The Master of Ministry Leadership (MML) is a two-year professional degree designed for men and women who have an earned bachelor’s degree and are serving on a church staff or in other ministry positions. In this degree program, you develop your servant leadership skills for local church ministry. It is particularly suited for you if you have studied Bible and theology in your bachelor’s program. The curriculum may be completed in two years, although many students take longer due to family, church, and job responsibilities.

MML Program Objectives

The objectives of the Master of Ministry Leadership degree program are as follows.

  1. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of how to lead a church in nurturing the spiritual life and worshiping God. (MML-1)
  2. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding in leading a church in developing effective relationships with others. (MML-2)
  3. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of how to lead a church or ministry to study the Bible and help others grow spiritually. (MML-3)
  4. Graduates will demonstrate how to lead a church in equipping and mobilizing others for ministry. (MML-4)
  5. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of how to lead a church in sharing the faith in word and deed. (MML-5)
  6. Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to a lifelong, intentional process of spiritual development and professional growth. (MML-6)
  7. Graduates will demonstrate growth in areas related to God’s personal call that require further development. (MML-7)

A summative evaluation of learning in the form of the development of a portfolio is also used to evaluate the accomplishment of program objectives. (MML-P)

Master of Ministry Leadership Degree – 52 Hours

The following 13 courses are taken in the completion of the Master of Ministry Leadership.

Required Master of Ministry Leadership (MML) Courses Credit Hours
R5400   Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone) 4
W5401  Theology & Practice of Worship 4
E5401   Theology & Practice of Evangelism 4
F5401   Theology and Practice of Fellowship 4
D5401   Theology & Practice of Discipleship 4
M5401  Theology & Practice of Ministry 4
R5403   Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone) 4
R6400   Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone) 4
Required Elective Courses – Choose 5 (20 Hours) Credit Hours
W5403  Preaching/Teaching for Life Change 4
E5403   Contemporary Evangelism 4
E6404   Understanding Other Cultures 4
E6407   Introduction to Church Planting 4
F5402   Building a Small Group Ministry 4
F6404   Personal Counseling Skills 4
D5402   Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines 4
D5403   Interpreting the Bible 4
D5451   New Testament Survey 4
D5461   Old Testament Survey 4
D5471   Bible Language Tools 4
D6451   Church History I 4
D6452   Church History II 4
D6461   Christian Worldview and Theology 4
M5402  Lead Like Jesus 4
M6405  Building an Effective Ministry Team 4
M6409  Recovery Ministry 4
M6410  Pastoral Care 4

MML Courses in Recovery Ministry Studies

Students holding an undergraduate degree who seek to take engage only in Recovery Ministry studies and not the full Master of Ministry Leadership (MML) degree can take the following courses.

Recovery Ministry Courses Credit Hours
R5400   Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone) Required 1st 4
F6404   Personal Counseling Skills 4
M5402  Lead Like Jesus 4
M6405  Building an Effective Ministry Team 4
M6409  Recovery Ministry 4

 

MML students can take these Recovery Ministry courses as electives. R5400 Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone) is already counted as the first course in the MML degree program and therefore is not considered to be an elective.

MML Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Master of Ministry Leadership degree you must have completed the following:

  • the 52 credit hours of the degree program
  • a passing grade of “B” (3.0) or higher in every course counted toward the 52 credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

MML Course Notional Hours of Learning

To be successful in online learning, it is very important to invest sufficient time toward your learning. Though your personal study time will likely vary each week, the volume of learning in meeting all of the course objectives and completing the course is typically as follows.

Academic Engagement – 60 hours per course
Reading classroom materials, linked websites, and handouts
Viewing classroom audio and video media and linked media
Interacting with fellow students and the professor in discussion forums
Completing surveys, quizzes, exams, and other assessments

Academic Preparation – 120 hours per course
Reading textbooks for comprehension
Writing reports, developing projects, completing assignments, studying for exams
Interacting with mentor about course learning on a weekly basis
Practicing learning in current ministry context

Total Notional Hours – 180 hours per course

Course Copyright Restrictions

All course content, i.e., courseware materials in the classroom, the design of online learning, chat room and discussion forum postings, and any attached files are strictly for the use of Rockbridge Seminary students registered in the course. Course content and materials may be reproduced and used by students in the practice of ministry, assuming proper credit is given to the sources. Student discussion and chat room postings are strictly confidential and may not be copied or distributed apart for the normal learning process as directed by this course.

Academic Calendar

Please see the Rockbridge calendar of significant dates found under Academic Calendar appearing later in this Catalog.

Master of Ministry Leadership (MML) Worksheet

13 Courses – 52 semester credit hours – 4 hours per course

Required First Course Term Grade
  R5400   Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)
 
Required Core Courses Term Grade
  W5401  Theology & Practice of Worship
  E5401   Theology & Practice of Evangelism
  F5401   Theology & Practice of Fellowship
  D5401   Theology & Practice of Discipleship
  M5401  Theology & Practice of Ministry
 
Required Elective Courses – Choose 5 (20 Hours) Term Grade
  W5403  Preaching/Teaching for Life Change
  E5403   Contemporary Evangelism
  E6404   Understanding Other Cultures
  E6407   Introduction to Church Planting
  F5402   Building a Small Group Ministry
  F6404   Personal Counseling Skills
  D5402   Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines
  D5403   Interpreting the Bible
  D5451   New Testament Survey
  D5461   Old Testament Survey
  D5471   Bible Language Tools
  D6451   Church History I
  D6452   Church History II
  D6461   Christian Worldview and Theology
  M5402  Lead Like Jesus
  M6405  Building an Effective Ministry Team
  M6409  Recovery Ministry
  M6410  Pastoral Care
 
Required Last Courses Term Grade
  R5403   Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)
  R6400   Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

 

An electronic copy of the Master of Ministry Leadership Program Worksheet is also available online.

