Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Target

Pastors, parachurch leaders, urban ministry leaders, educators and mission leaders who desire to evangelize and serve the cities more effectively.

Distinctiveness

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is distinct from PhD or ThD in that its primary focus is on implementing, strengthening and developing effective urban ministry, rather than preparing the participant for research or teaching in purely academic arenas. We follow the medical model of preparing doctors for surgery in the operating room. The Program takes students to visit and investigate different cities. We regard the cities as the labs, and practitioners become professors. Although DMin is not designed as simply a research degree, in recent years many seminary educators have chosen this degree to enhance their ability to provide training relevant to practical issues in Christian ministry. The program is structured around developing Transformational Leadership for the City.

Outcome

Through a variety of instructional methods which include interactive lectures, visiting and investigating different cities, small group discussion and projects, reflection, integration, research, class assignment and dissertation/ministry project, the participants will be equipped comprehensively both in theory and practice. They will be exposed to major themes in Urban Transformation and learn to integrate their own experience and tradition, resulting in evangelizing and serving the cities more effectively, more engaging responses to contemporary issues and challenges and their leadership being greatly enhanced.

Admission Requirements

  • MDiv or equivalent
  • At least 5 years of pastoral or related experience
  • Graduating from a unviersity using English as teaching medium or TOFEL 6.0 or IELTS 6.5

Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL)

Target

Leaders in organizations that are focused on urban relief, development or advocacy, or cultural influence from a Christian perspective. These organizations can be non-profit, for-profit, government or non-government entities.

Distinctiveness

The program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals seeking city transformation, entrepreneurial/organizational transformation, or cultural/spiritual transformation. The DTL is a degree that serves the needs of Christian leaders in both cross-cultural and diverse organizational and political settings, providing the need to equip Christian leaders who work in contexts outside the scope of what Doctor of Ministry (DMin) can cover.

Outcome

DTL is quite similar to DMin in course design, through a variety of instructional methods which include interactive lectures, visiting and investigating different cities, small group discussion and projects, reflection, integration, research, class assignment and dissertation/ministry project, the participants will be equipped both in theory and practice. However, DTL places a greater emphasis on the needs of the organization as well as the studies and practice in Leadership. We ask every student to write every assignment, including the Dissertation, in ways that benefit their team and institution. Once the student has completed his/her degree both the institution and the student will have been strengthened.

Admission Requirements

  • A Master degree in any discipline from an accredited academic institution
  • At least 5 years of leadership experience in either work or other sphere
  • Graduating from a university with English as teaching Medium or TOEFL 6.0 or IETLS 6.5