11th February 2016

Newbold College of Higher Education has announced a new Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership. The degree, which will be offered in partnership with Andrews University (USA), will commence in June 2016.

"We have been working for some considerable time with colleagues in the School of Education at NEWBOLD GRADUATEAndrews University to plan this degree," said Dr John Baildam, College Principal, "and I am happy to confirm that this initiative will begin at the Newbold campus on 1 June 12016."

The MA in Leadership was developed in response to a need expressed by the Trans-European Division (TED) at a strategic planning session in early 2015, and will complement the College's existing postgraduate offerings in Theology and Ministry & Mission. It is intended that the programme will also train leaders in areas other than pastoral work.

The programme is ideal for those in full-time professional employment, including pastors, Church administrators, business managers, education leaders, and more. It can be completed part-time across a three-year period, with intensive sessions which will be accompanied throughout the year by a range of flexible online interactions.

The new programme will involve the practical application of leadership theories. Core studies will be built around modules such as 'Introduction to Leadership' and 'Issues in Leadership Theory', and participants will be able to choose from electives that include the study of different models of leadership; the biblical philosophy of leadership; Christ as an example of leadership; leadership styles; spiritual gifts; leadership in Church organisations and entities; visioning; cultural leadership; conflict resolution; time management; and change management. Participants will develop a Personal Leadership Portfolio, submit a research project or thesis, and be assigned a mentor who will support them throughout the programme.

The new MA in Leadership is an enhanced version of the previous Master of Arts in Leadership which was offered in the early 2000s, and it will include updates to better suit current trends in society, commerce, management, and workplace education, and to incorporate modern means of communication.

"I completed the Master of Arts in Leadership when it was offered by Newboldnewbold college sign about fifteen years ago", said Pastor Llew Edwards (BUC Ministerial Association director, and former President of both the Scottish Mission and the Egypt Field). "The degree was transformational ‒ not just in terms of my competence as a leader, or my understanding about leadership ‒ the experience changed my attitude to and outlook about the values that belong to Christian leadership. It didn't change my theology, but helped me learn to excel and honour God."

The programme will be led by a joint team that includes senior staff from the College and the TED. Modules will be taught by professors from Andrews University with support from across the TED and beyond. A programme leader and advisors for participants will be appointed in due course.

"Newbold is pleased to be able to respond to the needs of the TED by offering this programme", said Dr Baildam. "The College, along with the TED, hopes to see all those in, or aspiring to, leadership roles in the Division, completing their degree by 2020."

More details will be made available on the College's website as they become available. For more information, or to apply, click here.

[Kirsty Watkins]

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