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Doctor of Ministry in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations (DMin)

The Black Church has a unique history and culture that impacts every aspect of its life. In this DMin track, you will learn how to approach public theology, prophetic preaching, Christian education, evangelism, biblical studies, community engagement, and church administration from a Black Church perspective to foster a vital, vibrant, relevant, and transformative congregation for the 21st century.
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Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount
At Garrett-Evangelical we honor the church and ministry done on the local level. Our DMin faculty are all scholar practitioners who bring together the best of scholarship with their personal ministry experience. - Rev. Dr. Reginald Blount, Advisor for the DMin in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations.

Two Renowned Institutions, One Dynamic Program

Through the Doctor of Ministry in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations track you will earn both a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. You will get the best of leadership training and theological education from two renowned institutions through a set of prescribed and elective courses.

The Kellogg Executive Scholars program provides a practical, flexible, yet academically rigorous way to achieve your specific professional goals. For a current listing of courses through the Center for Nonprofit Management at Kellogg School of Management, click here.

Affording Your Education

Garrett recognizes that one of the biggest hurdles to continuing one’s theological education is cost. To assist DMin students in affording their education, all admitted students are guaranteed a scholarship, a rare find among DMin programsGarrett is also excited to offer increased scholarship opportunities for Black and Latinx students applying to the DMin program at Garrett. This is thanks to our partnership with the Lilly Endowment's Economic Challenges grant. 

There is no separate scholarship application process for the DMin program, simply submit your application form and you will be considered for all institutional scholarships that are available. 

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry

Our faculty in the DMin in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations are one of the program’s greatest assets. They are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. The scholar practitioner's teaching in the Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations track are:

Rev. Dr. Reginald BlountRev. Dr. Reginald Blount is associate professor of formation, leadership, and culture at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, senior pastor of Arnett Chapel AME Church, co-executive director of the Garrett-Evanston Freedom School Program, and program director of the Garrett-Evangelical Young Adult Initiative. He has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous conferences and workshops helping faith communities envision new and creative ways to minister to, with, and on behalf of young people.

Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr.Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Daniels, Jr. is lead pastor of The Emory Fellowship in Washington, D.C. A nationally recognized turnaround pastor, he has taught, preached and consulted on congregational and community revitalization. A sought after speaker, preacher, mentor and author, he is most happy when inspiring and equipping others to see the possibilities God has for them and their communities. During Daniels’ ministry at the church, weekly worship attendance has grown from 55 people to more than 400 every Sunday, and Emory UMC received the Kim Jefferson Northeast Jurisdictional Award for effective urban ministry representing The United Methodist Church, and is one of 25 Congregational Resource Centers for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC 21).

Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoyRev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy comes with over 18 years of urban pastoral ministry and 30+ years of business experience. She is known for her inspirational, practical, and common-sense approach. Often described as one who moves from the “seminary to the street, from the pulpit to the pavement,”she is a popular speaker and expert in the fields of faith-based community and leadership development, evangelism, and race relations. LaBoy weaves her academic, pastoral and business education and experience to lead individuals and diverse groups in achieving better churches, communities, and organizations. In addition to her business, academic and pastoral experience, LaBoy is an author and coach dedicated to helping people break through what holds them back from manifesting their dreams and impacting the world around them. She understands her life’s work as helping people move from being good to being great. Her books include Table Matters: The Sacraments, Evangelism and Social JusticeUnstuck: 8 Steps You Can Take Right Now To Possess Your Promise and Not For Women Only: Leadership Lessons From Women in the Bible – A 40-Day Devotional (Spring 2019).

Rev. Dr. Michael NaborsRev. Dr. Michael C.R. Nabors is senior pastor of Second Baptist Church of Evanston. With extensive experience both in the church and in the academy, Nabors has sought to build bridges and erase the gap between the local community, the church, and the academy. As a result, Nabors has received over 100 community, church, and ministry awards for leadership and service. He has also served as director of the master of divinity and student life programs at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, where he is professor of homiletics and African American religious history. He also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Marygrove College. Nabors primary academic interest is in helping students practice homiletical preparation for preaching in the changing world of the 21st century.

About the DMin at Garrett-Evangelical

The DMin program is an advanced degree focusing on best practices in church leadership relevant to your specific context. As a DMin student, you will enhance your ministry skills and stimulate your pastoral imagination all while making a significant contribution to the church through a guided research project.

To meet your specific vocational goals and needs, Garrett-Evangelical offers the following tracks for DMin students:

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. On the campus of Northwestern University, upon the shores of Lake Michigan and on the outskirts of Chicago, Garrett-Evangelical is a place to nurture mind, body, and spirit. The seminary serves more than 400 students from many denominations and various backgrounds and its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations is a 30-credit hour program. Once the coursework is completed the research project follows. The research project is tailored specifically to your ministry context and you will be supported by an on-site advisory team and the DMin faculty.

Tailored to Fit Your Needs

You can complete the required 30-credit hours in the DMin program in as little as three years or as many as six. Classes are offered in a hybrid model of on-campus and online courses to give you high quality theological education in a flexible format. Once the coursework is completed the research project follows. The research project is tailored specifically to your ministry context and you will be supported by an on-site advisory team and the DMin faculty.

2021 Cohort Course Schedule

For exact course dates, please contact our Admissions Office at

Summer 2021

  • Seminar on the Black Church: History, Theology, Presence, and Prophecy (online course)
  • Methods, Models and Tools of Community Organizing (online course)

Fall 2021

  • Research Design and Methodology (online course)

January 2022

  • Stewardship, Entrepreneurship and Institutional Development
  • Hermeneutics of Race, Class, Gender, Age 

January 2022 - Summer 2022

  • Kellogg School of Management Courses* 
    • Leading Change in Nonprofits
    • Nonprofit Finance: Toolkit for Leaders.
    • Leading with Equity: Leaders Activating Change
    • Strategic Leadership
    • Capstone: The Leader Within

* Due to the pandemic, it is not known at this time if Kellogg will offer these courses as in-person intensives or online. 

Summer 2022

  • Proposal Research and Writing
  • Prophetic Preaching for Social Transformation

Fall 2022

  • Biblical and Theological Foundations for Practical Ministry (Online)

January 2023 - Spring 2024

  • Project Research and Writing

Anticipated graduation May 2024

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent
  • At least three years of full-time ministry following the awarding of that degree
  • Applicants must be serving in a ministry setting that is significant to the Black experience
  • Applicants serve in that ministry setting during their DMin program

Admission Process

Detailed information for the application requirements and process can be found here.

The next cohort for the DMin in Strategic Leadership for Black Congregations will begin in Summer 2021. Applications are due by March 31, 2021. 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.

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 Ministry students.