It’s time for a different kind of Christian leader.
Christian leaders in this rapidly-changing world need to possess deep spiritual conviction and a passion for mission, with the savvy of great skills in organisational management.
The increasingly sophisticated religious not-for-profit sector now demands its leaders have both great spiritual leadership depth as well as professional management skills tailored to the unique needs of a mission-based organisation.
Choose your own special emphasis from the following /
Community Sector Stream /
This programme focuses on real-world survival skills for those engaged in leading not-for-profit social enterprises in hospitality, education, welfare, aged care, disability services, local church or other ministries.
Mission Stream /
Utilising the resources and global connections of the Alliance Institute for Mission, students can focus on international or local missions with an emphasis on hands-on service and experiences.
Transformation Stream /
In collaboration with the global Christian Spiritual Formation network, including organisations such as The Renovare Institute and The Apprentice Centre, this programme focuses on personal spiritual formation as a foundational dimension for spiritual leaders seeking to be agents of transformation in our society.
Church Stream /
The skills required of church leaders are now more complex than ever.
This programme focuses on governance, risk management, human resources and finance, which are all necessary to manage the day-to-day running of a growing church community.
Leadership specialist units /
/ Conflict Management
/ Mastering Change
/ Spiritual Formation 4 (Personal Transformation)
/ Spiritual Leadership
/ Accounting for Not-for-Profits (Administrative Gifts for Ministry)
/ Financial Management for Ministry
/ The Art of Discernment (formerly Discerning God’s Will Together)
/ Well-Being and Resilience for People Helpers
/ Solution-Focused Coaching (Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Positive Psychology)
/ Team Ministry Skills
/ Strategic Thinking and Decision-Making
/ Administrative Leadership and Management for Ministry*
/ Leading the Larger Church*
/ Leading in a Ministry Team Setting*
/ Practice of Professional Supervision*
*these units are only available to certain programs- please speak to your SEM before selecting these units.
Choose your own personalised learning mode from the following /
Be part of a face-to-face learning cohort /
Student cohort's are a great way to learn. Specialised cohorts create an experience of learning that immerses the students in particular areas of study. Cohorts focus on the importance of learning in community, offering participants the opportunity to develop relational networks with like-minded ministry practitioners.
Study online from anywhere in the world /
We understand that postgraduate students are usually already working in a professional role involving mission or ministry. You are already learning on the job and want to incorporate your working experiences into your studies while developing the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges you face in a changing work environment.
Course: Master of Leadership (MLead)
Accrediting Body: Sydney College of Divinity
Australian Quality Framework Level: AQF 9
School: School of Leadership
Number of Units: 8 units/ 72 credit points (CP)
Study Mode: Online (with facilitated learning opportunities)
Course Duration: 1.5 years full-time or up to 4.5 years part-time
6 core units
/ Foundations of Christian Leadership
/ Non-Profit Governance for Ministry
/ Three specialist leadership units
/ One leadership project
6 elective units
/ Christian Life and Ministry
/ Christian Spirituality
/ Pastoral Theology