Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
(under development)
Program Overview

Esther 4:14 “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

The Townsend Organizational Leadership program recognizes that you are in a significant place of leadership and are wanting to grow so you too can be used by God “for such a time as this.” We want to help you become a leader with deep character who has developed the abilities and skills to lead others or an organization.

From the opening orientation weekend to graduation, you will be in an active process of personal, spiritual and professional growth with your fellow students and the Institute’s faculty. Each student will be involved in a process group experience with 7 to 9 other students for four semesters or two week-long intensives (distance students only). These process groups are led by faculty and follow the format developed by Dr. Townsend in his unique leadership development programs.

Students will also be involved at least 10 hours of personal counseling or leadership coaching during their time in the program.

The classroom experience at the Townsend Institute is very different than what you experienced in undergraduate education. It will involve the experiential delivery of concepts and skills, not just a lecture. There will be different “experientials” you will participate in, movie vignettes and songs that demonstrate concepts, live role plays, videotaped counseling sessions of master therapists and personal application for your journey as a leader.

You will learn:

  • The theological foundations, scientific research, theoretical principles and neuroscience findings underlying Dr. Townsend’s character-growth model
  • How to help leaders and organizations to reach their maximum potential and effectiveness
  • How to use the power of relationship to repair and build the internal structure necessary to resolve leadership, personal and relational issues
  • How to solve chronic leadership ineffectiveness

Dr. John Townsend’s Involvement in Your Personal and Professional Growth

One Friday month (except December, June and July), the entire Townsend Institute gathers to hear Dr. Townsend teach and demonstrate the different modules to his character growth model. Dr. Townsend will lead two 90-minute classes in the morning for the counseling program and two 90-minute classes in the afternoon for the organizational leadership program.

Students will complete assigned reading and character-based homework for each of these modules to accelerate the learning outcomes.

Residential students will meet in their process groups either in the morning or afternoon (depending on which program they are in) or the night before. This all-day, experiential-focused learning facilitates deep professional and personal growth in the context of a safe community.

Students will have a character development plan during their time in the program. Dr. Townsend and the faculty review and make suggestions on ways to accelerate the character-growth process. 

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