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New Doctor of Ministry Track in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations Begins June 2018

January 30, 2018
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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is launching a new doctor of ministry track in preaching as leadership in Hispanic/Latinx congregations, with the first cohort set to start coursework in June 2018. Students in the track’s first cohort will receive 50% tuition scholarships, thanks to the Leading Vibrant Congregations grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

The preaching as leadership in Hispanic/Latinx congregations track is targeted to pastors who are bilingual in Spanish and English and who serve in a predominately Spanish-speaking ministry setting. The curriculum is geared toward helping these pastors develop their capacity to lead more fully through equipping them with basic management skills and through better communication, especially when preaching or engaging in other forms of public speaking. Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto, district superintendent for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church, will be serving as the track coordinator.

Courses taught at Garrett-Evangelical will be taught bilingually, with a focus on being taught in Spanish, to make it possible for students to gain communication skills in the language they use in their ministries. “We have recruited a group of experienced, published, dynamic, and bicultural Hispanic/Latinx professors of homiletics around the country to teach courses in this new doctor of ministry track,” said Dr. Luis R. Rivera, vice president of academic affairs and academic dean at Garrett-Evangelical. “They bring strong academic and teaching credentials in the field of preaching, as well as an active preaching ministry in their respective denominations. Their different denominational backgrounds, cultural identities, and international experience will enrich the teaching and learning input in the classroom."

Management skills are addressed by the students participating in seminars taught by the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Students will enhance their financial and strategic planning skills in order to enable them to lead viable, self-sustaining, and organizationally healthy local churches. The seminars at the Center for Nonprofit Management will be taught in English with Spanish translations of the written materials. A bilingual leader will also attend the seminars to work with students and help them process the material for use in their ministry sites. Through this unique partnership, students will not only earn a doctor of ministry from Garrett-Evangelical, but they will also earn a certificate in nonprofit management from the Center for Nonprofit Management.

The first cohort for the doctor of ministry in preaching as leadership in Hispanic/Latinx congregations will begin in June 2018. Applications are due by April 1, 2018, to be considered for the June term.

You can learn more and apply at