Leadership & Global Perspectives

Making a difference in an interconnected world.

The Leadership and Global Perspectives Doctor of Ministry (DMin) focuses on developing confident Christian Leaders who make a difference in an interconnected world.

The Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program is organized around three foci: 

  1. Personal leadership development: Students develop a plan over four semesters that details their understanding of self and vocation. They define stories and values, influencing mentors, and habits and practices for sustainable leadership. The final product will be a Coat of Arms.
  2. Expanded perspective: Students visit London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong. From a Kansas pastor to a Ugandan non-profit director, students explore how to join God's work in their own context.
  3. Innovative ministry experience: Students pursue research topics under the supervision of a project faculty member in subjects arising from their ministry context. They meet Christian leaders who transform lives, empower communities, and engage in social entrepreneurship.

Note, the Leadership and Global Perspectives DMin program is not a degree in missiology. It is a ministry leadership degree.

Program overview

Graduates will: 

  • Gain confidence in leading
  • Be spiritually formed by a broadened perspective
  • Improve critical thinking and communication skills
  • Share in a life-long learning community
  • Produce projects and books that address a challenge in their ministry context

Graduates serve as pastors, denominational leaders, chaplains, leaders of NGOs, instructors at educational institutions, etc. 

See the George Fox University catalog to learn more about the program learning outcomes.

Program cost details

Program Delivery Model

Lead-Mentor directed

The Lead Mentor, Dr. Jason Clark, sets the overall inspiration, ethos, and direction of the program. Students take four courses related to program themes with the Lead Mentor over 2 years. He facilitates online discussions, helps orchestrate each Advance experience, and participates in the portfolio examination.

Online and flexible 

Cohorts meet once a week for a Zoom video-conference conversation with the Lead Mentor. They also engage one another on a public blogging platform throughout the week. Check out the conversation at dminlgp.com


Each fall semester, 12-16 students form a new cohort that begins a common journey where they take all of their courses together. This cohort serves as the basis for a growing, global peer-learning network where students, faculty, and alumni share their research, insights, and personal ministry experiences.

Advances in London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong

Face-to-face Intensives (“Advances”) in London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong are key formative experiences in the program. Advances serve as "adventures with a purpose" to push the boundaries of student thinking through on-the-ground engagement with scholars and leaders from local churches, universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Learn more... 

Note: This is an official experiment approved by the ATS Board of Commissioners in June 2015.

Project Faculty

Students are also paired with an individual Project Faculty (PF) person who helps them develop their areas of research specialization. The PFs join students at the Advances and meet regularly online to help to ensure that students continue to make progress through the portfolio milestones. 

Project Portfolio Research Sequence

Project Faculty (PF) guide students through a series of key research milestones to generate the final portfolio that addresses a Need, Problem, or Opportunity (NPO) in their context.

The program in images

Doctor of Ministry - Leadership and Global Perspectives Track

Program length 3 years
Credit hours 38
Cost per credit hour

$576, plus $2,450 per 'Advance' intensive*

Tuition cost for entire program $29,238* (financial aid available)
Accreditation ATS (Association for Theological Schools); NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities)
Format Online, with 3 'Advance' intensives in London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong**
Early application deadline February 1
Final application deadline June 1. Applications accepted after the deadline when cohorts are not filled.

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

**Locations are an ATS-board-approved experiment

Alumni Stories

Chris Marshall

Every day, an average of 14.5 murders occur in Guatemala City. Most happen within the ghetto La Limonada. Lacking government, police, a medical system, and other components of infrastructure, this one-mile by half-mile patch of land inhabited by 60,000 is the most dangerous slum in all Central America. It is also the place that has a firm hold on the heart of DMin graduate Chris Marshall. Read more