Program Description

A Future Church Study with Leonard Sweet for Pastors in Korea

The Doctor of Ministry Program at Drew is pleased to announce a new concentration for pastors and church leaders in the Korean context! Participants will work in an academic and mentoring relationship with Dr. Leonard Sweet, Dr. Younglae Kim, and Dr. Byoungho Zoh to review, reform, and revision, a style and approach to ministry for the coming global awakening of a New Church.  Through three online courses candidates will be exposed to cutting edge thinking on transformation of the church.  New ways of organizing the candidates’ learning experience will be led Dr. Sweet who will mentor their journey throughout their degree program.  He will be joined by a core faculty cognizant of both the Korean church context and the global missional church.  Instruction will be given in Korean, or English with Korean translation. (see this page in Korean)

Author of more than two hundred articles, 1000 published sermons and almost fifty books. Dr. Sweet often appears on the “50 Most Influential Christians in America” list, and in 2010 was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010:” His popular weekly podcast called “Napkin Scribbles” is widely used and quoted. Dr. Sweet’s microblogs on twitter and facebook are ranked as some of the most influential social media sites in the world. Dr. Sweet often  uses two words to describe himself: semiotician and interstitial. In other words, he is obsessed with two questions: “Where have you been?” and “Where are you going?” more.
Byoungho Zoh

Dr. Byoungho Zoh, a.k.a. ‘Dr. of Tong,’ created the Tong (통:通-pass through, communicate) method of studying the Bible, an approach that fuses rationality and sentimentality as well as the cultures of the East and the West together. He holds a PhD in Historical Theology from the University of Birmingham, UK, and is the President of Bible TongdokWon, an educational institution for studying the Word of God. He contributed his article ‘Studentische Missionsbewegung’ to the Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart in 2004, and chaired the ‘21st Century Future Church Conference: The Companionship of the East & the West’ for 10,000 ministers in 2007. In 2008, he acted as the co-representative of the ‘ReOrientation thru the Bible’ Seoul Declaration of 140 Korean Theologians. His publications of more than 30 books include Bible Tongdok and The Rise and Fall of the Five Empires in the Bible.

DrYounglaeKim-PictureYounglae Kim, scholar, preacher, educationist, and global connector. His education includes an M.Div. from the Theological School at Drew University, an S.T.M. degree at Yale University, and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. Currently he is teaching at Methodist Theological University, Seoul, Korea as Professor of Christian Education. He is a board member of SpiritVenture Ministries and heads up SpiritVenture Ministries Korea and also the CLO (Creative Link Organizer) of Jesus Link Global. With these ministries, he is trying to relocate and exchange the gifts and grace of Christian workers globally in order to be God’s instruments for God’s global mission. He has translated several of Dr. Leonard Sweet’s books into Korean and is writing books and doing public lectures both in Asia and in North America on the Future Church and Education.
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First Year: 3 0nline courses and Drew Intensive

DMIN 908 Biblical Semiotics and Future Studies

DMIN 918 Identity Formation, Story-Telling, and a New Paradigm for Preaching

DMIN 928 We Are The Church: A MRI (Missional, Relational, Incarnational) Church in a Global World

Summer Intensive Session at Drew

The Drew Doctor of Ministry program requires a three-week residency on campus. The summer session at Drew their first year in the program will allow candidates to pursue elective interests to supplement their core focus. Course will be offered in Korean or in English with Korean translation. July 13- July 31, 2015

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Second and Third Year: The Project Phase

A unique facet of this DMIN concentration is the emphasis on candidates implementing ministry projects and writing their findings as a doctoral thesis. The 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.  (Candidates have the option to write in Korean or English.)  DMIN 990, 991, 992, 993

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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:

Dr. 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

Dr. Younglae Kim, DMIN Cohort Convener
010-9010-5654 (Korea)

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