Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry in Organic Leadership Development, offered at Bethel University, may be beneficial to students who wish to become expert religious leaders. Students will explore topics such as leader development, spiritual formation, missional communities, and biblical leadership. This program intends to equip students with the tools and knowledge needed in order to become a successful leader through spiritual formation and Godly leadership. Lessons will involve showing students how God designs and builds leaders and individual skills. Participants in this program will also be encouraged to not only apply learned knowledge to their future career, but to their personal life, as well.

Some of the courses in which students will participate include Bible-Centered Leadership and Spiritual Growth, Introduction to Organic Leadership Development, and Longing, Spiritual Formation and the Disciplines. Focus in this program’s courses will be on community, culture, communion, calling, and contribution. Lessons are designed to teach students the progression process involved in moving from a Christ-follower to a servant leader. Through this program, participants will explore ways to grow their current leadership capabilities, and methods that may be used to progress and empower future leadership over the course of a student’s life.

Students will complete a total of seven course units over a period of four years. Individuals in this program will interact with instructors and peers through both face-to-face and online means. Travel to San Diego, California will be necessary, in order to fulfill the resident intensive requirement. This requirement asks that students meet twice each year in San Diego.

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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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