Transformational Leader

Become a transformational leader who champions transformation in organizations and communities through innovative online and classroom experiences.

What will I learn?

Develop a strategic philosophy of leadership in courses that are Biblically-based, expertly taught, and holistically supported.

  • A philosophy of leadership grounded in well-developed biblical, theological, and leadership realities.
  • Growth in one’s personal relationship with God and the development of dispositional qualities necessary for effective ministry.
  • An understanding of the social and ethical demands of leadership and developing a life-long plan for personal and professional growth.
  • The ability to interpret the rapidly changing culture and to design and implement strategic initiatives to meet today’s challenges.
  • The ability to provide effective leadership within an organizational context and commitment to and skill in leadership development.
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Stackable Curriculum Designed For Formational Education

Develop the skills and training you need with the flexibility of selecting the courses that best fit your calling with Northeastern Seminary's stackable curriculum.*

Earn a certificateYear 1: Certificate

Transform your calling into an accredited Certificate in Scripture, Theology, and Ministry after completing this block in your first year of study.*

Master's DegreeYear 2: Master of Arts

Continue your education with another stackable block of courses to receive a Master of Arts degree in Ministry Practice or Transformational Leadership.*

Earn a Master of Divinity degreeYear 3: Master of Divinity

Assemble multiple, stackable competency blocks to earn your Master of Divinity with a concentration in Leadership.*

*Assumes a full-time course load of 9 credits/semester, possibly including summer sessions. Federal financial aid is not available for students pursuing a graduate-level certificate. Students wishing to retain their M.A. and earn an M.Div. must complete additional coursework that will most likely exceed the three-year assumption. Contact admissions for more details.

If you already have a Master's degree and want to go deeper as a leader, consider the Doctor of Ministry program.


The following courses have been designed to allow you to become a Transformational Leader. Choose six courses to receive a certificate, or you can apply these classes to earn your Master's degree.

Transformational Leader

BIB 772 | Biblical Theology of Leadership | 3 Credits

There is a great need in the modern church and world for wise and faithful Christian leadership. This course examines the Bible with an interest in how the whole message and story of Scripture develops a theology of leadership. Four areas, in particular, are of significance in view of such leadership: character (the lifestyle of the leader), care (the ministry of the leader), catechesis (what leaders should teach and pass on), and crises (how leaders handle challenges). Other course topics include: leadership systems and structures in Scripture, key biblical metaphors that shape leadership, and women in leadership in Scripture.

BUS 510NE | Organizational Diagnosis and Change Management | 3 Credits

This course examines the structural and environmental forces that influence management processes within organizations. Students will learn how to identify an organization’s type, relative readiness for change, and appropriate intervention and change strategies. Issues examined include power and resistance, human motivation and behavior, intervention in systems, group dynamics, team building, and the creation of change-oriented cultures.

BUS 536/537/538NE | Non-Profit Administration Track

These course give students the opportunity to study the most recent thinking on non-profit administration including human resource development, finance for non-profits, and non-profit administration. An integrated portfolio of topic areas and the opportunity to present current, relevant strategies and resources in today’s organizations are focused upon throughout the courses.

MIN 536/537/538 | Church Administration Track

Resting on the classical concepts of church administration as “administry,” these courses seek to develop pastoral competencies for stewardship of the Church’s human and temporal resources. Course participants work on the development of skills in the areas of organizational management, congregational development, equipping for ministry, budgeting, and mission planning.

MIN 620 | Fundamentals of Transformational Leadership | 3 Credits

This course explores the process by which God calls and prepares people for leadership and gives attention to the development of the inner life and character of an effective leader. The course will contribute to the student’s self-understanding and the identification and appreciation of personal and professional strengths. In addition, attention will be given to clarifying personal leadership vulnerabilities and developing a plan for life-long growth as a leader. Students will clarify their personal ministry values and priorities and reflect on the nature of ethical decision making in leadership. Beyond self-leadership, students will consider the fundamentals of transformational leadership including the principles of communication and the constructive use of criticism and resistance. Transformational theory will be presented and illustrated through the use of case studies.

MIN 626 | Leadership Development | 3 Credits

Rooted in a Christological model of biblical servanthood, this course examines the role of the leader in the organizational development. Topics of study include personal leadership, team building, board and staff development, and the identification, training, and empowering of others to achieve organizational goals and objectives. The course explores strategies for achieving both missional faithfulness and organizational effectiveness with a focus on developing leadership capacity within the organization. In addition, attention will be given to understanding approaches to creating cultural change within churches and organizations to foster institutional vitality and longevity.

MIN 672 | Strategic Planning for Churches and Non-profit Organizations | 3 Credits

This course reviews the reasons why churches and nonprofit organizations should embrace strategic planning as a way of improving their performance. It presents an effective strategic planning process that has been successfully used by leaders of nonprofit organizations. The course is comprised of a set of concepts, procedures, and tools that can help leaders enhance organizational achievement. Overall, the course is based on the premise that leaders of churches and nonprofit organizations must be effective strategists in order to fulfill their missions.