Rod Light | October 22, 2020

LPU offers a Masters in Leadership for Spanish-speaking students in the U.S. and also for global students through a scholarship partnership with Foursquare Missions International.

Some 40 graduate students from the U.S. and Spanish-speaking nations are earning their Master of Arts in Leadership entirely in their first language at Life Pacific University. The MA in Leadership – Spanish Language provides an affordable, accredited academic bridge for students with leadership experience including some who have not completed a Bachelor’s degree.

“Our students are actively engaged with their communities and nations and their leadership is setting the course for societies that are increasingly disoriented,” Program Director Daniel Prieto says.

The program serves leaders completely online so they can continue to fulfill the Great Commission in their work and ministry without leaving their homes. “Our students are actively engaged with their communities and nations and their leadership is setting the course for societies that are increasingly disoriented,” Program Director Daniel Prieto says.

Some of the students have extensive leadership experience but lack the undergraduate requirements for a traditional graduate program. Other students need financial assistance due to their country of origin and financial limitations they face. Scholarships from individuals and churches help pave the way for these leaders to complete a degree that would otherwise be unreachable for many.

“LPU has strong roots in evangelism and missions,” Daniel adds. “We believe this degree program is an opportunity to train and develop high capacity international leaders at our flagship Foursquare institution of biblical higher education.”

Among the 40 current students representing two cohorts in the program are a pastor and marine biologist from Colombia, a local pastor and Global Council member from Peru, and a national church leader in Chile all of whom benefit from the accredited academic and professional training that prepares them for strategic global leadership. These dedicated, hard-working leaders join Hispanic ministers and executives from Texas, Washington D.C., Oregon, Alabama, Colorado, Nevada, Georgia, and California.

Life Pacific University initiates a new cohort each January and July with a residency week to kickoff the program, and a virtual residency during COVID-19. The intensive week of study with guest lecturers, worship, and a prayer chapel concludes with a commissioning of students once again to serve their organizations equipped and excited as they pursue their educational goals with Life Pacific University.

The program serves leaders in the U.S. like Claudia Paz, the executive CEO of CLP Tax and Accounting Services. Claudia views the program as an answer to her prayers and says it has caused her to leave her comfort zone. “During these days I have been able to confirm the importance we have as ministers to pursue theological and academic study for personal transformation and to give to others with excellence,” she says.

“We are entering a season of new opportunities and strategic partnerships that help us develop leaders across the world,” Dr. Daniel Ruarte says. “One of our goals as an institution has always been to partner in greater ways and be instrumental in the growth and formation of present and future generations of leaders.”

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Daniel Ruarte believes the program offers a wealth of experience and global diversity in part because of the input students bring from their home nations. “We are entering a season of new opportunities and strategic partnerships that help us develop leaders across the world,” he says. “One of our goals as an institution has always been to partner in greater ways and be instrumental in the growth and formation of present and future generations of leaders.”

Some students in the program have benefited from the Global Leader Scholarship Fund through Foursquare Missions International, and the MLSP Latin America Scholarship Fund through LPU. “When I contacted FMI Director Dr. Ted Vail about working together on this initiative, he without hesitation joined the vision,” Daniel Prieto says. Working together, the FMI and LPU teams discovered a way to make the scholarships possible.

Every program at Life Pacific University shares a strong biblical-theological concentration that is part of the University’s commitment to being a biblical institution. University administrators say Daniel Prieto has assembled an extraordinary team of teachers who are committed to this foundation as they combine experience and knowledge in the learning process. Students are prepared with God-honoring values in managerial and intercultural training to lead in the church, business, organizations, and the marketplace.

Dr. Ruarte recognizes the unique contribution that Daniel Prieto brings as he leads the program citing the strategic program-specific bridge partnership he has facilitated with Facultad de Teología. Dr. Ruarte says LPU leadership is confident in the program in part because of Daniel’s interest in developing leaders around the world and his work with Misiones Cuadrangulares Internacionales.

The strategically designed Master of Arts in Leadership – Spanish Language is a cohort-based program with groups of 12-20 students that begin their two-year course of study with a residency week each January and July.

Interested students should email programahispano@lifepacific.edu for more information.