Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership degree offered by Bethel University In Minnesota is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. This program aims to provide innovative educational opportunities to students in order to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to become a transformational leader. An objective of this program is to guide students to address and respond to the issues that face the church and the world, as well as to lead social innovation on the ground.

The goal of this program is to prepare its graduates to be leaders who can change the world. Students can either choose the self-directed program of study, which involves students mapping out their own course of study in either the Church Leadership and Congregation and Family Care. The other option is for students to choose the cohort program, which involves students engaging in a specialized area of study over the course of 3 years with a small group of ministry peers. This program prepares its graduates for career opportunities such as non-profit directors, denominational executives, mission organization leaders, pastors and other church leaders, non-governmental organizations leaders.

This program requires students to take and complete 48 quarter credits of courses in order to graduate with the Ph.D. of Ministry in the Church. The curriculum of this program aims to help to develop students' personal and spiritual well-being in order to help their effectiveness and satisfaction. Students also learn how to understand their congregations as well as help to effectively lead in situations of change, as well as to provide knowledge and skills in multiple areas of ministry leadership. The three required courses include: Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness, Integral Research and Writing, and the Thesis Proposal Workshop. The goal of this program is to help individuals who serve in ministry through non-profits, churches, and other parachurch organizations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1871, John Alexis Edgren began Baptist Union Theological Seminary in Chicago to prepare pastors for the ministry of Swedish Baptist immigrants. After the turn of the century, the school relocated to St. Paul and expanded to offer four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College and Seminary. As the school progressed forward, new programs and campus locations were established. In 2004, the school transitioned into Bethel University. Today, retaining its Christian-based vision, the private, not-for-profit Bethel University main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional facilities at San Diego and along the East Coast.

    Bethel University supports goals of adult students seeking associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs. In order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, accelerated programs are offered online, in the evenings, or on weekends. The Graduate School at Bethel University awards master’s and doctorate degrees, along with certificate and license programs. Students progress through accelerated formats that incorporate faith values. Classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends in addition to other campus locations and online. 


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