Preaching and Leading

The measure of a leader is not rank, title or fame, but the quality of community the leader has cultivated. For Christian ministry communities, such as congregations and ministry organizations, their leaders need growing expertise in the practices that shape communities to be vibrant in Christian witness and discipleship. This cohort invites career ministry leaders to deepen three primary skill sets: spiritual formation, biblical preaching and missional leadership. In this conversation, participants will focus on deepening the spirituality of themselves and of those they serve, expanding their capacity as preachers and sharpening their organizational intelligence to better mobilize their communities toward witness within and beyond the walls of the church. Participants in this cohort will:

  • Revisit ministry foundations in spiritual formation, preaching and leadership.
  • Examine the intersection between the leader’s formation (internal) and the leader’s ministry expressions of leadership and preaching (external), especially the ways in which these inform the shaping of ministry communities.
  • Receive practical faculty-mentor, peer and community feedback on preaching and leadership practices in ministry throughout the program.
  • Produce a Ministry Transformation Project (dissertation).

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Preaching and Leading 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

Faculty

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Thomas F. Tumblin, Ph.D. Dr. Tumblin 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.

Dr. Jeffrey W. Frymire spent the first 30+ years of his vocational calling in pastoral ministry in the Church of God, Anderson. He pastored congregations in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, and California. He is a graduate of Anderson University with a major in Biblical Studies. He has an M.A. Rel. and a M.Div. from Anderson School of Theology. He received his Ph.D. in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Homiletics from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2010. After graduating, he spent two years teaching Preaching and Speech Communication at Princeton Theological Seminary. Since August of 2012 he has been the Associate Professor of Homiletics at Asbury Theological Seminary’s Florida campus and was appointed Dean of the Chapel there in the summer of 2013. He is married to Rev. Joan Frymire and has three sons: Doug, Jonathan, and Joel. All three of his children are serving in full-time pastoral ministry. He is the author of the book, Preaching the Story: How to Communicate God’s Word Through Narrative Sermons.

Bryan D. Sims, Ph.D. Bryan 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.