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Doctor of Ministry


Newbold is offering a Doctor of Ministry in conjunction with Andrews University (USA). This programme will be available for a one-off intake in 2018, and will focus on Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry. The programme is designed to develop spiritually mature and visionary ministers to lead a 21st-century cutting-edge movement toward multiethnic/multicultural churches and ministries.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s doctrinal statement affirms the power of the gospel to break down ethnic/cultural barriers. However, these “barriers” still exist in Adventism, because Adventists have tended to develop ethnic-specific churches. This issue is particularly challenging in the Trans-European and Inter-European Divisions.

Today, racial diversity should be the norm and celebrated. Racial inclusivity in the world and racial exclusivity in the Church suggest that something is amiss. In order to minister effectively in the 21st-century context, racial diversity needs to become the norm in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A movement toward more multiracial congregations must be the cutting edge for ministry and growth in this century. Without models that push toward multiethnic/multicultural ministry and away from ethnic-specific churches, Adventists will not be effective in doing ministry in a postmodern and increasingly diverse society. Additionally, the current ethnic division in the Church is a potential obstacle to new and emerging generations within this body who cannot harmonise a gospel of racial unity with current ecclesiastical practices.

Four to six years*, part-time

Intensives on-campus, otherwise off-campus

21 May to 6 June 2018

32 US credits

To Be Confirmed (Newbold) and Dr Kenley Hall (Andrews)

Andrews University (United States) 

*Intensive classes will be held across four summers (2018 to 2021). This is the minimum duration in which you may complete this programme. You may take an additional two years to complete the research project component.  


Because of the (relatively) universal multiethnic and multicultural nature of congregations in the geographical area of the Trans-European Division, pastors would ideally equip themselves better for ministry and mission within such a context.



You can find out more about the modules you will study below, or you can access our Programme Handbook.

To fulfil the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry in Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry concentration you will complete the 32 US credits, comprised of the following modules: 


  • CHMN723 Theological and Social Science Foundations for Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry – 4 US credits, on-campus intensive 
  • GSEM790 Project Seminar – 4 US credits, off-campus
  • GSEM706 Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry – 8 US credits, on-campus intensive 
  • GSEM730 Field Research for Ministry – 6 US credits, off-campus
  • CHMN731 Essential Principles and Practices in Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry – 5 US credits, on-campus, intensive and off-campus
  • CHMN712 Transformational Leadership – 5 US credits, on-campus intensive 

CHMN723 Theological and Social Science Foundations for Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry

This module focuses on a systematic study of Old Testament and New Testament principles
for multiethnic and multicultural mission and ministry. It explores the history of immigration
and changing demographic trends in Europe, and address issues of cross-cultural communication. A sociological foundation for understanding the various ethnic and cultural
groups that make up the rich European tapestry is explored along with issues of racism,
prejudice and racial reconciliation.

Teaching dates: 21 May – 6 June 2018

Teaching staff

  • Kenley Hall, DMin – Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Discipleship and Religious Education, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
  • Bruce Bauer, DMiss – Professor of World Mission, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Director, Doctor of Missiology Programme

GSEM790 Project Seminar

Participants receive assistance in forming their DMin project proposal, and orientation to issues in successful completion of the project. Areas of focus include a literature review, theological reflection, critical thinking, experiential learning, reflective observation, research design and techniques, reading and evaluating research, academic writing, development of an effective work plan for completion of the project, and other project-related topics.

Teaching dates: 21 May – 6 June 2018

GSEM706 Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

This module looks at theological and spiritual foundations as a basis for engagement in ministry.

Ministry is based on being as well as doing. This module builds the spiritual and theological foundation from which the practice of mission and ministry grows and seeks to lead the participant into a self-reflection and examination of life and belief.

Teaching dates: 2019

Teaching staff

  • Allan Walshe, PhD – Associate Professor of Discipleship, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Chair, Department of Discipleship & Religious Education

CHMN731 Essential Principles and Practices in Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry

This module examines best practices in multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry.
Special emphasis is given to models of multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry. The
module includes site visits to successful multiethnic/multicultural churches and discussions
with these top practitioners.

Teaching dates: 2020

Teaching staff

  • Kenley Hall, DMin – Associate Professor of Christian Ministry and Discipleship and Religious Education, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

CHMN712 Transformational Leadership

Personal and theological reflection is integrated with principles for leading change. Systems
thinking, transformation of organisational culture, and human development theory are
investigated in the context of multiethnic/multicultural leadership. The module also pursues
further development and application of multiethnic/multicultural-lifestyle modelling.

