Prompted by the promise of Christ's soon return, the Doctor of Ministry program at Andrews University is designed to develop spiritually mature and responsible professionals in ministry for worldwide church leadership. The Millennial Church Concentration prepares participants for the specific challenges of transforming congregations for mission and ministry in the context of millennial disciples serving in a western secular culture.
The concentration is intended to provide a significant and terminal professional doctoral experience for those who lead churches in generational transition, providing biblically sound and theologically informed leadership in churches that engage millennials in faithful discipleship. In doing so they will offer practical models of churches throughout the division transitioned to places of discipleship for youth and young adults.
Participants in the cohort will be required to experience association and support in their learning journey through linking with a church-formed initiative targeting millennials.
The outcomes of the concentration include; 1) a knowledge base, 2) a transformational emphasis on being, and 3) doing, evidenced in skill training for ministry among the millennial generation of disciples of Christ.
Knowing: The knowledge base has the five following components:
Being: In the process of the millennial church concentration, participants will experience transformational development in the following essentials:
Doing: Participants in the millennial church concentration form skills for effective ministry in the context of the congregation. Those include:
The following nine learning modalities will be included in the concentration’s andragogy:
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 2016, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2016 Millennial Church Cohort."
Each participant will engage in a project in which the congregations they serve will transform into churches effectively discipling millennials. Participants will be required to link with a support system in their transformative leadership targeting the discipling and congregational life of millennials. The congregations participants serve provide the learning context. Specific existing congregations that have experienced transformation or church plants focusing on millennial or later generations will provide a backdrop for case studies. These congregations offer observable laboratories for the intended transformational experience.
Dr. Kleber Gonçalves serves as coordinator for the Millennial Church concentration. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-269-471-3190.
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:
Course requirements and schedule for the cohort formed in 2016:
|Course #||Course Name||Instructors||Intensive Dates||Intensive Locations|
The Changing Church (4 credits)
Daily schedule for intensive
|Allan Walshe||April 19-29, 2016||Altamonte Springs, FL|
DMin Project Seminar (4 credits)
Daily schedule for intensive
|James Wibberding||May 2-8, 2016||Altamonte Springs, FL|
Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 credits)
(Field Research Symposium March 29-30, Petr Cincala)
Daily schedule for symposium
|Allan Walshe||March 16-30, 2017||Andrews University|
|Implementation Symposium||David Penno||
December 12, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm, EST
|virtual meeting via Zoom|
|CHMN713||Transformational Leadership and Organic Systems Thinking (5 credits)||Skip Bell||March 19-30, 2018||Riverside, CA|
|GSEM796||DMin Project (3 credits)||spring semester 2018|
|CHMN773||Discipling Congregational Leaders (5 credits)||Gilbert Cangy||April 22-May 3, 2019||Andrews University|
|GSEM796||DMin Project (3 credits)||spring semester 2019|
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.
For dates and locations of courses planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the four-year DMin Program Planner.
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