CST Launches New Doctor of Ministry Program to Nurture Spiritual Leaders Around the Globe.
Claremont School of Theology (CST) is proud to announce the launch of its newest degree program - the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice and Strategic Leadership, set to begin in January 2016. The program is designed for clergy and spiritual leaders across religious traditions, as well as leaders in transition. As one of CST’s Hybrid/Online programs, students are able to pursue their studies online from wherever they reside around the globe, while participating in week-long intensive courses on the CST campus at least once each year.
Applications are currently being accepted for the program’s first cohort.
“As leaders we often have an idea of what to do and why, but do not move forward effectively,” says Dean of the Faculty Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook. “What’s more, the realities of leadership often seem disconnected from the spiritual yearnings of our hearts – and the hearts of those we are called to lead, called to serve. That’s what we’re hoping to address through this new program.”
The D.Min. in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice and Strategic Leadership will allow students to experience depth of study and depth of relationships while also offering opportunities to explore new horizons.
Upon starting the program, each student will begin to formulate a “Practical Research Project” directed toward a specific leadership challenge within a present or future situation. This Project will include an action plan for wise, compassionate, strategic leadership based in contemplative practice.
Each January, D.Min. students will come to the CST campus for week-long Core Courses that will provide opportunities to deepen relationships with colleagues from a wide variety of contexts for ministry. These required courses include “Spiritual Renewal for Engaged Compassion,” “Discernment Based Strategic Leadership,” and “Contemplative Practice for Life and Leadership.”
Up to half of a student’s coursework in the D.Min. in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice and Strategic Leadership may be taken online. D.Min. students may take courses from among CST’s offerings in online, hybrid/online and on-campus formats. Students are also able to take courses through CST’s interreligious partner institutions - Bayan Claremont, University of the West and the Academy for Jewish Religion, California.
“The courses and collegial support in this program will address challenges faced within the entire leadership process - from spiritual grounding, to discernment, to strategic planning, to implementation, to evaluation and next steps,” says Dr. Andrew Dreitcer, Associate Professor of Spirituality, who helped to design the program. “Each of these dimensions of leadership will be connected to practices that cultivate a contemplative stance of clear-eyed, effective, compassionate action. These practices will move you through and beyond basic mindfulness to combine the best of the contemplative spiritual traditions with the best of strategic planning processes.”
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