Leading for Growth and Church Multiplication

2013 Cohort - Courses and Schedule
2017 Cohort - Courses and Schedule

Concentration Goals
Learning Modalities
Module Descriptions
Contact the Coordinator

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The application deadline for the 2017 cohort launch is December 30, 2016.

The Leading  for Growth and Church Multiplication concentration (formerly Evangelism and Church Growth) aims to develop ministry professionals to lead effective outreach, comprehensive spiritual renewal, reproducible models, and integral growth in light of the Bible's message for the last days of Earth's history.

Concentration Goals

The learning outcomes for this concentration include intellectual (knowing), practical (doing), and spiritual (being) components.

Knowing: an intellectual body of knowledge based on reading, lectures, interaction, and research, including

  1. The biblical imperative to make reproducing disciples
  2. A theology of spiritual renewal and biblical growth
  3. Understanding of church growth principles and practice
  4. The role of leadership development and equipping principles leading to growth
  5. Strategic development as the road map for revitalization and growth
  6. Increasing awareness of available resources for growth

Doing: competency for individual ministry contexts based on field ministry and ministry exposure, by

  1. Engaging in a process of personal ministry development
  2. Thinking, planning, and communicating biblically about evangelism and church growth
  3. Experiencing personal spiritual renewal
  4. Acquiring leadership skills for renewal and growth
  5. Developing strategic thinking abilities to create effective growth processes
  6. Coaching reproducible ministry teams with the aim to reach the lost
  7. Creating a culture of evangelism responsible to reach every person
  8. Reaching specific people groups responsive to the gospel
  9. Capturing and communicating an evangelistic vision for change and renewal
  10. Utilizing coaching skills to develop outreach-oriented leaders
  11. Translating various growth principles and practices to the church's mission
  12. Identifying and bringing togther influential leaders to guide the church for growth
  13. Practicing incarnational ministry with the surrounding culture
  14. Leading the church to health

Being: spiritual development based on personal and group reflection as well as praxis, through

  1. A continuing process of self-evaluation and standing with God and others
  2. Personal responses to the Bible's unique calling of one's giftedness
  3. A commitment to evangelistic equipping and being an agent of reconciliation
  4. A personal experience of the love God has for reaching lost people
  5. An incarnational approach to the ministry of evangelism
  6. A faith-based optimism about reaching people and renewing struggling churches
  7. Becoming a reproducing disciple for God's kingdom
  8. The expansion of ministry vision and an openness to adopt current biblically faithful and effective models for church growth
Learning Modalities
  1. Reading and Reflection -- Approximately 450 pages of relevant pre-intensive material per credit hour, generating considerable reflection on ministry self and practice.
  2. Lectures and Expert Modeling -- Professors with proven records in the field and other field professionals.
  3. Personal Evaluation and Planning -- Careful reflection of the participant's current situation leading to the Ministry Development Plan for personal and professional development and ministry action steps.
  4. Context Support Group -- The collective interchange of ideas, challenges and experiences that provide feedback and assessment through the doctoral journey.
  5. Field Praxis -- Experience, reflection, and follow-through of successful field ministry settings as well as the student's own.
  6. Research and Writing -- Careful research and analysis of relevant material, and subsequent writing via research, position, and praxis papers contributing to the ministry project.
  7. Work Groups -- Collegial learning through small group interaction between intensives each program year.
  8. Mentoring -- Ongoing consultation and influence of professors and project mentors, as well as monthly engagement with the student's chosen mentor in the field.
Module Descriptions
  1. CHMN7?? - Effective Strategic Growth (course number yet to be assigned)
    Credits: 4
    Provides an overview of the latest and most effective methods for growing Adventist churches as a basis for developing an effective growth strategy. Engagement with a variety of best practices and practitioners will be provided to further guide the participant in the deveopment of their methodology.
  2. GSEM790 - DMin Project Seminar
    Credits: 4
    Participants receive assistance in forming their DMin project proposal, and orientation to issues in successful completion of the project. Areas of focus include a literature review, research technique, writing standards, develop an effective work plan for completion of their project, and other project-related topics.
  3. GSEM706 - Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry
    Credits: 8
    This is a foundational module required of all DMin students. The module builds the spiritual and theological basis from which the practice of ministry and mission grows and seeks to lead the student into a self-reflection and examination of life and belief.
  4. CHMN779 - Leading Growth
    Credits: 5
    Explores the role of leadership in the evangelistic ministry of the local church. This module includes vision, equipping, and influence dynamics issues relative to the leader as a change agent and as a catalyst for turnaround churches and strategic growth initiatives. Techniques to lead a church from decline/plateau to vibrancy will be examined with participants applying methods in their own context, leadership insights, and peer coaching to identifying next steps for growth.
  5. CHMN7?? - Church Multiplication (course number yet to be assigned)
    Credits: 5
    The Seventh-day Adventist church has defined itself as a movement. In order to be a movement, there must be momentum. This module will primarily focus on the multiplication of small groups/grow groups, house churches, and church plants. In order for these systems to multiply, there must be an intentional and continual discipling of new leaders. The goal is to experience exponential growth of God's kingdom.

The coordinator for this concentration is Dr. Tom Evans. Contact him at tevans@andrews.edu


Cohorts are identified by the year in which they begin. Cohort participants will take these courses and study modules:

2013 Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort to form in 2013:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Course # Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
CHMN724 Recovering the Life and Growth of the New Testament Church (4 cr) Ron Clouzet April 29; May 8-16, 2013 Andrews University
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Bill Knott &/or David Penno April 30-May 8, 2013 Andrews University
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr) Allan Walshe May 5-16, 2014 Andrews University
CHMN767 Formation of Evangelistic Strategy (5 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Ed Schmidt May 5-13, 2015 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2015  
CHMN779 Leading Growth (5 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Tom Evans May 3-11, 2016 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2016  


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2017 Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort to form in 2017:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Course # Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
CHMN7-- Effective Strategic Growth (4 cr) Eduard Schmidt March 6-14, 2017 Andrews University
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Bill Knott &/or David Penno March 15-21, 2017 Andrews University
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
(Field Research Symposium April 17-18, Petr Cincala)
Allan Walshe April 17-May 3, 2018 Andrews University
  Implementation Symposium David Penno December 11, 2018,
1:00-5:00 pm EST
Virtual meeting
via Zoom
CHMN779 Leading Growth Tom Evans April ?-?, 2019 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2019  
CHMN7-- Church Multiplication (5 cr) Tom Evans April ?-?, 2020 Altamonte Springs, Florida
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2020  


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For dates and locations of courses planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the four-year DMin Program Planner.

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