Why study Christian Leadership at DWU?Because the world needs Christian leaders who are entrepreneurial in method and mission yet shaped by scripture, tradition and reason.

The purpose of the Christian Leadership program is to train passionate and informed leaders to build communities of faith that inspire discipleship for the transformation of the world. This program requires experiences of spiritual growth along with academic training. It also provides ample opportunity for internships within local churches and in local and regional ministries.

Make no doubt about this: there are jobs to be had out there in these areas. We regularly see job postings for full-time church children's ministry coordinators, full time youth pastors, etc. If you want to be involved in church leadership, there could hardly be a more interesting and flexible program out there.

What makes the DWU Christian Leadership Program unique?

  • The Christian Leadership program is unique in that it provides students with many opportunities for mission experience. Students in this department are urged and enabled (through our fundraising efforts) to go on mission trips. Regular trips are planned to Peru, Mexico, East Africa, and various regional destinations. In many if not most cases, we are able to raise enough money for these trips to be very inexpensive to the students. With a little extra work, these trips can apply as credit toward the CL major.
  • The Christian Leadership program benefits from the fact that DWU has a very health and active spiritual life. Chapels are student-led, powerful in worship and word, and well-attended by students, faculty and staff. We also have a new church on campus called Fusion and many student-led small groups and Bible studies. So this program provides amazing opportunities for spiritual service and growth.
  • We have an exciting new relationship with Denver Urban Semester which provides an absolutely outstanding and inexpensive internship experience. Students with this training have amazing hiring potential in good regional agencies and ministries. These are typically good jobs with benefits and opportunities for advancement.
  • We have two other programs at DWU which provide unique complementary training for our majors and minors. The DWU Kelly Center for Entrepreneurship offers a major/minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership which compliments Christian Leadership very well. Also, our McGovern Center for Leadership and Public Service has developed a new major/minor in Nonprofit Administration. Since all churches are Nonprofit organizations as are countless other Christian agencies (hospitals, service agencies), this training opens up a whole new array of hiring possibilities for our graduates. If a student is interested, a specialized minor featuring a combination of both areas can be arranged.


The study of religion and philosophy stresses the historical, ethical, spiritual, cultural and logical bases of a society's system of beliefs. At Dakota Wesleyan University, the programs in the Department of Religion and Philosophy reflect our commitment to value-based education and our tradition as a church-related college.

The moral and ethical aspects of leadership and service are examined and encouraged in the courses within these programs as students are prepared for further study in seminary, careers and lives of responsible stewardship.

The university affirms its relationship with the United Methodist Church and fosters diversity in an inclusive atmosphere. DWU encourages the dialogue between mind and soul, simultaneously building relationships, developing whole persons, and promoting service to God and humanity.

For more information, contact:
JOEL ALLEN, Department of Religion and Philosophy Chairman or 605-995-2632

Dakota Wesleyan University was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
Dakota Wesleyan University is proudly affiliated with the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Members of any and all faiths are welcome and encouraged to experience an education based on learning, leadership, faith and service.
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