Program Description

The 21st Century Leadership Global/Online Concentration. Open to ministerial leaders anywhere in the world who meet qualifications for admission, have access to the Internet, and are proficient in online work. Consists of 30 credit hours of multi-disciplinary study. A futurist-oriented program designed for ministerial leaders with a distinguished record of innovative ministry, the online curriculum includes re-imaging faith and ministry, ministerial leadership in postmodern culture, Christian futuring, and models of a future church. Requires three online courses, a three-week summer session at Drew, and a one week practical theology intensive at a Drew extension site.

The first year of this concentration consists of 6 courses: LGON 90x, LGON 91x, LGON 92x,  a Theological Methods for Ministry seminar LGON 980, an elective from among those offered at the Summer Instensive in biblical studies, theology, or church history (listed in the summer catalog as DMIN 93x, 94x, 95x, 96x or 97x or LGON 93x) and a themes in ministry seminar such as DMIN 971 or DMIN 972, for a total of 18 credits. Four semesters of project development and thesis writing in Colloquium groups complete the degree program: LGON 990, 991, 992, 993 (12 credits). Offered annually.

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Re-imagining Faith and Ministry:

LGON 901/Apocalyptic Theology and New Millennialism (3)
A survey of historic paradigm shifts, cultural turning points and major theological transitions in religion and society that can be interpreted eschatologically and epoch-alyptically as the end and/or beginning of an era. (E.g. the shift from scroll to codex, from codex to printed page, and from word to sound/image) Requires critical and creative weekly, online reflections on the theological implications of the present paradigm shift (technological revolution) for ministry in Third Millennium. Promotes critical reflection on the ways in which technology and ministry intersect using historical and theological methods related to eschatology. (FALL 2014)

LGON 902 /American Jesus: Representing Christ in U.S. Cultures (3)
This course is a study of how Jesus appears in literature, art, film, and other popular media in America, examining how those representations have shifted and changed over the course of time. The course will give students an understanding of how books, film, and other media convey representations of the sacred. DMIN students are expected to use insights from the course to produce a social-theological study of how people in their own congregations understand and imagine the figure of Jesus. (FALL 2012)

LGON 903 /Sound Theology: Music as a Marker of Congregational Identity(3)
The course will give students an understanding of how music conveys representations of the sacred and communicates theological understanding. DMIN students are expected to use insights from the course to produce a social-theological study of how people in their own congregations and contexts understand and imagine the sacred through music. (Spring 2012)

LGON 904  /The Minister in the Mirror (3) (Fall 2013)

Ministerial Leadership in Postmodern Culture:

Explorations of new means of envisioning, planning and carrying out ministry in the contemporary setting.

LGON 911/Christian Futuring: An Operator’s Manual for the Future (3)
Provides a theological basis for pointing churches toward the future and provides an alternative model to church planning as strategic planning. Explores common stumbling blocks ministers and churches face as they move into the future. Provides an optimistic, postmodern “birthing” theology that requires church transformation rather than mere stylistic tinkering, and a practical “operator’s” manual to the future. (SPRING 2014)

LGON 912/Preaching in a Postmodern Culture: Communicating with Contemporary Audiences (3)
Postmoderns do not “know” life like moderns “knew” the world. In postmodern culture, knowing proceeds through imaginative leaps, loops and lurches that come to life almost holographically around performative metaphors. This course explores the abductive hermeneutic that all communicators to contemporary audiences need to claim and clarify. This abductive epistemology moves worship beyond the discussion over induction or deduction, over theory-based or data-oriented. Knowing is not linear movement either from (deduction) or towards (induction) propositions. We will review the multiple modes of cognition, and propose an EPIC methodology that moves preaching into more experiential, participatory, image-rich, and connective directions and dimensions. (SPRING  2015)

Models of a Future Church:

Studies of contemporary issues in theology, ecclesiology and ministry.

