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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 (

“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.

Tuition and Fees:
One-Time, Non-Refundable Application fee for all students: $25
One-Time, Non-Refundable Program Registration Fee for Full-Time Students: $100
$100 per course for full-time students
$50 per course for auditors


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



E-101  Changed2Lead (SDI) Training

E-102  Soul Care Conference

E-201  Basic Counseling

E-301  Mental Health Training

Erik Vagen
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 Riconda

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.

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