Houston Graduate School of Theology

Missional Leadership


DMin Leadership Specialization

Directed by Ken Shuman, DMin, MA, and MDiv

The Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialization in Leadership prepares students to provide leadership in a variety of contexts, within missional and postmodern cultures. Students will select a concentration in one of three areas: Missional, Pastoral, or Public Theology.

  • The Leadership-Missional concentration will prepare students for leadership in a variety of contexts from a missional perspective, with a focus on systems thinking, spiritual maturity, and missional theology.
  • The Leadership-Pastoral concentration will prepare students for congregational leadership from a missional perspective, with a focus on systems thinking, pastoral responsiveness to cultural trends, and spiritual theology in which doctrine is lived out with integrity and authenticity.
  • The Leadership-Public Theology concentration will prepare students for ministry within the greater Christian community and beyond, with a focus on community development, faith and health, and the bringing in of shalom within current cultural trends in ministry.

The person who completes the Leadership Specialization will be able to:

  • Exhibit skills, practices, and training in the areas of family and congregational systems, leading change, and one’s chosen concentration
  • Lead a congregation, group, or ministry within postmodern culture
  • Show evidence of training in theological leadership through the Project Report

About Dr. Shuman

Dr. Ken Shuman is a Missional Church consultant. Dr. Shuman brings twenty-eight years of pastoral and church planting experience to this task. He was the founding pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. During his thirteen-year ministry at Cornerstone, the church grew from a core of 60 to just under 1,000 members. Dr. Shuman was one of the co-founders of LeadersEdge, a leadership development process that originated as a ministry of Union Baptist Association. He served on the team that began Mission Houston, a cross-denominational ministry working to bring transformation to the city of Houston.

Currently Dr. Shuman is leading an emerging missional faith community in Tomball, Texas, called Wellspring. For the last five years, he has been learning what it means to be a “missional church.” Wellspring’s primary focus is ministering to people with a postmodern worldview.


kshuman@hgst.edu  713-942-9505 x211

713-942-9505 x211