North Central University’s commitment to Christ and the Church is consistent with the mission at Jakes Divinity School. This graduate program emphasizes “the preparation of people to fulfill Biblical models of leadership in the Church.” We strive to be recognized for preparing “exemplary Pentecostal leaders and ministers” who can positively influence “growth in the lives of Christians and non-Christians.” As a result, we expect that our students will be “[l]eaders serving and empowering others in the church and throughout the world.”
The purpose of the Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership is to develop leaders for organizations, churches, the community, and the world. Continued leadership development is a vital aspect for these institutions. Christian leaders must possess an ethically and morally responsible vision, an understanding of social contexts, sensitivity to complex personal and organizational problems, the ability to find strategic solutions, cultural competence to address the needs of diverse settings, the ability to motivate people to work toward shared goals and objectives, and a commitment to fulfill all these responsibilities in a manner consistent with Christian values and mission. The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership at North Central University provides a model and a means to study, develop, and apply these leadership essentials.
The program utilizes a cross-disciplinary approach that will build communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Students will not only gain an understanding of strategic leadership but will apply leadership theories, principles, and skills in a collaborative environment. Graduates will apply acquired knowledge and skills in the workplace and in other professional development settings.