The “Pastoral Leadership School” prepares men and women to do the work of disciple-making in our culture and context. We’ve partnered with the Metro School of Leadership and Ministry (MSLM) in order to provide education through Ministerial Study Program credits (MSP).
We are an extension of the ministry of the Fervent Church Network under the headship of the Metro District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (cmalliance.org).
“PLS” takes a holistic approach to preparing men and women for ministry. We aim to prepare the head, heart, and hands of these individuals to respond to the call of God on their lives. Jesus called his disciples saying, “Come and follow me [HEAD], and I will make you [HEART] fishers of men [HANDS].” (Matthew 4:19) He then calls his disciples to be “disciple-makers”- that continue to multiply followers of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20)- and this is the very heart of what we do.
• We prepare HEADS by giving theological training. Students will receive the 30 credits of Bible that are required for licensing with the C&MA. These credits are also recognized at Crown College at 2/3 rate for their undergrad program (totaling 22 college credit hours).
• We prepare HEARTS by helping candidates through spiritual formation and soul care. We believe this is essential for lasting perseverance and leadership in vocational ministry.
• We prepare HANDS by providing students the opportunity to communicate, lead, teach, coach, be coached in various areas of ministry. Students will have oversight and coaching as they develop their skills for more effective ministry.
PLS is designed as a 2-year program over 6 trimesters with a total cost of $1,625. Training and teaching are provided by veteran church leaders and pastors from the Christian and Missionary Alliance. After applying you will be contacted about next steps which will include designing an individualized education plan to help you achieve your particular God-given calling and goals.
MSP 1-101 Calling and Character
MSP 1-102 Hermeneutics and Inductive Bible Study
MSP 1-103 New Testament Theology
MSP 2-104 Old Testament Theology
MSP 2-201 Foundations of Belief 1: Bible, God and Unseen World
MPS 2-302 The Life of Christ
MSP 2-202 Foundations of Belief 2: Sin, Savior and the Spirit
MSP 3-303 Evangelism in a Changing Culture
MSP 3-301 History of Christianity
MSP 3-205 Romans
MSP 3-105 Disciplemaking: Growing a Healthy Church
MSP 3-305 Leadership & Authority
MSP 1-206 Preaching Learning Cohort & Lab
METRO 1-203 Alliance Values & Distinctives- 1 day course
METRO 3-204 Alliance Polity and Pastoral Ethics- 1 day course
METRO 2-304 World Missions
CP-101 Church Planting’ Basic Training
CP-102 Church Planting Core Team Training
D-101 New Official Workers Seminar
HIGHLY ENCOURAGED ELECTIVES
E-101 Changed2Lead (SDI) Training
E-102 Soul Care Conference
E-201 Basic Counseling
E-301 Mental Health Training
Director of the Pastoral Leadership School
Erik has served as a pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance since 2003. He was a English and Education double-major at The College of New Jersey and has a Masters of Christian Ministry from Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA. As the Young Adult Director for the Metro District of the C&MA, Erik developed and led a movement called “The Jeremiah Project” that equipped young adults from numerous faith communities for missional living and developing partnerships with local outreaches. With 10 years pastoral experience at Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford, NJ, he planted Journey Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Cherry Hill, NJ in 2013. Now Erik oversees leader development in the Fervent Church Network with responsibilities over Missional Communities, international partnerships, and Academic Director of the Pastoral Leadership School. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Medford, NJ and have two young children.
Bob graduated from Cairn University and has served in New Jersey churches and ministries for over thirty five years. He started Hope Chapel in southern New Jersey and pastored there for eighteen years. Currently he is a Regional Superintendent and the Church Planting Director for the Christian & Missionary Alliance in the greater New York City/Philadelphia area. He and his wife, Julie, live in Pine Hill, New Jersey. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.