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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

50% scholarships are available to students accepted into the 2019 cohort as a part of Garrett-Evangelical's Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance initiative with support from the Lilly Endowment Inc.!

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary recognizes that one of the biggest hurdles to continuing one’s theological education is cost. The traditional structure of a doctor of ministry program, where the majority of tuition costs and fees happen at the beginning of the program, places a greater financial burden on the student in the first year or two of their DMin program. To ease the financial burden of those answering a call to grow their skillsets and enhance their ministry through a DMin degree, Garrett-Evangelical has established a flat-rate for the DMin program which covers the cost of the 30 credit hours required to complete the degree and all required fees.* Students are billed in six (6) equal installments over three years. By knowing the full cost of your tuition and fees upfront and spreading the cost between six equal payments over three years, you will be able to anticipate and plan out your financial needs.

*DISCLAIMER: Tuition and Fees rates are based on the most recent available data. Rates are subject to increase with each new cohort. Extending coursework beyond the recommended period of time will have an impact on final cost.

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. 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.

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. Mark TeasdaleRev. Dr. Mark Teasdale is the E. Stanley Jones professor of evangelism at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. As a professor, author, and pastor, Teasdale focuses on evangelism, church leadership, mission, discipleship, and Wesleyan/Methodist studies. He is the President of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education (AETE) and served for six years as the editor of Witness: The Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education. Teasdale is the author of GO! How to Become a Great Commission Church, Evangelism for Non-Evangelists: Sharing the Gospel Authentically, and Methodist Evangelism, American Salvation: The Home Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1860-1920.

Rev. Dr. Steven TrefzRev. Dr. Steven Trefz is director of the Wesley House of Study and Kairos affiliate professor at Sioux Falls Seminary, teaching pastor at Fusion Church, and is an affiliate faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Trefz has a passion for the church, for helping people discern their calls, and for leadership development. As a scholar, Trefz interests and expertise include congregational leadership, a Wesleyan view of theology and ecclesiology, spiritual gifts and the ministry of all persons, and social research methodologies. Trefz was the winner of the 2013 Association of Doctor of Ministry Educators (ADME) Award of Excellence for outstanding DMin Thesis and is the author of several articles on methodology and lay leadership, and rural evangelism.

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 six 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.

2019 Cohort Course Schedule

For exact course dates, please contact our Admissions Office at

Year 1

  • Seminar on the Black Church (Summer 2019 on-campus course)
  • Stewardship for Institutional Development (Summer 2019 on-campus course)
  • Research Design and Methodology (Fall 2020 online course)
  • Faith and Leadership Seminar (January 2020 Kellogg course)
  • Cultural Values in Congregational Life (Spring 2020 online course)
  • Biblical and Theological Foundations for Practical Ministry (Spring 2020 online course)

Year 2

  • Church and Community (Summer 2020 on-campus course)
  • Proposal Research and Writing (Summer 2020 on-campus course)
  • Finance Seminar (Fall 2020 Kellogg course)
  • Integrative Leadership Seminar (Spring 2021 Kellogg capstone course*)

*Student selects from a list of courses offered and scheduled by the Kellogg School for Nonprofit Management.

Year 3

  • Project Research and Writing (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)
  • Project Defense (Spring 2022)
  • Graduation (May 2022)

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 is TBA. 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.