In a world that is becoming increasingly diverse, skeptical of the church, and even post-Christian, pastors, church planters, parachurch leaders, and non-profit Christian leaders will need to develop and refine the leadership skills necessary to reach those without faith and raise up other leaders to partner with them in their missional efforts. This Doctor of Ministry program engages the biblical foundations of a missional model and contemporary scholarship on global leadership with practitioners who have been effectively transforming the culture where they live and serve.

The professor of record for the Missional Effectiveness cohort is Dr. Eric Bryant. Dr. Bryant earned his Doctor of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Bethel Seminary. Dr. Bryant is the author of Not Like Me: A Field Guide for Influencing a Diverse World, and serves on the pastoral team at Gateway Church in Austin, TX. For twelve years, Eric served as an elder, speaker, and navigator with the leadership team at Mosaic in Los Angeles, a church known for its creativity and diversity.


Degree Requirements

Doctor of Ministry: Missional Effectiveness Cohort Program

Doctor of Ministry students are required to complete 7 Class Units (3 credit course and a 3 credit course project) plus a Thesis Project.

Core Requirements
GS001Graduate Research Seminar0
Integral Research & Writing
and Integral Research & Writing: Project
Thesis Proposal Foundations
and Thesis Proposal Workshop
Cohort Courses See footnote: "Cohort Notes" for more details
Introduction to Missional Ministry
and Introduction to Missional Ministry: Project
Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness
and Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness: Project
Missional Contextualization
and Missional Contextualization: Project
Missional Innovation
and Missionnal Innovation: Project
Leading Missional Organizations
and Leading Missional Organizations Project
Thesis Project Courses & Requirements See footnote: "Thesis Notes" for more details
GS991Thesis Project A Pass/Fail3
GS992Thesis Project B Pass/Fail3
GS993Thesis Project C3
Oral Defense, Final Editorial Revisions, & Colloquium 10
Mid-Career Assessments
TL005Doctor of Ministry Assessments 10
Total Credits51

Fees apply

Cohort Notes
  • Students can waive only one project course for any or the first 4 cohort class unit. Students may not waive project courses for core required class units or the final cohort course.
  • Students are allowed to take only one independent study for any cohort class unit. Students may not do an independent study for core required class units. Additional fees apply and additional paperwork is needed.
  • If a student fails to complete a project course in a succeeding term of the Content/Intensive course, they will follow the same process as an independent study, subject to fees, as the faculty may not be available at a later date.
  • Students must attend the intensive portion of intensive courses to receive a passing grade.
Thesis Notes
  • The student must meet all of the thesis deadline submissions and requirements,as listed in the current version of the student manual (section 6). 
  • Students who want to work on their thesis longer than 3 terms, can remain in extension status for up to a total of 6 years in the program
  • All M.Div. Equivalency courses (if required at admission) must be complete by the student’s oral defense the year of intended graduation. All official transcripts must be sent to the D.Min. office.
  • Students will automatically be registered for Thesis Project courses once they complete Thesis Proposal Workshop. They will also automatically be registered in extension status once they have completed 9 Thesis project credits until graduation.

48 semester credits are required for graduation in the DMIN program. The student is responsible to meet all graduation deadlines and requirements.