In June 2022, AMBS received full accreditation approval from the Association of Theological Schools to offer a competency-based Doctor of Ministry in Leadership (DMin) beginning in January 2023. As the only DMin available in the U.S. developed from an Anabaptist perspective, it is designed for mid-career pastors and leaders from diverse Christian faith traditions.
Students can complete the 32-credit-hour program in three years, taking nine to 12 credits per academic year while based in their professional ministry or leadership context. The curriculum consists of core leadership courses, a customized competency-development plan of study, a doctoral research project and a leadership portfolio. Much of the coursework can be done online, with weeklong visits to AMBS in January for in-person coursework. Students will be part of a cohort of peer learners; a faculty mentor and an advisory ministry group will guide their studies.
Beverly Lapp, EdD, Vice President and Academic Dean, noted that the program’s design and focus emerged from consultations with pastors and leaders who identified resonance between Anabaptist values and current leadership needs in the church.
“At each step of the extensive accreditation approval process, enthusiasm has grown among the faculty for how a professional doctorate in a competency-based design aligns with AMBS’s educational mission to strengthen and build capacity for leadership of thriving communities of faith and action,” she said.
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