Doctor of Ministry in Transformative Leadership

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, 703.)  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 703 The Prophetic Tradition in Biblical Leadership

This course examines the prophetic traditions of Israel in the New Testament and its continuance in the contemporary world. What is prophetic tradition? What are its elements? How have they been expressed in the Old and New Testaments? How are they alive and vibrant in the modern world? What does the prophetic tradition mean for the character of ministry? The course seeks to 1) gain an understanding of the prophetic tradition in ancient Israel, its various forms and its varied roles so that the seminar member can identify its ongoing vitality and changes over time, 2) assess the role of “prophesy” in the New Testament church, its various roles and its relationship to the prophetic traditions of Israel so that the student can compare the nature of prophesy and prophets in the Old and New Testaments and identify changes in the tradition and explore why they occurred, and 3) inquire where the prophetic tradition is alive in the church today, what forms it has taken, where it is to be found, on whose behalf it is exercised, and why it has assumed the forms it has, so that students can evaluate the ongoing importance of prophetic ministry for church in the world.

Additional Courses:

INT 704 The Global Economy: Theological & Biblical Perspectives on Wealth and Poverty

Today’s global economy operates with economic assumptions and values that differ from and conflict with Biblical and theological understandings of economy. This conflict often leads congregations and denominations into preaching a theological message of caring for the poor, marginalized, dispossessed, while engaging in practices that are said to create poverty, marginalizations and dispossession. After exploring various theological interpretations of the present form of globalization and engaging in Bible study, we will focus on concrete issues around which the conflict in world views leads individual Christians and the church into areas of ambiguity and concern. We will then discuss individual and corporate strategies for practices that help us close the gap between what we preach and what we practice.

INT 705 Gender Analysis for Transformative Leadership

The psychology of women, the advent of men’s studies, the politics of homophobia, new pastoral understandings of women and men, issues of sexual abuse and harassment, an emerging appreciation of gender myths and the escalation of violence, new appreciations of different styles of knowing have all transformed pastoral care and pastoral theology. We will examine the voices and challenges. This course will enable students to: 1) become acquainted with some of the most influential literature in the area of gender studies as it impacts pastoral theology; 2) reflect on how pastoral care and pastoral theology have been transformed by awareness of gender issues; 3) reflect critically on how issues on gender enter/will enter into your exercise of pastoral ministry and transformative leadership.

INT 706 Doing Racial Justice: Theological and Strategic Resources

This course is designed to help students to develop their ability to discover resources for combating the problem of racism. Students are expected to engage in reading, research, discussion, self-examination and prayer. Assignments are designed to reveal hidden perspectives, agendas, and knowledges. The practices of systems and organizations shall be examined to better understand how racism functions as a mega system, religion, social morality, and political fact in the modern world. The goal of this course is to discover the extent to which racism reigns in the lives of the participants, and how it can systematically be dethroned.

INT 707 Theological Practices of Political Advocacy, Community Organizing and Systems Analysis

As more and more ministers are responding to the call to public witness and public service, this course helps students:

  1. “exegete” the context in which their ministry takes place;
  2. articulate theological images, themes, traditions to support public and community ministries
  3. identify appropriate, effective, prophetic strategies for change.

The course will include field visits and sessions with community and political activists and officials, as well as careful attention to theological reflection.

INT 708  Theological Practices of Political Advocacy, Community Transformative Leadership in African-American Communities

This course is designed to provide the student with a solid grasp of the major models and methods of transformative leadership which have emerged in African-American Communities. Particular attention will be paid to the religious, cultural, and theological dimensions of leadership in this context. The goal of the course is to equip the student with a set of intellectual resources that are useful in developing a transformative ministry.

INT 710  The Global Read of the Bible

The Bible has been received and read not only in the West but also in the rest of the world. This course facilitates reading the Bible with others—global Christian communities in Africa and the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean. The course helps students not only engage with other ways of reading in the global context but also recognize the contextual nature of their own readings. In so doing, students will embrace the face of global Christianity in the church and in their everyday lives.

INT 711  Thesis Seminar

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

INT 712  The Dynamic Work of Being Transformed and Transforming

The purpose of this course is to deepen students’ understanding of the dynamics at work in the church and in themselves as we seek both to transform and to be transformed. Together we will ask the questions: How do I experience God’s Spirit at work to revive my place of ministry? How do I experience God’s Spirit at work to revive myself? This class will be experiential. We will focus on our own transformation as we talk about the transformation process possible around us.

