Transformative Leadership

Master's degree, On Campus/Hybrid Mode
The Program is accredited by the European Council for Theological Education

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Purpose and vision

The purpose of the program lies in creating a proper image of the leader for transformative mission in the church and society.

It aims to provide leaders involved in church ministry or organization management with biblical examples and principles of formation of the leader’s identity, creation of an organization and its interaction with society and public bodies.

Who is this program for?

  • Leaders of church ministries
  • Personnel of Christian organizations
  • Leadership of education institutions
  • Representatives of missionary centers
  • Anyone willing to take initiatives for the sake of the transformative mission of the church in society

Requirements to prospective students

  • Membership of a local church
  • Ministry in a local church
  • Certificate of higher education

Duration and Mode

  • Non-residential program
  • Master’s Diploma – 2,5–5 years
  • 2 years to audit lectures, 1 year to make research



  • Responsibility for others
  • Courage to make decisions
  • Wisdom to settle conflicts


  • Knowledge of current theories and trends in leadership
  • Understanding biblical culture and principles of leadership
  • Knowledge of biblical principles of governance


  • Financial management in ministry
  • Organization of processes and team work
  • Public articulation and communication of one’s position


  • Critical Thinking and Research Skills

    The course helps to develop effective public oral or written communication of church and organization leaders. During lectures, students gain a number of necessary skills, in particular the ability to qualitatively substantiate own thoughts and thoughts of others, critically and analytically think them over and express them either through a confident oral speech or through a thoroughly argued and consistent written text.

  • Transformative Leadership

    The course is based on, first and foremost, a statement that each type of leadership is guided by certain beliefs and values that shape certain character traits which, in turn, lead to qualitative changes. Second, it is based on the assumption that there is no common understanding of the notion of leadership, or one type accepted by all people in all times which would meet all cultural, social, religious and organizational contexts. However, there is a number of convictions, values and character traits which are universal and relevant for all times and contexts.

  • Spiritual Formation

    The course suggests an integral approach to formation of spirituality of the human being as a holistic individuality, considering the main historically established spiritual practices and discipline. Spiritual formation is a process during which the internal invisible “I” (inner world) is harmonized with his or her external component. In the context of the course, spirituality presupposes the process of establishment and formation of a holistic individuality rather than the position of separation from the material world or physical needs of a person. The aim of spiritual formation lies in development of an individuality, with its external qualities harmoniously reflecting internal ones or being their consistent continuation rather than contradiction.

  • Principles of Leadership in Pentateuch, Literature of Wisdom and Sermon on the Mount

    The course consists of three parts. The first part discloses the main leadership principles of Pentateuch, which is the sense core of the Old Testament. The second part considers the same leadership principles, their rethinking and practical interpretation in the context of different aspects of life based on the literature of wisdom of the Old Testament. The third part tracks down how the same principles are repeated and transformed in the interpretation of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount, which is the sense core of the New Testament. This knowledge is called to ensure understanding of practical application of leadership for modern leaders of churches or organizations.

  • Conflictology: Peaceful Settlement of Conflicts

    The course considers possible ways to solve conflicts and analyses biblical means via which the negative and destructive powers of a conflict can be transformed into a positive and constructive experience (viewing the conflict from the perspective ‘holy land’ rather than ‘battle field’). During the course, students study a number of issues such as conflict dynamics, variety of individual styles of behavior in conflicts, ways to solve conflicts, non-violent methods of transforming initiative, variety and marginality, processes of reconciliation and renewal.

  • Finances and Organization Management

    The course includes two equal components. The first part comprises a short overview of the philosophy of money and treatment of it; fundamentals of financial literacy for reasonable management and disposal of finances and other entrusted resources. The second part focuses on two specific spheres of financial activities, namely project activities and management of finances in non-profit organization; answers to a number of necessary questions such as attraction of resources (fundraising), budget formation, financial management, transparency and accountability, management and development of the organization.

  • Political Theology

    The course consists of two parts. The first part overviews the main political motives within the key narratives of the Old and New Testaments (creation, exodus, covenant; viewing society from the perspective of Deuteronomy and the period of monarchs; preaching the Kingdom of God; early Christian kerygma about Christ as the Lord; different treatments of empires in the biblical canon). The second part focuses on analysis on theological and biblical ideas generated in the first part (their meaning for the modern church within its interaction with society and state; possible models of relations and links from the perspective of the Bible).


The academic knowledge I gained is very helpful in various areas of my ministry. The seminary has...

Bohdan Polishchuk

Graduate of the Transformative Leadership non-residential program

For me, the most valuable thing in the seminary is the atmosphere of acceptance, because this is...

Tetiana Bordiuh

Graduate of the Transformative Leadership non-residential program

My position is that you  must always learn, and UETS is one of the best institutions where you can...

Tibor Naimeti

Graduate of the Transformative Leadership non-residential program


Program director

Fedir Rachynets
+380 66 507 57 42

Information for prospective students
57 Kvitky Tsisyk, Kyiv 04075

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