Why Leadership Education is Imperative Today

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” is a misquote that is often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. What he really said encapsulates the importance of educated spiritual leaders in the modern world and the benefits of an online masters in theology and leadership.

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi

At a time in history when turning on the news or looking at your phone can fill you with angst and fear, it is imperative we have community leaders to serve as positive examples. Lay leaders are hired or volunteer to serve as leaders in their church or organization. Although not ordained clergy, they also serve as primary representatives and role models of discipleship.

At Gonzaga, getting your online masters in theology and leadership doesn’t just mean learning scripture, history and ethics. The Masters of Arts in Theology and Leadership teaches students how to take their theological knowledge and apply it to their leadership style.

The program is founded on Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality. This model challenges students to become active, critical learners by being attentive to their own questions and being open to dialogue with others. This nurtured self-awareness creates a different kind of leader, one who is intelligent, responsible and can lead their ministries.

 Do you think you have what it takes to become a lay leader in your community? Gonzaga University’s online masters in theology program has endless opportunities. Visit our MATL program page to learn more and contact us if you have any questions.

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