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.

Cohort #3 Classes Begin: October 2018


  • $327 – PLC member/attendee
  • $477 – Non-PLC attendees
  • $377 – Pastor discount for non-PLC staff/pastors
  • $277 – Wesleyan church member


  • 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.