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Curriculum Design Overview

Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership

Desired Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore and commit to sustained, pro-active practices for keeping identity as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth and models of leadership linked and mutually invigorating
  • Develop skills for discerning and navigating the relational dynamics between leaders and the communities where they serve
  • Assess the psychosocial processes for implementing successful, imaginative and contextually meaningful ministries
  • Practice and discern appropriate methodologies for the design, implementation and analysis of research for new or evolving ministries
  • Interpret the place of Christian leaders and communities of faith as they engage current local and global interrelationships and anticipate future contexts

Curriculum Overview by Modules/clusters:

Orientation (online)

Sustained Spiritual and Professional Maturation
Two courses and a professional paper (9 credits)

  • DM911h – Spiritual Practices and the Growing Leader (3 credits)
  • DM912h – Enduring Models of Renewal Leadership (3 credits)
  • DM919 – Leadership Integrative Professional Paper (3 credits) (Concentration focused)

The Psychosocial Dynamics of Renewal
Two courses and a professional paper (9 credits)

  • DM921h – Leading the Dynamics of Change (3 credits)
  • DM943h – Congregational Renewal* (3 credits)
  • DM926 –Colloquium: Reflection Paper on the topic of the Colloquium in relation to the cluster theme (3 credits)    

Global and Local Ministry in Current and Future Worlds
Two courses and a (9 credits)

  • DM923h - Missional Renewal in the Age of Globalization (3 credits)
  • DM931h – Contexts Perspectives and Ministries in the 21st Century* (3 credits)
  • DM929 – Missional Integrative Paper (3 credits)  (Concentration focused)

Methods of Study and Professional Project (Thesis)
Two courses and a project (9 credits)

  • DM933h - Research Options for Pastoral Leaders (3 credits)
  • DM939h – Project Proposal Seminar (3 credits)
  • DM949 - Project Completion and Oral Defense (3 Credits)

Total: 36 Credits

Elective courses may be substituted for up to two concentration specific courses[*]. Standard electives are regularly added to the curriculum based on perception of student interest and specialization.