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Master of Pastoral Leadership


An in-service, hybrid degree for busy pastors that allows you to finish a master's degree in two years,* without having to relocate

The Master of Pastoral Leadership is an in-service, hybrid degree that allows people in full-time ministry to complete a master's degree in as little as two years,* without having to relocate.

It is a professional studies degree designed to provide advanced training for men and women who have been in vocational ministry for at least five years and want to enhance their ministry leadership skills.

The MPL will incorporate online and face-to-face learning experiences. It will require just six visits to the Springfield campus over the course of two years.

Walls"As a professional degree, every learning experience will focus on the participant's current ministry setting," said Dr. Randy Walls (left), AGTS director of Continuing Education, "making this program invaluable to the pastor in the field. And, the program will utilize a cohort model, which will create a strong peer learning community to provide mutual support in this educational experience."

Financial aid is available.

*With appropriate undergraduate credits participants can complete the degree in two years (36 credits). Without this advanced standing, the program requires 48 credits.

Course delivery system

Courses in the MPL will utilize face-to-face (F2F) and online learning systems to deliver two courses (6 credits) each semester.

Participants will come to the Springfield campus at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) for a one-week F2F learning experience. The remainder of the course will be completed online. The week will be divided into two 20-hour segments, one for each course.

The online portions of these courses extend to the end of the semester and will maximize student interaction with the course instructor and classmates.

Program Components (36–48 credits*)

The MPL is a 48-credit master's degree that may be reduced to 36 credits of study based on the participants' undergraduate degrees and the extent of their preaching and teaching ministries.

In an effort to provide a more complete approach to pastoral leadership development, the MPL program has been designed around the following four areas:

Biblical foundations*
Essential courses that provide participants with the basic skills needed to interpret and expound the Word of God

Leadership essentials
Learning experiences that define the heart of Pentecostal leadership and enhance the skills associated with leading Spirit-empowered ministries

Dynamic communication
Practical engagement with the tasks of preaching and teaching to refine and improve the skills that make them more effective

Healthy ministries
Contextually-sensitive investigations of the participants' local ministry settings with a view toward enhancing its health and improving its effectiveness

*A combination of appropriate undergraduate credits and the student's prior preaching and teaching ministry will allow participants to complete the degree in two years (36 credits). Without this advanced standing, the program requires 48 credits.

Course Rotation

Spring 2016:
(January 11–15)

PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry
PTH 515 Effective Teaching and Communication

Summer 2016:  
(May 9–13)

PTH 512 Caring for the Congregation
PTH 622 Communicating Christian Faith in a Pluralistic Society

Fall 2016:          
(August 29–Sept. 2)

PTH 511 Leading the Congregation to Health and Growth
PTH 522 Identity and Calling of the Spiritual Leader

NOTE: The following course is only for students completing the program

PTH 556 Field Education Research Project

Spring 2017:
(January 9–13)

PTH 513 Effective Preaching in the Old Testament
PTH 521 Being and Building a Spirit-Led Community

Summer 2017:   
(May 8–12)

PTH 516 Contextualizing the Global and Local Mission of the Church
PTH 517 Engaging Ethical and Social Issues in the 21st Century

Fall 2017:
(August 31–Sept. 4)

PTH 514 Effective Preaching in the New Testament
PTH 650 Building a Disciple-Making Ministry

NOTE: The following course is only for students completing the program

PTH 556 Field Education Research Project

Admission requirements

Academic: Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an approved college (Bible-related undergraduate credit is required if the participant wishes to finish the program in two years*)

Experience: Five years of ministry experience and currently in ministry

How to apply: Click here to apply online.

How do participants fund their education?

Participants in similar programs often find help from local church leadership or boards. Program director Randy Walls is available to explain the benefits of this program to decision makers in your ministry setting. Contact him to make arrangements (

Program fees

The program fee will be just over $21,000† based on 6 credits each semester for a 36-credit program. Participants not qualifying for full reduction of biblical foundations courses will pay standard tuition rates. (Payment option available.) The estimated cost for textbooks and personal assessment instruments over the 2-year program is an additional $1,000.

†Based on 2014/2015 tuition rates ($581/credit) and an estimate of tuition rates for 2015/2016.

Travel and housing

Participants are responsible for their own travel, meals and housing and may choose from numerous hotels near campus. AGTS will provide several lunches during classes. In the fall and spring semesters, the university has a full-service cafeteria providing low-cost buffet style meals three times a day.

Financial aid

Program participants are eligible for financial aid as a part-time student. Loan amounts vary based upon the total costs of the program in relation to income. Contact Bryan Hawk, AGTS financial aid counselor, for more information ( or 1-800-EVANGEL ext.7512).

For more information contact Randy Walls:
1-800-467-AGTS or

Updated: Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:55 PM


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