BST’s 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.

Critical Thinking Skills

Learn cultural, inter-cultural and contextual principles/methods for research and interpretation.

The Art of Communications

Training in preaching, public speaking, writing & publishing and teaching, which all require the skills of synthesizing data and crafting a presentation.

Leadership Styles & Strategies

Study leadership styles and preferences for organizational development, community organizing, and pastoral roles.

Experience Formation

Formation for leadership: personal, spiritual, pastoral and professional.

Thematic Concentrations

Four thematic concentrations offer a breadth of theological training.

Creative Church and Community

People become involved in churches when they feel a sense of authentic community and spiritual connection. Students will be equipped to create authentic, diverse communities by addressing topics such as organizational change, church renewal, conflict resolution, congregational and communal care, spiritually grounded and ethical leadership, taking one’s faith public, and more…

Justice and Reconciliation

Justice is love in action. Reconciliation is justice embodied. God’s love inspires this work. Students will grapple with the justice demands of the gospel; develop strategies for long-term justice work; engage eco-justice and sustainability studies; learn to articulate insights from the rich histories of social and restorative justice movements; and grow in their confidence to address injustice in local, national, and global contexts.

Spirituality and Resilience

Leaders need to know how to cultivate deep resources for their spiritual, emotional, and professional well-being for self and others. Students will learn to draw on scripture, history, prayer, communal practices, pastoral care, trauma studies, communication skills, the arts, and other valuable resources to support environments where people flourish.

Border Crossing & Bridge Building

Social segregation is an insidious systemic problem that continues to cause deep and lasting conflict. Students from diverse backgrounds will develop intercultural skills through praxis-oriented courses; self-directed, inventive projects; and innovative internship opportunities. Students will also gain valuable skill in using digital resources for common good, including podcasting, social media, and other emerging technologies.


  • Can be completed in as little as two years
  • Core Introductory Courses: Bible OT & NT, History, Ethics, Theology, Writing/Technology, Inter-cultural, Leadership, and Communications
  • Concentrations: Four courses in one track
  • Internship: Two semesters in non-profits, community organizing, para-church, or church settings

Resources & Flexibility

Berkeley School of Theology offers its students a myriad of resources through the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States.

  • Courses can be taken from BST or any of our partner schools (Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley)
  • 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
  • Uncommonly diverse faculty of distinguished scholars
  • Courses taught on-site, online, and through remote formats
  • Rolling admissions allows you to start anytime

One of the Most Interculturally Diverse Seminaries in the Country

Since our founding 150 years ago, the core values of soul freedom, service leadership, social justice, public witness, religious liberty, and the centrality of the Word (written and spoken) still guide and sustain BST to this day. These Jesus-centered values, rooted in our inclusive inter-cultural heritage, have made BST an attractive school for students of many faith and denominational affiliations.

Here you will truly enter a spiritual “world-house” of teaching and learning, with a world-class faculty and students from every habitable continent on earth.

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