Master of Divinity Ministry Leadership


The M.Div. (Ministry Leadership) provides you with a comprehensive range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical skills for ministry leadership in a variety of contexts. Through a personalized curriculum, this program prepares you for effective ministry in a local church, with a para-church organization, or with a missions agency.


This program will equip you to:

  • Apply biblical principles of  leadership to the practice of ministry

  • Develop twenty-first-century strategies for missional renewal in multi-cultural settings

  • Communicate biblical truth with the goal of life transformation

  • Foster healthy relationships among members of the body of Christ

  • Apply the results of  cultural analysis to evangelism and discipleship strategies


Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  • Pastoring a local congregation  

  • Serving as an assistant or associate pastor

  • Leading a para-church or campus ministry team

  • Leading an outreach or discipleship team

  • Leading a marketplace ministry team

Review our course requirements and begin the application process

Featured Faculty: 
A photo of Roy King, professor of Ministry Studies at CIU. Roy M. King
Professor of Ministry Studies
B.S., East Tennessee State University; M.A., Columbia International University; D.Min, Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Oxford Graduate School 


Andre Rogers, Professor of Church Ministry at CIU Andre Rogers
Professor of Church Ministry
B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
Shirl Schiffman Shirl Schiffman
Professor of Ministry Studies
Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University