The Doctor of Ministry in Relational Leadership is a practice-oriented professional degree for pastors and ministry leaders that cultivates a “way of being” for spiritual formation. The program emphasizes relational ministry development. It is designed to facilitate spiritual renewal and to stimulate increasingly effective ministry in the Church and contemporary world.
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Participants are challenged to refine and enhance their ministerial skills. Starting with a solid theological foundation, participants build a relational approach to ministry leadership that focuses on being rather than on doing. Practical applications of a relational paradigm to ministry and leadership are explored throughout the program and in the professional ministry research project.
In addition, participants analyze, reflect, discuss, and implement practical ministry initiatives through interaction with a cohort and faculty mentors.
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The total tuition for the Doctor of Ministry in Relational Leadership is $29,800.
The program length is 3 years. Students can choose the following payment method:
The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to provide its participants with:
Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Ministry program, a candidate will be able to:
First-Year Seminars (18 units)
DM 791 – Research Clinic 1
DM 701 – Identity Formation
DM 711 – Relational Theology
DM 761 – Spiritual and Personal Formation
DM 751 – Contemporary Trends in Worship
DM 722 – Proclaiming God’s Goodness Across Cultures
Second-Year Seminars (15 units)
DM 721 – The American Church in Crisis
DM 756 – Creative Conflict Management
DM 766 – The Pastor as a Change Agent
DM 723 – Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation
DM 792 – Research Clinic 2
Third-Year (3 units)
DM 796 – Ministry Research Project
Total for the program – 36 Units
Professional Ministry Research Project
The Professional Ministry Research Project involves a biblical-theological base, a review of related literature, solid research, responsible use of resources, and appropriate methodologies. The final report of the research project is to number between 200 and 250 pages (including appendices). The project will include an oral presentation (in-person or through other means) and evaluation. See the Doctor of Ministry Handbook for more information about project selection, development, and defense.
Written Comprehensive Exam
A written comprehensive exam follows the completion of the third year. This integrative examination is designed for the student to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the subjects studied in the degree program.
The Doctor of Ministry degree in Relational Leadership is a three-year program consisting of 36 units. It includes the completion of nine seminars (courses) and two research clinics to be completed in two academic years. In the third year, candidates specialize by designing, implementing, and writing a field-based ministry research project related to their current ministry.
All seminars are offered in an online format without residency requirements. The program is a minimum of three years in length and must be completed within five years. See Admissions section regarding transfer of credits toward degree requirements.
To graduate as a Doctor of Ministry in Relational Leadership the participant will:
See the Doctor of Ministry Handbook for additional information.
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