Korean Doctor of Ministry Program

Program Focus and Curriculum

The KDMN in Global Leadership will incorporate key strands of cross-cultural organizational leadership studies integrated with biblical, theological and ministerial studies. Theology, philosophy and practice of leadership as well as missiology are the dominant elements along with interaction with various strands of social science related to cross-cultural communication theory and practice. Broad themes include:

  1. The theory and competencies that define and express effective global leadership within the larger frame of Christian leadership;
  2. A theology of Kingdom leadership that builds upon the teachings of Jesus and the apostles and thrives within the Missio Dei with its intentionally global scope;
  3. An intense exploration of the dynamics involved in effective cross-cultural leadership and cross-cultural communication because Christian institutions have missions, visions and values that are inclusive of all human beings;
  4. The critical exploration of current models of global leadership generally and specifically those operating within the Christian context and an evaluation of their application to specific contexts.

These themes are organized around three key areas of cross-cultural competence that crystallize the essential challenges that global Christian leadership must address:

  1. Competence in cross-cultural organizational leadership and management.
    1. The re-shaping of global Christianity and the increased influence of globalization forces make it important for Christian leaders to have opportunity to learn from one another, particularly cross-culturally. This develops mutual respect and an attitude of life-long learning. This program will enable Korean ministry leaders to explore, interact with, and reflect upon diverse concepts of Christian leadership employed in North American and particularly Canadian contexts, but also other global centers, thereby enriching their understanding of Christian leadership in churches or other kinds of faith agencies. It will assist them to develop a productive synthesis between general principles of Christian leadership and the theory and practice of global leadership, with special focus upon cross-cultural communication. The result is strong competence in cross-cultural organizational leadership and management.
    2. Korean and Canadian Christian agencies struggle similarly with the influence of Christian leadership ideas that originate in the United States and other global centers. This program will give Korean Christian leaders the opportunity to interact with Canadian and Korean theological scholars and learn how to evaluate critically and contextualize various proposals, theories and perspectives about Christian leadership, contextualization and global leadership.
  2. Competence in leadership and theological contextualization.
    1. One of the critical issues Christian leaders constantly address is the relationship between Christianity and Culture, particularly the diverse religious aspects of culture. Each ministry leader will be challenged to formulate more clearly and biblically an understanding of this complex relationship. As well they will be encouraged to think through how their Christian leadership can express biblical principles within various cultural and institutional contexts, managing the complexity of such leadership effectively. This includes ethical decision-making and effective communications.
    2. Korean Christian leaders will evaluate how global theologies, biblical interpretations, and mission realities intersect to sharpen a biblical understanding of leadership, particularly with reference to spiritual and ethical principles.
  3. Competence in cross-cultural relationship building.
    1. Effective global Christian leaders will know how to develop an empathetic understanding of another person’s culture, appreciate the values of that culture and communicate respectfully in response to those values, and have the motivation and desire to self-identify with members of another culture – becoming all things to all people for the sake of the gospel.
    2. The majority of believers live and work primarily within cultural structures and values that have no commitment to Christian principles. Yet, for the most part they receive little direct help in discerning how to be effective kingdom agents within this setting. This program will enable Christian leaders to evaluate and implement ways to assist the lay people within the orbit of their leadership to become effective, missional agents within their cultural contexts, as well as transculturally.

These disciplines and curricular objectives are accessed and accomplished through:

  1. Ten courses. Eight of these courses are classroom based and will incorporate research training, recent research in global leadership, biblical theology of Christian leadership, ethics, cross-cultural leadership competence, and case studies, led by a scholar/practitioner with expertise and experience in the discipline related to the course.
  2. Two of the courses will incorporate context-based, mentored projects that relate specifically to a student’s current leadership context.
  3. KDMN 909 and KDMN 921 are elective course slots in the program. If a student has doctoral level courses that we might consider for transfer, then one of these courses would be selected as the place for applying such transfer courses. As well, the courses in these two slots may vary from time to time.
  4. Peer learning that occurs through participation in the courses.
  5. A dissertation that requires each student to complete concentrated research in a specific aspect of global leadership, the theology of Kingdom leadership, cross-cultural challenges, ethical issues, global missions issues, or a related area.

In addition, the program objectives will be achieved in the courses and during the dissertation through: 1) specific assigned readings and critical evaluations of and reflections upon those materials; 2) involvement in face-to-face learning opportunities with appropriate faculty, employing lecture, case-studies, dialogue and other graduate- level teaching strategies; 3) pre and post course assignments, related to the demonstration of appropriate expertise and knowledge; and 4) peer-learning through in-class and as appropriate, online discussion.