The purpose of the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (M.A.T.L) is to prepare emerging and established leaders for ministry and service in churches, parachurch organizations, civic organizations, non-profit organizations, and businesses with global reach. A growing number of churches and organizations in America and around the world, as well as global mission agencies, are large and highly complex organizations. These organizations require increasing levels of leadership sophistication. Persons prepared through this program will be equipped to take on leadership in these fluid and continually growing ministry endeavors. The M.A.T.L. is a cooperative venture between Bethel Seminary and designated partner organizations which provide a supervised leadership context and sponsor an individual student or student cohort group. This unique educational setting provides a day-to-day leadership context for study, leadership development, spiritual and personal formation, and ministry application. The program allows non-resident students currently serving in supervised leadership settings to complete the degree requirements through technology-mediated delivery, with a mixture of distance courses, local, on-site mentored leadership courses, and on-campus intensives taught at the St. Paul campus. A hallmark of this program is the link among classroom learning, peer interaction among the cohort group, and practical application in the supervised leadership context of the student.
The objectives of the program are as follows:
- A comprehensive understanding of biblical content, a discerning approach to biblical interpretation, and theological reflection informed by historical traditions.
- Growth in emotional, spiritual, and relational health resulting in observable love for God and neighbor.
- The capacity and skills to provide biblically based, effective leadership in a variety of ministry settings, including local churches, non-profit organizations, and ministry agencies.
- Intercultural competence for the purpose of advancing the Gospel in his or her local community and the global arena.
- Integration of biblical knowledge, leadership theory and practice, and personal and spiritual formation into his or her ministry context.
Campus and Delivery
St. Paul: InMinistry
Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership - St. Paul
|HS501DE||Church History: From the Early Church to the Reformation||1.5|
|HS502DE||Church History: The Church in the Modern World||1.5|
|ML/TS 517DE||Christian Social Ethics for the Workplace||3|
|NT516||New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3|
|OT516||Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3|
|OT518||Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations||3|
|or NT518||New Testament: Exegetical Explorations|
|TS512||Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|TS513||Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|Degree Specific Courses|
|ML523||Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective||3|
|ML630||Team Leadership in Global Perspective||3|
|ML631DE||Leadership Communication in Global Perspective||3|
|ML632DE||The Global Mission of the Church||3|
|ML633||Stewardship, Change and the Missional Community||3|
|ML780||Senior Integrative Seminar: Global Leadership in the 21st-Century||1.5|
|GS001||Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|ML551DE||Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) I A||0.75|
|ML552DE||Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) I B||0.75|
A minimum of 42 semester credits is required for graduation from an M.A.T.L. program. The student is responsible for meeting all graduation deadlines and requirements.
The academic plan listed below serves as an example of what an academic plan for completing the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership could look like and should not be considered the final authority for determining when to take courses. Since paths toward completion may change due to course availability, courses and corresponding terms may vary from the examples below.
2.5 Year Completion
|BT510 Hermeneutics||3||HS501DE Church History: From the Early Church to the Reformation||1.5||OT516 Old Testament Survey: Law, Prophets and Writings||3||ML517DE Christian Social Ethics for the Workplace||3|
|ML523 Introduction to Transformational Leadership: Theory and Practice in Global Perspective||3||ML633 Stewardship, Change and the Missional Community||3|
|SP001 Formation Assessments||0||ML551DE Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) I A||0.75|
|GS001 Graduate Research Seminar||0|
|NT516 New Testament Survey: Narratives, Letters, and Revelation||3||HS502DE Church History: The Church in the Modern World||1.5||ML632DE The Global Mission of the Church||3||TS513 Systematic Theology II: God the Redeemer||3|
|ML630 Team Leadership in Global Perspective||3||TS512 Systematic Theology I: God the Creator||3|
|ML552DE Mentored Leadership Development (MATL) I B||0.75|
|TL001 Vocational Assessments||0|
|ML631DE Leadership Communication in Global Perspective||3|
|NT518 or OT 518 New Testament: Exegetical Explorations or Old Testament: Exegetical Explorations||3|
|ML780 Senior Integrative Seminar: Global Leadership in the 21st-Century||1.5|
|Total Credits: 42|