Program Overview - D.Min. in Congregational Mission and Leadership

This program's curriculum will allows you to lead congregations more effectively. The challenging curriculum combines the flexibility and structure needed to complete the degree in five years. Acknowledging the hectic pace of congregational life, however, the program allows individuals to focus on the particular needs and issues in their congregations.

You complete your work in a seminar-based program. The D.Min. curriculum for the concentration in Congregational Mission and Leadership consists of nine seminars. Each seminar has a campus residency component.

The program uses a cohort-based peer learning approach in which students meet regularly in an online virtual community and face-to-face every six months. The peer education and support aspect is a powerful, unique component to the program, increasing students' growth and learning.

requirements

View a graphic overview of the five year schedule.

seminars

Introductory Seminars

Year One

CL7511 Integration of Theology and Ministry - Theological Reflection
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CL7512 Pastoral Identity, Leadership, and Spiritual Life
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Concentration Seminars

Year Two
CL7521 The Missional Church
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CL7522 The Missional Leader
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Year Three
CL7531 Theological Foundations for Congregational Vitalization - Part I
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CL7532 Theological Foundations for Congregational Vitalization Part II
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Year Four 
CL7541 Introduction to Research and Thesis Proposal
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CL7542 Implementation of Thesis Proposal
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Thesis SEminars

Students meet in seminar cohorts for two-three days each in July, November, and January. The cohorts review draft sections of their thesis on the following schedule:

  • July - Overview of thesis, literature review (chapters 1-3) and research design
  • November - Analysis of research (chapter 4)
  • January - Summary findings and theological reflections (chapters 5-6)
  • March - Completed thesis due, thesis defense scheduled

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