To equip those among the next generation of pastors who feel called to service as organizational leaders by educating them toward competence in organizational leadership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
We envision a pool of young pastors who have demonstrated competency in the various dimensions of organizational leadership from which the church may draw in the election and appointment of new organizational leaders.
The Doctor of Ministry program at Andrews University is designed to develop spiritually mature and responsible professionals in ministry for worldwide church leadership. This concentration enhances competencies and understanding in individuals who aspire to become church organizational leaders such as presidents, executive secretaries, treasurers, vice-presidents, ministerial and departmental directors. Those already serving in positional leadership roles will grow in the practice and understanding of leading within the organization.
Andrews University and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary primarily serve the educational needs of the Seventh-day Adventist faith community. Those who provide positional leadership in church organizations and institutions face the challenge of complex leadership and management responsibilities that require advanced training and skill development. The Organizational Leadership concentration aims at developing the next generation of organizational leaders by targeting young emerging leaders who demonstrate the maturity and potential to serve in these capacities.
Organizational Leadership differs from leadership development in that it targets the intersection of the leader and the organization. Consequently, the students will be challenged to understand both the organization and what it expects of a Christian leader. Emphasis will be placed on leading and managing systems, human resources, conflict and change management, communication, authority and power dynamics, etc. that impact the success of the assigned mission. Spiritual foundations of leadership and ethics will be addressed in the development of a uniquely Christian approach to leadership.
The following program learning outcomes reflect the intended impact of the Doctor of Ministry Program:
The Organizational Leadership Concentration graduate will demonstrate these outcomes in the following ways (concentration learning outcomes):
The following 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 leadership 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 Organizational Leadership Cohort."
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:
Syllabi and schedule for the cohort that begins in 2017:
|Course #||Course Name||Instructor||Course Start||Intensive Dates||Course End||Intensive Location|
Daily schedule for intensive (4 cr)
|Skip Bell||February 6-15, 2017||Riverside, California|
DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
|Bill Knott and/or David Penno||February 16-22, 2017||Riverside, California|
Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
(Field Research Symposium April 17-18, David Penno)
Daily schedule for intensive
|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|
|CHMN 760-116 (1598)||Advanced Leadership Competencies (5 cr)||Stan Patterson||November 21, 2018||January 21-Feb 1, 2019||November 20, 2019||Riverside, California|
|GSEM 796-001 (1697)||DMin Project (3 cr)||January 7, 2019||spring 2019||May 2, 2019|
|CHMN 780||Leading and Managing the Church Organization (5 cr)||Stan Patterson||January 13-24, 2020||Riverside, California|
|GSEM 796||DMin Project (3 cr)||spring 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.
For dates and locations of intensives planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the master program schedule: DMin Program Planner.
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