Master of Arts in Missional Leadership


The Master of Arts in Missional Leadership (MAML) is a two-year professional degree for a person seeking preparation for ministry in any cultural setting. It is designed to meet the needs of men and women called to serve in a variety of contexts and specialized ministries. The degree will also enhance those in current ministries by enabling them to think missionally and to serve in their present contexts in a manner informed by missional thinking. The biblical, theological, and spiritual foundations ground the students in historical hermeneutical and doctrinal understanding. The degree core courses allow the student to develop the ability to be a leader of contextually relevant ministry. The person who completes the Master of Arts in Missional Leadership degree will be able to:

  • Analyze the context of his or her ministry through tools acquired in courses in systems and cultures;
  • Integrate the disciplines of hermeneutics, doctrine, and spirituality into the practice of missional leadership through foundations acquired in courses in biblical, theological, and spiritual studies;
  • Exhibit expertise in the practice of missional leadership through skills learned in core courses;
  • Apply tools, skills, and knowledge to missional leadership through experience gained in practicum courses.

Spiritual Formation Processes – To enhance the formation of students in the MAML program, in addition to coursework, each student will select from the following formation processes. Students are required to select one of the following options for completion prior to the beginning of PL 780:

  • Completion of the Faithwalking 101 Retreat and 201 Series (registration at; or,
  • Completion of at least six of twelve spiritual direction sessions with a certified spiritual director, with plans to complete the remaining sessions during the practicum experience

Requirements for Graduation – The Master of Arts in Missional Leadership degree is awarded upon the recommendation of the faculty to persons who have completed a comprehensive an integrated program of study including the specific requirements listed in the degree plan below. Candidates for graduation must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher with no grade of less than a C- in any required course. Course remediation and/or additional credits hours may be necessary in cases where a student‘s cumulative GPA falls below the requirement for graduation. The Master of Arts in Missional Leadership degree must be completed within four calendar years from the date of first enrollment. Any exceptions must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer. Ordinarily, the last full year of work toward the Master of Arts in Missional Leadership degree must be completed in residence at HGST. Exceptions must be approved by the Chief Academic Officer. No more than two-thirds of the MAML degree may be granted on the basis of transfer credits. All transfer credits are subject to evaluation by the Academic Office as to applicability toward MAML degree credit. Transfer credit must be from Master of Arts, Master of Divinity, or equivalent level Master’s degree programs from schools accredited by a CHEA-approved accrediting agency. Transfer credits must carry a grade of B or higher. No coursework will be accepted toward the MAML degree that is older than ten years (ATS standard B.3.2.2.

Religious Heritage – 15 Credit Hours  
Introduction to Old Testament (4 hrs) OT 501
Introduction to New Testament (4 hrs) NT 501
Introduction to Christian Theology (4 hrs) TH 501
Introduction to the Missional Church Movement (3 hrs) TS 510
Cultural Context – 9 Credit Hours  
Culture and Context (3 hrs) PL 620
Systems Thinking in Ministry Contexts (3 hrs) PL 640
Leadership in Postmodern Culture (3 hrs) PL 671
Spiritual Formation – 7 Credit Hours  
Introduction to Christian Spirituality (4 hrs) CS 501
Spirituality Elective (Select one of the following: CS 510, CS 654, CS 665) CS ____
Specialization – 15 Credit Hours  
The Bible in Missional Perspective (3 hrs) PL 540
Missional Theology (3 hrs) PL 630
Transformational Leadership (3 hrs) PL 650
Missional Leadership Practicum, 1 (3 hrs)*The student should complete at least ½ of the degree program before beginning a practicum. PL 780
Missional Leadership Practicum, II (3 hrs) PL 781
Capstone – 2 Credit Hours  
Integrative Capstone in Missional Leadership PL 799

Total Credit Hours: 48 *The Missional Leadership Practicum Handbook requiring background checks, liability insurance, supervisor information, and more are available at