Program Overview

Bethel University offers a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Effectiveness to students interested in working in Christian organizations, typically with areas such as church growth or missions trips. The goal of these leaders is to seek ways to spread God’s word through religious organizations and the surrounding community, and sometimes globally. This program involves teaching students to become successful missional leaders in Christian settings. Students who enroll in this program will be a part of a cohort model, which means they will complete the program with the same 10-15 people with whom they began. Bethel promotes this cohort model so students may interact and become familiar with their peers, in order to benefit the learning process. This program may be beneficial to church planters, parachurch leaders, and non-profit Christian leaders, among others.

While in this program, students will take lessons in biblical foundations, missional models, missional leadership, and contemporary scholarships. As graduates will be applying knowledge gained in this program to their future careers, understanding the program goals is essential. Some of these aims include influencing through missional contextualization, leading missional organizations, and establishing spiritual and personal basis for effective ministry. Some sample courses involved in this particular program include Intro to Missional Ministry, Missional Contextualization, and Leading Missional Organization. Students will participate in a total of seven units, and will complete a thesis over the course of four years. Travel to St. Paul in Minnesota, San Diego in California, or Austin, Texas may be required for a week-long resident intensive during the spring and fall.

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    Degree Level: Doctorate

    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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