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African-American Congregational Leadership

The Garrett-Evangelical African-American Congregational Leadership track recognizes the distinctive history and culture of the African-American Church and offers students an opportunity to enhance their capacity to engage effectively in ministry within this context. For this reason, students admitted into this track must be engaged in ministry that is significant to African-Americans or the African-American context.

Students will address issues such as how to approach biblical studies, theological reflection, church administration, and evangelism from an African-American perspective. The courses are taught by one of the largest cohort of African-American faculty at a United Methodist seminary. The program compliments the faculty with a cadre of highly accomplished African-American alums of Garrett-Evangelical, including Rev. Dr. Carlisle Fielding Stewart and Bishop Beverly Shamana.


Admissions Requirements:

  • Applicants must have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent.

    Most master's degrees that are not MDivs require at least some additional theology courses for students to meet MDiv equivalency. Please feel free to contact the Registrar's Office to have your transcript evaluated for equivalency.
  • Applicants must have completed at least three years of full-time ministry following the awarding of that degree.

    Applicants do not, however, have to be ordained nor does the ministry have to be in a parish setting.
  • Applicants must be serving in a ministry setting in which the applicant could direct a ministry intervention as part of the final DMin project.

    It is important that applicants have both the access to and support of a ministry setting in which they can complete their final project. This setting could be a parish church, a cluster of local congregations, an annual conference or judicatory, or any other setting appropriate to the practice of ministry being studied by the applicant.

International Student Applicants

The DMin Program offers coursework in intensive sessions twice a year. This schedule has implications for international students and visa applications. Therefore, we are unable to offer F-1 visas for Doctor of Ministy students.

A completed application consists of:

  • Application Form
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Biographical Essay
  • Sample of Writing
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Ministry site Endorsement Letter
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 application fee
  • Background check (conducted by the seminary, may take up to two weeks to complete)
  • Additional financial and church documents are required of international students in order to satisfy internal and federal requirements.

Detailed information for the application requirements can be found on the online application.

The Doctor of Ministry committee reserves the right to determine in its sole judgment whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific concentration in the DMin program.


DMin Degree - 30 semester hours
DMin Degree Grid

The following are a list of courses that are commonly offered as part of this track:

"African-American Church Administration and Congregational Development"
"Biblical Hermeneutics in the African-American Context"
"Black Ministry Engaging Historical Challenges"


Students in the African American Congregational Leadership track will attend two different types of sessions in the program.

In January and late-June students will attend two-week intensive terms during which they will take two courses. These courses will cover topics related specifically to church leadership, such as stewardship and renewal, as well as providing fundamental research skills for deepening the student's academic facility and helping the student better analyze the local congregation.

In mid-Fall and mid-Spring students will participate in three-day seminars led by Garrett-Evangelical faculty, covering the latest in management and leadership studies. Each session will conclude with a discussion led by the Garrett-Evangelical faculty member who will facilitate the students' theological reflection on the content from the seminar.

Sample Schedule (based on school years beginning with the Fall semester):

Year 1:
Fall: Apply to program by 1 October, notified of acceptance by 1 November
January: Complete two courses
Summer: Complete two courses

Year 2:
Fall: Attend Seminar
January: Complete two courses
Spring: Attend Seminar
Summer: Begin working on mid-program material

Year 3:
Fall: Attend Seminar
January: Continue working on mid-program material
Spring: Attend Seminar, Submit mid-program material for approval
Summer: Begin ministry intervention

Year 4:
Fall: Complete ministry intervention and begin writing final ministry project paper
Spring: Complete and defend final ministry project paper, Graduate


List of Possible Courses

The following are a list of courses that are commonly offered as part of this track:

"Biblical Hermeneutics in the African-American Context"
"African-American Church Administration and Congregational Development"

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