Church Leadership

Bethel’s Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership equips students for godly, effective leadership in churches needing sound preaching, capable teaching, and knowledgeable discipleship.

The Church Leadership track develops leaders with character and integrity, and who lead in transformational ways. Our context is the local church and ministry agency—blending active experience with interactive instruction to prepare students for meaningful leadership in today’s world.

Graduates leave ready to:

  • Lead Christian congregations and organizations experiencing change
  • Grow Christian communities through evangelism and spiritual nurture of individuals and groups
  • Effectively preach and teach the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith

Concentration Options

Students in the Church Leadership program can specialize in the area of their choice:

Organizational Systems

  • Personal leadership development (character and style)
  • Vision formulation, strategic planning, and implementation
  • Leading, motivating, and managing people
  • Ministry development and assessment


  • Trends and perspectives: exegeting the culture
  • Evangelism/discipleship: foundations and methodologies
  • Ministry mobilization: recruitment, training and coaching
  • Small groups: theology, strategies, and dynamics

Faith Communication

  • Communication: principles, dynamics, and techniques
  • Preaching, teaching, and worship: theology, contextualization, and methodologies


  • Combination of the above 3 concentrations

Course Work

The Church Leadership track is a 4 year program. Students take 7 course units and write a thesis over 4 years, meeting for weekly resident intensives each July and January at our St. Paul location. Take a look at the breakdown of courses by concentration.

Sample Courses

  • Personal Well-Being & Ministry Effectiveness
  • Understanding Congregational Systems
  • Effective Team Leadership
  • The Missional Church
  • Learner-Sensitive Preaching
  • Scripture as Communication