THRIVE 5 Year Ministry Leadership Program | Judson University Christian College


An Accelerated 5-Year Ministry Leadership Development Program

Thrive is an innovative program that provides a select group of ministry students with the enhanced support and development opportunities needed to pursue an accelerated educational track, completing both a ministry undergraduate degree and the Master of Leadership in Ministry in 5 years. Thrive students receive regular mentoring from faculty, engage in discussion with ministry leaders, participate in field trips to exemplar ministries in the area, and more!

The benefits of the participating in the Thrive program include:

  • Complete both degrees in 5 years instead of the traditional 7 or more years
  • Special group activities including interaction with ministry leaders
  • Intentional mentoring
  • Opportunity for a graduate ministry apprenticeship
  • Additional ministry exposure through field trips to churches and other ministries
  • Opportunity for scholarships
  • Accelerated earning potential
  • Enhanced job prospects
  • More value for your tuition investment

Involvement and Expectations:

To be admitted to and remain in the 5-Year Ministry Leadership Development Program the student must…

  • Be recommended by a pastor or other experienced ministry leader
  • Participate in monthly cohort lunches/meetings
  • Meet twice per month with a faculty mentor
  • Pursue a 5-year BA/MLM academic plan
  • Complete an application to the Master of Leadership in Ministry program in the spring of the student’s junior year.

Contact Us

For more information about the Thrive Program, please contact:

Bret Koontz

Bret Koontz
Thrive Program Director
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