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Degree Name:
Master of Christian Leadership in Development

Degree Focus: 
Theology of Congregational involvement with the Community on a practical level: Linking Church Health with Community Uplift. The program will prepare a pastor to train and encourage his congregants to be involved in community affairs and in business with a Christian worldview and knowledge of principal methods of Community Development practice.

Program Objective:
To prepare a pastor to be able to train and lead his church members in ways in which they can carry out community involvement without placing the church in a vulnerable position. The leadership success of congregational members within the community raises the community regard for the church. As members of the congregation are more successful in the development projects or businesses they are carrying out, they become more able to support the work of the church and its pastor. 

Program Description:
The program is designed to be carried out at a distance, most often involving a cohort group in a specific geographical location who meet and discuss the lessons as they are presented by faculty. Each of the following courses consists of the equivalent of three (3) credit units of work (thus totaling 36 credit units):

  1. Development as Community Betterment and Job Creation.
  2. Biblical Role of Congregation in Community.
  3. Microfinance: Creating Community Savings and Loan Programs.
  4. Community Health.
  5. Leadership and Administration
  6. Christian Worldview and Contextualization
  7. Spiritual Formation and Mentoring
  8. Leadership in Crisis, Conflict, and Change
  9. Community and Development in Church History
  10. Cell & Church Planting
  11. Pastoral Theology and Ministry
  12. Christian Apologetics

In addition, each student will develop a project to be initiated in his/her community through the agency of congregational members that improves in a measurable way the living standard within the community, while at the same time improving the financial viability of the church and members of its congregation. This project will be documented in a written report of this Major Applied Research Project. A completed MARP report will be given the equivalent of nine (9) units of credit.

Mode of delivery:
Primarily through facilitation, with several short specialized seminars delivered in various locations. 

The program is designed to be delivered over a two-year period. 

Entrance Requirements
The following are required for admission into the MCLP program:

  1. A completed application form
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution (original transcript must be submitted)
  3. Sound Christian maturity and a sense of calling to serve the wider Church, in the form of a written Christian testimony
  4. Medical examination forms (obtained from DKST)
  5. Two colleagues’ recommendations (forms from DKST)
  6. A church leader recommendation (forms from DKST)
  7. Professional recommendation  (forms from DKST)
  8. Official transcripts or certificates from institutions previously attended. You may send copies.
  9. A non-refundable application fee of $100
  10. Two passport-sized photos


(Effective through 2010-2012 school years)

 Fees (non-refundable):

Registration $100.00
Graduation $150.00
Graduate tuition per unit $525.00

Typical Costs for the MCLD Degree Program:

Tuition for 45 units required for degree $23,625
Total fees $250
Total $23,875*

* Plus the cost of required text books