Guiding PrinciplesThe concept of "transformational leadership" has become an increasingly popular topic of conversation in recent years, especially in the business world. In reality, however, transformational leadership is a theme grounded in the ancient wisdom of sacred Scripture (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18), and cannot be accurately understood or faithfully practiced apart from its biblical context. With this in mind, the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, with a concentration in Spiritual Formation (MATL-SF), is built around the following core convictions...
- Leaders must be transformed in order to be transforming. Organizations grow and change as their leaders grow and change. We must become the change we want to see in the world. (Philippians 2:5-11)
- Leaders must give equal time to both vertical and horizontal transformation. The Great Commandment is the non-negotiable mark of maturity for disciples of Jesus Christ. (Mark 12:28-31)
- Being precedes and supersedes doing. The depth of our character determines our capacity for competence. (Psalm 78:70-72)
- Effective leadership requires strenuous, faithful followership. Jesus rarely called his disciples to lead, but he constantly called them to follow. When we follow well, others will follow our lead. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
ObjectivesStudents who complete the MATL-SF will be able to...
- Practice spiritual disciplines that enable them to sustain intimacy with God
- Gain a better understanding and acceptance of their own identity in Christ
- Engage in the study and application of biblical, historical and theological truth
- Recognize the impact of culture upon themselves and the people they serve
- Develop a greater appreciation for the value of Christian community
- Articulate the mission of God in the world and their place in it
- Apply new knowledge to real life situations with wisdom, skill and grace
- Prepare for Christ-centered leadership in the public square as well as the local church
"Through this coursework in transformational leadership, big changes are happening. I have developed a greater compassion and love for those who are lost. This time of nuturing and strengthening of my being has made me more effective in what I'm doing for God."
Rose Nuako (Pastor/Educator/Community Health Worker, Montego Bay, Jamaica)
With its intentional integration of Christian theology, Christian spirituality and Christian community, core values that are embedded in the very fabric of Barclay College, the MATL-SF would appear to be somewhat unique within the
academic arena, including the realm of Christian higher education. The fact that it is being offered by a Friends-related college, with courses taught by a predominantly Friends-related faculty, also adds to its distinctive character
and, presumably, its unique value and appeal.
The MATL-SF is designed to maximize the learning experience for adult students. With its unique blend of online community, on-site coaching and ongoing companionship, the MATL-SF seeks to integrate the best of all possible learning environments - the convenience of flexible, distance education mixed with intensive, face-to-face interaction and personal, practical support.
- Online Community: The bulk of the MATL-SF coursework will be completed at a distance, utilizing a web-enhanced cohort model of learning. Individual study will be supported through participation in weekly, synchronous, online discussion forums with a small group of peers. Many of these fellow students will become dear friends and partners by the end of the program.
- On-site Coaching: Distance learning will be supplemented by week-long, intensive, "face2face" class sessions held each semester at Quaker Ridge Camp & Conference Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. Led by a gifted team of scholar-practitioners, students will have a unique opportunity to engage in strenuous, life-changing conversations in the midst of a supportive Christian community.
- Ongoing Companionship: Realizing that learning must be contextual in order to be sustainable, each student will meet regularly with a ministry mentor in their home environment in order to receive supervision, support and spiritual direction throughout the program. This "apprenticeship" will help to ensure that theory remains grounded in practice, and that leaders care adequately for themselves even while they are striving to care for those they serve.
"The MATL-SF has opened my eyes to a new perspective on leadership, an approach to leadership based on relationship. The MATL-SF has given me tools to be a better pastor and a better person. I look forward to serving the Christian community through this new perspective."
Robert Hays (Pastor, Fresno, CA)
The on-site, residential portion of the MATL-SF will be held at Quaker Ridge Camp & Conference Center in Woodland Park, Colorado. Nestled among the aspen and Ponderosa pine in the high country adjacent to Pike’s Peak, Quaker Ridge offers an ideal environment for the cultivation of physical, spiritual, intellectual and vocational transformation. Led by gifted team of scholar-practitioners, students will have a unique opportunity to engage in strenuous, life-changing conversations in the midst of a supportive Christian community.
In keeping with this retreat setting, each face-to-face experience will be guided by a “monastic rhythm” which incorporates fixed hours of prayer, community meals and opportunities for spiritual direction into the daily schedule. As a general rule, class sessions will be held every day from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with a lunch break at noon and several shorter breaks throughout the day. Evenings will be free for rest and recreation. These eight-day intensives will begin on a Tuesday and continue through the following Tuesday, with Sunday set aside for Sabbath rest.
The days immediately before and after “face2face” will be travel days, for most students. Colorado Springs (COS) is the closest airport to Quaker Ridge for those who are flying (45 minutes), but Denver (DEN) is a viable alternative as well (2 hours). Shuttle service will be available upon request. Dinner will be served on arrival days (Monday evenings before each intensive), and breakfast will be served on departure days (Wednesday mornings after each intensive). Students are encouraged to coordinate travel plans whenever possible in order to reduce costs.
