DMin in Transforming Leadership

In partnership with the Transforming Center, headquartered at The Loretto Center in Wheaton, IL, Northern offers a Doctor of Ministry degree in Transforming Leadership.  

The Transforming Center desires to see churches and Christian organizations become communities of authentic spiritual transformation– and that begins with transforming leaders. Thus we seek to strengthen the souls of pastors and leaders, equipping them to guide their churches and organizations to become spiritually transforming communities that discern and do the will of God in their settings.

In order to participate in this program of study, students must apply and be admitted to BOTH the Leading a Transforming Church program through the Transforming Center and Northern Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program. Please note, this is a follow up to the Transforming Community experience.

The DMin in Transforming Leadership consists of nine retreats over a two-year period through the Transforming Center, three core classes offered through week-long intensives through Northern Seminary, and a final thesis.

Transforming Community Retreats

  • Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership

  • A Leader's Journey into Solitude and Silence

  • Prayer: Deepening Our Intimacy with God

  • Engaging the Scriptures for Spiritual Transformation

  • Honoring the Body as a Spiritual Discipline 

  • Transformation through Self-Knowledge, Self-Examination, and Confession

  • The Art and Practice of Discernment

  • For the Sake of Others
  • A Rule of Life

Visit this page for further details on Leading a Transforming Church retreats, including dates and locations.

Northern Core Courses

  • Becoming Doctors of the Church
  • Biblical and Theological Reflection in Ministry and Culture
  • Thesis Proposal and Research Methodology
  • DMin Thesis

Course Schedule

Nov. 17-19, 2013 - Strengthening the Soul of Leadership

Jan. 13-17, 2014 - Becoming Doctors of the Church

Ind. Assignments - Personal and Career Assessment

Feb. 16-18, 2014 - Leader's Soul: A Journey Into Solitude

May 4-6, 2014 - Prayer: Deepening Our Intimacy with God

July 13-15, 2014 - Engaging the Scriptures for Spiritual Transformation

Sep. 28-30, 2014 - Honoring the Body as a Spiritual Discipline

Jan. 11-13, 2015 - Transformation Through Self-Knowledge and Confession

Feb. 2-6, 2015 - Biblical/Theological Reflection

April 26-28, 2015 - The Art and Practice of Discernment

Oct. 25-27, 2015 - Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation

January 2016 - Thesis Design and Research Methodology

January 2017 - Thesis due

June 2017 - Graduation

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