Preaching and Leading: Shaping Prophetic Communities

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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Cohort Syllabi

DMPLE915 Seminar I The Pastor Formed through Preaching
DMPLE916 Seminar II Communicating To and For the Church
DMPLE917 Seminar III Community Shaping Leadership
DMPLE918 Seminar IV Leading Change


russell_west_150Leadership educator, coach, scholar and author, Dr. Russell West is motivated to help leaders — executive and emerging — experience the kind of velocity that comes with living life on a mission. He is most known for his scholarship that explores leadership as a reflex. He gets energy from multiplying effort through teamwork: he and his professional collaborators have founded non-profits (Leadership Training International, The Emergence Group), and have written leadership development books, journals, manuals and articles. If you can’t find him, he’s probably somewhere mentoring emerging leaders, revising a book draft or plotting the next big sailing adventure with family and friends.

tom_tumblin_150Dr. Thomas Tumblin served 10 years in ministry at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church (Tipp City, Ohio) before joining the Asbury Theological Seminary faculty in 1999. He now serves as Professor of Leadership and Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives and Academic Affairs at Asbury Seminary. He serves widely as a consultant to local congregations and as a leader in the academy.

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