Project Description

Graduate Programs

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SEU Ohio Campus offers an online Master of Arts in Christian Studies. Other sustainable graduate programs may be offered in the future.

The M.A. in Christian Studies: Ministerial Leadership is a 36-semester-hour degree that includes the key organizational leadership elements of ethics, motivation, creativity, vision, strategic planning, and organizational development. These areas are an integral part of the master’s degree.

Through the use of collaborative learning, application-based knowledge and interactive technology, students will:
Integrate the Christian faith and learning through critical thinking, research, writing and learning from the normative base of a Christian worldview.
Develop and exchange concepts relating to understanding and improving organizations around the world.
Experience innovative learning situations, which enable students to acquire the knowledge, dispositions and abilities required of organizational leaders.

Throughout this program students will:
Integrate the practice of leadership with biblically informed values.
Demonstrate collaborative and effective problem-solving skills using multidisciplinary approaches.
Apply acquired multidisciplinary concepts, skills and principles to actual leadership situations.
Analyze and synthesize knowledge of leadership models, human development, and communication theories into effective systems of praxis.
Research contemporary issues in leadership to provide practical solutions, and communicate results through clear, concise and appropriate media.

Prerequisites to the program for students entering without an undergraduate degree in religion:

Survey of Christian Theology
Introduction to the Bible

Program Details
24 hours of ministry courses
12 hours of theology courses

Total credit hours — 36

Sample Core Courses
Effective Leadership (PMIN 5333) — A thorough examination of the role of a leader in planning, team building, developing a clear sense of mission, shared values, and vision. Evaluation of church and parachurch organizations will be explored as they relate to issues of effective leadership.

Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration (PMIN 5223) — A study of the development and expression of biblical exegesis and exposition in relation to the contemporary social, cultural, family and faith issues confronting Christians in the North American church. Selected biblical passages will be analyzed in light of their message and potential influence on important contemporary issues impacting the local church.

Managing Change and Conflict (PMIN 5233) — An examination of the dynamics of leading congregations through the various phases of church life, especially as difficult situations arise. The course will also examine methods of dealing with difficult people and situations of conflict arising from church life and church growth. Issues related to fairness, compromise, conciliation, and cooperation will be addressed.

Spirit-Empowered Discipleship (PMIN 5353) — This course surveys contemporary Pentecostal approaches and challenges to Christian spiritual formation. It offers a review of the biblical foundations and traditional Pentecostal practices or disciplines for a deeper spirituality. In addition it addresses various methodologies and challenges for spiritual formation within the student’s particular missional context.

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