Rod Light | January 25, 2018

Over 250 graduate students at Life Pacific have been challenged to see strategic leadership through a more expansive lens. Maybe you should join them.

“In today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous leadership environment, it is very important to get as wide a perspective as one can get,” says Gateway District Supervisor Sam Rockwell, Ph.D. “The Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MASL) at Life Pacific College contributes to ‘seeing' with a more expansive lens.”

“There’s a lot of talk surrounding strategic leadership and then there’s the real deal,” says Wendy Nolasco, Foursquare MidSouth District Supervisor. “The MASL is the real deal!” 

Sam initiated the MASL regional cohort model in the Gateway District while serving as the LPC Board of Trustees Chair, blazing a new pathway for Foursquare pastors and leaders to complete their graduate studies without leaving home. Working in a cohort model, students strengthen their ability to lead and find answers to pressing questions every ministry leader would like to ask.

“There’s a lot of talk surrounding strategic leadership and then there’s the real deal,” says Wendy Nolasco, Foursquare MidSouth District Supervisor. “The MASL is the real deal!” That’s why Wendy’s district of Foursquare pastors and leaders supports this new cohort, a partnership of the MidSouth and Gateway Districts, that will launch in July. This cohort will bring together leaders with unique perspectives on ministry needs and challenges.

Sam thinks its important for leaders to see beyond what they already know, to expand personal competencies for leadership of the future. Citing the 2008 Society of Human Resource Management report, Sam says, “the three most important leadership competencies will include effective change management, developing talent/teams and being an effective collaborator/network builder.”

Program Director, Dr. Remi Lewanson says this cohort will address those compentencies and apply the learning in the program through region-related opportunities offering valuable outcomes that benefit local congregations, ministries, and business ventures in areas where students live and serve.

Over 250 graduate students have enrolled in the MASL program since its inception in 2011. They live throughout America and include millennials, generation Xers, baby boomers, and veterans representing wide cultural diversity and an equal number of male and female students.

“The MASL program is an enriching, life-giving opportunity to grow in a community of like-minded learners,” Wendy says. “It’s not just a learning environment it’s an experience.” She believes the strength of the program can be found in the direct application of what a student learns in a practical ministry context today.

LPC Admissions Counselor Linna Martz interacts with graduate students from the beginning of their program through their graduation. She says MASL cohorts that are sponsored by two districts offer students the benefit of diverse opinions about issues unique to their region. “The diversity and partnership enriches our student’s educational experience,” she says.

More than two-thirds of students graduate from the MASL program, according to Brian Tomhave, LPC dean of institutional effectiveness. As additional students complete capstone projects this spring, the graduatation rate could top 70%. Many reasons exist for the success rate of the program but Wendy Nolasco believes it’s because the program meets the needs of students and offers them real solutions to real challenges they face in life and ministry.

“The MASL program is an enriching, life-giving opportunity to grow in a community of like-minded learners,” Wendy says. “It’s not just a learning environment it’s an experience.” She believes the strength of the program can be found in the direct application of what a student learns in a practical ministry context today.

Sam Rockwell gives the MASL program high marks for its distinct blend of organizational behavior, leadership theory and theology, as well as variety of “well-suited topics to create a thought provoking and extremely practical program.” He 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,” he says.

Register now for upcoming cohorts, starting July and January.

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MASL SP2018 Recap from Life Pacific College on Vimeo.