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 program is organized around three emphases: 

  1. Personal leadership development: Students explore leadership theory and practice for a deeper understanding of self and vocation. They develop a plan that draws upon their stories, values, mentors, and practices for sustainable leadership.
  2. Expanded perspective: Students learn from leaders in London, Cape Town, and Hong Kong in order to explore how to contextualize ministry in their own setting.
  3. Guided research: Students address a ministry challenge from their own context through the Project Portfolio process. 

Students gain:  

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

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 with the Lead Mentor over two years. He facilitates online discussions, provides feedback on individual leadership development plans, 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 weekly on a public blogging platform, dminlgp.com.

Cohort-based

Each fall semester, 12-16 students form a new cohort that begins a shared journey through the coursework. The cohort provides a peer-learning network for research, insights, and personal ministry experiences.

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 paired with a Project Faculty (PF) member for three years. The PFs join students at the Advances and meet regularly online to guide them in their research. 

Project Portfolio

Students journey through a series of research milestones to generate the final Project Portfolio that addresses a Need, Problem, or Opportunity (NPO) in their context.


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Doctor of Ministry - Leadership and Global Perspectives Track

Program length 3 years
Credit hours 38
Cost per credit hour

$576, plus $2,600 per 'Advance' intensive*

Tuition cost for entire program $29,688* (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