Center for Learning & Leadership

Our Mission

Prairie Lakes Church provides advanced theological degrees and practical ministry training equipping learners to reach Iowa.

Graduate Program

A seminary degree in a cutting-edge partnership with Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, we are pleased to present a Master of Arts in Ministry-Leadership seminary degree. This degree combines a solid theological and biblical knowledge base with PLC contextualized experiences. Cohort model classes are taught by a blend of respected Wesley Seminary professors and experienced PLC ministry leaders in a convenient combination of online and onsite venues.

This affordable 36 credit hours degree is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Take this strategic step and earn a Master of Arts in Ministry degree to position yourself as a future church leader reaching Iowa.

Next class begins July 2019

2018-2019 Graduate Ministry Tuition Rates (rates subject to change):

  • Non-Pastor $487 per credit hour
  • Pastor $387 per credit hour*
  • Wesleyan Pastor $287 per credit hour**
  • Doctor of Ministry $525 (no discounts available)

    *For the purposes of this discount a pastor is considered to be one who is employed in a ministry role, or if unpaid is under appointment by her/his denomination (or local church, if non-denominational) in an official ministry position.

    **A Wesleyan pastor is an individual who is under appointment through The Wesleyan Church


  • Children, Youth and Family Ministry
  • Church Planting and Multiplication
  • Church Revitalization
  • Leadership
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Worship Arts

Core Classes (6)

  • Cultural Contexts of Ministry: 3 credits, 8 weeks
  • The Bible as Christian Scripture: 3 credits, 8 weeks
  • Introduction to Christian Theology: 3 credits, 8 weeks
  • Global Christian History: 3 credits, 8 weeks
  • Spiritual Life and Leadership: 3 credits, 8 weeks
  • Capstone Project: 3 credits, 8 weeks

Specialization courses (4): 12 total credits

Onsite elective (1): 3 credits




Residency Program

To reach Iowa, we believe it is critical to invest in the lives of our future church leaders. The PLC Residency Program provides college graduates (holding a four-year degree) with a step into ministry leadership. Full-time residents receive a stipend, housing options and an opportunity to interact with other residents.

This program offers residents intensive learning practicums, practical ministry experiences and mentoring by PLC ministry leaders. Residents exit the one-year program (renewable upon consideration) prepared to pursue a lifetime of ministry impact.