Monday, July 8, 2013 7:55 AM
In 2006, Wesley launched the Spiritual Leadership for the Global Church: Asian Track Doctor of Ministry degree with a goal of providing leaders for the church and theological schools in Asian countries. The Methodist Theological University in Seoul Korea partnered with Wesley’s leadership to develop the intensive curriculum for this practical degree.
“We in this country use the mantra of becoming a global church all too glibly,” said Dr. Lew Parks, director of Wesley’s Doctor of Ministry program. “The students of the Global Asian tracks put muscle into the expression. Their project questions have obvious drama. How do you minister creatively and with limited resources in an environment where 97% of the population is of another world religion, such as in India? What kind of training will equip lay leaders for ministry in the remote regions of Nepal where there is a dearth of formally trained clergy? How can seminary students in Indonesia be formed for cooperation across tribal culture differences? And how can the churches in Korea overcome the ‘tyranny of success’ of the past and write a new chapter in church vitality?”
Students who have earned this degree include theological professors in Vietnam, Mongolia and Myanmar; and individuals from South Korea, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal and China. In addition to serving as pastors and educators, Wesley has attracted many missionaries who serve around the world, including Indonesia, Tanzania, China, Philippines, Kenya and Brazil.
This degree track is having a significant and long-term impact around the world. It is preparing the top leaders in many countries, including seminary presidents, deans and professors, district superintendents, and bishops. It is also creating a worldwide network among students, graduates and faculty. These theologians work together across cultures, ethnicity and nationality to multiply what they have gained in their study at Wesley to strengthen the church around the world.
If you know of someone who would excel in the Spiritual Leadership for the Global Church: Asian Track Doctor of Ministry degree, please let us know.
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