Leadership & Spiritual Formation
At a Glance:
Doctor of Ministry - Leadership & Spiritual Formation Track
|Average Completion Time||3 years|
|Cost per credit||$513 per hour; $1,500 (for each face-to-face Retreat)* (financial aid available)|
|Accreditation||Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
|Location||Online, with 5 face-to-face Retreats in Cannon Beach, OR (pending ATS Board of Commissioners approval, June 2015)|
|Application Deadline||Rolling application deadline; apply now for next start date|
*All stated financial information is subject to change.
Influencing for Christ from the inside out
The Leadership and Spiritual Formation Doctor of Ministry (LSF DMin) program aims to create a community of experienced leaders who are committed to deepening their faith, increasing capacities, and creating possibilities for their future:
- Deepening faith: The LSF DMin is a safe community where leaders can develop a more authentic picture of themselves and a refreshed relationship with Christ as guided by the Holy Spirit.
- Increasing capacity: The LSF DMin gives experienced leaders ways to step back and assess their leadership model and develop more sophisticated skills for managing and influencing in complex systems.
- Creating possibilities: The LSF DMin helps leaders resolve entrenched problems in their ministry environments, prepare for a new direction in life and ministry, or create a space for giving expression to something that matters to them.
See the George Fox University catalog to learn more about the program learning outcomes.
The learning community will explore four themes:
- The leader's inner world: Leadership and spiritual formation begins in the authentic critical evaluation of one’s inner world as it is reflected in one’s daily life practices and passions. Using personal assessments and group discernment, leaders will create a Rule of Life in order to thrive for a lifetime.
- Leadership and spiritual formation literature: Leadership and spiritual formation is rooted in the historical and biblical footprints of spiritual leaders, the Bible, and other texts. Leaders will expand their imagination and critical thinking skills in these areas.
- Personal and organizational transformation: Leadership and spiritual formation is fundamentally geared towards resilient and systemic change in tune with the kingdom purposes of God. Leaders will explore current research on the physical, relational, organizational, and spiritual complexities of transformation processes.
- The role of art and culture in change: Leadership and spiritual formation flourish in the soil of creativity, culture, and engagement with the world. Leaders will actively experience the formational value of differing cultures, artistic expressions, and engagement with justice concerns.
The Lead Mentor sets the overall inspiration, ethos, and content of the program. Students take four semesters related to program themes over two years including weekly chats. The Lead Mentor designs each Retreat experience as a formational environment and participates in each student’s oral defense.
The Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin organizes students into learning communities of 12-15 that journey together through the entire program. A new cohort launches each academic year. Two cohorts meet each semester at the same time at the face-to-face (F2F) Retreats. The overlap allows each cohort to get to know the cohorts ahead and behind them.
The online component is foundational to the curricular structure of the program. Community is established during the face-to-face experiences and enhanced through weekly chats and online interaction. Students read and respond to one another on a weekly basis throughout each semester.
From the outset of the program, students are paired with a faculty advisor who helps them develop and focus their areas of specialization in a series of four 'customized courses'. Faculty advisors ensure the academic integrity of their students’ work and sharpen their critical thinking, writing and source-documentation skills. Faculty advisors go on to serve as their students’ dissertation advisors.
Students meet face to face for five retreats of 7 days/6 nights. This contact time is intended to allow sufficient space for spiritually formative experiences, not just academics. Students will engage with guest experts and with their faculty advisor. They also follow a daily rhythm of prayer with their cohorts under the guidance of the Lead Mentor, fellowship around meals, and time away for reflection. Learn more...
Rolling application deadline; Apply now for the next start date.
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