Dr. Jeff Snell
Dean, School of Congregational Ministry


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Program Overview

Christian leaders minister in a complex and rapidly changing world. Effective leadership in this context requires a biblically-based philosophy of ministry, skillful analysis of cultural dynamics, the capacity to think and plan strategically, and the ability to lead and equip people to extend the kingdom of God in his world. Johnson University’s Master of Strategic Ministry program involves a partnership between the academy and the church that equips students for this kind of effective, strategic Christian leadership.

The program includes online coursework in strategic ministry and a 12 or 24-month ministry apprenticeship at a partner church. Students complete a Leadership Core and can choose a concentration in a specialty area. Customized specialty areas are sometimes developed in partnership with church professionals on an as-available basis. Throughout the program, apprentices are mentored by Johnson University instructors, some of whom serve on staff at the participating churches.

Students complete residencies with churches such as the following:

How to Apply
Students apply to the partner church and to Johnson University. To connect with a Partner Church, contact the residency coordinator of that church. At Johnson, contact , Chief Admissions Officer.

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