Discover the tools to make a more fruitful ministry for His Kingdom through Southeastern University’s online Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership.
Study the scriptures in their socio-cultural and literary contexts and learn to preach the Gospel, not just with words, but also with a lifestyle that leads by example. Our online master of ministry will teach you to better understand how ethics, creativity, motivation and vision work together to create a thriving ministry. Whether your goal is to improve your current ministry or pursue a different path as a pastor, minister, missionary or parachurch ministry leader, the master’s in ministry online program will prepare you to partner with the Holy Spirit in teaching others about the Bible and in leading them in their pursuit of faith.
With theology and ministry being the foundation of our university, you’ll have the honor of being led by faculty who succeed in ministry and academics. They have earned their solid reputation by staying true to academic excellence, outstanding teaching and uncompromising Christian faith.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The School of Divinity, which encompasses all of our graduate degrees, holds Associate Membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is in the process of receiving full accreditation from the ATS.
Courses and Requirements
A total of 36 credits allows you to explore Christian studies and expand your ministerial leadership skills.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s master’s in ministerial leadership online program must have:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
Course Number Course Title Description Credits BIBL 5223 Biblical Exposition and Faith Integration 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. 3 PMIN 5213 Homiletics: Methods of Biblical Preaching/Teaching This class is designed to assist beginning and veteran preachers in the development of exegetical skills appropriate for effective preaching and teaching in the local church. An emphasis will be placed on the nature, method, variety, and importance of preaching from the Bible. Emphasis will also be placed on the practical implementation of theory by requiring full development of a series of sermons and/or curriculum plan. 3 PMIN 5233 Managing Change and Conflict 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. 3 THEO 5503 Shape of Practical Theology This course covers critical issues related to questions about the nature of God's presence in everyday life. It develops a foundation for practical theology based on fundamental issues by defining dilemmas for study, developing a dialogue with pertinent sources, formulating and implementing reasonable intentions for resolving those dilemmas, and assessing the application of those intentions. Thsi will involve theololgical reflection on th unique issues which arise in the maor spheres of home, church, academy, and workplace. 3 THEO 5533 Graduate Systematic Theology I This course acquaints students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as theological method, the doctrine of God, revelation, scripture, sin, the person and work of Christ, and the nature of faith will be investigated. 3 THEO 5543 Graduate Systematic Theology II This introductory course continues to acquaint students with the foundational belief structures of Christian faith in relation to the Pentecostal theological tradition. Major doctrines such as the doctrine of salvation, sanctification, the Holy Spirit, the church and the last things will be investigated. 3 PMIN 5333 Effective Leadership 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. 3 PMIN 5243 Strategic Missional Leadership This course compares and contrasts the roles of financial and managerial accounting in organizations, applies cost-volume-profit (CVP) analysis including cost behaviors to management decisions, and develops an understanding of the role of cost management systems in the organizational management process. Students develop an understanding of how relevant information is useful in marketing, production, and capital budget decisions, as well as gaining insight into the importance of operating budget usefulness in a responsibility center environment. Cost of capital, long-term debt and equity funding options, and dividend policy are explored. 3 PMIN 5353 Spirit-Empowered Discipleship 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. 3 PMIN 5373 Holistic Pastoral Counseling A study of the techniques and relationship which serve to promote healthy adult growth and functioning. The course begins with an exploration of motivations for working in the helping fields. The course previews basic counseling skills such as warth, empathy, concreteness, confrontation, interviewing, and treatment planning. The emphasis is on training helping professionals to help others. Personal congitive-emotional awareness and theological-psychological balance is promoted through a study of individual functioning in interpersonal relationships. 3 PMIN 5473 Foundations for Cross-Cultural Ministries This interdisciplinary course is designed to prepare the student for effective ministry in the complexities of cross-cultural and sub-cultural settings. Foundational issues related to applied missions anthropology, inter-cultural communication, and contextualization will be addressed. 3 PMIN 5633 Leadership Development A theological rationale based upon the doctrine of the priesthood of the believer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit is developed with practical application for the recruitment and development of lay persons for ministry within the congregation and to the community. The course focuses on the identification of individual gifts and talents that persons may possess and the training of those individuals for various ministries. Styles of leadership, administrative functions and multi-staff relationships. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$17,820|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$400|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
Our master’s in ministry online program provides you with the necessary skills to pursue several career paths, including:
- Associate Pastor
- Campus Pastor
- Church Planter
- Parachurch Leader
- Overseas Missionary
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
Benefits of Learning Online
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