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Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership

Transform your leadership in an environment where greatness inspires greatness

Join this network of ever-growing, world-changing leaders and pastors who are driven for the future of the Church. We are passionate about multiplying influence through investing in our leaders. The SEU Lead Institute is about becoming a better leader — an exclusive opportunity to challenge yourself through world-class education, be challenged by others through cohorts, and to be mentored by seasoned leaders.

Join a Network of Growing Leaders

Elevate your ministry and leadership with other like-minded individuals on the same pursuit as you. As the Church continues to evolve to meet the needs of our modern world, SEU’s Lead Institute aims to partner with those who desire to continue growing in the areas of leadership and ministry effectiveness. 

Program Format

Students in our inaugural cohorts will enroll in the SEU Lead Institute’s flagship degree, the MA in Ministerial Leadership. The delivery of all academic courses will be online for optimal flexibility with a ministry schedule. To further enhance these online studies, students can join in on regionally-based events such roundtables, think tanks, and presentations by special guest mentors — all of which will create space for creativity and innovation. 

ATS Accreditation

The School of Divinity within SEU’s Barnett College of Ministry & Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools — the highest mark for any graduate program in ministry, Bible, or theology.

Current Locations

SEU will be launching regional cohorts at Celebration Church (Austin, Texas) and at Ohio Ministry Network (Columbus, Ohio) in the fall of 2022.


About the SEU Lead Institute

This innovative program will give students earning the MA in Ministerial Leadership, the opportunity to learn from and gain access to key leaders, and to grow together in community through various in-person gatherings in different regions of the  country.


Apply Your Studies to Your Ministry Experience​

Take what you are learning and apply it to the ministry you lead as you connect concepts with practice to enrich your ministry for years to come. You’ll benefit from the opportunities to connect and dialogue with other ministry leaders on the same pursuit as you. Small groups, round table discussions, and other gatherings and conferences will add to the richness of this experience.

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Program Benefits

With online access and in-person gatherings, SEU Lead Institute bridges the best of both worlds for maximum success.

Accelerated Paths

Cost Efficiency

$560/credit hour

Convenient Learning

Relationship Building & Connectivity

Practical Application

Diverse Learning Approaches

Enhanced Ability to Serve

Leadership & Spiritual Development

Program Highlights

  • The online format allows for maximum flexibility to take this journey according to your schedule alongside in-person gatherings
  • Relationship-driven network of ever-growing leaders that come from different lanes of ministry and leadership — and aim to challenge one another in the journey
  • Our expounded program delivery goes beyond the page to include special guest speakers, who invest in this group of dynamic leaders to challenge them to authentic growth
  • Roundtable and think tank experiences that aim to create space for creativity and innovation
  • Accelerated degree completion saves you significant time

Get Started

We invite you to join this exciting program at one of our locations! Getting started is simple.

When you apply to SEU, be sure to choose the correct location and Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (Lead Institute) as your intended degree.

Become a Host Site

Interested in becoming a host site for the SEU Lead Institute in the future?

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Program Format

All MAML courses have been created with principles deeply rooted in Scripture and will further enhance your abilities to meet the diverse and ever-evolving ministries that you lead. Designed to be completed in approximately 18–20 months, the cohort program consists of online classwork with periodic, in-person intensive classes at local churches near you, so you can complete your work as your ministry schedule allows.

These gatherings will:

  • Involve relationship-building and connections to other leaders in the SEU Lead Institute.
  • Include special opportunities, such as renowned guest lecturers and speakers, roundtable events, conferences, and other exclusive SEU Lead Institute events.
  • Serve as the anchor for the reading and writing assignments that will supplement your learning before and after each in-person experience.

Earn Academic Credit for Your Ministry Experience

Take what you are learning and apply it to the ministry you lead as you connect concepts with practice to enrich your ministry for years to come. In this practicum experience, there will be opportunities to connect and dialogue with other ministry leaders on the same pursuit as you. Small groups, round table experiences, and other gatherings and conferences will all be a part of this experience.

Cost Efficiency

Obtaining your degree shouldn’t break the bank. Between our competitively priced tuition, financial aid, and convenient payment plans, financing your degree is easier than you think.

Ask us about our competitively-priced tuition and opportunities for financial aid.

Accelerated Paths

MAML graduates are eligible for a smooth transition into SEU’s MDiv or DMin degrees. In fact, we also offer accelerated MDiv options!

Grow as a Christ-follower and gain the tools to make your church more fruitful for the Kingdom