DMin in Leadership with a Concentration in Reframing Church in Context

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Leadership with a Concentration in
Reframing Church in Context
(Launching 2023)


The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) concentration in Reframing Church in Context explores the nature, history, mission and practices of the church as it interacts with a student’s diverse contextual experiences and callings. To investigate and develop this relationship, the program will address the strategic priority of hospitality and service as theological concepts central to the mission of the triune God. It will also encourage ministry leaders to experiment with ministry application as they put their knowledge into practice with the support of experienced, reflective practitioners.

Students in this program may also choose to join a Korean Canadian Context cohort.

The Korean Canadian Context cohort will address issues specific to the Korean church. The cohort will be led by Dr. Sarah Han, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry (Homiletics), and participants can expect to work on projects collaboratively rather than as individuals.

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Program Format

The concentration in Reframing Church in Context in the Doctor of Ministry Leadership Track is a cohort model, with some sequenced courses. Students will complete 12 courses within 3 years, with distance learning and residency phases each year.

  • The distance learning phase includes reading, writing, research, reflection, application, and collaboration primarily supported by teachers, personal growth coaches, and research portfolio advisors.
  • The residency phase – two weeks in June and one week in January – includes worship and prayer, lectures, plenary discussions, group activities, small group meetings, and individual work.

Post-DMin Certificate

The Post-DMin Certificate is designed for people who already have a DMin but want to take additional courses as continued education. Students will complete 3 courses within 3 years.

Course titles, descriptions and sequence may be modified when warranted after due process by the DMin Program Committee and Academic Planning Committee.


Year A

  • DMML 0901 Formation of the Leader
  • DMRC 0901 Hospitality for Participating in God’s Work: The Congregation and the Table
  • DMML 0951 Integration Overview
  • DMML 0941 Exegeting Your Ministry Context

Year B

  • DMML 0907 Leadership Development
  • DMRC 0902 Communal Discernment for Ministry Development: The Community and the Table
  • DMML 0942 Philosophy of Christian Leadership
  • DMML 0952 Integration Proposal

Year C

  • DMML 0943 Action Research Project
  • DMRC 0903 Strategic Practices and Experiments for Hospitable Engagement: Extending the Table
  • DMML 0905 Intercultural Leadership Competency
  • DMML 0953 Integration Portfolio

Courses included in the Post-DMin Certificate

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Reframing Church in Context Faculty & Instructors

Jesse Sudirgo

Jesse Sudirgo

Concentration Coordinator |   416.226.6620 ext. 2843

Jesse Sudirgo, PhD cand., is the Director of the Masters of Divinity Church in the City (In-Ministry) Program and Assistant Professor of Contextual Ministry at the Seminary. He has a diverse breadth of experience in multiple disciplines of ministry in both the church and non-profit sectors. He is the former Director of Street-Involved Services at the YSM Evergreen Centre and continues to consult with churches in their engagement with poverty in the city.

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Marilyn Draper

Marilyn Draper

Dr. Marilyn Draper is the Associate Professor of Practical Theology and has theological expertise along with years of frontline experience as a church planter, pastor and campus ministry worker. Along with several published works, she is an experienced lecturer, preacher and speaker.

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Sarah Han

Sarah Han

Dr. Sarah Han is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and brings practical ministry experience as an ordained minister and theological expertise as an academic. Dr. Han considers herself to be "third culture" Canadian-Korean-Chinese and her formative theology was shaped on the mission field abroad. She has provided leadership in the Canadian immigrant church context for over a decade and has diverse experience in the Canadian public and private sectors. Dr. Han's vocational commitment and theological passion are to critically observe and reflect on how ecclesiology shapes and informs missiology and her research focuses on an intercultural, intergenerational, missional ecclesiology for Canada.

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