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Bay Area MA in Ministry Leadership

Bay Area MA in Ministry Leadership

To all Bay Area church leaders and those serving in ministry:

We are excited to announce the launch of a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership Degree that is specifically designed for the Bay Area.

Why is this Master’s degree needed?

The Bay Area is one of the most unchurched areas in the United States and one of the least Bible-minded. While there are many excellent hands-on training opportunities offered by local churches, there has never been a greater need for sound theological training than now.

Those of us who are engaged in ministry in the Bay Area are confronted with many challenges and questions about historical Christian beliefs. The more immersed we are in ministry with people living in the Bay Area, the more we need to have strong biblical and theological knowledge.

Who is this degree for?

The Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership is an accredited degree program that is designed to equip and train local church leaders for missional ministry in the Bay Area. It is for next-generation leaders, youth and young adult leaders, worship leaders, church planters, and anyone who senses the need to be better educated in order to carry out the ministry to which God has called them.

We are removing the barriers to getting theological education in the Bay Area:

You will receive a comprehensive education in Bible and theology:
What is needed more than ever today is deep exposure to biblical and theological truths that empower leaders to respond faithfully and effectively to todays’ challenges. You will be taught:

  • Hermeneutics (Bible Study Methods)
  • The entire Old Testament
  • The entire New Testament
  • A year of biblical theology (going through all the big theological topics and systems)
  • Church history (we must learn from the past to know about today’s challenges in perspective)
  • Apologetics (addressing the tough theological questions of our day)
You will receive significant financial support that makes your education much more affordable:

Qualified students who do this degree program will receive merit-based scholarships that amount to 50% of the normal tuition. This will make the total degree cost for the student less than $16K. The details of these scholarships are explained fully during the application process. Western Seminary is so committed to seeing church leaders in the Bay Area supported and trained, that we are designing this full MA degree to be offered with substantial monetary savings, without sacrificing any of the program’s rich theological and biblical content.

You will have less time away from family and church:

Class meetings are conveniently scheduled once a month. Taking classes one day a month drastically reduces commute and travel time. Classes typically meet on a Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The once-a-month format also makes it manageable for commuter students, who live further out in the Bay Area.
You will enjoy in-person teaching and interaction with biblical scholars and theologians:
The teaching will come from Bible and theology professors in their areas of expertise. You will be able to have discussion with professors as you are equipped for ministry in today’s world and the challenges and questions that arise.

You will take this educational journey with others and under the guidance of a seasoned ministry curator:

The class of students will stay together as a cohort for the length of the degree. The learning experience will be enhanced as you get to know others serving along with you in the unique region of the Bay Area. In addition to the teaching professors, you will also have a seasoned ministry curator, Dr. Dan Kimball, who will be the host of this cohort. He will help guide you in applying the insights you gain in the program to the challenges of life and ministry.

You will develop a personal learning plan while serving in ministry:

It is not enough to master content and learn the head knowledge. Transformative theological education encompasses the whole of life. That is why this program embraces a holistic educational model that will also include a highly personalized approach to your own formation as a student, a follower of Jesus, and a ministry leader. This degree is being offered in a way that partners with your local church and the role you have serving there. We will explain this further in the application process as this degree is designed to help evaluate and develop personal competencies for a healthy, thriving personal life while serving Jesus on mission in the local church.

Launches Fall of 2020 – Classes will meet in the San Jose area

To learn more about this degree and how it is being designed, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the host and curator of the cohort. He will answer any questions and recommend what steps to take next as you begin the application process.