"Face to face had an impact on me that I never expected. Everybody ministered to me in some way. What I really noticed was people speaking into my life, and I know that I have changed, through Christ, through the teachers, through the community. It all worked together."
Bonnie Bousman (Church Planter, Denver, CO)
For additional information, contact Dave Kingrey, or call 800-862-0226.
Total: 36 semester hours
Module 1: Transformational Leadership & Calling [Identity]
|TLSF 511||Transformational Leadership in Biblical Perspective (3)|
|TLSF 512||Spirituality & the Transformational Journey (2)|
|TLSF 513||Calling & Community (2)|
|TLSF 514||Apprenticeship I (1)|
|TLSF 515||Project I (1)|
Module 2: Transformational Leadership & Craft [Personality]
|TLSF 521||Transformational Leadership in Historical Perspective (3)|
|TLSF 522||Spiritual Classics: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Work (2)|
|TLSF 523||The Transformational Community (2)|
|TLSF 524||Apprenticeship II (1)|
|TLSF 525||Project II (1)|
Module 3: Transformational Leadership & Character [Integrity]
|TLSF 531||Transformational Leadership in Cultural Perspective (3)|
|TLSF 532||Spiritual Direction & Soul Care (2)|
|TLSF 533||The Incarnational Community (2)|
|TLSF 534||Apprenticeship III (1)|
|TLSF 535||Project III (1)|
Module 4: Transformational Leadership & Competence [Efficacy]
|TLSF 541||Transformational Leadership in Global Perspective (3)|
|TLSF 542||Spirituality & Social Justice (2)|
|TLSF 543||The Missional Community (2)|
|TLSF 544||Apprenticeship IV (1)|
|TLSF 545||Project IV (1)|
Theological Core (12 hours)
TLSF 511 Transformational Leadership in Biblical Perspective (3) A survey of the biblical record with an eye towards identifying those particular characteristics that set certain spiritual leaders apart as men and women of exceptional influence. Primary consideration will be given to an examination of the transformational life and leadership of Jesus.
TLSF 521 Transformational Leadership in Historical Perspective (3) From generation to generation, the Kingdom has advanced through the leadership of flawed yet faithful disciples of Christ. This course highlights the lives of those who have made unusually significant contributions to the Church throughout her history, with special attention given to the place of Friends within the wider body of Christ.
TLSF 531 Transformational Leadership in Cultural Perspective (3) This course wrestles with the ongoing challenge to be "in the world but not of it." With new models and strategies for Christian leadership continually emerging, and an unprecedented surge of technological advances at our disposal, how do we reconcile the growing tension between Christ and culture?
TLSF 541 Transformational Leadership in Global Perspective (3) Recognizing that effective leadership requires strenuous contextualization, this course explores the missiological implications of serving Christ in an increasingly diverse, complex, and interdependent world. Students will be challenged to think globally and act locally as they seek to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission.
Professional Concentration (16 hours)
TLSF 512 Spirituality & the Transformational Journey (2) A leader must be transformed in order to be transforming. This course provides an opportunity for students to engage in an intentional process of self-examination and self-discovery as a means of cultivating a deeper awareness of God's soul-shaping activity and a greater receptivity to His ongoing work in their lives.
TLSF 513 Calling & Community (2) Our identity if fashioned, in large part, through the fires of friendship, and our calling is clarified in the context of community. In this course, students will investigate the impact of various social systems upon a leader's personal growth and development.
TLSF 522 Spiritual Classics: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Work (2) This course exposes students to the rich treasury of devotional literature that is available to encourage us along the way in our journey with Christ. It also provides an opportunity to gain fresh insight and inspiration from a wide range of spiritual leaders whose lives often bear a striking resemblance to our own.
TLSF 523 The Transformational Community (2) In this course, students will be introduced to "the blessing," a biblical and historical model of transformational leadership that is embedded in the very fabric of the Messianic community. This is the first installment in a series of courses offered in partnership with Dr. John Trent and the Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College.
TLSF 532 Spiritual Direction & Soul Care (2) A spiritual director helps others model their lives in the image and likeness of Jesus the Christ, the great Spiritual Master. This course will equip students with the theological framework and practical skills required to become a faithful soul-friend or sacred companion for those they serve.
TLSF 533 The Incarnational Community (2) The implications of "the blessing" for spiritual leadership are further elaborated in this course, with special focus on the ways that faith is fleshed out in and through the body of Christ. This is the second installment in a series of courses offered in partnership with Dr. John Trent and the Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College.
TLSF 542 Spirituality & Social Justice (2) An unfortunate dichotomy has repeatedly surfaced in the church over time, viewing care of the soul and care of the body as mutually exclusive concerns. This course invites students to adopt a more holistic approach, based on the example of Jesus, which embraces both the experiential and ethical dimensions of Christian holiness.
