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This self-directed concentration will provide space to dive deeply into congregational systems and styles and teach you how to capitalize on your leadership traits for effective leadership practice. Students will develop personal and spiritual well-being for ministry effectiveness and satisfaction, refine their ability to lead congregations effectively in situations of change, and develop in one or more of the major strategic areas of ministry leadership.


Online with Intensives

You'll complete coursework online, with 1 week of on-campus intensives each year.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

2 years (coursework) + 1 year (dissertation)

Academic Plans and Course Catalog

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The Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership program is designed for pastors and ministry staff of churches as well as for those carrying leadership responsibilities in other Christian organizations. 

Build community with Sem Together.

If you would like to take courses with a consistent group of your peers, you can follow the Sem Together cohort track. Sem Together is available to every seminary student, regardless of delivery option or program of study. Contact your student success advisor or enrollment counselor, who will ensure that you register for the correlating courses.