Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Christian Leadership - Ministry Leadership Online Degree Program

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Christian Leadership - Ministry Leadership Online Degree Program

Admission Requirements  |  Program Format  |  Degree Requirements  |  Potential Careers

Liberty’s Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership is Teaching Tomorrow’s Influencers Today!

Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership online degree program is designed to prepare and equip students with research, teaching, management, and leadership competencies for executive-level leadership roles in churches, mission organizations, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, and Christian academic institutions.

Liberty’s Doctor of Education (EdD) in Christian Leadership is a fully online, praxis degree. It is the highest academic degree offered in the theory and practice of Christian leadership. As an applied theological degree, the Doctorate in Christian Leadership intentionally seeks to integrate a Christian worldview with study in the fields of leadership, education, and the social sciences. The program enables students to acquire a breadth of knowledge across these disciplines and to gain the skills needed to conduct doctoral level research appropriate to diverse educational, organizational, and ministry contexts.

Our EdD in Christian Leadership program recognizes faith-based organizations as dynamic and developmental in nature. Therefore, the program promotes a balanced model of Christian leadership that recognizes the importance of biblical values, inspiring vision, godly virtues, and attention to the details of venture management.

Why Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership?

Liberty University’s EdD in Christian Leadership is taught by experienced professors who share your biblical values and integrate a Christian worldview into your course material. Your EdD in Christian Leadership offers dual accreditation, including the highest accreditation available through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 

Benefits of Liberty’s Christian Leadership Online Doctorate Degree Program

  • By earning your EdD in Christian Leadership degree from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition rates for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs have not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university.
  • You can complete the Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership in as little as 3 years.
  • As a Christian leader, you will benefit from networking opportunities with other educators in the program from around the country.

What you will learn in the Doctor of Christian Leadership

  • CLED700  Biblical & Theological Foundations of Leadership
    • This course is a study of the biblical and theological foundations of leadership as evidenced by Scripture. Learners examine theological themes and biblical assumptions that directly impact one’s philosophy and practice of leadership. Students learn to think theologically about issues and concepts drawn from the discipline of leadership. A framework for biblically-based integrative thinking is developed and practiced with regards to the relationship between education, leadership, and theology.
  • CLED780  Change, Power, and Conflict in Leadership
    • This course provides an analysis of dynamics surrounding the innovation and strategic change process. While innovation and change are essential to the progress of any organization, they often produce conflict situations. This course looks at how innovation brings valuable disruption to an organization. Students learn how to lead change effectively while leveraging the benefits of the disruption and conflict that innovative change creates. Leaders learn to capture and capitalize on the opportunities of new technologies, creative methods, and strategic initiatives to move their church or organization forward. Additionally, this course explores the role of entrepreneurial leadership in the development of strategic initiatives within a faith-based organization and strategic partnerships outside a faith-based organization.
  • CLED815 Character & Ethics in Leadership & Education
    • This course builds on the CLED800. Building upon this study of the imago Dei (Image of God), this course further studies the essential character qualities of effective biblical servant leader-teachers, and the principles for ethical influence, communication, instruction, problem-solving, and decision-making. Ethical dilemmas will be considered in case study format to aid students in applying ethics to leadership and education decisions.
  • CLED845 Group and Team Dynamics: Theory and Practice in Leadership
    • This course is a study of group theory and team processes and their application to faith-based organizational leadership. Team dynamics, team development and the role of the team leader are examined.

Unique Features of Liberty’s EdD in Christian Leadership

  • Accessible to “Life-Engaged” Learners

Life-engaged learners are students who are actively engaged in family, church, and professional life while participating in the doctoral program. Although this program is rigorous, it is designed with the flexibility of a fully online program and will not require relocation.

  • Promotes a Community of Learners

The EdD in Christian Leadership fosters collaborative learning by building a strong sense of community among the students and professors. As students follow a prescribed sequence of seminars, relationships are developed as students learn to support and serve each other. The result is a dynamic learning environment where collegiality and community are a hallmark.

  • Delivered Through an Enhanced Online Learning Environment

Liberty’s Christian Leadership Doctorate offers faculty-mediated online learning that maintains the highest standards of academic quality while providing time flexibility. Students participate in asynchronous online seminar discussions and learning activities led by the professor.

  • Dissertation Development Through the Curriculum

As students’ progress through the program, they write various elements of the dissertation. These are built into courses through a progressive and systematic design. Six research courses are required. Each course is designed to build the writing of the dissertation prospectus (proposal) directly into the required seminars.

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year and no set login times.

EdD in Christian Leadership Program Format

  • 100% Online with optional intensives
  • 60 credit hours
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

EdD in Christian Leadership Degree Information and Requirements


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Potential Career Opportunities with a Christian Leadership Doctoral Degree

  • Academic Leadership Role
  • Faith-Based Organizational Leadership Roles
  • Ministry or Missions Leadership Roles