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The Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin face-to-face Intensives (“Advances”) serve as a central learning experience in the program. The experiences push the boundaries of student thinking and network them with other leaders. The ultimate goal of each international Advance is to enable students to better lead in their own contexts.

Through a combination of academic seminars and field trips, students interact in-person with scholars and leaders from local churches, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government, and other entities engaged in significant ministry efforts. Students also meet with their advisors and research course instructors to discuss their customized research. Third-year students and advisors present their research to the learning community.

Students participate in three Advances during the program:

  • Orientation Advance (beginning of the first year of the program)
  • Second Advance (beginning of the second year)
  • Final Advance (beginning of the third year)


Portland Seminary will host the Advances in three dynamic global venues in collaboration with local institutions - an official experiment approved by the ATS Board of Commissioners in June 2015. Locations include:

  • 2017: Cape Town, South Africa - First world meets third world: Leadership, diversity, reconciliation
  • 2018: Hong Kong - East meets West: Finance, democracy, mission 
  • 2019: London, UK - History meets future: Media, globalization, culture

What to expect

Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin Advances details:

  • All active cohorts and advisors participate in each Advance.
  • Alumni and spouses are always welcome 'at cost'.
  • Advances occur in late September - early October, depending on the year.
  • Advances last 7-9 days and run roughly from mid-week to mid-week.
  • Food and lodging are provided with incidentals excepted. Wireless internet connectivity is available when possible.
  • Students are responsible for all air travel and local transport (car rental, taxi, etc), Visas, vaccinations, and expenses associated with guests.

Given the complexities of international travel, Portland Seminary seeks to provide a full-service experience at an economical cost. This enables students to focus on learning, not logistics.

Leadership and Global Perspectives Advance Traditional DMin F2F
Fees include Field trip expenses, lodging, and most on-site food Some meals
Location London, Hong Kong, Cape Town On campus
Lodging Clean, safe accommodations provided Student must identify, book, and pay for local lodging near campus
Food Generally provided Student pays for all food expenses
Participants Lead Mentor, Faculty Advisors, students, and local special guests Instructor and students
Family Family welcome 'at cost' No family welcome
Alumni Alumni welcome 'at cost' No alumni welcome
Learning context(s) Immersive field trips, Faculty Advisor coaching, student and advisor presentations, and cohort meals In-class lecture
Instructional input(s) Local leaders in church, nonprofit, and business, Faculty Advisors, and peers Course instructor and peers