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    Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
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    South Hamilton, MA 01982
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    Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F

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Urban Ministry

Informing spiritual passions by...

Forming mentored learning communities, thereby...

Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.

Dates: TBA
Campus: Boston
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Ministry in an urban setting excites some, baffles others, and terrifies many. But God is at work in our cities, establishing His reign in our midst. For those who are called to minister in the city, it is essential to understand the city and the urban church, and to nurture their vitality in a variety of complex settings.

Gordon-Conwell's D.Min. track in Urban Ministry is not just another how-to set of programmatic solutions to urban challenges. It provides a new approach to understanding urban ministry-a different way of seeing the city, the church, and personal ministry.

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As a Doctor of Ministry participant, you will attend three two-week intensive seminars (residencies), one each year for three years. You will also complete projects following each of the three seminars, including a major thesis-project following the third residency. You will read widely in books and periodicals, and your reading and research will contribute to the residencies. The faculty in this program will take a team approach, modeling a redemptive learning environment and establishing a learning organization structured around four components: the D.Min. residencies, the D.Min. projects, geographic clusters, and your home ministry.

  • Bennis, Warren. On Becoming a Leader. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1994.
  • Hall, Douglas & Judy, and Steve Daman. The Cat and the Toaster: Living System Ministry in a Technological Age. Wipf 'n Stock, 2010.
  • Hall, Douglas, Rudy Mitchell, and Jeffrey Bass, eds.Christianity in Boston: A Series of Monographs & Case Studies On the Vitality of the Church in Boston.Boston, MA: Emmanuel Gospel Center, 1993. (*Particularly the monograph by Douglas Hall with Steve Daman, "Systems Thinking and the Urban Church"; Available from Emmanuel Gospel Center, P.O. Box 18245, Boston, MA 02118; Phone:617-262-4567)
  • Miller, Calvin. The Empowered Leader: 10 Keys to Servant Leadership. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Homan, Publishers, 1995.
  • Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization. New York: Doubleday/Currency, 1990.
  • Senge, Peter, M., Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard B. Ross, and Bryan J. Smith. The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization. New York: Doubleday/Currency, 1994.

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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.
  • 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 sets 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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