Korean Doctor of Ministry Program

Global Leadership

Research has demonstrated that leadership is viewed differently in diverse cultures. Korean Christian leaders who work in diverse cultural settings need to understand themselves and their own leadership “culture” and how it intersects and interacts with other leadership cultures as well as biblical theology of leadership.

The diverse influences of globalization have an increasingly powerful effect upon culture generally and Christian culture specifically. This includes new ethical, social, political, and economic, technological and religious challenges that require adaptive biblical responses. The personal challenges that vocational Christian leaders face from these cultural developments get mirrored in the lives of others who work with them or are part of their congregational settings. Discerning how to lead in this rapidly developing, technologically rich global environment is becoming more significant for Christian leaders.

“Global Leadership”[1] as a term has emerged since the 1990’s and describes the special leadership competences and wisdom required by individuals who lead across cultures, across cultural boundaries, in geographically dispersed agencies and in culturally diverse agencies. Such leaders can deal competently with a high degree of complexity and uncertainty which the global environment is creating (‘volatility’), while retaining coherence with their personal values and vocation goals.

Many Christian leaders find themselves called upon to provide effective leadership for Christian agencies in these complex, globally-influenced contexts. They have to integrate these demands for global leadership within the theological framework of the Missio Dei and the Biblical principles that shape “Kingdom leadership”[2] in specific ways. In the KDMN we seek to assist Korean Christian leaders to explore the nexus created by the demands of global leadership and kingdom leadership, so that they can become “Global Leaders” who can offer effective, Christian leadership in diverse local contexts.

The KDMN in Global Leadership will enable Korean Christian leaders to:

1) be Christian leaders who express their leadership with competence, ethical integrity and a commitment to and understanding of the global Missio Dei;

2) explore and critically interact with concepts of Global Leadership generally and the application of these theories and practices to Christian leadership used in North American and particularly Canadian contexts, as well as other significant global centers;

3) interact with Canadian and Korean theological scholars on how to evaluate and contextualize leadership proposals and theories which can be practiced within Korean ministry settings in North America and other global centers;

4) dialogue with scholars, practitioners and peers about ways to formulate clearly and biblically the relationship between Christianity and culture and how their vocational leadership in a local church or other Christian institution whether in Korea or Canada can address this issue within a global perspective. This includes an approach to multi-faith interaction that is respectful, but also evangelistic;

5) develop ways to assist their lay people in being effective, missional agents within their cultural contexts, as well as cross-culturally.

Graduates of the KDMN program will be better equipped to lead Korean, Canadian, and other internationally-located congregations and faith agencies, particularly as they pursue the Great Commission mandate. They will have a greater ability to contextualize their leadership practice in various cultural settings, to develop leaders attuned to global influences, as well as to deepen spiritual and ethical dimensions of their personal leadership.

[1] Some define Global Leadership as involving six transformations necessary to navigate in a media-connected world: innovation, multicultural understanding, passion, attunement, collaboration and tenacity (IMPACT).

[2] The phrase “Kingdom Leadership” describes the values that Christians embrace and gifts and competencies that the Holy Spirit provides to enable disciples of Jesus to exercise the kind of leadership that represents a true collaboration with God to complete the Missio Deo. Jesus himself is the model of such kingdom leadership as Peter expresses in 1 Peter 2:21-25, 5:1-7. The Church in its local and universal expressions testifies to the rule of God in creation and redemption, announcing the good news about Jesus and becoming seed plots of kingdom reality through the transformative work of God’s Spirit. Paul’s concepts of leadership in the church build upon and develop the key ideas taught and modelled by Jesus Christ.