Coursework

Coursework Overview

Participation in the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program can be broken into two parallel course sequences:

  • Project Portfolio Research Sequence with Project Faculty: DMIN 750, 751, 850, 851, 950, 951

  • Lead Mentor 'taught' courses: DMIN 707, 717, 807, 817

Project Portfolio Research Sequence

The six research courses are designed to give students greater flexibility to engage in research and writing on a ministry Need, Problem, or Opportunity (NPO) of interest to them. Each student is assigned to a small peer group under the supervision of a Project Faculty (PF) member, who guides their research through a series of key milestones to generate the final portfolio.

The research course sequence is divided into 3 stages--Discover, Design, Deliver--with milestone assignments to mark the completion of each stage.

  • Discover: In the first 3 courses, students first explore the Need, Problem, or Opportunity (NPO) from their ministry context. They draw on both expert analysis through an academic and theological literature review and 'grassroots' insight and feedback from ‘stakeholders’ in their ministry context.
  • Design: In the 4th course, students invite peer experts from their context to brainstorm solutions. Out of this process, students develop a concept proposal.
  • Deliver. In the 5th course, students prototype their concept, after having identified the industry standards for their project. Students test the project with potential users in the last course. After evaluating and reporting on their findings, students create a launch and sustainability strategy to further develop their concept after graduation. An examination committee evaluates the project and launch plan for final approval before graduation.

All of the key milestone documents are compile in the final portfolio for the library archival and digital publication. 

Courses Taught by the Lead Mentor

Dr. Jason Clark serves as the Lead Mentor for the Leadership and Global Perspectives program. Dr. Clark's courses consist of directed readings and cohort-level interaction that facilitate student exploration of how to lead in their own contexts in view of a global perspective. These courses generally include the following elements:

  • Reading: The Lead Mentor provides a reading list and schedule of books, articles, and websites for students to explore and discuss.

  • Personal Leadership Development Plan (PLDP): Under the Lead Mentor’s guidance, students develop a PLDP that details the student's leadership goals and the steps and practices needed in order to undertake the student's leadership development. The plan requires clear metrics for measuring progress and is cumulatively added to each semester as the student progresses through the program.

  • Asynchronous discussion: Students discuss online the assigned course materials each week on the dminlgp group blog platform.

  • Chat: Students meet once a week for a synchronous video conference. The Lead Mentor facilitates the discussion.

  • Advances in London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong: Students join the Lead Mentor and their Project Faculty (PFs) annually in London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong to interact with scholars and leaders from faith-based, nonprofit organizations and churches who are making a difference in their context.

Program Course Sequence

Year One

Fall Semester (7 hours)

DMIN 707 Critical thinking and Research Methods (includes First Advance)

4

DMIN 750 Identifying the Need / Problem / Opportunity (NPO)

3

Spring Semester (8 hours)

DMIN 717 Global Contexts and Leadership

4

DMIN 751 Exploring Current Literature Surrounding the NPO

4

Year Two

Fall Semester (8 hours)

DMIN 807 Global Leadership Habits, Practices and Dynamics (includes Second Advance)

4

DMIN 850 Discovering Stakeholder Perspectives concerning the NPO 

4

Spring Semester (7 hours)

DMIN 817 Contextualising Global Leadership Challenges for Local Contexts

4

DMIN 851 Brainstorming a Concept

3

Year Three

Fall Semester (4 hours)

DMIN 950 Designing the Project - (includes Final Advance)

4

Spring Semester 

(4 hours)

DMIN 951 Assessment of the Project

Learn more: Explore the course descriptions in the university catalog