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Master of Arts in Christian Ministry: Strategic Leadership Concentration

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Become an agile Christian leader in a church or nonprofit in this 36-hour degree with interactive intensives and interactive online options.

  • 2 years


  • 36


  • 18


Why choose the Master of Divinity degree at OCC?

The Master of Divinity is a 72-hour professional degree for leaders serving or preparing to serve in a church or other ministry setting.

Students will enjoy the broad range of courses as well as the number of electives empowering them to tailor their educational experience.

Why choose the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry Degree at OCC?

High Quality Education

For over 80 years, OCC has trained men and women for Christian service through deep biblical study. We believe that ministry principles grounded in Scripture provide profound cultural agility regardless of your kingdom calling.

Personal Transformation

Education, at its best, is a process of discipleship, and discipleship, according to Scripture (Galatians 2:20), is the process of transforming you into the hands and feet of Jesus.

Spirit-Centered Community

When you join the master’s program at OCC, you are partnering with God’s Spirit by connecting with Christ’s community represented by fellow kingdom workers across the world.

Who is this concentration for?

Anyone called to or entrusted with leadership roles in God’s kingdom work, especially:

· Directors of Non-Profits
· Senior Ministers
· Employees of Non-Profits
· Associate Ministers
· Leaders in Parachurch Organizations
· Connection Pastors
· Executive Ministers

Those without a Bible college undergraduate degree are encouraged to pursue this degree program.

Featured Degree Courses

  • Contextualized Hermeneutics

    A critical examination of various principles of interpretation through the book of Acts intentionally engaging in missiological, pastoral, and historical-grammatical contextual analysis. Students will learn both general and specific hermeneutical principles necessary to acquire and apply scriptural insights to various contexts.

  • Christian Doctrine and Theology

    A survey of Christian Doctrine and Theology based on historical, theological, and philosophical inquiry with special emphasis on the first six centuries of the church. Students will learn to navigate theological categories and controversies with special emphasis on the articulation of core Christian doctrine and scriptural contexts.

  • Worldview and Cultural Discernment

    This course outlines and analyzes the content of the many worldview systems operative in our world today from a Christian worldview rooted in Scripture. Attention is paid to the development of these worldviews over time as well as their many present applications. Students will learn how to understand and appreciate these worldviews, and how to evaluate and respond from a Christian worldview perspective.

  • Biblical Theology of Mission

    A critical examination of the principles of missiology as seen in Scripture specifically engaging the major historical and theological perspectives on mission. Students will learn to distinguish missiological approaches with a particular emphasis given to the significance of Abrahamic covenant in Missio Dei theology.

  • Ethics in Leadership

    A critical analysis of the foundation, purpose, and methodology of various ethical systems, approaches to ethical decision-making, and applications to leadership contexts. Students consider leadership from the perspective of the personal character of leaders—their ability to make decisions and take actions considered good and right.

  • Dynamics of Change and Conflict

    An examination of the dual impact of the dynamics of change in organizations/social systems and the inevitable conflict that arises in any setting. Students will learn practical, biblical approaches to navigating and communicating through both change and conflict, both on an interpersonal and organizational level.

  • Multi-Cultural Dynamics in Leadership Settings

    An examination of the dynamics in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic teams seeking to execute strategies in a diverse setting. Students will be able to identify the strengths and opportunities that diversity brings to organizations and teams while developing strategies for problem solving and communication.

Looking for more course information?

View all course information in our catalog and find courses offered during the next term.

Program and Concentration Outcomes

  • Students will be able to…

    1. Lead an organization through navigating both internal and external change dynamics.

    2. Engage difficult leadership (or organizational) situations with Christian principles.

    3. Identify the value and challenges of multi-cultural settings from a leadership perspective.

Featured Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who will teach my class?

    Just like in our undergraduate program, Lincoln Seminary's faculty set us apart. You’ll learn from practitioner professors—men and women with hands-on experience in their fields—in a distinctively Christ-centered community.

  • How much is tuition?

    Each graduate credit hour at Lincoln Seminary is $490 plus fees.

  • Are there scholarships available for Lincoln Seminary students?

    Yes! You can find all of our scholarship information here. And fill out your FAFSA with Ozark's code, 015569.

  • Is OCC accredited?

    Yes, Ozark Christian College holds dual accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

  • Is the master’s program online?

    Yes, the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry can be a fully online, 30-hour degree. Or, choose from three 36-hour concentrations with required on-campus intensives.

    In the three 36-hour concentrations, a majority of your coursework will be online.

    · 80% of your coursework is personal study on your own schedule (research, writing, online discussion posts, etc.).

    · 20% of your coursework is community interaction on a pre-arranged schedule (Zoom, in-person intensives, virtual seats, etc.).

    Contact [email protected] for more information.

  • What is OCC’s statement of beliefs?

    You can view our full statement of beliefs here.

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