Rod Light | August 30, 2018

Life Pacific’s MASL empowers local and global leaders to reach their greatest potential in the Church, the workplace, and the world.

Life Pacific College launched a two-year Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL) cohort in Denver this summer as a result of a unique partnership between LPC, The Gateway District and The MidSouth District of Foursquare Churches.

“The MASL program is an enriching, life-giving opportunity to grow in a community of like-minded learners,” MidSouth District Supervisor Wendy Nolasco says. “It’s not just a learning environment it’s an experience.”

Wendy believes the strength of the program can be found in the direct application of what a student learns in a practical ministry context today.

Students in this cohort include experienced pastors with much wisdom to share but who know they still have much to learn; missionaries with a distinctly global perspective, young pastors with passion and open hearts, and leaders representing other areas of ministry and service.

Group shot of the students in the MASL Denver Cohort.

“There’s a lot of talk surrounding strategic leadership and then there’s the real deal,” Wendy says. “The MASL is the real deal!” To date, 250 students have experienced the “real deal” in the MASL program and the quality of instruction continues to draw new graduate students.

Led by Supervisor Dr. Sam Rockwell, the Gateway District hosted the Denver gathering marking the first year of the two-year cohort. Sam gives the MASL program high marks for its distinct blend of organizational behavior, leadership theory and theology, as well as a variety of “well-suited topics to create a thought provoking and extremely practical program.”

Gateway and MidSouth district teams often host members of the cohort for meals during residency week. They believe the quality time building friendships adds value to the transformative learning students will experience in the MASL program.

Strong personal connections within the cohort are an important feature of the MASL according to Program Director Dr. Remi Lewanson. Within these tight-knit relationships, “students address personal compentencies and apply the learning in the program through region-related opportunities,” Remi says.

Next summer, the cohort will begin its second year in Dallas, Texas facilitated by Wendy and her MidSouth District team. In between the two residency weeks, graduate students will interact with instructors and each other building on strong personal relationships established while in Denver.

Remi says one of the many valuable outcomes of the MASL is the benefit to local congregations, ministries, and business ventures in areas where students live and serve.

Sam Rockwell believes there is no way to go through the MASL and escape having your mind and life expanded.

“The MASL is practical for pastors, managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone leading an organization of any size." - Dr. Sam Rockwell

“The MASL is practical for pastors, managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone leading an organization of any size,” he says. Sam initiated the MASL regional cohort model in the Gateway District while serving as the LPC Board of Trustees Chair. The goals is for Foursquare pastors and leaders to complete their graduate studies without leaving home.

The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership has been said to rank highly with the best leadership graduate programs in the nation. In addition, the program has been proven with high student satisfaction, retention, and graduation rates.

Many reasons exist for the success of the MASL program but Wendy Nolasco says the program meets the needs of students and offers them real solutions to real challenges they face in life and ministry. The MASL continues to empower local and global leaders to reach their greatest potential in the Church, the workplace, and the world.


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