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Leadership Specialization

The Leadership specialization at Indiana Wesleyan University offers a unique opportunity for those looking to forge a path in leadership ministry, combining the convenience of a ministry degree online with the depth of on-the-ground leadership training. This program by way of Wesley Seminary is specifically designed to equip students with a core set of leadership, management, and communication skills essential for effective participation in God’s mission in the world. Drawing on the rich teachings of Drs. John and Vera Mae Perkins, the curriculum integrates eight foundational components that include Relocation, Reconciliation, Redistribution, Leadership Development, Listening to Community, Church-Based, Wholistic, and Empowerment, guiding students towards a comprehensive understanding of Christian leadership in a ministry context.

The Leadership specialization is a carefully structured program that encourages students to develop their own philosophy of Christian leadership while mastering the art of integrating critical leadership skills into ministry settings. Comprising one required course and three electives, this 12-credit hour specialization is tailored to prepare future ministry leaders to address the challenges of contemporary ministry with innovative solutions, compassion, and a deep commitment to justice and community empowerment.

What Will I Learn in the Leadership Program?

Students enrolled in this program will delve into the practicalities of living among the people they serve (Relocation), fostering reconciliation in divided communities, ensuring just distribution of resources (Redistribution), and nurturing future leaders (Leadership Development). They will also learn the importance of listening to the community's needs, anchoring initiatives in the church (Church-Based), adopting a wholistic approach to ministry, and empowering individuals and communities to thrive spiritually, socially, and economically.

Graduates of the Leadership track will emerge as visionary leaders, equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a significant impact in their communities and beyond. They will be prepared to lead with integrity, creativity, and a profound sense of purpose, embodying the values of empowerment and service that are at the heart of effective leadership ministry.

What You'll Study

Coursework for your ministry degree covers:

  • The human person from a theological perspective
  • Key non-profit management principles and skills, particularly those that are unique to churches and faith-based organizations
  • A strengths-based approach to strategic leadership and management, with parallel assignments for both parachurch and church leaders
  • Several theories of the nature of change and change management as they interface with church management and administration