Program Overview

Students interested in pursuing leadership roles as disciples and church planters may want to pursue a Doctor of Ministry in Global and Contextual Leadership. Offered through Bethel University, this program educates students for opportunities to serve around the world. Students are taught skills in leadership, discipleship, and evangelism. Throughout the program, individuals will study strategies for producing successful, healthy churches in global contexts.

The Global and Contextual Leadership program educates students for effective cultural ministry. Students will have the potential to work on planning strategies for building new churches, practically display the Christian message through daily example, and how to talk and interact with people of other religious beliefs and backgrounds.

This Doctor of Ministry program is performed as a cohort model. Students receive both hands-on experience and online work. Consisting of seven courses, students may complete the program, on average, in approximately four years. This time frame includes resident meetings taking place twice a year in places such as India, Israel/Palestine, Malaysia, and the St. Paul campus.

Individuals will take a variety of courses covering the foundations needed to fulfill professional roles in ministry. Some of the classes student could expect to take include Global and Contextual Leadership, Change Agency and Diffusion of Innovation, and Global and Urban Ministry. Students are expected to be willing to come out of their comfort zone when bringing the gospel to other cultures.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    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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