Anchored by teaching from a historically-rooted, whole-Bible narrative theology, students receive direct exposure to the new realities of a global world in massive economic, social, environmental, and spiritual transformation. The program consists of two cohort-based immersion courses, which are held in two or more global cities on two continents. This is followed by a coaching and research course that helps each student identify and clarify their dissertation topic, and then design a customized elective track to build their research and experience for their dissertation. Students can select dissertation topics that explore new interests; have immediate practical benefit to their current work; or build toward a publishable work.
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Urban Leadership
The DMin is distinct from the PhD or ThD in that its primary focus is on implementing and strengthening effective arenas. We follow the medical model of preparing doctors for surgery in the operating room. The cities are our labs, and practitioners are professors. Although the DMin is not designed as simply a research degree, in recent years many seminary educators have chosen the DMin degree to enhance their ability to provide training relevant to practical issues in Christian ministry.
It is a 40-credit ministry degree program designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals engaged in Christian ministry. It is appropriate for pastors, parachurch leaders, urban ministry leaders, educators, and mission leaders. We ask every student to write every assignment, including the Dissertation, in ways that benefit their sending institution. Once the student has completed his/her degree both the institution and the student will have been strengthened.
A Masters of Divinity (MDiv) degree or equivalent, a minimum of five years of ministry experience, and present engagement in ministry. Students who have a biblical or theology master degree but not MDiv can be considered for the Extended DMin programs, which requires additional 15 credits (or 5 courses) of biblical and theological master level courses.
Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL)
The DTL is designed for leaders in organizations that are focused on, but not limited to, urban relief, development or advocacy, or cultural influence, from a Christian perspective. These organizations can be non-profit, for-profit or government entities.
It is a 40-credit degree program with additional 15 credits in biblical and theological courses, designed to enhance the leadership skills of individual seeking city transformation, entrepreneurial/organizational transformation, or cultural/spiritual transformation with strong biblical and theological perspectives. The DTL serves the needs of Christian leaders in both cross-cultural and diverse organization and political settings, providing the need to equip those who work in contexts outside the scope of what DMin can cover.
The DTL will take a similar format to that of DMin except that it will focus more on organizational needs and leadership issues. We encourage our students to cater their study and writings around their current setting/ministry, thus benefiting their peer group/organization and enhance their ministry.
A Masters degree in any subject at an accredited institution, and a minimum of five years of influence in a specific sector of society (e.g., private, public, non-profit/NGO, business, government, social service, ministry, etc). The requirement of additional 15 credits in biblical and theological studies may be waived in part or whole as deemed appropriate for candidates who have already earned credits in similar subjects at master level.