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Course Description
Doctor of Ministry

Purpose
The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry degree program is to equip the student for a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry that is achieved in the foundational work normally resulting in an M.Div. degree. The Doctor of Ministry degree program is designed to serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education which renews the personal life of faith, further develops professional competence, and stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry.

Program Goals
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education.
  • Renews the personal life of faith.
  • Develop professional competence.
  • Stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry.

Prerequisite
The Doctor of Ministry requires a prerequisite a master’s degree in Biblical Studies or Theology.

Nature of the Program
The program of studies leading to the Doctor of Ministry degree is a 1 ½ year program (consisting of 35 credit hours in coursework and 10 credit hours for the doctoral project) program of study beyond the Master’s designed for men and women who are engaged in pastoral and related ministries. The candidates are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a biblical theology of ministry while in a setting of ministry.

Core Courses
The student will complete the following seven courses, each of which constitute five semester credit hours. A 20-page paper is to be written on each topic. The choice is the student’s, unless the committee determines a weakness in the students’ prior academic background. Upon completion of the core topics the student will be advanced to candidacy. Completion of each core topic earns 5 credit hours. Course descriptions are provided to the student in a separate document as requested. The student has the option to choose seven core courses OR choose one emphasis.

1. Doctoral Degree Program in Organizational Leadership

Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Leadership & Christian Ministry
The College of Doctoral Studies’ Doctor of Education (EdD) in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry is a perfect fit for active church leaders and pastors seeking entry into seminary or ministry. Our accelerated doctorate in ministry program combines your passion for the Christian faith with the pursuit of academic excellence to deepen your understanding of biblical stewardship. In the online courses, you can balance theory with strategy and reflective practice, helping you refine your skills in leadership. The University's dissertation process begins in your first course, where you are introduced to dispositions and techniques for writing. This approach helps you research, write and defend your dissertation. In small, dynamic learning settings, you can analyze and apply evidence-based research relating to modern day Christianity and network with peers of diverse backgrounds and perspectives as you discuss topics such as change management in ministry.

Doctoral Project Proposal
The student is then to write a proposal for the Doctorate, describing the project according to the prescribed format. The completed proposal is to be approved by the Doctoral Committee of the College.
Upon approval of the proposal the student may begin writing his or her Doctoral Project according to the specific format. The Doctoral Project is the finishing work for the doctoral degree, and is what provides the right to be called “Doctor.” It earns 10 credits towards the degree program. Through the combination of foundational coursework, diligent study, and the guidance of a doctoral project coordinator, students successfully complete projects that are both personally gratifying and that contribute to the advancement of God’s kingdom.

Courses for Doctoral Program

Core Courses

  • Leadership in Pastoral Care
  • Christocracy
  • Church Growth and Leadership
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives in Pastoral Leadership
  • Counseling, Family Life, and Pastoral Leadership
  • The Media, Leadership and the Church
  • Spiritual Development of the Pastor, Church and Community
  • Ethics and the Church in Today
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Leadership Principles
  • Missions in the 21st Century
  • Psychology and Theology
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Doctoral Project
  • Emphasis in Human Behavior

Emphasis in Education and Leadership
  • Resolution in Educational Leadership
  • Human Behavior and Management in Education
  • Leadership in Pastoral Care
  • Church Growth and Leadership
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives in Pastoral Leadership
  • Counseling, Family Life, and Leadership
  • The Media, Leadership and the Church
  • Spiritual Development of the Pastor, Church and Community
  • Ethics and the Church in Today
  • Conflict Management and Resolution in Church Life
  • Leadership: Doctoral Project

Emphasis in Human Behavior
  • Clinical Applications of Counseling in the Church
  • Psychopathology, Sin and Demonic Influence
  • Psychotherapy
  • Pastoral Counseling and Inner Healing
  • Counseling and Inner Healing
  • Personality Theory, Therapy: A Christian Worldview
  • Counseling, Family Life, and Pastoral Leadership
  • Conflict Management and Resolution in Church Life Emphasis on Education & Leadership

2. Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

The twelve courses listed comprise the Master’s degree in Christian Counseling. Changes or substitutions are subject to the approval of the Academic Dean. Substitutions may be made if some of the above courses have already been taken. Students desiring state licensure or certification should check with their state authorities before entering the program to ascertain if it is acceptable in their state. Graduates of the degree program may not be eligible to sit for the applicable licensure exam in NYC or other states.

Prerequisites
The Master of Arts requires a prerequisite of 30 credit hours of undergraduate general education courses.

3. Masters in Christian Leadership (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Christian Leadership The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership is a unique multidisciplinary program designed for those who desire to lead as Christians across a variety of church, ministry and other settings. The masters in Christian leadership degree program equips you academically, spiritually and professionally to navigate the challenges of 21st century leadership. Enhance your administrative skills and knowledge. Transform your church or local community by developing effectiveness as a corporate or community leader. Learn the Christian leadership development practices necessary to guide others with wisdom in church and community.
The Master of Arts in Christian Leadership degree program is a unique combination of interactive residencies (optional, but highly recommended) at the Center for ministry leadership training. The Master of Arts in Leadership degree program consists of 12 months program.

Prerequisite
The Master of Arts requires a prerequisite of 30 credit hours of undergraduate general education courses.

4. Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry delivers best-in-class theological training to individuals answering God’s call to serve the church. When you enter Worldwide Christian Leadership University you will receive the intellectual, spiritual and professional preparation needed for fruitful and transformative gospel ministry. This program has been designed an advanced program of study rooted in biblical foundations, for ministers and assistant pastors serving on a full-time, part-time, bi-vocational or lay ministry basis. Dig deeply into the Word of God as you grow in the knowledge of doctrine and best practices for ministry that is effective and transformative.

5. Master of Arts in Urban Ministry

The Master of Arts in Urban Ministry is designed for the Christian leader with a heart for service beyond the walls of the church. This unique program prepares pastors, ministers and nonprofit leaders to bring Christ-like service to fast-paced urban environments. Learn to contextualize the Christian message for the 21st century without compromising the integrity of the gospel. This program is an optimal experience for those seeking to conduct outreach and ministry to urban church counterparts or start a nonprofit ministry in an urban setting.

Courses offered for Master’s Program

  • Advanced Leadership and Administration
  • Survey of Church History
  • History of the Charismatic Movements
  • Evangelism and the Local Church
  • The Pastoral Epistles
  • The Gospels/Life of Christ
  • The Epistles and Revelation
  • The Book of Psalms
  • The Christian and Old Testament Theology
  • Christian Worldview
  • Christocracy
  • Contemporary Theology
  • Introduction to World Missions
  • Masters Thesis Bottom of Form
  • Human Development
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Ethics in Leadership
  • Emphasis in Christian Leadership (15 hours)
  • Human Development
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Ethics in Leadership
  • The Challenge of Leadership
  • Strategic Church Administration
  • Emphasis in Prophetic
  • Theology and Practice of Spiritual Gifts
  • Theology and Practice of Prophetic Ministry (Introduction)
  • Theology and Practice of Prophetic Ministry (Advanced)
  • Advanced Practice of Spiritual Gifts Seminar
  • Emphasis in Business
  • Biblical Foundations of Business
  • Business Management from a Biblical Worldview
  • Principles of Transformation in the Workplace
  • Communication and Spirituality in the Workplace
  • Marketing for Business and Ministry
  • Emphasis in Chaplaincy (5 hours):

Courses for Organizational Leadership & Masters of Ministry

Core Courses (5 credit hours each choose any 7 course)

  • Leadership in Pastoral Care
  • Church Growth and Leadership
  • Cross Cultural Perspectives in Pastoral Leadership
  • Counseling, Family Life, and Pastoral Leadership
  • The Media, Leadership and the Church
  • Spiritual Development of the Pastor, Church and Community
  • Ethics and the Church in Today
  • Conflict Management and Resolution in Church Life
  • Leadership Principles Applied to Pastoral Ministry and Church Extension
  • Missions in the 21st Century
  • Psychology and Theology: Conflicting or Complementary
  • Renewal Ministry from a Historical Church Perspective
  • Emphasis on human behavior
  • Doctoral Project

6. Bachelor of Ministry

Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min.) Degree Program
The Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min.) degree program is designed to prepare men and women to serve in Christian Ministry. It includes systematic study, wide reading and practical ministry education. The Bachelor of Ministry degree is a pre-professional degree, designed to transition the student into graduate-level theological education. The student must complete the five core courses and select the remainder from the ministry specialization courses listed below. As a pre-professional degree, the program does not require a minimum number of General Education credits, differentiating it from the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Lead congregations in creative, biblically informed transformational endeavors
  • Respond appropriately to societal trends that impact church ministry
  • Critically and sympathetically engage new models with the historic resources of the Christian tradition
  • Demonstrate biblical literacy and theological reflection
  • Serve in a variety of ministry service roles
  • Demonstrate a range of general and specialist ministry skills
  • Minister to people with a wide range of needs, selecting appropriate approaches
  • Demonstrate practical skills in Christian teaching, preaching, leadership, pastoral, counseling, and cross-cultural situations

7. Bachelor of Arts

Worldwide Christian Leadership University offers the Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Christian Studies programs for qualifying students. The variation between the two programs represents the professional and academic tracks offered by the University. The program requires a prerequisite of at least 90 credit hours in Bible, theology, ministry studies, and general education from a recognized college or university. To complete the bachelor’s program, a student must:
For purposes of admission and transfer to the University, a “recognized college or university” includes schools approved by a U.S. State, or accredited by an accrediting body that is approved either by CHEA or the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions outside the United States must meet comparable standards through an approved transcript evaluation service.

Courses for the Bachelor's Program

Advanced Hermeneutics

  • Church Growth and Development
  • Authenticity and Authority of the Bible
  • Advanced Christian Worldview Studies
  • Christian Theology I
  • Emphasis in Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Christocracy
  • Eschatology
  • Pneumatology
  • Emphasis in Christian Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Counseling the Dysfunctional Family
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Counseling and Family Violence
  • Human Development
  • Emphasis in Christian Education
  • Christian Education: Principles and Practice
  • Management
  • Human Development
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • OL 460: Ethics in Leadership
  • Emphasis in Christian Leadership
  • Human Development
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Ethics in Leadership
  • The Challenge of Leadership
  • Strategic Church Administration


Emphasis in Prophetic (15 hours)
  • Theology and Practice of Spiritual Gifts
  • Theology and Practice of Prophetic Ministry (Introduction)
  • Advanced Practice of Spiritual Gifts Seminar


Emphasis in Business
  • Biblical Foundations of Business
  • Business Management from a Biblical Worldview
  • Principles of Transformation in the Workplace
  • Communication and Spirituality in the Workplace
  • Marketing for Business and Ministry