INT 727  Christian Faith, the Churches and LGBTi Persons

INT 728   Kairos: Call to Repent, Cry of Hope

The Greek word kairos means the right moment, the decisive moment; kairos is God’s timing breaking into our chronos timing as a moment of truth-telling, and a moment of great opportunity.  Jesus proclaimed: “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). In this course we will engage the realities of the 21st century world—for example, the growing gap between rich and poor, mass incarceration, endemic violence and drone warfare, human trafficking and the new slavery, the degradation of the earth—and “interpret the present time” (Luke 12:54-56) as our kairos time.  We will think critically and creatively about our kairos time at the intersection of texts—scripture and tradition—and contexts—contemporary situations of struggle for justice, freedom, and human dignity.  Standing at this intersection, we will discern the mission and witness of the churches the churches in solidarity with persons and communities.  Students will be asked to “interpret the present time” in their own places of ministry and bring these for ongoing discernment and critical reflection during the course.

Approved Preaching Courses:

INT 715  Preaching to the Powers

Transformational leaders are being asked to find creative ways to apply the Gospel message to the contemporary issues that Christians face. Preaching God’s Holy Word cannot ignore the impact that institutions and systems have on the lives of men, women and children in general, as well the members of our congregations. This class will address the appropriateness and the techniques that preachers can use to “speak truth to powers.”

INT 716  Preaching the Power and Promise of the Hebrew Scripture

Recognizing that the Old Testament—the whole Old Testament—is no less ‘Scripture’ than the New, we shall engage with a wide selection of texts, both the well-known and otherwise, and consider how they might function in preaching and the pastoral setting. Chosen passages will include narratives, prophecies, and Psalms, and these will be read in dialogue with commentators, theorists, and theologians.

INT 717  Preaching the Power and the Promise of the New Testament

The New Testament is itself the proclamation of the gospel—a powerful witness to God’s reigning in the past, present, and future. When the gospel is proclaimed in the pulpit, therefore, its power should manifest, challenging the power of death and generating hope for the present and future of God’s just reign. While exploring the hermeneutical, theological, and practical dimensions of prophetic preaching in the New Testament, this course focuses on topics regarding the transformation of persons, communities, and society based on the power and promise in the New Testament.

INT 718  Preaching for Social Change

Preaching is more than a reflection on the Word. It is, in addition, a challenge to the preacher and the listener to transform their lives and the structures in which they find themselves. Prophetic preaching is a critical art in our day as we address the “Powers” that surround and impact us.

INT 719  The Art of Creative Preaching

To minister in our time, proclamation must be not so much telling the Gospel as revealing it to our hearers. With that goal in mind, this course is designed to develop the craft of homiletics by exploring the interface between the arts and the pulpit. A number of creative approaches to engage the imagination will be cultivated, including the use of narrative, autobiography, and multimedia in preaching.

INT 720  Preaching in the African-American Tradition

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basic features of preaching in the African-American tradition. The course will consist of lectures, group discussions, actual preaching services led by distinguished area pastors, and guest presentations. Students will have the opportunity to study the diverse styles and approaches that make up the African-American preaching tradition.

INT 721  Womanist Preaching

INT 722  Ethical Issues in the Pulpit

INT 723  The Spiritual Discipline of Preaching

INT 724  Special Topics in Preaching

INT 725  Preaching the Gospel in a Religiously Pluralistic Society

Christian preachers in our pluralistic and multicultural/multi-religious society are presented with challenges that did not exist when our world was more homogenous. Now our listeners are hearing the gospel in a context where they work and live with people of many world religions. How does a preacher proclaim the gospel with integrity while respecting the traditions and commitments of people of other world religious faiths with whom her parishioners live and work? This course will introduce students to the Christian theological responses to religious pluralism as they have been articulated in the tradition. From that foundation students will then write sermons on various texts from the Revised Common Lectionary that pose challenges with respect to religious diversity. We will also lift up texts from the RCL that offer special opportunities for a pluralistic preacher to celebrate religious diversity.

Courses in Wesleyan/Methodist Studies:

INT 730  Readings in John Wesley

INT 731  The Life and Thought of Charles Wesley

An in-depth study of the life and thought of the younger Wesley brother, and co-founder of the Methodist tradition – Charles Wesley.   Charles’ role as an evangelist, hymn writer, theologian and parent will be highlighted  through the reading of primary and secondary sources.   Charles Wesley’s distinctive contributions to the Methodist movement and Wesleyan tradition will be explored.

INT 735  Wesleyan Spirituality & the Missional Church

INT 736   John Wesley’s Theology and Ethics

This course concentrates upon the reading of John Wesley’s sermons on Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, as well as his various treatises on themes from the field of Christian Ethics.   Significant primary and secondary sources will be studied.  Topics such as stewardship, abolitionism, slavery, and economics will be examined at length in order to develop a Wesleyan posture on theological ethics and ethical issues.