Master of Christian Ministry Leadership


- 33-Hour
- 18-Month Program
- Taught by
Leading Experts
- 20% Foundational
- 80% Functional
- Finish with a
Capstone Course
With Completion
of Only 5 Courses

Want to Make an Impact Where You Serve?

If you desire to inspire others to learn more, dream more, do more, and become more. Want to be a leader, who can influence future generations? Are you ministry minded, a rising church leader in the corporate world, or are you looking for ways to broaden your impact? This program is for you.

What Will I Study?

You will take a journey of self-discovery, relational engagement, and healthy organizational dynamics. You will learn the skills and tools of practical, yet transformational leadership, so that you are equipped to face real-time issues, challenges and opportunities. Whether you are an emerging church leader, interested in workplace ministry, or believe there’s a better way, the Belhaven MML is designed to meet your needs.

Discover...Your contribution. Your difference. Navigate conflict. Grow. Tangible and practical leadership skills. Systems thinking approach. Build effective teams. Fine-tune decision making. Craft a healthy organizational culture. Drive accountability. Leadership presence. Become a well-defined leader. Learn how to lead out of who you are.


What Can I Do With This Degree?

Once you discover your contribution and realize the impact of your difference, you forge meaning and begin to live your purpose. That allows you to create identity for the organization you lead within, which, manifests in transformational change, applicable to your ministry work right now. You will be equipped to face any leadership challenge, fueled by your core purpose. You will learn how to address broad challenges and issues of message, marketing-communications, and corporate culture to the vital details of funding, management, board relations, and many other trending topics.

This degree will open doors and provide breakthroughs that have been a source of consternation and frustration.The MML equips leaders of churches, parachurches, and a variety of organizations seeking to lead differently! 

Why Belhaven/TAG Program?

This partnership brings the richness and depth of academia together with the practical, applicable insights, skills, and approach of real-world leadership principles together. Hands-on-learning that can be directly applied to any current/future leadership challenge. We help you reframe, refocus, and re-imagine the future of you, your team, and your organization. The Belhaven MML is a partnership of the finest in academic leadership plus seasoned practitioners of ministry leadership. 

How Will This Contribute to Growing in My Career?

What you invest will yield a return that will be exponential. This program will equip you to become a leader worth following into an unknown landscape. In turbulent times people look for sources of inspiration and illumination to show them the way. You will become a functional leader in a dysfunctional world, and create environments where people find a meaningful place to belong, contribute, and make a difference! Shine the light and calm the waves in your office, your church, your ministry, with the healing knowledge of an MML degree.

Admission Information

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or have earned 9 hours of graduate credit with a B in each course.
  • Provide a professional resume showing five years of relevant experience.

Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the Master of Ministry leadership program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee. Students admitted on a conditional basis to the Master of Ministry leadership program must earn a 3.00 grade point average in the first six semester hours of

MML Course Descriptions and Competencies

Course # Course Name Credits
MML 606 The Transformational Leader
The course will demonstrate the three approaches of leadership corresponding to three sides of the triangle.  Participants will take an interactive approach at recognizing, navigating, and applying tactical, strategic and transformational leadership tools.  This will prepare the student to effectively diagnose and comprehend optimal strategies to complex, multi-layered issue that surface in the day-to-day work.  In the process, participants can sharpen their own leadership skills, thereby creating a deeper level of awareness and leadership acumen.
MML 610 Leading Organizational Culture
One of the primary roles a leader serves in any organization is that of architect. We are shaped by our surrounding culture, and we play an important role in shaping the organization’s culture. This course will help the student explore the basis of organizational culture, what ingredients comprise a thriving organizational culture and how the leader can identify the legacy and shadow culture of an organization.
MML 615 Navigating Ministry Conflict
Ministry is ripe with conflict. Leaders must be skilled in navigating conflict, including the capability to mediate or resolve conflict at the interpersonal level, as well as the organizational levels. Students in this course explore the challenges of managing people in times of perceived conflict and dispute, and they work toward developing skills to identify different types of conflict situations.  Students will gain the knowledge of methods effectively manage themselves through conflict and how to leverage conflict for significant breakthroughs. Students also consider the implications of emotion and the multifaceted array of conflict-management styles—factors for which professionals must account. They engage in hands-on, practical exercises in general contingency thinking and action approaches and communication styles designed to help them resolve conflicts and move toward win-win outcomes.
MML 620 Leading Through Change
Many have heard the axiom…change or die! Churches are not exempt from the reality of this phrase. This course focuses on how to lead large-scale organizational change and renewal to set the church on a growth trajectory. We will examine the Transformational Change Model, drivers of change (internal and external), as well as ways to leverage the church’s greatest strengths to seize the challenges of tomorrow. For the church to be vibrant and relevant, its leaders must develop the practical skills to help the church to wrestle with the competing priorities, values, and initiatives.
MML 625 Raising and Managing Resources
This course is a practical approach that builds upon earlier coursework within this program. The student will understand their role as Integrator, relating to the aspects of running the business through strategic, transformational and tactical approaches. The course is divided into two sections of leadership integration; effectively raising resources and healthy fiscal management that is mission focused. The student will learn how to align fiscal needs, oversight and strategy; develop a branding narrative; and cultivate practical processes that support overall vision, culture and philosophical mindset.
MML 630 Leading the Organization as System
It has been said, “every system is perfectly designed to produce the results it gets.” This course examines the organizations we lead through a systemic lens. Every organization is a system unto itself and must be understood in proper context for transformational leadership to be realized. The students will examine the elements of what makes an organization a system and then practical ways to equip the leader to function in a healthy manner within the system.
MML 635 Building and Leading High Performing Teams
The course will establish the characteristics of high functioning, high performing teams that exist within the organizational structure.  The students will be engaged in hands on learning, group discussion, personal reflection and interactive collaboration to understand the premise of teaming, the culture’s impact on performance, and how to build teams with the necessary ingredients for high performance. The course will demonstrate the five types of teams and how to cultivate the desired state of team through examining the five functions of every Team. In the process, participants will sharpen their own leadership skills and understand their role in the team and how to optimize their contribution to the team and organization.  
MML 640 The Inner Life of the Leader
Being an effective, authentic, and transformational leader requires considerable self-awareness based on commitment to candid self-reflection and the wisdom to recognize how they can best serve others through creating shared vision for a better future. In this course, students examine their purpose, principles, experiences, skills, capabilities, preferences, and knowledge in context of their leadership aspirations. Students will examine factors that affect their ability to influence and inspire others and create plans to strengthen these leadership skills. Students will learn strategies to navigate in turbulent, changing environments that often pose difficult choices and discover how leaders rise to meet challenges and opportunities.
MML 645 The People Side of Transformational Leadership
This course is a practical approach that builds upon earlier coursework within this program. The student will understand their role as Integrator, relating to the aspects of Culture, People, Strategy, and Leadership. We will dive into two sections of integration; People and Structure. The student will learn how to align and communicate strategy; select, motivate, and develop key leaders; evaluate and execute various forms of church governance; and develop practical processes that support overall vision, culture and philosophical mindset.
MML 650 Navigating Authority, Power and Leadership
Authority and power have long plagued the church, causing multiple divisions, abuses, and devastating compromises to the message of the Gospel. In this course, we will examine the nature of authority and power, and how leaders can create the safe space for the appropriate use of power. We will examine how Jesus used his power for the benefit of others, never for a self-serving end. This course will help the student examine ways to leverage their leadership presence, courage, and humility in various settings.
MML 670 Capstone Project  
Total Core 33