Leading for Growth and Church Multiplication


2017 Cohort - Courses and Schedule

Concentration Goals

Learning Modalities
The Cohort Experience
Module Descriptions
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The next opportunity to enter the program for a Leading for Growth concentration is not expected to be until 2025.


The Leading  for Growth and Church Multiplication concentration 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.
The Cohort Experience

The program is delivered in the cohort model, wherein participants proceed through the sequence of courses together. Study and learning are year-round, with pre-intensive, during-intensive, and post-intensive activities and experiences. Pre-intensive assignment preparation can begin as early as six months prior to an intensive. There are four annual teaching sessions presented by ministry professionals. During the program you will participate in regional work groups, follow a ministry development plan, read and reflect on the best literature in your concentration area, and develop and evaluate a professional project within the context of your own congregational or other leadership responsibilities.

Cohorts are identified by the year in which they formed. For example, if you are a member of a cohort that formed in 2017, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2017 Leading for Growth Cohort."

Module Descriptions
  1. CHMN763 - Effective Strategic Growth
    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, theological reflection, critical thinking, experiential learning, reflective observation, research design and techniques, reading and evaluating research, academic writing, development of an effective work plan for completion of the 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 coordinators for this concentration  Dr. Tom Evans and Dr. Eduard Schmidt. Contact them at tevans@andrews.edu or eschmidt@andrews.edu


Travel and lodging information is provided in the links under the "Intensive Location" column.
Cohorts are identified by the year in which they formed. Cohort participants will take these courses and modules:

2017 Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort formed in 2017:
Online registration must be completed before course start date. The course registration number (CRN--in parentheses) is the number that registers the course.
Follow the linked course names to obtain the course syllabi.

Course # Course Name Instructor Course Start  Intensive Dates Course End Intensive Locations
CHMN 763 Effective Strategic Growth (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Eduard Schmidt   March 6-14, 2017   Andrews University
GSEM 790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
David Penno   March 15-21, 2017   Andrews University
GSEM 706-031 (1682) Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
(Field Research Symposium April 17-18, Petr Cincala)
Daily schedule for intensive
Allan Walshe Feb 16, 2018 April 17-May 3, 2018 Feb 15, 2019 Andrews University
  Implementation Symposium David Penno   December 11, 2018,
1:00-5:00 pm EST
  Virtual meeting
via Zoom
CHMN 779-116 (1599)

Leading Growth
Daily schedule for intensive

Tom Evans Dec 20, 2018 Feb 18-27, 2019 Dec 19, 2020 Riverside, California
GSEM 796 DMin Project (3 cr)     spring semester 2019    
CHMN 742 Church Multiplication (5 cr)
Includes ehuddle at Lexington, KY Feb 24-(27?), then go to AU campus for remainder
Tom Evans   February 24-March 4, 2020   Lexington, KY, then Andrews University
GSEM 796 DMin Project (3 cr)     spring semester 2020    

The Doctor of Ministry reduced residency (for intensive venues other than the Andrews University campus) is offered as an approved exception to Association of Theological Schools Degree Program Standard B, section E.3.1.1.

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