The Ph.D. in Applied Theology (Christian Leadership)

We at Between the Times would like to announce that Southeastern is now accepting applications for the Ph.D. in Applied Theology with a concentration in Christian Leadership. This degree is available to Christian leaders, scholars, and educators serving in leadership roles in churches, denominational entities, Christian organizations, and Christian colleges and universities. The purpose of this Ph.D. track is to prepare scholar-leader-teachers for such roles by way of a research-based, terminal degree designed to develop core competencies in theological integration, research, leadership, and educational practice.

Students in this track will have the opportunity to study with professors such as Danny Akin, Andreas Köstenberger, Alvin Reid, Larry Purcell, Gary Bredfeldt, Eric Johnson, Michael Wilder, and Brad Waggoner. Thus, the Christian Leadership track integrates biblical theology with the study of leadership and education theory and practice, and with the social sciences used to measure such practices.

We have developed a delivery system for this track that is tailored for those already serving in Christian leadership roles. Through a combination of online discussions and prescribed face-to-face seminars, students can work toward this degree without relocating. Face-to-face seminars meet in Wake Forest twice a year, two weeks in June/July and two weeks in January. Each seminar will include pre- and post- work conducted online from the student’s current ministry context. Syllabi will be released in advance of the face-to-face meeting so that students can complete all pre-seminar work and come together in Wake Forest for instruction from the professor and interaction with one another.

Through this track we aim to promote a balanced model of Christian leadership and learning within a community of scholars. Experienced ministry leaders will join a group of 8 to 12 peers who will together progress through core seminars, develop sustainable habits of scholarly inquiry, and participate in a cooperative learning environment. We offer this degree to carry forward the Great Commission in all Christian organizations and institutions. Come join us in this mission.

For more information, contact Jake Pratt, Assistant to the Director of Ph.D. Studies, via email at or by phone at (919) 761-2491. He will be glad to answer your questions and assist you in the application process.

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