Informing spiritual passions by…
Forming mentored learning communities, thereby…
Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.
|Dates and Locations:|
|Year One:||May 27 – June 6th, 2025 St Christopher’s Retreat Center (Near Charleston) and Charlotte Campus|
|Year Two:||May 27 – June 7th, 2026 Stellenbosch and Cape Town, South Africa|
|Year Three:||June 1 – June 11th, 2027 Montreat Conference Center and Charlotte Campus|
|Primary Faculty Mentors:||Dr. Wes Vander Lugt (Leighton-Ford Initiative) and Dr. William Barnett|
The arts in all their forms—literary, musical, visual, etc.—are embedded within the story of God and integral to Christian ministry and mission. This Doctor of Ministry track is designed to provide a strong biblical and theological framework for engaging with the arts for the sake of vital and robust ministry, mission, and worship.
There are three primary ways of integrating the arts, ministry, and mission, and each one can contribute to the beauty of the church and its gospel witness. The first approach is to focus on the ministry and mission of the arts, which celebrates the inherent gift of the arts to tell truth slant, reshape emotions, form keystone habits, sustain community, and more. The second approach is ministry and mission through the arts, focusing on the role of the arts in areas such as worship, evangelism, discipleship, and apologetics. The third approach is ministry and mission to the arts, which explores the call for Christians to be involved in the arts at every level as well as the role of the church in supporting and caring for artists. Projects within this Doctor of Ministry track may focus on any of these approaches, which enhance each other and share a common biblical and theological foundation.
As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three, two-week residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. The residencies consist of lectures by faculty mentors, visiting presenters and guest lecturers. It will also consist of case studies, site visits and worship/art experiences, participant reports and individual consultations.
In preparation for each residency, you read between 2,000 and 3,000 pages of assigned and collateral reading. Sample reading includes: