Formational Leadership

Master of Arts in Formational Leadership Degree - Online

Learning to lead through soul development for the benefit of the global church.

Study Formational Leadership through Capital Seminary & Graduate School

Online & Face-to-Face Classes | Affordable | World-Class Faculty

If you’re passionate about learning to lead from a position of deep interior development, leading to the exterior practices of loving your neighbor and participating in the grand narrative of God’s global mission, this is the program for you. Taught by long-time pastors and Christian leaders, our curriculum focuses on the soul development of the leader, resulting in a deeply formed leader skilled to live and serve in the digital age.

What Makes our Program Different?

At Capital Seminary & Graduate School, we believe in teaching leadership that prepares the leader’s interior soul while simultaneously participating in God’s global mission. To accomplish this undivided formation in leaders, the Master of Arts in Formational Leadership is designed as a closed cohort that allows students and faculty to develop deep relationships throughout the program. The program provides a unique blend of online education and residency experiences throughout a 20-month, 10-class cohort model. Online courses enable students to stay fully engaged in their local ministries while studying with students and leaders from around the world. Three unique residency experiences scheduled during the 20-month program allow students to grow together as they learn through unique, life-changing experiences. These residencies include studying the art of personal soul care and heritage development at a ranch in Eugene, Oregon, being exposed to the global village through studying and serving on an international trip, then ending your 20-month experience by studying sustainable rhythms for life and ministry in Hawaii.

Why Earn Your Degree in Formational Leadership with Capital?

  • Study under the guidance of spiritually formed faculty members, including speaker and pastor Wayne Cordeiro, author of “Leading on Empty,” “The Divine Mentor,” “Sifted,” and “Doing Church as a Team.”
  • Earn a degree that captures the art of spiritual formation and leadership within the digital age.
  • Grow deeper through an online cohort experience while simultaneously traveling and learning with this cohort on the west coast of the U.S., Tokyo/Myanmar and Hawaii.
  • Earn your master’s degree from an accredited Bible college in Pennsylvania.
Your Journey

Program Credits: 30

Average Completion Time: 20 months (a closed co-hort model)

Program Cost: See current cost. (Excludes airfare and books)

Application Deadline: July 30

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Character | Skill Development | Practical Theology | Balanced Life

In This Program, Students Will Experience:

  • Biblical Philosophy of Ministry. The student will formulate a philosophy of ministry respective to their ministry community and culture, which is biblically-founded, practical, missional and culturally sensitive.
  • Global and Contextual Application. The student will generate a global understanding and praxis of relationship through strategic community formation residencies.
  • Spiritual Health and Ministry Integrity. The student will cultivate a moral, ethical and spiritual foundation necessary for personal spiritual growth and sustainable ministry.
  • Team Mentoring and Professional Experience. The student will build effective personal and professional relationships based on mutual support and accountability for the purpose of intentional ministry team development.
  • Biblical Communication Skills. The student will formulate theological skill sets leading to an integration of the person, ministry, and life of the leader for the purpose of communication.
  • Ministry Leadership Skills. The student will develop leadership competencies for the purpose of influence in a digital culture.


Master of Arts in Formational Leadership Degree (30 Credits)
Greater Focus on the Self-Care & the Spiritual Journey:15 Credits
Ministering in a Global Digital Age:15 Credits
Global Experiences:0 Credits

View the CATALOG for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions, and further detail about this program.

Program Overview M.A.F.L.

MFL 501 – Self-Care for the 21st Century Leader

Learners will examine the pivotal issues leaders face as they lead out of who they are. Students will participate in personal assessment so as to address issues of family-of-origin, personal identity and character. The course includes the development of practices and rhythms to sustain leaders for effective leadership in a digital and global society. 3 credits.

MFL 502 – Integrative Theology

Learners will study and apply the integration of theology into leadership practices. The broad theological themes of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration will be examined, as well as doctrines of the Trinity, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, and narrative theology. Once evaluated, students will inculcate theological concepts into life and ministry praxis. 3 credits.

MFL 504 – Restoration & Reconciliation

Learners will examine biblical themes of restoration & reconciliation. Particular attention will be given to the ministry of reconciliation, the interplay of grace, discipleship, and restoration, and the wisdom of counseling in the process of reconciliation and restoration. 3 credits.

MFL 506 – Global Community Formation

Learners will study and participate in an intentionally cross-cultural experience to give tangible, real-life examples of contextualization. The course will explore a theology of culture, community formation and provide students an opportunity to serve their neighbors in the global village. 3 credits.

MFL 510 – Seasons of the Soul in Leadership

This course is a review of major spiritual formation theories from the Bible and church history. Leadership principles such as lifelong learning, finishing well, raising up successors, and leadership multiplication will be explored. 3 credits.

MFL 503 – Emotional Intelligence Digital Age Communication

Learners will study how leaders can think globally, yet be present locally, while serving neighbors and leading organizations in the digital age. Building upon a biblical worldview, students will learn about emotional intelligence and its relationship to effective communication, especially in the digital age. The use of technology to cultivate healthy organizations will be explored with respect to Christian formation and digital communication praxis. 3 credits.

MFL 505 – Leadership as Influence

Learners will explore the essentials of leadership. Beginning with a theological foundation for leadership, the course will address the theoretical foundations of leadership and power dynamics. Students will build a framework for leaders as authentic influencers that cultivate disciples and craft spiritually-formed ministry leaders for an interconnected world. The course will examine the development of people skills, resilience and grit needed to be a successful leader. 3 credits.

MFL 507 – Theology of Organization

Learners will review and synthesize theological foundations for teams, community and organizations. Concepts such as organizational culture, conflict management, followership and servant leadership will be addressed. 3 credits.

MFL 508 – Shaping Resilient Teams

Learners will explore the process of shaping resilient teams for innovation and creativity in a digital, global society. The course teaches leaders how to redeem the arts and technology to unleash the potential of their people through team building. Team building leadership theories will be studied through the lenses of both scripture and the social sciences. 3 credits.

MFL 509 – Communication as Story

Learners will examine the role of storytelling in leadership and effective communication. The course prepares students to exegete culture and build stories to capture imaginations and garner influence. Issues related to relational intelligence will also be addressed. 3 credits.

Graduate Requirements

  • CFR 501 – Eugene Experience
  • CFR 502 – International Experience
  • CFR 503 – Hawaii Experience

Meet the Faculty

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Wayne Cordeiro

MAFL Lead Mentor

“Our gifts will take us only as far as our CHARACTER will take us.” — Dr. Cordeiro

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Aaron Brown, M.Div.

Director of Master of Arts in Formational Leadership programs, Associate Chair of Special Projects and Innovation, Assistant Professor

“My passion is to craft learning experiences for present and future ministry leaders that instill a passion for deep-thinking, foster healthier relationships with God, and nurture a desire to serve Christ humbly in the church and in society.” — Mr. Brown

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Guy Higashi, DMiss

Adjunct Faculty, Formational Leadership Lead Mentor

“Healthy leader means healthy leadership and healthy leadership multiplication, which translates into healthy churches and organizations.” Dr. Higashi

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