Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Strategic Ministry

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry

What You Will Learn

Bring Positive Change and Growth to Your Ministry with Our Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry

Strategic planning plays an important role in Christian ministry because it allows ministry leaders to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them and helps equip them to fulfill the Great Commission. If you want to learn how to launch strategic initiatives that can expand your ministry’s effectiveness, Liberty’s online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry degree may be for you.

In this program, you can develop the leadership abilities and biblical knowledge needed to carry out successful ministry efforts. The Ph.D. in Christian Leadership is a research-focused program designed to help you lead, teach, and conduct research for churches, parachurch organizations, Christian schools, and more. With our 100% online courses, experienced faculty, and institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), you can be confident that we have the resources you need to prepare for the future.

What Will You Learn in Liberty University’s Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry?

  • Biblical and theological foundations of leadership and education
  • Characteristics of discipleship
  • Leadership and management theory
  • Marks of a biblical church

In this program, you’ll complete several core Christian leadership courses that cover topics such as group and team dynamics, organizational theory and development, and the ethical aspects of Christian leadership. Building on these core studies, the strategic Christian ministry specialization can help equip you to assess your ministry’s success and biblical faithfulness, evaluate the health of your local church, and use new technologies and strategies to enhance your ministry. Through these studies, you can prepare to bring needed change and growth to your church or organization.

To synthesize your knowledge, you will complete a sequence of research courses culminating in a dissertation. The dissertation process will allow you to conduct your own original research, examine important problems in the field, and contribute to the current body of knowledge in Christian leadership.

Potential Careers for Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry Graduates

  • Christian education
  • Christian ministries
  • Churches
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Higher education
  • Missions organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Research

Benefits of Pursuing Your Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry Degree with Liberty University

As a leader in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to create a flexible and affordable education for busy people. Since we have been investing in distance and online learning for decades, our experience has taught us how to streamline our degree options so you can focus on what really matters to you. While many schools offer online degrees, we believe Liberty stands out.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • The majority of tuition for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 9 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.
  • As a John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Ph.D. student, you will receive a block rate of $2,750 if you enroll in 7-15 credit hours per semester. This can save you up to $6,000 a semester!**
  • You can complete this Ph.D. in Christian Leadership – Strategic Christian Ministry program in as little as 2.5 years.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

**Credits taken below 7 and above 15 credit hours are charged at the part-time rate.

Military Tuition Discount

We want to help you find the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers eligible current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Here’s how:

  • If you’re earning or have earned a master’s degree through Liberty, you automatically qualify for the low price (when you begin within 2 years of your master’s completion).
  • If you haven’t earned a graduate degree through Liberty, our Executive Certificate program allows you to pay only $300/credit hour for a postgraduate certificate that can stand alone or potentially count as the first 21 hours of a related doctoral degree. Then pay just $300/credit hour for your doctorate. Learn more!



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100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Jun 24, 2024


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