These are the people seated around the table: the pastor of a mainline denomination grappling with the next challenge for her congregation; the executive director of a faith-based community organization facing the opportunities for ministry in the inner city; the regional leader of a denominational entity working with plateaued and declining churches; the ethnic pastor of a vibrant, growing congregation overcome by ministry opportunities; the young entrepreneur visualizing a ministry to help homeless people become self-sufficient; a seasoned minister who now wants to apply her gifts in coaching church leaders and consulting with congregations.
This is a picture of what Central Seminary leaders imagine as part of the Doctor of Ministry in Creative Leadership. The scenario certainly reflects the types of leaders who have been part of the program in the past. These are individuals who see ministry in a larger context as part of the Kingdom of God at work in the world today. They build on their spiritual calling to make a difference in the church and community.
Seminary Provost Robert Johnson has written: “It does not matter whether you envision ministry leadership as being in a traditional ‘church’ ministry, or in a service arena that you will uniquely craft to reach your own occupation or life goals, Central aims to equip you to pursue your vision with everything you’ve got. Make it a reality.”
Although the Doctor of Ministry in Creative Leadership is carefully structured around three pillars—Vision, Leadership, and Strategic Thinking—in six seminars and a capstone project, there will be enough flexibility to allow the individual student to develop and apply the skills needed to pursue innovative ministry in her or his context.
For more information, contact Ircel Harrison.