Doctor of Ministry.
Drew Theological School invites you to join us on a new path toward your Doctor of Ministry degree. Choose a DMin experience that supports your vocational goals and lifestyle, and that responds to the great theological and ethical challenges of our day.
Join a learning community grounded in theological reflection; committed to moral courage that leads to ethical leadership; and fueled by spiritual imagination that leads to prophetic witness. Forge a network of dynamic religious leaders prepared to leverage the gospel to build a just and generous society. You will cultivate a public theological witness for these tumultuous times, in conversation with the disciplines of economics, law, politics, sociology and psychology. You will acquire tools for analyzing power, understanding systems, managing conflict and change, and navigating resistance. You will engage a congregational model that is intentionally multiracial, multicultural and inclusive as a context for addressing race, class, culture, sexuality, gender, identity and intersectionality.
This flexible and innovative program, devoted to transforming faith and social justice leadership, consists of five in-person gatherings, online mentoring and coaching relevant to your ministry context. Led by progressive movement leaders Jacqui Lewis and John Janka, you will study leadership in multicultural faith communities at Drew University and at Middle Church, our lab for social justice, worship and the arts, in the East Village of New York City.
The schedule for this 30-credit DMin in Public Theology is as follows:
PUBLIC THEOLOGY AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: Through coaching by lead faculty and online peer meetings between in-person sessions, we explore the dynamics of power in diverse settings and demonstrate how deep spiritual practice and self-awareness are key components to the development of courageous and innovative leadership. This module concludes in April of 2019 at Middle Church’s conference, Revolutionary Love.
PROPHETIC LEADERSHIP AND MORAL COURAGE: In this module, we develop leadership models for prophetic and imaginative ministry that bridge congregational and community settings. Using Middle Church as a case study, we analyze the challenges faith communities face as they seek to transform themselves into vibrant zones of spiritual and artistic expression and platforms of social justice and public theology.
SPIRITUAL IMAGINATION AND INNOVATION IN MINISTRY: In this module ,we develop practical tools for understanding the dynamics of change, as well as strategies for overcoming resistance and conflict in ministry settings, particularly in regard to advocacy for race, class and gender justice. We examine the links between spiritual imagination, artistic expression, and public theology, and learn how media (social media platforms, op eds, blogs, etc.) can inform and activate others in the public square.
THEOLOGICAL AND BIBLICAL RESEARCH AND REFLECTION: Students will assess how the theological tradition can be both a hindrance to and a resource for moral courage and imaginative ministry, and identify and discuss published work marked by creative ethical insight and theological depth. This semester will launch the DMin project phase, where students generate a theological research paper demonstrating their capacity for research and for theological engagement.
PUBLIC THEOLOGY LEADERSHIP PROJECT: In this module, students prepare and present their final DMin project as an expression of public theology, integrating the themes, theories, and methods of previous sessions and of the theological research paper. The final cohort meeting occurs at Middle Church in April of 2021, where students present their projects and assess their collective impact on the practice of public theology.
We find ourselves in the middle of major cultural, political, and social change. How does the pastor, minister, activist or community leader remain relevant in a changing culture? At Drew, students and faculty are exploring these challenging times and working together to develop courageous, gospel-inspired responses that are rooted in the Bible, theology and visions of the beloved community.
Our “Courageous Leadership in a Changing Culture” DMin will help you lead your congregations in these challenging times in a format that meets your lifestyle and vocational goals.
This 30-credit Courageous Leadership DMin consists of 18 credits of coursework and 12 credits for theologically reflective contextually-responsive research. In the first research module after coursework, students write a well-researched essay demonstrating the ability to reflect theologically and biblically. This paper then serves as the scaffolding for the second substantial paper, which integrates the themes of the reflection within a specific chosen contextual issue.
Applicants for “Courageous Leadership in a Changing Culture” must begin in the Summer 2019 term.