Arrow Leadership - Doctor of Ministry Program

Arrow Leadership

Arrow Leadership Advanced Standing

Since 1992, Arrow Leadership Ministries and Gordon-Conwell have partnered in a powerful learning opportunity.

Based upon completion of Arrow, an alum may then choose to pursue a Doctor of Ministry here and receive a tuition benefit, where participants may waive/audit a residency and pay for only 2 years instead of three.

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“The theological framework and practical tools that emerged through the DMin process have been invaluable to my life, leadership and ministry.” – Steve Brown, D.Min., ’06

“My involvement in, and completion of, the Doctor of Ministry program via Arrow focused and expanded everything I learned in Arrow. Though it was challenging, I can look back and see God maturing and refining me through the challenge. I feel spiritually wealthier now because of the experience. There is a deeper well of confidence available for me to draw from now as a pastor. I also loved my thesis-project and am working on doing more with it.” – John Torres, D.Min., ’06

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Through three specialized residencies, Pastoral Theology in Practice addresses three keys to effective ministry; Proclaiming the Word, Deepening the Call, and Caring for the Flock. Advanced standing provides credit towards the residency focused on leadership, otherwise called Deepening the Call. Pastoral Theology in Practice is offered in Charlotte (February) and Hamilton (April or October). Each year begins a new cohort, switching from one cohort to another is not allowed. Carefully apply for the starting point that consecutively completes two residencies that would be needed: Caring for the Flock (Counseling) and Proclaiming the Word (Preaching). Contact admissions for details: [email protected].


Intentions to apply for advanced standing must be indicated during the regular application process. Please have the Arrow office send our admission team a transcript of your coursework indicating graduation from Arrow, with a minimum “B” average,  as proof of your qualification for this partnership.

Those applying before finishing Arrow are not eligible to apply for advanced standing during the application process.

To petition for advanced standing after beginning the DMIN journey, a student must be in a benefit participating track as listed above and have the Arrow office send our admission team a record of Arrow graduation, with a minimum “B” average. This petition must be approved before the final residency of DMin tuition is billed.

The Doctor of Ministry office assigns each eligible student an advanced standing coordinator from the mentor team of their specific track. This coordinator gives final approval for advanced standing after reviewing a finished advanced standing project, which the student completes at the beginning of their studies.