Doctor of Ministry in Transformative Leadership

The D.Min. in Transformative Leadership offers experienced clergy and lay practitioners an opportunity to develop their leadership in concert with the historical values and traditions of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, as those values and traditions set forth visions for the future. In integrative and interdisciplinary courses, leaders have the opportunity to strengthen their biblical and theological grounding for their leadership; to reflect on their leadership with reference to solidarity with persons who are poor, oppressed and marginalized; and to explore critical social issues that are the contemporary versions of the historical social and religious movements of Rochester and Western New York: evangelical revival, abolition of slavery and racism, and women’s suffrage and equality.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry program requires the satisfactory completion of nine courses.  Of these nine courses, three are required (INT 701, 702, 711.)  D. Min students are required to take six (6) additional INT 700 level courses, one of which is fulfilled by the actual writing of the thesis. 

Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the program. By the beginning of the student’s fifth course, the student must identify and confirm a faculty mentor, who will direct the student’s remaining course work and thesis writing.

Limited Residency

Courses are taught in an intensive format during the first two weeks of January and June. This schedule allows students to enroll in up to four courses each year.  Part-time status is also available if individuals can only come to campus one week in January in June, but the program must be completed in six years.

Courses include three elements: 1) readings and responses, completed before the course is taught; 2) residency; 3) a final course project. To facilitate the work that needs to be done before classes begin, students receive syllabi and all required reading lists. Students can expect to receive these materials no later than November 1 for the January residency and April 1 for the June residency.

Requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree can usually be met within 36 months of enrollment. Students may complete program requirements over a longer time provided all requirements are met within six years of first enrollment.

Academic Performance

No grade of less than “B” shall count for credit toward the D.Min. degree.“B-“ is not an acceptable grade for the D.Min program. Students receiving a “B-“ are automatically placed on academic probation. Students who receive two grades lower than “B” are automatically terminated from the program.

Directed Studies

Students may take two courses as directed or independent study for the D.Min. degree if warranted by their program or circumstances. Directed or independent study may be taken only after the completion of at least three courses.

Required Courses:

INT 701 Discerning the Context for Ministry in the Early 21st Century

The context of Christian ministry in the early 21st century will be discerned with regard to cultural, political, social and religious dynamics, as well as the interrelatedness of class, gender and race. We will engage issues such as the nature of ministry and of the church and its mission in the world, as well as the changing faces and forms of Christianity in the U.S. and around the globe.

INT 702 Practicing Transformative Leadership in the CRCDS Tradition

The purpose of this seminar is to explore the question, “what is Transformative leadership?” in light of the CRCDS tradition. The goal is to identify qualities of Transformative leadership historically associated with the school and to identify qualities of Transformative leaders as they relate to their communities today. By the end of the course, students will have developed a nuanced understanding of “Transformative leadership” using biblical, theological, historical, and operational understanding in their work.

INT 711 Thesis Writing Colloquy
Students will sharpen their research skills and hone their writing and editing abilities necessary to write a doctoral-level thesis or ministry project. Each student will develop a model thesis proposal

 A full listing of additional elective courses may be viewed  in the current CRCDS catalogue at this link.

The current DMin course schedule may be downloaded here.