Online MA in Formational Leadership (MAFL)



Avg. Completion Time

20 months

Delivery Method


Why Earn a Master’s in Formational Leadership through LBC | Capital?

If you’re passionate about learning to lead from a position of deep interior development, leading through 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. During our studies, three words—virtue, character, ethics—will be imprinted on your mind and heart.

What Makes our Formational Leadership Program Different?

At Lancaster Bible College | 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.

Likewise, 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, Ore., 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 Eugene.

“Our gifts will take us only as far as our character will take us. At LBC | Capital, leadership is not defined by a title – it’s defined by our actions.”
– Dr. Wayne Cordeiro, MAFL Lead Mentor

Course Length

8 weeks

Program Structure

Cohort-based program allows you to learn in a close-knit community.

Residency Requirement

Three in-person residency experiences with your cohort in Eugene, Ore., and an international trip to Israel.

Formational Leadership Program Cost & Financial Aid

See the Program Costs. There are additional residency costs, talk to your admissions counselor for the details.

Would You Like More Information?

Reach out to request more information today, and one of our admissions counselors will connect with you soon to provide further details and answers to your questions.

Program Plan

Master Arts in Formational Leadership (30 Credits)

Greater Focus on the Self-Care
& the Spiritual Journey
15 Credits

Ministering in a Global Digital Age 15 Credits

Global Experiences 0 Credit

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and complete program details.

Schedule a Time to Chat

Want to learn more about this master’s degree or LBC | Capital’s seminary and graduate school? Consider scheduling an appointment to talk virtually or in person with an Admissions Counselor who will be glad to answer all your questions about earning a master’s degree online.

Program Distinctive - What makes LBC | Capital's program unique?
  • 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 in Eugene, OR and on an international trip.
  • Earn your master’s degree from an accredited Bible college in Pennsylvania.
Career Paths

The Master of Ministry in Formational Leadership will prepare you for a wide range of service and/or ministry contexts. Here is a sampling of careers in which our MAFL alumni serve:

  • Church Planter
  • Pastor (Senior, Associate, Discipleship, Community)
  • Non-profit Leader
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • 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.

Course Plan

The following is the proposed schedule for this degree program.

Course Title Semester Term Credits
CFR501 Eugene, Oregon Residency One One 0
MFL501 Self-Care for the 21st Century Leader One One 3
MFL 502 Integrative Theology One Two 3
MFL503 Emotional Intelligence & Digital Age Communication Two One 3
MFL504 Restoration & Reconciliation Two Two 3
MFL505 Leadership as Influence Three One 3
MFL507 Theology of Organization Three Two 3
CFR502 International Experience Four 0
MFL506 Global Community Formation Four 3
MFL508 Shaping Resilient Teams Four 3
CFR503 Eugene, Oregon Experience Five 0
MFL509 Communication as Story Five 3
MFL510 Seasons of the Soul in Leadership Five 3

Meet the Faculty

Wayne Cordeiro
MAFL Lead Mentor
Guy Higashi, DMiss
MAFL Lead Mentor
Logos Bible Software Package for Students

Our partnership with Faithlife enables us to provide MAFL students with a Logos Bible Software package worth over $4,000 for a fraction of the cost, which is already built into the cost of this program. LBC | Capital is committed to equipping students with the skillset needed for successful ministry in the 21st century. We believe this includes taking full advantage of the technologies that are relevant and applicable to their context. The LBC | Capital Logos Package combines a custom-designed library of exegetical resources and the powerful tools of Logos Bible Software, which should aid students in being faithful to the biblical text as they navigate the demands of life and ministry.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Master’s Degree?

LBC’s Financial Aid Office can help you navigate the process.