PhD in Christian Leadership – Church Revitalization Lead a Church Comeback


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Are you interested in reviving a struggling church? Perhaps you’re a full-time pastor, and you want to tackle the challenge of finding a church in need of strong leadership and a person who can guide it back to success. If this sounds like you, Liberty University’s online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Christian Leadership – Church Revitalization may be a great fit. This degree program is offered 100% online with no set login times – allowing you to further your education while remaining committed to your job, family, and community.

In today’s world, the church has fallen on hard times. According to Gallup, church attendance in America has dropped below 50% for the first time ever.* This troubling trend can be attributed to a number of factors – mainly that an increasing number of Americans no longer identify with a particular religion. With our church revitalization degree, you can play a role in battling this trend by learning how to nurse a church back to health. Unbelievers are everywhere – including your local community. This degree program can help you find those people and bring them into your church’s family.

By partnering with us, you can complete a terminal Christian PhD program capable of teaching you the skills needed to revive a church. Don’t put your future – or the future of your church – on hold any longer. Choose Liberty’s PhD program in church revitalization and prepare to serve others.

*Gallup, at U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time (viewed online May 11, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

The PhD in Applied Apologetics, PhD in Bible Exposition, PhD in Christian Leadership, and PhD in Practical Theology are not approved by the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools but are approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to develop an online degree program that challenges you to grasp new concepts while respecting your commitments to your job, family, and community. This degree program is offered 100% online with no required intensives, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice time away from home to complete your degree.

Our Christian PhD program in church revitalization is taught by a group of esteemed experts who have years of work and educational experience. At Liberty, our professors are leaders in the fields of education and ministry – so you can feel confident in the quality of instruction that you’ll receive.

Our church revitalization degree is composed of 3 sections: core courses, church revitalization classes, and research courses. In the core courses, you will study biblical and theological foundations of leadership, biblical and theological foundations of education, and theological anthropology in leadership and education. You will also study character and ethics in leadership and education as well as management theory and organizational theory and development. This section of the degree is rounded out by a study of group and team dynamics and teaching and learning theory.

The church revitalization specialization consists of 3 classes that can help equip you with the skills needed to revive a struggling church. In this section of the degree, you will study biblical leadership in church revitalization, strategic leadership for church revitalization, and change, power, and conflict in leadership.

In the research section, you’ll dive into a sequence of 6 courses focusing on research methods for Christian leadership. These classes can help you learn how to conduct valuable, cutting-edge research in your field. From there, you’ll research, write, and defend a dissertation on a topic you’re passionate about. In doing so, you can contribute valuable work to your field and establish yourself as a Christian leadership scholar.

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Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee.

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Doctoral Divinity Block Rate (7-15 credit hours) $2,750
Doctoral Divinity Part Time (0-6.99 or over 15 credit hours) $395/Credit
Military Doctoral Divinity Block Rate (7-15 credit hours) $2,700
Military Doctoral Divinity Part Time (0-6.99 or over 15 credit hours)* $395/Credit

*Eligible current and former military service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more).

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Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,700 per semester*
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

*Credits taken below 7 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate of $395/credit hour.

Eligible current and former service members and their spouses may qualify for a special rate of $300/credit hour (learn more), but the $300/credit hour doctoral military rate cannot be combined with the First Responder Discount.