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Redemptive Leadership & Organizational Development in the Multi-Ethnic Context

First Residency Dates: May 11 - 22, 2015
Campus: Charlotte, Off-Site for Residency 3
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rod Cooper, Dr. Mark DeYmaz
  Read this article about Dr. DeYmaz' ministry!

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Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.

"Redemptive Leaders not only unleash men and women to fulfill their calling - they reclaim them and show that even failure is never wasted. Redemptive Leaders model that God doesn't use you IN SPITE of who you are - He uses you BECAUSE OF WHO YOU ARE." -Rodney L. Cooper, mentor

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Informing

A growing movement championing multi-ethnic/missional congregations of faith is today reshaping the face of the local church and effectively challenging long-held, erroneous, assumptions concerning church planting, growth, and development. Our Redemptive Leadership & Organizational Development track is designed for the professional pastor and /or Para-church worker who desires to develop, facilitate and develop a healthy multi-ethnic ministry and personnel.  This track is developed and designed to help ministry professionals grow personally and professionally by understanding the foundations for leadership development from a multi-ethnic and theological context, develop a solid understanding of a team based ministry and understand how to facilitate a redemptive culture in developing a multi-ethnic culture and ministry, thus unleashing the individuals around them to minister effectively with their god-given talents.  .

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Forming

Because the nature of the Doctor of Ministry program is to provide an intensive and extended ministry-skills upgrade, the focus of this track will be to enhance the practitioners understanding and practice of  multi-ethnic ministry in various settings of the “Church” community.  Admission to any Doctor of Ministry program requires the M.Div. Degree (or its equivalence) and a minimum of three years of full time vocational ministry experience.

The nature of the Doctor of Ministry program is that students are expected to have to read approximately 3,000 pages of assigned material before each two-week intensive residency.  The class time is designed to integrate these readings into practical application for ministry.

The third residency of this track is unique in that it will take place at various strategic sites around the country. During year three the cohort will meet off campus in various best practice Multi-ethnic churches and ministries in key cites located in various parts of the country. Various Multi-ethnic  ministry contexts will be explored in a case study format. The participants in the various sites will demonstrate practically the critical issues that have been covered in the first two residencies (such as team development, developing and open system, developing community among staff etc.) 

 It is hoped that the critical issues covered in the first two residencies in theory would now be experienced in “praxis” through the various ministries observed on these field trips. Exposure to individual Multi-ethnic leaders and the ministries they lead will give practical insight and application from those who have applied the principles both personally and organizationally  taught in class. Plus, exposure to premier leadership spokespersons in the country.

 Sample bibliography includes:

  • DeYmaz, John M.  Builidng a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments, and Practices of a Diverse CongregationJossey-Bass/Leadership Network, 2007.  ISBN-10: 0-787-99551-7
  • DeYmaz, John M., and Li, Harry W.  Leading a healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Seven Common Challenges and How to Overcome Them.  Zondervan/Leadership Network, 2010.  ISBN-10: 0-310-32123-9
  • Emerson, Michael O.; Smith, Christian. Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America.  Oxford University Press, 2001.  ISBN-10: 0-195-14707-3.
  • Ajith Fernando. Jesus Driven Ministry.Crossway, 2002.
  • Joseph P. Folger, Scot Marshall and Randall K. Stutman. Working Through Conflict, 3rd Edition. Longman Press, 1997.
  • Leighton Ford. Transforming Leadership. IVP, 1991.
  • Janet Hagbert and Robert Guelich. The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith. Sheffield Publishing, 1989.
  • Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky. Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading. Harvard Business School Press, 2002.
  • Gary L. McIntosh and Samuel D. Rima, Sr. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership. Baker Books, 1997.
  • J. Oswald Sanders. Spiritual Leadership. Moody Press, 1994.
  • Peter Scazzero. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. Integrity Pub. 2006.
  • Ron Susek. Firestorm.  Baker Books, 1999.
  • Robert J. Wicks. Touching the Holy. Ave Maria Press, 1992.

 To order these books through Christian Book Distributors, go to: gcts.christianbook.com.

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Transforming

Here is how your studies will transform you and your ministry by seeking to fulfill our general Doctor of Ministry goals in some track-specific ways:

  • To resource students through a biblically-grounded educational program taught by faculty who are committed to God’s Word and the application of principles of Scripture to the issues of contemporary culture.
    • The first residency begins with the historical and Biblical foundations of leadership.
    • In the second residency, this study will develop into the Biblical and Theological foundations for teams.
    • During the third residency, students will be taking these foundations and assessing real ministry settings based on the foundations laid during residencies one and two.
  • To form in students a sound foundation of theological and biblical inquiry in their professional doctoral program’s specialized track that they are able to integrate into the life of Christian ministry.
    • This track is developed and designed to help ministry professionals grow personally and professionally by understanding the foundations for leadership development, develop a solid understanding of a team based ministry and understand how to facilitate a redemptive culture in their particular ministry environment, thus unleashing the individuals around them to minister effectively with their god-given talents.
  • To provide students with the skill set and understandings in a specialized area of ministry to such an extent that they can impact their congregation or community more powerfully for God.
    • This track is designed for the professional pastor and/or para-church worker who desires to develop and facilitate growth in their ministry and ministry personnel.
  • To create through the cohort model of the program a dimension of Christian community and spiritual nurturing so that students form strong friendships with one another and enter long-term relationships with the scholars who guide the learning experience.
    • The first hour of every day will be used for devotions.
  • To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ’s lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
    • Students will develop both intellectually and affectively as they are exposed to information that will hopefully buttress their recognition of Jesus working in them before He can work through them.
  • To cultivate within students through critical reflection and careful research through the residencies and projects an enriched Christian witness in the places of society they are called to serve.
    • The third residency of this track is unique in that it will take place at various places around the country. Various ministry contexts will be explored in a case study format. The participants in the various sites will demonstrate practically the critical issues that have been covered in the first two residencies (such as team development, developing and open system, developing community among staff, etc.)
  • To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.
    • This track is designed for the professional pastor and/or para-church worker who desires to develop and facilitate and develop a healthy multi-ethnic ministry and personnel.

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