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Talbot School of Theology


As a leader in Christ's church, you are committed to fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. You want your church to make its maximum impact for God by winning people to Christ, connecting them to a local church, and building them up in the faith. Talbot School of Theology gives you the tools you need to faithfully make disciples in North America.

- Discover new insights to understand and reach people for Christ.
- Wrestle with what it means to be the church in today's context.
- Develop ideas on how to turn around declining churches.
- Learn how to grow and multiply healthy churches.
- Explore ways to renew established churches.
- Examine approaches for planting multi-ethnic churches.

This Doctor of Ministry track is designed to help church leaders improve their skills in growing and/or planting healthy churches. The track is important for a number of reasons. First, over three-fourths of established churches in North America are either declining or plateaued, resulting in their inability to effectively make disciples. Second, major cultural shifts are taking place in North America creating new complexities in ministry. Changing technologies, the collapse of modern Christendom, and the growing ethnic populations are just a few of the challenges facing church leaders. Third, emerging expressions of church are challenging fundamental assumptions marking a break with 2000 years of history. Today’s church leaders need direction in rethinking ecclesiology, Christology, and missiology as applied to the North American context.

This new cohort involves attendance at three two-week intensives held on the campus of Biola University during 2015, 2016, and 2017. Pre-course reading and post-course projects are completed in and on each student’s current ministry context, which allows them to earn the degree while continuing to serve actively in ministry. Applicants need an M.Div. OR 72 master level units to be accepted into the program. An application form may be downloaded from the Specialty Track page of Talbot’s website . A video description explaining this cohort is available at talbot.edu/dmin/churchgrowth.


  • May 29-June 8, 2018
  • May 28-June 7, 2019

  • May 26-June 5, 2020
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