Church Revitalization Track

The Doctor of Ministry in Church Revitalization track cultivates church leaders who develop churches that successively form and reform. These leaders move the church to re-contextualize the gospel.

Churches, large and small, young and old, continuously engage in forming (ecclesia semper formada) and reforming (ecclesia semper reformanda), or they die. Most churches in the United States struggle to advance through this constant tension. Ask a seasoned church leader the following question: “What is the difference between the dead faith of the living and the living faith of the dead?” You will likely hear an answer addressing an aspect of this continuous tension. A challenge for church leaders remains to uninterruptedly develop the local church in forming (bringing into community those who are outside the community) and reforming (developing those in the community in their faith).

The program requires three consecutive summer intensives. Each set of intensives include two weeks of residential coursework. These six courses include:

Revitalizing Foundations (part one and two)

Course One

Ecclesiality and Ministry: If one wants to talk meaningfully about the church and its ministry, then one must know what makes a church the church. Students articulate the essence of the church, the purpose of the church, and a process through which those are lived out in their context.

Course Two

Ecclesiality and Maturity: Revitalization in the church, then one needs to know the characteristics of a mature believer and a mature church. Students identify characteristics of maturity and assess one’s self and one’s church.

Revitalizing Organizational Development (part one and two)

Course Three

Renewing the Organization: The church’s identity determines the church’s purpose and the church’s purpose directs the church’s organization. Students determine how to renew vision and organizational structures, systems and support.  

Course Four

Restoring Creative Energy: Change creates conflict. Students develop competency in leading transitions, engaging conflict, and facilitating positive change.

Revitalizing Contextualization and Communication

Course Five

Strategic Contextualization: Revitalization requires the church to recontextualize its only message, the gospel.  Students learn how to theologize the actions of the church and to ethnographically understand the community its serves and seeks to communicate that gospel. 

Course Six

Strategic Preaching: Revitalization calls for intentional preaching. Students develop competency in compellingly communicating the gospel in line with developing a renewed church. 

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Contact D.Min. Program Director Greg Dueker at for more information about this track.