Master Of Divinity Christian Leadership And Church Ministries
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Aug 19, 2024
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Lead Your Congregation with Confidence With an M.Div. in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries

Do you have a passion for ministry, but find yourself wondering how you will handle the day-to-day leadership challenges that come from serving in a church or parachurch organization? Liberty University’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries degree provides the training you need to lead your congregation or small group ministry.

Throughout this degree, you can gain extensive knowledge of apologetics, discipleship, evangelism, theology, and pastoral counseling. You can be prepared to lead your ministry and handle the behind the scenes ministry needs that the congregation seldom sees.

Our M.Div. in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries can prepare you for the conflicts and challenges that might arise from being a leader in various ministry settings. You can also learn important strategy skills to help you plan for the future of your church or parachurch organization. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ, and we will make sure you have the necessary skills, knowledge, and practical experience to be a leader in your community.


Your seminary degree is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and has met rigorous accreditation standards. You can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Degree?

As one of the largest Christian universities in the nation, we have the resources to provide you with the practical training you need to be a successful leader in your community. Whether you are leading a ministry, church, or a small parachurch group, the special leadership and management training you receive in this degree can be invaluable in the operation of your organization.

In addition to the skills you gain from this specialization, the core curriculum of our master of divinity ensures that upon graduation you can be an authority in seminary-related material. A great thing about this degree is that you have the chance to get course credit for prior ministry experience or a previously pursued accredited seminary degree through our transfer evaluation and Institutional Challenge Exams.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Degree?

Our Master of Divinity in Christian Leadership and Church Ministries provides the training you need to lead your ministry with confidence. You can learn the basic methods and best practices of pastoral counseling, including areas like pre-marital and marriage counseling.

In addition to this training, you can gain new skills in intercultural communication that can be used in your local ministry or as you travel abroad on missions. Our public theology course can teach you how to tackle the ethical dilemmas that might arise from cultural trends in current times.

Our Christian leadership and church ministries specialization provides the leadership training you need to lead your congregation and to promote further leadership within your church or parachurch organization. You can learn the skill of family discipleship and how you can use this to promote spiritually healthy families.

You can also learn how to make teams that can work autonomously and resolve any conflicts or opposition that might arise within the leadership of the church. Leading your church also means planning for the future. You can learn how to prioritize and strategize for the success of your ministry or parachurch organization.

We invite you to look at our featured courses for an exciting preview of the M.Div. Christian Leadership and Church Ministries program we offer. You can also review the Degree Completion Plan.

Featured Courses

DSMN 610 – Family Discipleship

DSMN 630 – Small Group Ministries

LEAD 610 – Team Leadership & Conflict Resolution

LEAD 620 – Mission, Vision & Strategic Planning


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Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Master of Divinity Degree

  • We have a state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our School of Divinity building.
  • Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in the M.Div.’s web-based content developed by our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
  • Monday-only classes for masters’ programs allow students to complete large portions of their M.Div. degree by only attending class one day a week.
  • Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) are available to test out of foundational biblical and theological studies content for the M.Div. program.
  • Our Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation rare books collection valued at over $1 million, a 111-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
  • We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and parachurch ministries.

Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Degree Information

    Potenital Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Christian Leadership and Church Ministries Graduates

    • Christian educator
    • Christian school administrator
    • Pastor
    • Sunday school administrator

    Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

    Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission: