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Judson University Establishes its First Master Degree in Ministry

(Elgin, IL - October 10, 2013) Judson University has announced its newest graduate program, a Master of Leadership in Ministry. This program builds on the expertise and strength of Judson's bachelors program in the Department of Christian Ministries. The Higher Learning Commission officially approved the new master’s degree on September 24.

The Master of Leadership in Ministry (MLM) is an innovative, accelerated, cohort-based, in-ministry program designed to educate, equip and empower scholar-leaders for vocational ministry in churches and other ministry organizations.

“I’ve been a seminary student twice and have taught at another seminary, and I have never seen a program with such targeted innovation and creativity built in from the very first course. From the cohort-based experiential learning to the theology of application, this program is designed for people from every corner of the world who are launching their ministry vocations and looking to make an impact for the Kingdom of God in every corner of the world," says Dr. Dave Sanders, associate professor of Christian Ministries. 

"Our MLM is entirely unique from what other institutions are offering in the traditional masters of divinity programs," says Provost Dr. Will Friesen. "It not only offers the biblical and theological foundations to make graduates into strong scholars, it also provides in-depth practical experience and methodology to make them influential leaders."

Over 16 months, students will earn their degree in a unique program that prepares them for leadership in ministry. Building on Bible, theology, and philosophy courses taken at the undergraduate level, Judson's MLM roots all aspects of the curriculum in a process of practical theology, connecting biblical and theological foundations with everyday ministry practice. The MLM combines online learning and strategically chosen face-to-face sessions including two courses taught on location in Israel. It also provides intensive field experience by requiring students to work at least part-time in ministry leadership throughout the program.

The program also gives students experiential education with opportunities to travel to Israel, connect with ministry leaders on location in the Chicago area, and attend the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. The program's tuition structure is all-inclusive, covering the Israel experience, Chicago-area ministry visits, books, housing and food for onsite courses, Accordance or Logos software, an iPad Mini, and all other program expenses.

“Because this program combines online learning with a few focused face-to-face sessions, it is accessible to ministry professionals from around the country and around the world. All you need is an Internet connection and the ability to visit the campus a few times during the program (plus the two weeks in Israel). And when you come to campus, we cover the housing and food!” Sanders says.

Those interested in earning an MLM through Judson University are invited to attend one of two open house events in November to learn more about it. The first event will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 in the Lindner Tower Eagle Lounge on Judson’s Elgin campus (1151 N. State St.). The second open house will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14 at Judson’s Rockford Campus (1055 Featherstone Dr., Suite A.). To register for an open house, visit  or call 847.628.1500.

This master program is the newest in a growing number of graduate programs at Judson, including the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Master of Education in Literacy, and Master of Architecture, as well as their other newest program, the Master of Business Administration. Judson also just established its first doctorate program, a Doctor of Education in Literacy, this summer.

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