Leadership, Formation and Church Planting (formerly Missional Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition)

The church needs leaders who are formed in its ancient traditions, as well as in adaptability and innovation. This time-tested path of discipleship, empowered afresh by the Holy Spirit, speaks authentically to the longing of our post-Christian context. The Doctor of Ministry in Leadership, Formation and Church Planting (formerly Missional Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition) focuses on leadership formation, organizational leadership dynamics, and church planting/church revitalization from a sacramental perspective.

As you complete your degree, you will

  • Enter in a space that invites reflection and conversation.
  • Engage in robust academics, research and writing.
  • Experience meaningful, vibrant, spiritually formed relationships.
  • Explore relevant and adaptive ministry perspectives and practices.
  • Enhance local/global ministry capacities.

The Doctor of Ministry Program

During your courses, you’ll enjoy the rigor and formative nature of topics such as spirituality of the leader, theology of ministry, and the missional heart of God. In addition, you’ll also interact with faculty and guest lecturers whose expertise is in the fields of sacrament and leadership, including: Bishop Todd Hunter, Bishop Ric Thorpe (London) and others!

Download Leadership, Formation and Church Planting Cohort Card (formerly Missional Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition)

Questions? Meet a member of the D.Min team in a weekly webinar session at asbury.to/eluncheon. Begin your Asbury journey at asbury.to/apply.


Leadership, Formation and Church Planting (formerly Missional Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition) Cohort Degree Plan

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(MLC)915A Seminar I Spiritual Formation in the Sacramental Tradition 2 credit hours
DM(MLC)915B Seminar I Spiritual Formation in the Sacramental Tradition 2 credit hours
DM(MLC)916A Seminar II Organizational Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition 2 credit hours
DM(MLC)916B Seminar II Organizational Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition 2 credit hours
DM(MLC)917A Seminar III Engaging Culture and Context 2 credit hours
DM(MLC)917B Seminar III Engaging Culture and Context 2 credit hours
DM(MLC)918A Seminar IV Church Planting and Mission 2 credit hours
DM(MLC)918B Seminar IV Church Planting and Mission 2 credit hours

Faculty

Dr. Jonathan A. Powers is the Assistant Professor of Worship at Asbury Theological Seminary and joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in the summer of 2017.

He graduated from Asbury University in 2003 with a B.A. in English, from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2009 with a M.A. in Christian Ministries – worship studies emphasis, and holds the Doctor of Worship Studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently writing a Ph.D. dissertation through The London School of Theology on the worship theology of Robert E. Webber.

Dr. Powers has a passion for the intersection of liturgy and spiritual formation in the life of the church. He has authored and co-authored several articles and books, including Echo: A Catechism for Discipleship in the Ancient Christian Tradition, The 12 Days of Christmas Sermons, and Watchnight: John Wesley’s Covenant Renewal Service, all published by Seedbed. In 2009, he was awarded the Hoyt Hickman Award by the Order of St. Luke at Asbury Seminary for excellence in liturgical scholarship and leading public worship. He also serves on the board of the Charles Wesley Society.

In 2017, Dr. Powers was awarded the Vital Worship Grant by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship with a concentration on connecting the public worship of churches with worshipers’ personal grief by studying historical and biblical liturgies of lament.

Dr. Powers and his wife, Faith, have two daughters.

Dr. Jay Moon served 13 years as a missionary with SIM, largely in Ghana, West Africa among the Builsa people focusing on church planting and water development, along with his wife and four children. He is presently a Professor of Evangelism & Church Planting and Director of the Office of Faith, Work, and Economics at Asbury Theological Seminary. He authored four books, including Intercultural Discipleship: Learning from Global Approaches to Spiritual Formation in the Encountering Mission Series by Baker Academic. He also edited four books, including Entrepreneurial Church Planting: Innovative Approaches to Engage the Marketplace. He is a frequent speaker on areas of church planting, evangelism, and marketplace mission. In addition to his role as a teaching pastor in a local church plant, Jay holds a Professional Engineer’s license and his MBA focused on social entrepreneurship. His hobbies include tree houses, axe throwing, and small business incubation.

Winfield Bevins, D.Min. Winfield Bevins is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is an adjunct

professor and guest lecturer at various seminaries and universities in the United States and England. He has a Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a visiting Scholar at the National Institute for Newman Studies, Duquesne University. Having grown up in a free-church background, Winfield eventually found his spiritual home in the Anglican tradition, but freely draws wisdom from all church traditions.

Winfield is the author of several books, including Marks of a Movement: What the Church Today Can Learn from the Wesleyan Revival; and Ever Ancient Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation; Creed: Connect to the Essentials of Historic Christian FaithOur Common Prayer: A Field Guide to Common PrayerGrow at Home; and Church Planting Revolution. He has published articles in various publications including Liturgy, The Wesleyan Theological Journal, The Asbury Theological Journal, Pneuma Review, The Journal of Pente costal Theology, and Christianity Today. 

As a seasoned practitioner, he has helped plant several churches and has used his experience to train leaders from around the world. He is also a visual artist who enjoys painting iconography, landscapes, and portraits. Over the past decade, he has helped start numerous arts initiatives, including a non-profit art gallery and studio, and an arts program in North Carolina. He and his wife Kay live in Wilmore, Kentucky and have three daughters; Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline.

Dr. Bryan D. Sims has worked since 2001 as a Leadership and Organizational Change Coach with Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI) where he has trained and coached leaders, teams, churches, and organizations over extended periods of time to bring spiritual awakening and missional effectiveness. He has coached in Anglican, Methodist, Free Methodist, Wesleyan, Baptist, Presbyterian, and non-denominational settings.

Bryan has also been a professor of Leadership and Lay Equipping at Asbury Theological Seminary since 2011. His teaching expertise relates to team leadership, equipping, leading change, adaptive spiritual leadership, and the link between leadership and discipleship.

Bryan is a graduate of West Texas A&M University (1998) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2003) and has a PhD. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University (2009). He is author of Leading Together: The Holy Possibility of Harmony and Synergy in the Face of Change (100M Publishing, 2022) and has authored a chapter in Leadership the Wesleyan Way (Emeth Press, 2016).

He and his wife MyLinda have been happily married since 1997 and have four children: Isaiah, Luke, Silas, and Lydia. They live in Dallas, TX.