PhD in Christian Leadership – Faith-Based Consulting Guide Faith Organizations


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Do you desire to help nonprofits become more effective in the global workplace? If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want to help faith-based organizations accomplish their mission and vision, then Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Christian Leadership – Faith-Based Consulting might be for you. This is a research degree designed for leaders in all aspects of Christian churches, organizations, and schools. Through empirical research, you can learn how to address various educational and ministerial challenges. You’ll also explore how biblical principles relate to education and leadership philosophy, theory, and practice.

The faith-based consulting specialization can help you work with churches or organizations to make them more successful. By completing your faith-based consultant degree at Liberty, you can develop the skills and knowledge you need to coach leaders through crisis management and resolution as well as organizational innovation. While the main focus of these skills is on faith-based organizations, these leadership principles have a wide range of applications beyond the church and Christian organizations.

Our courses can help you prepare to make a difference in the world, and your dissertation can help you refine your problem-solving skills as you conduct scholarly research to contribute to the current knowledge base. Through this Christian leadership doctorate, you can increase your effectiveness in your present position or prepare to begin working in this rewarding field.

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Liberty’s mission of Training Champions for Christ is exemplified in this Christian leadership consulting degree. This PhD is considered an empirical research doctorate. You will have the opportunity to find solutions for educational and ministerial research problems as you complete your dissertation.

Through our online PhD in Christian Leadership program, you can expand your knowledge and skills conveniently from the comfort of your home. This flexibility enables you to pursue your educational aspirations while actively participating in your family, job, and community.

Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is uniquely equipped to provide the training you need to explore new career opportunities. Unlike many online Bible colleges and seminaries, Liberty is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Our programs have met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements – so you can pursue your degree with confidence

This degree is divided into 3 main parts: core Christian leadership courses, the faith-based consulting specialization, and research courses. By synthesizing this knowledge into a dissertation focused on the application of these 3 parts, you can assist in generating solutions for challenges you find in areas related to education and nonprofits.

Our Christian leadership courses emphasize the fundamental principles of leadership and education derived from the Bible. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to acquire expertise in organizational theory and development as well as explore both contemporary and historical theories pertaining to management and leadership. Whether you’re leading a ministerial or educational organization, you can greatly benefit from studying group and team dynamics as well as gaining insight into academic leadership.

Within the faith-based consulting specialization, you will examine the role, skills, and character qualities needed for success as a faith-based consultant. You can gain perspective on the ways that you can assist churches, Christian organizations, executive-level leaders, pastoral leaders, and teams in defining their vision and resolving their problems. Learning how to guide them in different aspects of organizational management is another key area you will study. Additionally, you will explore ways to coach leaders, so you can mentor them in developing effective personal habits and management strategies that allow them to lead more effectively.

Lastly, you will engage in a series of research courses that will culminate in the completion of a dissertation. This comprehensive endeavor can enhance your understanding of efficient research methodologies – specifically tailored to Christian leadership. This also serves as a valuable opportunity to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in this field.

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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).

Doctoral Full Time $595/Credit
Doctoral Part Time $650/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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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. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity as you work toward your goal of reaching the pinnacle of your profession – for less.