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Master in Leadership and Ministry


The Master in Leadership and Ministry (MLM) program prepares student for leadership in professional ministries in a range of specialized areas. The flexibility of the program allows students to focus their studies on appropriate classes for their interests and vocational goals. This program is designed to enhance the ministries of experienced pastors and to prepare others for ministry roles such as education and discipleship, counselling or leadership, chaplaincy or community development. A list of recommended courses for a Poverty Studies or Spiritual Care specialization is given below; these courses may be taken as Specialized or Open electives.

All MLM students without professional ministry experience complete a (minimum) three-month full-time internship in a ministry context. Students with ministry experience may propose a ministry project with a mentor instead of an internship. Students may use a Clinical Psycho-spiritual Education experience as an internship.

All MLM students are required to compile a Personal Growth Portfolio (PGP) throughout the duration of their program. The PGP assists them in tracking and integrating their personal development in conversation with an academic advisor.

Master in Leadership and Ministry Program Requirements (60 credits)

Biblical and Theological Foundations (15 credits)
NT 502 Synoptic Gospels or OT 502 Pentateuch
THEO 501 The Christian Confession
9 credits in any of the following: Biblical Theology (BT), Church History (CH), New Testament (NT), Old Testament (OT), Theology (THEO)

Leadership Development (9 credits)
LE 503 Leadership and Leadership Formation
6 credits Leadership (LE) electives

Personal Formation (15 credits)
MI 502 Intercultural Competence
PT 501 Personal Formation and Development 
PT 710 Ministry Values and Practice
PT 712 Internship or PT 720 Ministry Coaching
IND 501 Introduction to the Personal Growth Portfolio (1 credit)
IND 740 The Personal Growth Portfolio (2 credits)

Specialization Electives (9 credits)
9 credits in any of the following: Christian Counselling (CC), Education and Discipleship (ED), Leadership (LE), Mission/ Intercultural Studies (MI), Preaching and Communication (PR), Pastoral Theology (PT), Spiritual Care (SPC).  Students have the option of specializing in one area of study.

Poverty Studies Specialization (recommended courses)
PV 501 Poverty in Western Society
PV 502 Poverty and Human Rights: Theory, Theology and Practice
LE 637 Collaborative Leadership for Social Change
SPC 507 Psychological Impacts of Poverty
BT 601 Biblical Theology of Justice

Spiritual Care Specialization (recommended courses)
SPC 501 Foundations of Spiritual Care or PT 610 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Care
SPC 625 Professional Ethics
SPC 610 The Ministry of the Chaplain
SPC 613 Introduction to Prison Ministry
SPC 615 Spiritual Care of the Dying
LE 503 Leadership and Leadership Formation
LE 633 Leadership and Resilience
CC 602 Crisis Counselling
BT 633 Biblical Theology of Suffering and Hope
THEO 651 Trauma and Theology

Note: Courses from other seminaries in Alberta are also applicable to the Spiritual Care specialization.  See the list under the Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Care.

Open Electives (12 credits)

General Requirements for Completion and Graduation:

  • Completion of a total of 60 credits (as outlined above)
  • A Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.7