TLSF 543 The Missional Community (2) We may not all be called to serve Christ as missionaries in a foreign land, but we are all called to be "on mission with God" wherever he may lead us. In this course, students will be challenged to maximize their collective capacity to bear faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ both at home and around the world.
Personal Contextualization (8 hours)
TLSF 514/524/534/544 Apprenticeship I-IV (4) Concurrent with their coursework, students will meet regularly with a ministry mentor in order to receive supervision, support, and spiritual direction.
TLSF 515/525/535/545 Project I-IV (4) Students will complete a capstone project designed to apply the principles of transformational leadership to their personal lives and ministries.
Teaching FacultyMatt Chesnes, DMin Joined the MATL-SF leadership team in the fall of 2012 after serving as an adjunct professor, both on campus and online. A seasoned scholar-practitioner, Matt brings over 25 years of immersion in local church ministry to the table, along with his current experience as lead pastor at Morning Star Friends Church in Chardon, Ohio.
Royce Frazier, PhD Invested over 30 years in teaching, coaching, youth ministry and marriage and family therapy following his graduation from Barclay in 1975. Royce returned to campus in 2007, serving as Director of Online Education and Vice President for Academic Services before assuming his current role as College President in July of 2010.
Adrian Halverstadt, PhD Joined the Barclay faculty as an online professor in the spring of 2008. Since 2010 he developed the MATL-PS program, served as Provost and Chair of the online Bible and Ministry department and is currently Chancellor of the College. Adrian is a recorded Friends pastor with 35 years of pastoral ministry and mission experience. He serves on the Evangelical Friends Mission board and is Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church – Rocky Mountain Yearly Meeting.
Dave Kingrey, DMin Joined the Barclay faculty as an adjunct professor in the spring of 2007. He now serves as Director of the MATL-SF. and Professor of Bible & Theology. With over 45 years of pastoral ministry experience, Dave also has the privilege of directing the Church Leadership Institute for Ministry.
Kevin Mortimer, PhD [abd] Joined the Barclay faculty as an adjunct professor in the spring of 2011, and now serves as Missions Professor. With nearly 30 years of pastoral ministry, church planting, and denominational leadership among Friends, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and a deep love for lifelong learning to the Barclay community.
Jim Le Shana, PhD Having served the local church for over 30 years as a pastor at Rose Drive Friends Church, teacher, mobilizer, and administrator, Jim moved from southern California to south central Kansas in the summer of 2012 to assume his current position as VP for Academic Services and Director of the MATL-PS (Professional Studies).
Gene Pickard, DMiss Recently rejoined the Barclay faculty, having previously served as a full-time professor on the Haviland campus during the 1980’s and 90’s. Gene brings with him an extensive background in cross-cultural mission work, and currently serves as Director of Hispanic Leadership Development for the Evangelical Friends Church Southwest.
Tony Wheeler, PhD Has served as Executive Director of the Institute for the Blessing at Barclay College since 2010. Tony has been a pastor, counselor and public speaker for over 25 years. By God’s grace, he has seen many relationships repaired and individuals healed through his counseling ministry and seminars.
David Williams, DMin Is General Superintendent of Evangelical Friends Church – Mid America Yearly Meeting and Adjunct Professor of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation. Dave began his tenure at Barclay in the fall of 2000. Having served as a youth and family pastor, senior pastor and campus pastor, Dave brings over 30 years of field experience to his ministry.
Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)
|face2face @ Quaker Ridge||$600||$2,400|
NOTE: These figures do not include variable expenses, such as travel, books and supplies. The College reserves the right to adjust tuition and fee schedules from year to year as necessary.
Low-interest loans and payment loans are available for eligible students. Additional funding sources may be available through local churches, denominations, and other Christian organizations. Students are encouraged to explore and all possibilities. Contact Ryan Haase for more details.
Applicants must satisfy the following requirements in order to be accepted into the School of Graduate Studies at Barclay College.
- Completion of the Barclay College Graduate Application Form
- Completion of a regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s and/or master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Submission of official college transcripts (sealed and unopened copy)
- Submission of three references: one academic (college instructor), one professional (co-worker or supervisor), and one personal (friend or acquaintance)
- Submission of a professional resume’
- Submission of a writing sample of 8 to 12 pages in length
- Interview with the program director
- International students must submit TOEFL scores (see www.toefl.org); a minimum score of 575 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based) or 85 (Internet-based) is required For additional information on the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, contact Dave Kingrey.
Leader Scholarship & Endowed Scholarship Loan
The Barclay College School of Graduate Studies works with each individual student to provide practical solutions for tuition costs. To ensure the highest quality of education at the most affordable price, Barclay College goes to great efforts to provide answers for the financial needs of graduate students.
Three Assistance Programs
Barclay College offers three institutionally supported programs to assist students with tuition costs. They are the Leader Scholarship, the Leader Endowed Loan and the Leader Payment Plan. Applicants must be enrolled, on a full-time basis, in a program leading to a graduate degree (Masters).