Teaching staff

  • Stan Patterson, PhD – Professor of Christian Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Chair, Department of Christian Ministry, Director, Christian Leadership Center

Teaching dates: 2021

GSEM730 Field Research for Ministry

No module description

Teaching staff

  • To be advised

Teaching dates: TBC


Eligible applicants will hold a Master of Arts in Theology or a Master of Divinity or equivalent, and will have at least three years’ experience in ministry, among other admission criteria.


For information about fees for the Doctor of Ministry, please contact the Academic Registrar, Serena Santona, at ssantona@newbold.ac.uk, or on +44 (0)1344 407419.


As a Doctor of Ministry student you will become an automatic member of the Newbold Ministerial Society. The Society provides a range of events and activities for its members, such as seminars, social activities, and mission and evangelism trips

Find out more about the Newbold Ministerial Society.


Through this programme, you will develop 

  • A base of knowledge specific to multiethnic and multicultural issues in an Adventist context 
  • A transformational emphasis on yourself as a being, and your own personal development, and 
  • Doing, evidenced in skill training for missional church practitioners. 

Knowing: The knowledge base has the eleven following components: 

  1. Understanding of the biblical and sociological foundations for multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry 
  2. The four levels at which racism exists 
  3. The best practices for multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry 
  4. A primary reason for the challenge of second and third generation immigrants 
  5. The changing worldwide demography 
  6. Postmodern and Metamodern views on racial inclusivity 
  7. The principles of racial reconciliation 
  8. Appreciation and awareness of the personal spiritual life as foundational for mission and ministry 
  9. Systems thinking and change theory 
  10. Leadership development as the framework for multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry 
  11. The principle of reflective practice 

Being: In the process of the concentration, participants will experience development in the following seven areas: 

  1. One’s identity formed through discipleship 
  2. Multiethnic/Multicultural mission and ministry as a way of life 
  3. Commitment to multi-ethnic/multicultural collaboration for mission and ministry 
  4. Awareness of one’s Cultural Intelligence 
  5. A consciousness of personal and corporate racism 
  6. Attentiveness to one’s personal prejudices 
  7. A life-long learner 

Doing: Participants in the concentration demonstrate competency in areas fitting their context selected from the nine practices listed below: 

  1. Implementing spiritual health into the fast-paced life of the 21st century 
  2. Applying the principles of racial reconciliation in their church and local community 
  3. Modelling multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry 
  4. Transitioning a church for multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry 
  5. Planting a multiethnic/multicultural church 
  6. Implementing best practices in multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry 
  7. Establishing clear indicators for assessing multiethnic/multicultural mission and ministry 
  8. Processing and managing change 
  9. Utilising the principles of reflective practice 


The following nine learning modalities will be included in the concentration’s andragogy (method and practice of learning for adults, or in adult education):

  1. Ministry Development Plan (MDP): The Ministry Development Plan (MDP) is your vision for your spiritual, relational, personal and professional development, along with a detailed description of what will be involved in the completion of your Doctor of Ministry degree.
  2. Journalling
  3. Context support group: During your first year in the Doctor of Ministry, you will select five to seven persons within your ministry context to serve as your context support group. These persons will meet with you as a group once a year throughout your programme and provide both encouragement and assessment of your growth throughout the journey.
  4. Learning groups: including collective assignments, consultations, and accountability
  5. Mentoring as a professional relationship
  6. Classroom consultation including didactic and experiential learning, as well as networking with top practitioners and experts in the field of multiethnic/multicultural ministry
  7. Research including current literature, assigned readings, and case studies
  8. Praxis including implementation of leadership interventions in the context of ministry
  9. A project including theological reflection, field research, and intervention involving specific challenge in their ministering context

Graduates from this programme are better qualified to lead the Church and their local churches through the challenges of working within a multi-ethnic/multicultural context, and are sought as experts within the field. Although this is not a research-based doctorate, it is a professional doctorate in practical ministry and comes with the kudos appropriate to such a qualification.


Newbold is a member of the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist schools, colleges and universities, is accredited within the UK higher education sector by the British Accreditation Council, and receives educational oversight from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Ministry and Mission is offered in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK).

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