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DMin Global Mission Leadership Concentration 


Changing the people who change the world 

The concentration in Global Mission Leadership is culturally contextualized and is taught in sponsoring field locations outside the North American Division.


The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is one of the most culturally diverse seminaries in North America. Approximately 40% of on-campus enrollment is comprised of international students. The SDA Theological Seminary faculty also reflects an international flavor. In response to the needs expressed by leaders in the international headquarters of the SDA denomination, the Doctor of Ministry program determines to be a global program preparing participants for global service. Participants from outside the United States often join cohorts within the United States, and the program is experienced in providing international cohort sites as well. Further, by teaching at an extension site, we increase the number of those who will become active in leadership within their home countries.

All instruction and academic work will be in Russian. Classroom presentations may be in English with Russian translators.

 Learning Modalities 

The learning modalities to be included in the concentration’s pedagogy are:

  • Classroom lectures interspersed with didactic and experiential learning

  • Networking with experienced practitioners and experts in the field of mission  leadership, as well as colleagues and peers who are cohort members

  • Viewing of videos, PowerPoint presentations, and listening to audiovisual performances

  • Participating and leading out in breakout groups and interactive exercises

  • Forming support groups who collaborate in collective assignments, discussion, and prayer groups

  • Being mentored by faculty members and in turn mentor cohort colleagues

  • Researching ministry and project issues through analyzing current literature, through participant observations, case studies, and field research

  • Implementing dissertation project plans in the actual context of their ongoing ministry settings (based on theological reflections, field research, and intervention involving a specific challenge in a ministry context)

  • Monitoring (documenting) implementation activities and critically self-evaluating project implementations (for the purpose of making adjustments and identifying lessons learned)

  • Regular communications (newsletter) between professors and students with updates, reminders, and feedbacks

  • Establishing a ministry development plan (MDP) which will be used in monitoring and assessing ministerial growth throughout the program

  • Context support groups to review each student’s MDP annually and provide an assessment of progress.

    Contact the Coordinator 

Dr. Bruce Bauer serves as coordinator for this concentration. He can be reached at 1-269-471-6373,


All intensives will take place on the campus of Zaoksky University, Tula, Russia.
Cohorts are identified by the year in which they formed. Cohort participants will take these courses and modules:


2017 Global Mission Leadership Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort that started in 2017:
(follow the linked course/module names to obtain the course requirement documents)

2022 Global Mission Leadership Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort that started in 2022:
(follow the linked course/module names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Ordering Books

For dates and locations of courses planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the four-year DMin Program Planner.

You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software loaded on your machine to access any pdf documents referenced on this page.


Keyboard and Mouse
“The DMin helps the pastor to hear the
voice of God in their ministry.” 

John Grys,

speaking at the 2013 Doctor of Ministry Conference;

2011 DMin alumnus and now an adjunct professor for the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

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