the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Black Church Leadership

Are you concerned with the unique ministry challenges in the African-American community? The Doctor of Ministry/Doctor of Educational Ministry in Black Church Leadership is designed primarily to equip ministers who serve African-Americans and other racial minorities.  The program of study emphasizes meeting needs through urban community ministries and focuses upon the unique concerns relative to ministering to people of color. Placing a special emphasis on meeting the needs of the African-American community, the concentration 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.

  • Four Foundational Seminars (16 hours)
    • Black Church Historical/Theological Emphasis
    • Black Church Leadership and Administration
    • Black Church Ministry with the Community
    • Ministry Transitions for the Black Church of the 21st Century
  • Doctoral Writing Seminars (2 hours)
  • Contextualized Writing Seminars (8 hours)
  • Research Project (6 hours)

46 Hour D.Ed.Min.

  • Four Foundational Seminars (16 hours)

    • Black Church Historical/Theological Emphasis
    • Black Church Leadership and Administration
    • Black Church Ministry with the Community
    • Ministry Transitions for the Black Church of the 21st Century
  • Two Educational Seminars (12 hours)
    • Applied Empirical Research
    • Foundations of Teaching
  • Doctoral Writing Seminars (2 hours)
  • Contextualized Writing Seminars (8 hours)
  • Research Project (8 hours)

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.