Bakke Graduate University DMin program is a 40 credit hour online degree which is completed in three years where students are required to attend one city immersion located at an assigned location in theUnited States.
Our DMin program provides transformational ministry leadership:
- To a global scattered community
- With an incarnational community approach
- Through relevant cross-cultural community strategies
- With an innovative and creative framework
The purpose of our DMin program is designed to do the following:
- Provide a practical, theological, and academic education with students leading to conductive qualitative or quantitative research to write their dissertations creating diverse models of ministry
- To equip and educate ministry pastors, ministers, parachurch leaders, and faith-based organization leaders of our global and urban communities
Our desired results are to ensure ministry leaders will have an impact on individuals, congregations, institutions, and communities which will do the following:
- Create relevant ministries in the Global Context
- Impact multi-cultural generations
- Community Development
I know I was called to engage two particular ministries: Church Planting and Church Renewal. I chose Bakke Graduate University because they offered the Church Planting Movements track that specialized at the intersection of church leadership and church planting. Both planting and renewal ministries rely are leadership-driven ministries, and both depend on many of the same strategic processes. BGU prepared me well for both. Today I not only lead in renewal ministries, I teach leadership and evangelism to clergy and ministry candidates across the US, primarily because of my education and experience from BGU.
The Effective Church Group
I was looking for a doctoral program that would build on the global missional experience I had through my ministry. I wanted a program that would expand my understanding of missions beyond denominational boundaries and challenge me intellectually and spiritually. I searched for months and could find no doctoral program with a global mindset. Then I heard Ray Bakke describe the DMin in Transformational Leadership at BGU. Within a few months, I was registered and met my cohort at Overture.
Overture confirmed this was no ordinary doctoral setting. I was humbled to learn with globally-minded ministers serving in some of the hardest ministries around the world. As I went through Overture and traveled globally to study, I saw how these global leaders transformed their communities and countries. As a result, I experienced a breathe of models for missions that proved essential for my ministry as a trainer and publisher of missional books. My doctoral experience provided a foundation for curriculum, training, and publishing at the missions organization where I served for nearly 30 years. Researching my dissertation confirmed the need for transformational leadership and resources to help churches participate in God’s plan locally and globally. Even now, five years into retirement, my experience at BGU influences nearly every ministry decision I make. I believe
BGU uniquely equips believers in Christ to have a global mindset that is transformational in our lives and in the lives of those God calls us to reach.
I chose BGU for two main reasons. First, the decentralized, urban-centered focus of the school allowed me to remain in my own urban context of Washington, D.C. while also providing me with first-hand insight to the ways God is at work in other global cities around the world. Second, the professors I had the chance to learn from were also practitioners. They were able to afford me access to their lived experiences as ministers, NGO leaders, and pastors who also served in dynamic urban settings. The merging of high-quality scholarship with innovative approaches to grassroots urban ministry was the mix I was looking for and found at BGU.
I pastor a diverse urban church in Washington, D.C. The research, scholarship, instruction and mentoring I received at BGU has greatly impacted the way I lead my church and the ways we minister in our neighborhood. Leading as a servant, as a prophet and one who listens to and responds to the needs of the vulnerable in appropriate and empowering ways are all characteristics of our church that have a direct tie to my time at BGU.