Innovative Leadership

innovative leadership in changing cultures

The Innovative Leadership in Changing Cultures track brings leaders from diverse contexts together to learn to live into the mission of God. Students will develop an awareness of the complexities of a changing culture from other faithful leaders in these contexts. 


Dr. David Wesley

Professor of Intercultural Studies at Nazarene Theological Seminary

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Wesley

He is an expert in congregational mission, contextual theologies, and missional theology, drawing from extensive international and intercultural ministry experience.


DMN921: Emerging Global Realities 

FA 18 (3 Credit Hours)

SP19 (3 Credit Hours)

DMN922: Missional Ecclesiology


Dr. Ruth Padilla-DeBorst

Missionary and Theologian

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Padilla-DeBorst

Ruth Padilla DeBorst is a missionary and leading voice in missional and contextual theologies. She is a board member of the Latin American Theological Fellowship, serving as the representative of INFEMIT (The International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation). Ruth ministers with the Casa Adobe community in Costa Rica. 


DMN923: Theology and Ministry in Latin America

SU19 (3 Credit Hours)

DMN924: Theological Formation for Integral Mission

FA19 (2 Credit Hours)


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Dr. Ron Benefiel

Professor of Sociology and Christian Ministry, Lead Consultant for Mission Resources and Pastoral Relations at Point Loma Nazarene University

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Benefiel

He is a recognized leader in multicultural and urban ministry, having pastored churches and worked with non-profits in urban Los Angeles and San Diego.

Michael Mata, ABD

Director of Azusa Pacific University's MA in Transformational Urban Leadership

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Michael Mata

He is an expert in community transformation, youth leadership development, public health, and intercultural and multiethnic ministry. He has nearly 20 years of experience in urban pastoral ministry in Los Angeles. 


DMN926: Wesleyan Missional Theology for Urban and Multicultural Contexts

SP20 (3 Credit Hours)

DMN927: Models of Christian Leadership and Community Transformation

SU20 (2 Credit Hours)


Track Structure


 
 
 
 
 
 

Year 1: FA18


  • 8/20: Semester Starts
  • 9/2: Welcome Dinner @ 6:30 NTS Campus in Kansas City 
  • 9/3-8: Kansas City Colloquy with Dr. David Wesley
  • Sept-Dec
    • Specialized Course with Dr. David Wesley 
      • DMN921: Emerging Global Realities (2 Credit Hours)
    • DMN931: Customized Course with Faculty Advisor (3 Credit Hours)
    • DMN946: Research Course I - Orientation to Professional Research (1 Credit Hours)
  • 12/3-6: Course Work Ends (Finals Week)

Year 1: SP19


  • 1/14: Semester Starts
  • Jan-May
    • Specialized Course with Dr. David Wesley
      • DMN922: Missional Ecclesiology (3 Credit Hours)
    • DMN932: Customized Course with Faculty Advisor (3 Credit Hours)
  • 4/29-5/2: Course Work Ends (Finals Week)

Year 1: SU19


  • 5/6: Semester Starts
  • 6/3-8: Costa Rica Colloquy with Dr. Ruth Padilla-DeBorst
    • DMN923: Theology and Ministry in Latin America (3 Credit Hours
    • DMN947: Research Course II - Contextual Research Approaches (1 Credit Hours)
  • 8/8: Course Work Ends (Finals Week)

Year 2: FA19


  • 8/19: Semester Starts
  • Sept-Dec
    • Specialized Course with Dr. Ruth Padilla-DeBorst 
      • DMN924: Theological Formation for the Integral Mission (2 Credit Hours)
    • DMN933: Customized Course with Faculty Advisor (3 Credit Hours)
    • DMN948: Research III - Topic Development and Design (1 Credit Hours)
  • 12/2-5: Course Work Ends (Finals Week)

Year 2: SP20


  • 1/13: Semester Starts
  • Jan-May
    • Specialized Course with Dr. Ron Benefiel and Prof. Michael Mata 
      • DMN926: Wesleyan Missional Theology for Urban and Multicultural Contexts (3 Credit Hours)
    • DMN934: Customized Course with Faculty Advisor (3 Credit Hours)
  • 4/27-30: Course Work Ends (Finals Week)

Year 2: SU20


  • 5/4: Course Work Begins
  • 6/1-6: LA Colloquy with Dr. Ron Benefiel and Prof. Michael Mata
    • DMN927: Models of Christian Leadership and Community Transformation (2 Credit Hours)
    • DMN949: Research IV - Design Form and Writing Plan (2 Credit Hours)
  • 8/6: Course Work Ends

Year 3: FA20


  • Aug-Dec: PRP/Dissertation (4 Credit Hours)

Year 3: SP21


  • Jan-May
    • PRP/Dissertation (0 Credit Hours)
    • March-April: PRP/Dissertation Symposium (VC/KC)
  • May
    • Graduation

 

Dynamic Leadership in a Complex World