Leadership & Spiritual Formation
At a Glance:
Doctor of Ministry - Leadership & Spiritual Formation Track
|Average completion time||3 years|
|Cost per credit||$546 per hour
$1,500 per 'Retreat' intensive (financial aid available)*
4 face-to-face Retreats in Cannon Beach, OR
|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.
Influencing for Christ from the inside out
The Leadership and Spiritual Formation Doctor of Ministry (LSF DMin) program fosters a learning community of experienced leaders committed to:
- Deepening faith: The LSF DMin is a learning community where spiritual practitioners can develop a more authentic understanding of themselves and a refreshed relationship with Christ as guided by the Holy Spirit.
- Increasing capacities: The LSF DMin gives experienced leaders opportunities to assess their leadership model and develop more sophisticated skills for managing and influencing in complex, diverse 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.
The LSF DMin is a doctoral program, but is not a PhD. See the George Fox University catalog to learn more about the program's 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, Dr. MaryKate Morse, 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 to 16 that journey together through the entire program. A new cohort launches each academic year.
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.
Customized coursework with advisors
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.
Students meet face-to-face for retreats of five to eight nights. This contact time is intended to allow sufficient space for spiritually formative experiences as well as academic content. Students engage with guest experts and with their faculty advisor. They follow a daily rhythm of prayer with their cohort under the guidance of the Lead Mentor, fellowship around meals, and space for reflection. Learn more...
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