Church Planting in Post Christendom Europe
The vision is to fan the flame of a movement of church planting in all its forms across Britain and Europe through this applied doctoral degree. The Doctor of Ministry is designed and delivered jointly by Asbury Theological Seminary and the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication. Asbury is the fourth largest seminary in the United States and a world leader in equipping men and women for ministry, mission and holy living. The Gregory Centre is at the forefront of church planting in England.
This doctorate brings global learning to bear in specifically British and European contexts. It is designed for leaders and emerging leaders of church plants and church planting movements, especially (but not exclusively) from within the historic denominations. The synergy and fellowship between these leaders, as they go on this journey together, is a major factor in the success of the program. The doctorate is designed for a 3 year period. Reading and assignments gather momentum in the knowledge and expertise of church planting over this time, with three intensive periods, once a year. The heart of the doctorate is the dissertation, in which each student chooses a ministry issue in conjunction with a dedicated supervisor. The research will equip the student to tackle this real life challenge or
opportunity, and generate an expertise to be shared more widely with church planting leaders in Britain and Europe.
Sample Cohort Syllabi
|DM910A||Core Course||Habits that Sustain Ministry||2 credit hours|
|DM910B||Core Course||Habits that Sustain Ministry||2 credit hours|
|DM911A||Core Course||Discovering God’s Missional Heart||2 credit hours|
|DM911B||Core Course||Discovering God’s Missional Heart||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)915A||Seminar I||Early Church Lessons for 21st Century Church Planters||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)915B||Seminar I||Early Church Lessons for 21st Century Church Planters||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)916A||Seminar II||New Church Types & Networks: Case Studies||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)916B||Seminar II||New Church Types & Networks: Case Studies||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)917A||Seminar IIII||Church Planting Math: From Adding to Multiplying||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)917B||Seminar IIII||Church Planting Math: From Adding to Multiplying||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)918A||Seminar IV||Missional GPS: Navigation for New Churches||2 credit hours|
|DM(CPC)918B||Seminar IV||Missional GPS: Navigation for New Churches||2 credit hours|
Winfield Bevins, D.Min. equips others for missional engagement in a post-Christian context. He has helped plant churches and been instrumental in launching several church planting networks. He has trained global leaders and frequently speaks at conferences, churches, and seminaries on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books including, Marks of a Movement.
Ric Thorpe, D.Min. serves the Church of England nationally and holds a variety of other roles that support bishops, dioceses, church planters and pioneers to develop church planting strategies and to plant new worshipping communities to reach new people in new places in new ways.
Christian Selvaratnam, D.Min. worked with Alpha International for fifteen years in various roles, including Head of Alpha UK and Director of Networks. He has personally planted two churches, supported many others, and is involved in various roles that support church planting nationally and in the North of England.
John Valentine, D.Min. trains church planters, as well as researches and writes on the theology of church planting for the wider church. He planted a church from Holy Trinity, Brompton, which planted two other churches.