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 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!

Completed Applications Due December 1, 2019

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.


Year 1: 2020 Spiritual Formation of the Leader July, Wilmore, Ky
Year 2: 2021 Organizational Leadership August, Wilmore, Ky. or Atlanta, Ga
Year 3: 2022 Church Planting, Multiplying and Growth  September, London, England

Cohort Syllabi

DM(MLC)915A-W1 Seminar I Spiritual Formation in the Sacramental Tradition
DM(MLC)915B-X1 Seminar I Spiritual Formation in the Sacramental Tradition
DM(MLC)916A-W1 Seminar II Organizational Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition
DM(MLC)916B-X1 Seminar II Organizational Leadership in the Sacramental Tradition


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.

After completing his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible (Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion), Michael D. Matlock, Ph.D. rejoined the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary in 2008 after previously serving on the faculty from 1998- 2001. He currently serves as the department chair of Inductive Biblical Studies. He understands his calling at Asbury Seminary is to teach Scripture for the sake of God’s church and world, and he endeavors to instill a love for the study of Scripture in his students. Professor Matlock teaches hermeneutical courses in the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Psalms, the Book of Daniel, Minor Prophets, Gospel of Matthew, and Gospel of Mark. He also teaches Second Temple Judaism courses in the doctoral and masters programs as well as a biblical theology course.

Professor Matlock is engaged in biblical and theological scholarship for both the church and the academic guild. He has published two books, Discovering the 2 Traditions of Prose Prayers in Early Jewish Literature (T&T Clark) and a devotional commentary on Daniel 1-6 (Seedbed). He is currently writing two technical commentaries, 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles and the Prayer of Manasseh for the Septuagint Commentary Series (Brill Publishers). He has written articles for such publications as the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, T&T Clark Companion to Second Temple Judaism, and the Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology. He has also written essays for collections in the Library of New Testament Studies (T&T Clark), Deuterocanonical Books and Cognate Literature (De Gruyter), and Ancient Israel and Its Literature (SBL) as well as for stand-alone volumes published by Baker Academic and Eisenbrauns.

An Anglican priest, Fr. Matlock serves as an assisting priest at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. He is married to Robin, and they have one daughter, Madeline, and two sons, Raleigh and Isaac.

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