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DGL Fall 2023 Cohort: The Contexts of the World Religions

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Fall 2023

Early Application Deadline: May 1, 2023
Final Application Deadline: July 28, 2023

Designed for practitioners and organizational leaders seeking more effective ways to represent Jesus in postcolonial cultures shaped by the major religions, this cohort will strengthen participants’ leadership capacity by drawing on scholarship in the arenas of biblical theology, missiology, spiritual formation, and leadership theory, then offering the opportunity to apply this knowledge to a critical research project in their own context. The cohort model also lends itself to students building a community of mutual support and formation as they move through the program together.

Utilizing insights from hermeneutics and anthropology, participants will develop their capacity to reflect on the biblical, missiological, and historical foundations of their own faith and its expression as well as reflect on what it means to interact in transformational ways with members of other faiths and form Jesus-centered communities with them. Attention will be given to spiritual formation and the relational aspects of servant leadership needed to facilitate local theologizing, meaningful discipleship, and community formation within the existing cultural context.

Students will learn the skills necessary to do a literature review and research design, and their work will culminate in a contextualized applied research dissertation.

Cohort Mentor

patrick Krayer

Patrick Krayer

Patrick Krayer and his wife, Joan, worked in the South Asian region for almost 28 years and was the executive director of Interserve’s US office for 8 years. Pat earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller; an MA from Wheaton College; and a BTh from Bethany College; as well as a BA in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University. Pat has held numerous leadership roles overseas, as well as in the US. Acknowledged as a visionary and strategic planner, he closely tracks emerging issues in international and intercultural service.

Important Dates


Early Application Deadline: May 1, 2023
Final Application Deadline: July 28, 2023
Year 1 Begins: September 25, 2023
Location: Online with in-person intensives in the Fall for Years 1–3

Katie Newton

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