Master of Ministry Leadership Course Schedule

You may register for up to two (2) courses per term, with the exception of the term in which the Touchstone or Capstone course is taken. Your Proficiency Portfolio must pass a review before you are permitted to register for the Capstone course. Rockbridge Seminary reserves the right to change a course schedule without notice. Please see the Academic Calendar for the start dates for the terms in the course schedule.

2020 – 2021

Fall 2020-T5 Fall 2020-T6
D6451  Church History I

E5401  Theology & Practice of Evangelism

E5403  Contemporary Evangelism

M6405  Building an Effective Ministry Team

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

D5403  Interpreting the Bible

D6452  Church History II

F5402   Building a Small Group Ministry

F6404   Personal Counseling Skills

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

W5401 Theology & Practice of Worship

 

Spring 2021-T1 Spring 2021-T2
D5402  Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines

D5451  New Testament Survey

E6404  Understanding Other Cultures

E6407  Introduction to Church Planting

F5401   Theology & Practice of Fellowship

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

W5403 Preaching/Teaching for Life Change

D5401  Theology & Practice of Discipleship

D5461  Old Testament Survey

D5471  Bible Language Tools

D6461  Christian Worldview and Theology

M5402  Lead Like Jesus

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

 

Summer 2021-T3 Summer 2021-T4
D6451  Church History I

M5401  Theology & Practice of Ministry

M6409  Recovery Ministry

M6410  Pastoral Care

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

D5403  Interpreting the Bible

D6452  Church History II

E5401  Theology & Practice of Evangelism

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

2021 – 2022

Fall 2021-T5 Fall 2021-T6
D5451  New Testament Survey

E5403  Contemporary Evangelism

M6405  Building an Effective Ministry Team

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

W5401 Theology & Practice of Worship

W5403 Preaching/Teaching for Life Change

D5461  Old Testament Survey

D5471  Bible Language Tools

D6461  Christian Worldview and Theology

E6407  Introduction to Church Planting

F5401   Theology & Practice of Fellowship

F5402   Building a Small Group Ministry

F6404   Personal Counseling Skills

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

 

Spring 2022-T1 Spring 2022-T2
D5401  Theology & Practice of Discipleship

D5402  Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines

D6451  Church History I

E6404  Understanding Other Cultures

M6409  Recovery Ministry

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

D5403  Interpreting the Bible

D6452  Church History II

M5401  Theology & Practice of Ministry

M5402  Lead Like Jesus

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

 

Summer 2022-T3 Summer 2022-T4
D5451  New Testament Survey

E5401  Theology & Practice of Evangelism

M6409  Recovery Ministry

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

W5403 Preaching/Teaching for Life Change

D5461  Old Testament Survey

D5471  Bible Language Tools

D6461  Christian Worldview and Theology

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

W5401 Theology & Practice of Worship

2022 – 2023

Fall 2022-T5 Fall 2022-T6
D6451  Church History I

E5403  Contemporary Evangelism

E6407  Introduction to Church Planting

F5401   Theology & Practice of Fellowship

M6405  Building an Effective Ministry Team

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

D5401  Theology & Practice of Discipleship

D5403  Interpreting the Bible

D6452  Church History II

F5402   Building a Small Group Ministry

F6404   Personal Counseling Skills

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

 

Spring 2023-T1 Spring 2023-T2
D5402  Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines

D5451  New Testament Survey

E6404  Understanding Other Cultures

M5401  Theology & Practice of Ministry

M6410  Pastoral Care

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

W5403 Preaching/Teaching for Life Change

D5461  Old Testament Survey

D5471  Bible Language Tools

D6461  Christian Worldview and Theology

E5401  Theology & Practice of Evangelism

M5402  Lead Like Jesus

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

 

Summer 2023-T3 Summer 2023-T4
D6451  Church History I

M6409  Recovery Ministry

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

W5401 Theology & Practice of Worship

D5403  Interpreting the Bible

D6452  Church History II

E6407  Introduction to Church Planting

F5401   Theology & Practice of Fellowship

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

2023 – 2024

Fall 2023-T5 Fall 2023-T6
D5401  Theology & Practice of Discipleship

D5451  New Testament Survey

E5403  Contemporary Evangelism

M6405  Building an Effective Ministry Team

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

W5403 Preaching/Teaching for Life Change

D5461  Old Testament Survey

D5471  Bible Language Tools

D6461  Christian Worldview and Theology

F5402   Building a Small Group Ministry

F6404   Personal Counseling Skills

M5401  Theology & Practice of Ministry

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

 

Spring 2024-T1 Spring 2024-T2
D5402  Practicing the Spiritual Disciplines

D6451 Church History

E5401  Theology & Practice of Evangelism

E6404  Understanding Other Cultures

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

D5403  Interpreting the Bible

D6452  Church History II

M5402  Lead Like Jesus

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

R6400  Practicing the Focused Life (Capstone)

W5401 Theology & Practice of Worship

 

Summer 2024-T3 Summer 2024-T4
D5451  New Testament Survey

E6407  Introduction to Church Planting

F5401   Theology & Practice of Fellowship

M6409  Recovery Ministry

R5400  Developing the Focused Life (Touchstone)

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)

W5403 Preaching/Teaching for Life Change

D5401  Theology & Practice of Discipleship

D5461  Old Testament Survey

D5471  Bible Language Tools

D6461  Christian Worldview and Theology

R5403  Ministry Proficiency Portfolio (Milestone)