The Master of Ministry Leadership is a four-year course available on a part time basis only.
The course aims to provide the ministry professional with an advanced understanding of leadership within the ministry context in order to further enhance students’ professional vocation. Concurrent involvement in professional ministry practice is required for the duration of the course.
Ministry leaders at all levels of responsibility, including senior, and executive- and departmental-level leaders, are required to function both within distinctly ministry elements of their divine calling, and as Chief Executive Officers, senior managers and managers of their churches and ministry organisations. Likewise, ministry organisations are divinely appointed and commissioned, but must operate within legislation. As such, ministry leaders are called to ‘co-mission’ together with God in leading, directing and managing their ministry organisations within society.
Although there are numerous models and theories of leadership and organisational management, an integrative approach for ministry leadership is one which should engage and reflect both biblical and theological perspectives. The Master of Ministry Leadership recognises the complementary nature of the various sources of knowledge to inform such an integrative approach. Consequently, the course draws upon the outcomes of social science research into leadership and organisational behaviour, together with biblical and theological perspectives on leadership within the context of ministry.
The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Master of Ministry Leadership is 10 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.
CHC regards the Bible as the final referent particularly as it applies to defining and shaping Christian Ministry. In the light of this distinctive orientation, the personal, theological, and ministry dimensions of the course are integrated under the authority of Scripture as the revelation of God developed within theological reflection arising from Scripture and applied in ministry and mission.