The study of leadership from a biblical perspective necessitates a rich understanding of the servant leadership practices modeled in the life of Jesus Christ. But servant leadership is not only a biblically-consistent concept: it also is effective as a leadership practice. This cohort track focuses on developing leadership skills based around the theory and practice of transformational servant leadership. Biblical foundations and contemporary scholarship are brought together with contemporary practice in order to explore how servant leadership practice leads to team and organizational effectiveness.
The professor of record is Dr. Justin A. Irving, Professor of Ministry Leadership and Director of the D.Min. program at Bethel Seminary. Dr. Irving earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Additionally, Dr. Irving earned his M.Div. and MBA from Bethel University, and his B.A. from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. Dr. Irving’s research and writing interests include a focus on purpose in leadership, self-sacrificial leadership, metanarrative and leadership effectiveness, team leadership in the global context, and the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams in diverse ethno-linguistic communities. Irving has a passion for developing leaders to serve missional churches and nonprofit organizations effectively for the glory of God. Detailed information about Dr. Irving and his research and writing are available on his Bethel Seminary faculty bio.
Doctor of Ministry: Servant Leadership 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.
|Integral Research & Writing|
and Integral Research & Writing: Project
|Thesis Proposal Foundations|
and Thesis Proposal Workshop
|Cohort Courses See footnote: "Cohort Notes" for more details|
|Servant Leadership: An Intro to the Theory and Practice of Transformational Servant Leadership|
and Servant Leadership: Project
|The Servant Leader and Followers A|
and The Servant Leader and Followers B
and The Servant Leader and Followers C
and The Servant Leader and Their Followers: Project
|The Servant Leader and the Inner Life|
and The Servant Leader and the Inner Life: Project
|The Servant Leader and Team Effectiveness|
and The Servant Leader and Team Effectiveness Project
|The Servant Leader and Organizational Effectiveness|
and The Servant Leader and Organizational Effectiveness: Project
|Thesis Project Courses & Requirements See footnote: "Thesis Notes" for more details|
|GS991||Thesis Project A Pass/Fail||3|
|GS992||Thesis Project B Pass/Fail||3|
|GS993||Thesis Project C||3|
|Oral Defense, Final Editorial Revisions, & Colloquium 1||0|
|TL005||Doctor of Ministry Assessments 1||0|
48 semester credits are required for graduation in the DMIN program. The student is responsible to meet all graduation deadlines and requirements.