Doctor of Ministry in Leadership

Every recent poll of Christian leaders indicates an incredible desire to grow in leadership capability and in the capacity to grow others as leaders.

The DMin in Leadership program is for the leader who senses God’s vision, sees the gifting of the people, and longs to create the catalytic conditions for transformation to occur in their ministry context. Leaders in this cohort program develop the competencies that will enable them to leverage the gifts of the people for God’s glory.

Competencies are built in four areas:


Christian Competency ModelTeaching and Learning (coaching and mentoring)

Relationship Building (high impact communication, team building)

Visioning and Strategizing (Kingdom-perspective decision making, shaping and executing strategy, and leading change)

Producing Fruit (organizing and planning, social responsibility, attracting and sustaining people)


At the center of this program is the goal of being an authentic leader in Christ through personal growth, the learning of agility, and developing accountability as a leader.

The program has been developed in partnership with Nancy Sayer, Director of the SamaraCare Consulting (developed by Lilly Endowment Inc.) and Gus Gustafson, core faculty member in Leadership Development for the Center for Values-Driven Leadership at Benedictine University.  Sayer and Gustafson will team-teach in the program and are excited to partner with pastors, church staff members, not-for-profit leaders, and educators who desire to grow in personal effectiveness as a leader who is highly skilled in fully developing others as leaders.   Their intent is to serve as personal coach/mentor to each member of the Leadership DMin cohort over the period of 3 ½ years of study.  The program is unapologetic-ally focused on the integration of the heart, head, hands and habits of servant-leadership.

In between the intensives, students deepen their learning as they interact and reflect biblically and theologically with their seminary professors through meaningful academic assignments. The curriculum includes four cohort gatherings, plus three core Doctor of Ministry courses and a practical thesis project.


Flexible                 1-Week Intensives

Attainable            Doctor of Ministry earned within 43 months

Affordable           $19,900

Course Schedule

Dates Year Class/Gathering
June 2018 Context Setting and Community Building:
Becoming Drs. of the Church
TBD Leading Authentic Self in Christ
TBD Leading Others
TBD Leading Ministry
TBD International Trip to Ghana:
Leadership Capacity and Growth Excellence
TBD Living Out the Legacy of Faith:
Biblical and Theological Methodology
TBD Thesis Design Project
June 2022 Commencement



image001Nancy Sayer is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Professional Certified Coach with over 20 years of experience.  She specializes in working with clergy and key leaders to maximize their ministry potential. She served on staff of a large Metro Chicago congregation for more than 12 years. At SamaraCare she works closely with pastors, staff members, and key leaders in addressing organizational and relational issues. Sayer is co-author of the GPSS Leadership Coach Training Program.  She provides coaching and consultation to pastors and congregations of varying denominations in the areas of change management, leadership skills, healthy team development, strategic planning, personality preferences in the workplace, team accountability, emotional intelligence, and appreciative inquiry.


Gus GustafsonGus Gustafson has served as the Executive Minister / Chief Transformation Officer of a large Midwestern congregation and as Director of Organization Transformation and Strategic Leadership Research for a major U.S. corporation. He is a dynamic church leader and expert in values-driven leadership training.  He consults around servant-leader development, organizational change and development, as well as strategic thinking/planning for both church and corporate contexts.


Thesis Supervisor                    

At the thesis phase of the program, each student in coordination with the Doctor of Ministry Office identifies a thesis supervisor who is vetted by the seminary faculty. Supervisors must have a PhD, doctorate, or other terminal degree plus experience in the topic approved for the thesis project.


The next cohort begins June of 2018.


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A Master of Divinity or its educational equivalent is required in order to enroll in the DMin program.

**  Northern Seminary Doctor of Ministry: $19,900 in monthly payments includes tuition, fees, commencement costs & is subject to change before the program begins.

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