For me, Jesus’ ministry exemplified a radical gospel, not a Hallmark card–type ministry. I believe our mandate at BST is to train students to be prophetic and relevant as leaders who authentically are not afraid to serve the under-served and to speak truth to power.
Rev. Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble
Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership & Practical Theology
GTU Core Doctoral Faculty
The Masters in Community Leadership (MCL) is a professional degree program designed to prepare men and women for church and community service in ordained and non-ordained capacities. The following thematic concentrations offer a breadth of theological training in Critical Thinking, Communications, Leadership, and Formation in addition to a particular specialization:
- Creative Church & Community
- Spirituality & Resilience
- Justice & Reconciliation
- BorderCrossing & BridgeBuilding
- 48 credits—can be completed in as little as 2 years.
- 24 credits of core coursework in Biblical Studies, Theology, Ethics, History, Leadership, and Communications.
- 18 credits of customizable elective coursework.
- 6 credit—one year internship in non-profit, parachuch or church-based organization.
- Courses can be taken from BST or any of our partner schools (Graduate Theological Union (GTU), UC Berkeley, Mills College).
- Access to The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, a world-class theological Library (e-resources available), as well as the 26 Libraries on the UC Berkeley Campus.
- Courses taught onsight, online and through remote formats.
- Rolling Admissions.
BST is a founding member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) —a consortium of 8 Schools, 6 Centers, 6 Affiliates, 9 Projects & Initiatives and a World-class Theological Library.