2020 semester. They must be taken in the same semester.

    *New MDiv students need to work with the Program Coordinator to schedule PRTH6990 as well as the other advanced summer MDiv course, BIBL8090.

    **Dates and schedules are subject to change

    MDiv students who have already completed their Pastoral Ministry core courses will take an additional summer class (BIBL8090) not listed in the above schedule. Contact the Program Coordinator for details.

    Commencement: May 2020

    Past Schedules

    Missional Leadership Learning Community 11, Fall 2017