Preaching and Leading Manila

The Every Nation office in Manila, Philippines, is hosting a Doctor of Ministry Preaching and Leading cohort beginning Fall 2022. The focus will be on sharpening present strengths while gaining new skills and perspectives for preaching and leading in the diverse ministry contexts of the 21st century.

This cohort invites ministry leaders into a journey of personal and community spiritual formation. You will expand your capacities as Good News communicators and sharpen your organizational intelligence. Working with peers from all over the world and a faculty who come with significant diverse ministry experience, you can expect to be challenged and inspired. Ultimately, through researching and writing your Ministry Transformation Project, you will contribute solution-centered strategies to your immediate ministry context and to the broader Church as well.

Every Nation is a global family of churches dedicated to establishing church-planting churches, reaching the next generation on the campus, and preaching the gospel to all people.

Your cohort will explore challenging issues such as:

  • The intersections between Scripture, preaching, leadership, and spiritual formation in today’s world
  • Contextually relevant ways to communicate with people and lead inside and outside the faith community
  • Biblically-informed principles that shape missional leadership and organizational development
  • Adaptive leadership capacities for local/global ministry contexts

“As a result of attending Asbury’s Doctor of Ministry program, I experienced growth as a preacher, leader, and most importantly, a disciple of Jesus. The program also gave me an opportunity to research a topic that is essential to my role as president of Every Nation Churches & Ministries: post-founder ministry sustainability. I highly recommend this program to any pastor or leader who wants to upgrade their leadership calling.” Dr. Steve Murrell, President, Every Nation

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Preaching and Leading Manila 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(PLE)915A Seminar I The Pastor Formed through Preaching 2 credit hours
DM(PLE)915B Seminar I The Pastor Formed through Preaching 2 credit hours
DM(PLE)916A Seminar II Communicating To and For the Church 2 credit hours
DM(PLE)916B Seminar II Communicating To and For the Church 2 credit hours
DM(PLE)917A Seminar III Community Shaping Leadership 2 credit hours
DM(PLE)917B Seminar III Community Shaping Leadership 2 credit hours
DM(PLE)918A Seminar IV Leading Change 2 credit hours
DM(PLE)918B Seminar IV Leading Change 2 credit hours


Bryan D. Sims, Ph.D. 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: Embodying Kenosis through our Greatest Challenges (100M Publishing, 2021) 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.

Thomas F. Tumblin, Ph.D. joined Asbury Seminary in 1999 after ten years on staff at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church (Tipp City, OH). He has five years of experience as a district superintendent overseeing 170 churches. Along with his teaching role at the Seminary, Tom has served with the Doctor of Ministry program, Beeson International Center, Global Partnerships, Church Planting Initiative and the Beeson School of Practical Theology. His research interests include leader identity, change theory and organizational systems. Tom and his wife Yvonne have three daughters and four grandchildren.

David Ward, Ph.D. is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. Rev. Ward led a church of 650 in northern Indiana; trained itinerant preachers for a parachurch organization in Denver, Colorado; served as the Dean of Theology and Ministry; has served on the preaching team for churches in Michigan and Indiana; and is a regular preacher in conferences, camps, and universities. Rev. Ward received his bachelors in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University; his M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary; and his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Homiletics in 2012. Pastor Ward is in the middle of a transition back to full time local church ministry for a multiethnic, multi-site church in the Brentwood, TN. Dr. Ward is the author of Practicing the Preaching Life and numerous online and academic articles.