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:

Thematic Concentrations

  1. Creative Church & Community
  2. Spirituality & Resilience
  3. Justice & Reconciliation
  4. BorderCrossing & BridgeBuilding

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Interested In This Program?

Get more information by submitting our Request Information Form or begin your application by visiting our Apply page.

For questions, please contact the Admissions Office at or (510) 841-1905 ext 229.