Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry is designed to help students lead strategic initiatives that address challenges in churches, ministries, and faith-based organizations. In this program, students can learn how to effectively carry out ministry efforts that promote spiritual growth and discipleship. Students can also become equipped to address various educational and ministerial challenges using empirical research. This degree is an excellent option for Christian educators and school administrators, church ministerial staff members, and parachurch organization leaders who are looking to strengthen their leadership skills or pursue new job opportunities. Students can explore how to evaluate the health of a church or ministry, identify the essential marks of a biblical disciple, and develop a ministry philosophy that reflects biblical principles. Students will also complete a rigorous sequence of research courses that culminates in a dissertation. The dissertation process can help students contribute to the base of knowledge in their field and develop skills that are essential in education and ministry leadership. Upon graduation, students can pursue roles as Christian education administrators, Christian educators, ministry directors, church administrators, church discipleship coordinators, curriculum coordinators, nonprofit organization leaders, and parachurch organization leaders.
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Program Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
School Accreditation & Licensing
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for southern states.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationMaster Degree
Recommended GPA3.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Statement of Purpose/Intent, Official College Transcript(s)