Global Mission Leadership

2011 Adventist University of Africa Cohort

The concentration in Global Mission Leadership is culturally contextualized and is taught in sponsoring field locations outside the North American Division. Effective starting 2015, the Global Mission Leadership concentration is no longer available.


The mission statement of the Seminary reads:

The Seventh-day-Adventist Theological Seminary is one of the most culturally diverse seminaries in North America. Approximately 40% of on-campus enrollment are international students. The SDA Theological Seminary faculty also reflects an international flavor. In response to the needs expressed by leaders in the international headquarters of the SDA denomination, the Doctor of Ministry program determines to be a global program preparing participants for global service. Participants from outside the United States often join cohorts within the United States, and the program is experienced in providing international cohort sites as well. Further, by teaching at an extension site, we increase the number of those who will become active in leadership within their home countries.

Language of Instruction and Translation
All instruction and academic work will be in English.
Learning Modalities

The learning modalities to be included in the concentration’s pedagogy are:

  • Classroom lectures interspersed with didactic and experiential learning
  • Networking with experienced practitioners and experts in the field of mission  leadership, as well as colleagues and peers who are cohort members
  • Viewing of videos, power point presentations, and listening to audio visual performances
  • Participating and leading out in breakout groups and interactive exercises
  • Forming support groups who collaborate in collective assignments, discussion and prayer groups
  • Being mentored by faculty members and in turn mentor cohort colleagues
  • Researching ministry and project issues through analyzing current literature, through participant observations, case studies, and field research
  • Implementing dissertation project plans in the actual context of their ongoing ministry settings (based on theological reflections, field research, and an intervention involving a specific challenge in a ministry context)
  • Monitoring (documenting) implementation activities and critically self-evaluating project implementations (for the purpose of making adjustments and identifying lessons learned)
  • Regular communications (newsletter) between professors and students with updates, reminders, and feedbacks
  • Establishing a ministry development plan (MDP) which will be used in monitoring and assessing ministerial growth throughout the program
  • Context support groups to review each student’s MDP annually and provide assessment of progress.

Dr. Bruce Bauer serves as coordinator for this concentration. He can be reached at 1-269-471-6373,

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

2011 Adventist  University of Africa Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort formed in 2011:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Course # Course Name Instructors Intensive Dates Intensive Location
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (2 cr) Bruce Bauer June 1-July 27, 2011 AUA-Nairobi, Kenya
GSEM730 Field Research for Ministry (2 cr) Nancy Vyhmeister June 1-July 27, 2011 AUA
MSSN741 Mission Strategy Development I (4 cr) Emmanuel Takyi June 1-July 27, 2011 AUA
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (6 cr) Jon Dybdahl June-July, 2012 AUA
MSSN731 Cultural & Religious Analysis I (4 cr) Gordon Doss June-July, 2012 AUA
MSSN742 Mission Strategy Development II (4 cr) Bruce Bauer June 5-July 2, 2013 AUA
MSSN732 Cultural & Religious Analysis II (4 cr) Wagner Kuhn July 3-30, 2013 AUA
GSEM796 DMin Project/Dissertation (6 cr) staff June 4-July 29, 2014 AUA


Ordering books

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

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