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Pastoral Leadership in Church and Society: Transformational Leadership for Women in Ministry 

Specialization Coordinator:  Dr. Ellen Blue

Recover. Reclaim. Reconstruct. Re-envision. These are among the tasks women in Christian ministry have been performing for the last 50 years or more as they gained new identity in the feminist waves of the last century.

  • Recovering the history of women in the Christian movement since its beginning.
  • Reclaiming authority and responsibility for ministry within the whole people of God.
  • Reconstructing roles and tasks based on new understandings of what it means to be gendered in this western 21st century society.
  • Re-envisioning possibilities for human community faithful to the way of Jesus and responsive to the needs of all people.      

But the work is not finished. As new generations of feminists teach us, cultural realities are changing and not always for the benefit of women. Clergywomen ministers still find themselves trapped in a shifting maze that prevents them from embracing their call as leaders. Younger women experience ministry and church as inhospitable to their own God-given talents. Stifling images of community continue to block movement. The work is not finished.

How are we to participate in God’s active vision toward the well-being and wholeness for all people, not just the privileged few?  

Program Goals

Graduates of this DMin specialization will be prepared to:           

  1. Act as responsible contextual theologians demonstrating advanced skills in biblical studies, history of Christianity, and theology.
  2. Exercise advanced skills in leadership including abilities to:
  • Articulate an understanding of social change as a function of pastoral leadership that is grounded in theological and biblical reflection and responsive to the histories of Christianity particularly in relation to women and the student’s own denominational heritage;
  • Articulate and engage from a theological, biblical and ethical standpoint important cultural issues surrounding gender as it intersects with race, economic and cultural globalization, and interfaith relations;
  • Develop justice-seeking strategies for community engagement and social change around particular issues of common concern;
  • Develop models for being church that build upon values of gender inclusivity, diversity and collaborative and transformative leadership.

    3.  Integrate theological research with the praxis of ministry within a particular context and with               critical studies in arts, culture and the sciences in order to craft an in-depth study of a                              specialized area of ministry that will serve the local community and the broader church.  

The following courses comprise the Transformational Leadership for Women in Ministry:

Foundation Phase:  9 hours in Foundation Courses:                                                                                    

  • Pastoral Leadership in Context--3 hours
  • The Biblical Message and the Praxis of God--3 hours
  • Constructive Theology of Ministry: Theology, Ethics and Sexuality--3 hours        

Specialization Phase:  16 hours in Specialization Seminars:    

  • History of Women in Christianity--4 hours
  • Immersion/Travel Experience--4 hours
  • Strategies for Collaborative and Transformational Leadership--4 hours
  • Elective related to DMin project--4 hours 

Project Phase                          

Proposal and Project Courses--7 hours:

  • Project Development Seminar I--0.5 hour
  • Project Development Seminar II--2.5 hours
  • Project Proposal Course--2 hours
  • Project Course--2 hours

The Application deadline for:

January enrollment is October 15, application fee is waived if submitted by September 15.

June enrollment is March 15, application fee is waived if submitted by February 15. 


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