Judson University Announces Five-Year Pastoral Leadership Program
(Elgin, IL - November 22, 2013) Judson University has announced a new program, combining a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Leadership with a Master of Leadership in Ministry for traditional students to earn both degrees in less than five years. This new program is made possible by a $498,000 grant from the Kern Family Foundation.
"We're excited to launch this program as an initiative to make ministerial education more effective and affordable for students," says Keith Krispin, Ed.D., who serves as Chair of Judson University's Department of Christian Ministries. “Our mission is to educate, equip, and empower life-long spiritual leaders for ministry among people worldwide, strengthening the body of Christ for all generations. This new program enables us to achieve our vision more effectively, providing greater value to students."
By sequencing the new Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Leadership with the Masters of Leadership in Ministry (MLM), students complete both degrees in less than five years, with a competitive 157 credit hours (120 credits for the B.A., and 37 credits for the MLM) while addressing all essential content areas. A traditional approach to ministry education requires four years of undergraduate study and three years of seminary, so the Pastoral Leadership program will save students two years’ time and tuition without compromising academic quality.
The program will intentionally integrate ministry experiences that help students apply and develop the necessary skills to sustain a lifetime of ministry. Internship placements are being developed for students in which ministry partners will provide housing, a stipend, and mentoring for students serving 20 hours per week. Once they reach graduate level, Pastoral Leadership students will also enjoy several unique opportunities through the MLM coursework such as a two-week trip to Israel, the opportunity to attend Willow Creek Association’s annual Global Leadership Summit, and a combination of face-to-face and online classes. They will also have access to the MLM’s all-inclusive tuition structure that covers Chicago-area ministry visits, books, housing and food for onsite courses, Accordance or Logos software, an iPad Mini, and all other program expenses.
Enrollment for the Pastoral Leadership program will begin in the fall of 2014, with four scholarships available. The number of scholarships will increase to eight in fall 2015, and then increase to 10 for 2016 and 2017.
Krispin explains that the Kern grant will play a vital role in helping Judson to launch the program through marketing and significant scholarships, while developing partnerships for graduate level internships.
“We are truly grateful to the Kern Family Foundation for this opportunity to be on the cutting edge of effective ministry education," says Krispin.
“The Foundation is excited to partner with Judson University as it embarks on an innovative approach that will provide young, aspiring pastors with a high-quality education at a much more affordable cost,” said Kyle Bode, program director for the Kern Family Foundation.