Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Multicultural Ministry Cohort

DTS is pleased to offer a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Ministry Leadership with an emphasis for Multicultural Ministry.

This program is formatted as a modified cohort in which the same group of students will go through a select portion of the program together. This program will use procedure similar to the Harvard Business School case study approach.

Multicultural ministry is a broad idea that can be described as any local church or non-profit ministry that serves one or more of the following people groups: refugee, immigrant, one-point-five generation, second generation and/or Third Culture populations.

"Multicultural" is not necessarily about ethnicity; it can be mono-ethnic or multiethnic in form. For example, while the Chinese church in America is mono-ethnic, it is often made up of multiple languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, English etc…). As language embodies a culture, the Chinese church in America is actually multicultural, even though it is not multiethnic.

In addition, growing numbers of English speakers from one-point-five and second generation immigrant groups, as well as Third Culture populations, are regular attendees or members in ethnic and multiethnic churches.

Advanced leadership training is needed for ministers in these culturally diverse ministry contexts.

The Multicultural Ministry Cohort will be taught by Mike Pocock, Ray Chang and Todd Bradley.

A native of England who spent his formative years in the United States, Dr. Pocock always has subscribed to an intercultural approach to the gospel. Before joining the Seminary’s World Missions faculty in 1987, he pastored a culturally diverse church in Chicago. He also ministered for 16 years with The Evangelical Alliance Mission, first in Venezuela and later as mobilization director in Wheaton, Illinois. Over the past several years Dr. Pocock has researched and written on the development of multicultural churches in America (2002) and the impact of globalization on missions (2005). He currently is researching human migration in Scripture and the implications for ministry worldwide. Dr. Pocock has been a visiting professor at Christian colleges and seminaries around the world, and in 2008 he began serving as chairman of the board for Evergreen Family Friendship Services/China.

“We see the need and want to help leaders minister more effectively to the cultural diversity that surrounds them. For some this this means becoming more effective in their own ethnic group, for others it means pulling together peoples from diverse backgrounds for spiritual growth in a united group.”

~ Dr. Mike Pocock, Department Chair and Senior Professor of World Missions and Intercultural Studies

Dr. Ray Chang is originally from Southern California. There he attended Talbot Seminary to earn his Master's of Divinity and shortly after completed his Master's in Sacred Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Most recently Dr. Chang completed his Doctor of Ministry at Trinity Divinity Evangelical School.  Dr. Chang has an extensive ministry experience in second generation Korean American and multiethnic ministry. He began as a youth pastor in Southern California, then moved to an internship at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton under the pastoral leadership of Chuck Swindoll. It was there that Dr. Chang was ordained and received his call to Korean Central Presbyterian Church as their English Pastor. Afterwards, he planted a multi-ethnic church, Ambassador Bible Church, in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. In 2000, Dr. Chang moved back to EV Free Fullerton to become the Outreach Pastor. In 2003, Dr. Chang planted his second church, Ambassador Church.

Dr. Todd Bradley is the associate director of Dallas Theological Seminary/Houston where he teaches missions and Christian leadership. He has also taught for Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana and the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. He holds a doctorate in missions from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, has done graduate work at the Jerusalem University College in Israel, and has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe. A retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, He has recently served as the associate academic dean at the prestigious National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C., where he taught Middle East studies.

This method of study will be an excellent opportunity for students to interact and learn from others in their same areas of ministry. Case studies will be developed in the evaluation of problems, programs, and/or procedures unique to pastors and ministry leaders in a multicultural ministry context. Emphasis will be placed on leadership development and research methods. Each case will be developed around a ministry setting that will enhance the student’s ministry.

The cohort will involve onsite field trips to area multicultural churches and parachurch ministries. In addition, seasoned professionals will also be invited to class to discuss case studies in their designated areas of ministry. The objective is to provide students with practical ideas coupled with individualized coaching, and peer mentoring to increase the student's competency and ministry effectiveness.

Applicants must possess an accredited MDiv or ThM degree or equivalent, with two years of Greek and one year of Hebrew. Prospective students with three semesters of Greek may apply.

Degree Breakdown

Required Cohort Classes (18 hours)

First Winter (6 hours)

  • An introduction to evaluation of problems, programs, and/or procedures unique to pastors and ministry leaders in multicultural ministry through case-study methodology with emphasis on leadership and research methods.

Second Winter (6 hours)

  • Continuation of evaluation of problems, programs, and/or procedures unique to pastors and ministry leaders in multicultural ministry through case-study methodology with emphasis on leadership and research methods.

Third Winter (6 hours)

  • Conclusion of evaluation of problems, programs, and/or procedures unique to pastors and ministry leaders in multicultural ministry through case-study methodology with emphasis on leadership and research methods.

Additional Required Courses (12 hours)

  • DM101 The Ministry (3 hours)
  • DM102 The Applied Research Development Seminar (3 hours)
  • Elective Course/Elective Independent Study (3 hours)
  • DM103/105 - The Applied Research Project (3 hours)