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Developing Christ-Centered Leaders Who Change Global Cities

About Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL) Program

The Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL) is designed for leaders in organizations that are focused on urban relief, development or advocacy, education, counseling, business management or cultural influence, from a Christian perspective. These organizations can be non-profit, for-profit or government entities. The DTL degree does not require an MDiv  or counselor licensure as a pre-requisite.

This degree emerged from two needs faced by BGU students and potential students. First, with the addition of two new BGU business masters degrees, BGU has found leaders who would like to continue their studies in business and organizational leadership but they are not in a local church setting, and a DMin is not exactly right for them. Second, many BGU students work in countries where the word “ministry” is either a confusing or a negative term. The DTL is a degree that serves the needs of leaders in both cross-cultural and diverse organizational and political settings.

All five BGU programs engage the unique niche areas of expertise in the BGU network of students, alumni, and faculty.

The degree has three primary OPTIONS for focus:

(Option 1) City Transformation: Engages leaders in the process of exegeting their cities and mobilizing city leadership to address the core problems and best opportunities in their city, culminating with a city consultation project and doctoral final project focused on a transformation process in their city.

(Option 2) Entrepreneurial Organizational Transformation: Focuses leaders in assessing their own organization’s potential contribution to city transformation culminating in a change process project and doctoral final project focused on their organization. Leaders in the following areas receive specialized curriculum:

  1. Non-profit/NGO leaders: focuses on the non-profit in any global context.
  2. Transformational Business leaders: focuses on the business context.
  3. Leadership Foundations: focuses on the Leadership Foundation context.
  4. Emerging Urban Leaders: focuses on the student ministry context.
  5. North American Urban Leadership: focuses on North American urban contexts, including non-profit leaders.


(Option 3) Cultural Transformation: Equips leaders to discern their gifts and calling; intensify their spiritual development; and create opportunities for transformational influence in the cultures where they live and work. This is ideal for educators, authors, speakers, counselors, social workers and business consultants focusing on organizational and community change.