the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Black Church Leadership

Are you concerned that your M.Div. did not fully prepare you for ministry in the African-American community? Are the challenges of ministry overwhelming you? Do you just want to be better prepared? If you are ministering in an African-American context and looking for a way to balance theological integrity with real world grit, this program is the answer to your prayers. Placing a special emphasis on meeting the needs of the African-American community, the D.Min. in Black Church Leadership is designed to equip ministers for a high level of excellence in churches serving primarily African-American or other minorities.

32 Hour D.Min.

  • Foundational Seminars (16 hours)
    • Black Church Historical/Theological Emphasis
    • Black Church Leadership and Administration
    • Black Church Ministry with the Community
    • Elective Seminar or Transitioning the Church for the 21st Century
  • Contextualized Writing Seminar (8 hours)
  • Research Project and Methodology (8 hours)

    *D.Ed.Min. in Leadership students follow the program outlined on the D.Ed.Min. program overview page and take all six seminars listed above.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding and integration of ministry into various theological disciplines.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate applied knowledge & skills pertinent to his/her vocational ministry.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use standard research tools and methods in the chosen field of study.
  4. Students will be able to research, plan, and implement a project relevant to his/her vocational ministry and to communicate the plan and its results effectively.
  5. Students will be able to contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a written project report suitable for inclusion in the seminary library.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.