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    South Hamilton, MA 01982
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Transforming Congregations

First Residency: January 8-19, 2018
Campus: South Hamilton (1st & 2nd Residencies) & Jacksonville (3rd Residency).
Primary Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jim Singleton
Co-Mentor: Dr. Paul Detterman

Informing spiritual passions by...

Forming mentored learning communities, thereby...

Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.





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This track is a practical program of study intended to assist ministry leaders gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help their congregations make their maximum impact for Christ. This track is designed for the professional pastor/church worker who wants to facilitate the holistic growth of their local congregation.

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As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three two-week intensive residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. The residencies consist of lectures, case studies, participant reports and individual consultations. The classroom sessions are collegial in style and stress learning within a community context. 

In preparation for each residency, you read between 2,000 and 3,000 pages of assigned and collateral reading. Here is a sample of required readings:

Burns, John S., John R. Shoup, and Donald C. Simmons, Jr. (eds.). Organizational Leadership: Foundations & Practices for Christians. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2014.

Chan, Simon.  Liturgical Theology: The Church as Worshiping Community. Downers Grove: IVP, 2006.

Ford, Kevin G. Transforming Church:  Bringing Out the Good to Get to Great. Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale, 2007.

Ford, Kevin and Ken Tucker.  The Leadership Triangle. Peoria, AZ: Intermedia Publishing Group, 2011.

Heifetz, Ronald, Alexander Grashow, and Marty Linsky.  The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World. Boston:  Harvard Business Press, 2009.

Hirsch, Alan and Tim. Catchim:  The Permanent Revolution: Apostolic Imagination and Practice for the 21st Century Church.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012.

Keller, Timothy.  Center Church:  Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City.  Grand Rapids, MI.: Zondervan, 2012.

Martin, Jim.  The Just Church: Becoming a Risk-Taking, Justice-Seeking, Disciple-Making Congregation.  Tyndale, 2012.

Tripp, Paul David.  Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012.

Wright, N. T.  For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

To order these books through Christian Book Distributors, visit gcts.christianbook.com.

Following each of the first two residencies, you complete a project related to the residency topic. After the third residency, you complete a major thesis-project under the guidance of the directing faculty.

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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.
    • Dr. Paul Detterman is deeply committed to grounding leaders in a working knowledge and appreciation of the Great Tradition that has been inherited so that they will be better able to lead the church into God's emerging future with confident joy. This can be evidenced through his work at Presbyterians for Renewal.
    • Dr. Jim Singleton has a passion for helping equip congregations to better fulfill their global mission.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ's lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
  • 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.
  • To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.

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