LGON 921/Readings in Postmodern Ecclesiology (3)
A theological and sociological exploration of church leadership in the face of ambiguity and adversity.  Confronts the challenge of “getting engaged” in high and low context societies as well as the economies of design in modern vs. postmodern cultures.  (SPRING 2014)

LGON 922/The Ne(X)t Church: Ministry in the New World (3)
A theological and sociological exploration of new models for ministry in the contemporary context. Students will explore how one meets the challenge of envisioning ministry in a contemporary mix of modern and postmodern cultures without succumbing to co-optation by those cultures. Includes “visits” to selected “new paradigm”churches with national profile that provide examples of postmodern ecclesiologies. (SPRING 2015)

LGON 980/Theological Methods and Practice (3)
Building on the understanding of narrative research in ministry, the course will introduce students to relevant research methodologies and tools that may be employed in the Doctor of Ministry project. Students will engage in formulating their DMin project using their ministerial context.  Framing the project theologically, students will begin to conceptualize the components of the project that will enable them to address the project focus. (SUMMER 2014)

Summer Intensive Session at Drew

The Drew Doctor of Ministry program requires a three-week residency on campus. Each student enrolls in three intensive courses during the summer. One course is required: LOGON 980 Theological Methods in Ministry. The second and third courses are electives and may be chosen from an array of choices including: Theological Studies (DMIN 910), Biblical Studies (DMIN 911), or Practical Theology (DMIN 912). Or an optional third week elective such as DMIN 972 Drew@Wales. (3rd week of July to 1st week of August.)

Themes in Ministry intensive option (SUMMER 2014)

DMIN 972 Drew@Wales Pilgrimage: Exploring Celtic Sites with Christian Faith

  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor: Joel Mason
  • Program fee, including housing: approximately $1,100 in addition to academic tuition. Travel arrangements are the responsibility of the student.
  • Celtic Christianity flourished from the 4th-12th centuries in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Brittany. Emerging from the mists of time, Celtic spirituality continues to resonate with many interests and concerns of contemporary Christians and seekers of faith. This travel-study seminar explores the Celtic traditions by pilgrimage to historic sites in Wales. In the summer of 2014 we will go on pilgrimage along the coastline of the Llyn Peninsula in Northwest Wales (Gwynedd). Along the way we will visit a variety of Holy Wells, the Pilgrimage churches, Neolithic and Bronze Age burial sites, the Iron Age fort at Tre’r Ceiri and St Mary’s Well before going to Bardsey (Ynys Enlli) on a day trip. We may also experience Felin Uchaf, near Aberdaron, where we could see Celtic building techniques being used and the old art of Storytelling in action. Celtic themes include: divine immanence, intimacy with God, anamchara, penitentials, solitude and community (monasticism), and “thin places in the universe.” Preparatory reading and integrative term paper required.
  • Please be advised that we will be walking several miles a day along the ancient pilgrimage route to Bardsey (Ynys Enlli). It is important that you are healthy enough to walk long distances. Location:  Llyn Peninsula, Wales

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Second and Third Year: The Project Phase

Project Colloquium (begins fall of second year). Development of Topic Outline for doctoral proposal online (Sept.) followed by a two-day workshop on proposal development with faculty advisers (Oct.), leading to a professional project and doctoral thesis. Online “report back” sessions and “cyber-chats” scheduled each semester until graduation in May of third year. Four semesters of project development and thesis writing: LGON 990, 991, 992, 993 (12 credits).

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Tuition and Other Costs

  • Currently $550 per credit hour or approximately $1.650 course
  • Estimated cost for text books and tools: $900
  • Travel and meals
  • Reasonably priced dormitory style housing for on campus summer session.

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To Apply Contact:

Kevin Miller, Director of Theological Admissions
973-408-3111 or visit

Application Deadline: July 1, 2014
Apply online at

For additional program information:

Dr. Carl Savage, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
(973) 408-3630

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