Disruptive Church Leadership

Doctor of Ministry Focus Group

Disruptive Church Leadership

Accepting applications for January 2023

An increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible a message of God’s love for all people as proclaimed from otherwise systemically segregated pulpits and pews. More than that, the pursuit of earthly justice is viewed by many church leaders as peripheral, not intrinsic, to the Gospel. Declining attendance and financial challenges today threaten the very sustainability of a high percentage of local churches throughout the United States. The time to pivot is now. 

United’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program is a professional degree for religious leaders ready to expand the area of ministry to which they are called. Led by Dr. Mark DeYmaz and Rev. Chip Freed, the Disruptive Church Leadership focus group is for church leaders called to build and lead healthy multi-ethnic faith communities.

Students in the Disruptive Church Leadership cohort will be:

  • Equipped in the why, how, and what of planning, growing, and sustaining healthy multiethnic and economically diverse, socially just, and financially sustainable churches
  • Assessed and receive three levels of certification in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) via the Cultural Intelligence Center in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Introduced to relevant works and competent practitioners throughout the country
  • Empowered to help other pastors pursue disruptive innovation in their own congregations via coaching and/or consulting.


Learn More about United’s DMin

Rev. Dr. Mark DeYmaz, a recognized leader in the multi-ethnic church movement, is Founder and Directional Leader of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. This diverse Christian community brings together men and women from 25 nations to worship God together. In 2004, he co-founded the Mosaix Global Network with Dr. George Yancey and today serves as its President and Convenor of the triennial National Multi-ethnic Church Conference. Mark has written six books including his latest, Disruption: Repurposing the Church to Redeem the Community (Thomas Nelson, 2017); and Multiethnic Conversations: an Eight Week Guide to Unity in Your Church (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2016), the first daily devotional, small group curriculum on the subject for people in the pews. He is also a contributing editor for Outreach magazine where his column, “Mosaic,” appears in each issue.

Graduate Assistant: Rev. Chip Freed is Lead Pastor at Garfield Memorial Church, a multi-site United Methodist congregation outside of Columbus, Ohio, that is one of the most multi-ethnic, economically diverse churches in the Midwest. Chip is an active speaker, coach and mentor in the Mosaix Global Network. Prior to entering the ministry, Chip was a CEO in the corporate community, serving as President and General Manager of Mahoning Municipal Products, Inc.


$5,000/year for 3 years


Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Pepper Pike, South Euclid and Liberia is a national leader in the Multiethnic Church Movement.  They are pleased to offer a scholarship for $5,000/year for 3 years to a candidate in United’s Doctor of Ministry program concentrating in Multiethnic Ministry and participating in the Disruptive Church Leadership focus group.  

Scholarship Deadline: September 15, 2020

To apply: Describe your calling to multiethnic ministry and intention of focusing on this area in DMin studies at United Theological Seminary in an introductory email of personal information. Submit to the attention of “The Garfield Memorial Foundation Trustees” at [email protected]. Application process will include a Zoom interview with trustees with funding available for January 2021 enrollment.

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