Arrow Leadership Advanced Standing

Since 1992, Arrow Leadership Ministries and Gordon-Conwell have partnered in a powerful learning opportunity; enabling advanced standing in three Doctor of Ministry tracks:

Advanced standing includes a tuition benefit for participating students, they pay the first eight quarters of tuition, not all twelve.


Intentions to apply for advanced standing must be indicated during the regular application process. A record of your graduation from Arrow, with a minimum “B” average, will be requested from the Arrow office as proof of your qualification for this partnership.

The Doctor of Ministry office assigns each eligible student an advanced standing coordinator from the mentor team of their specific track. This coordinator gives final approval for advanced standing after reviewing a finished advanced standing project, which the student completes at the beginning of their studies.

“The theological framework and practical tools that emerged through the DMin process have been invaluable to my life, leadership and ministry.” – Steve Brown, D.Min., ’06

“My involvement in, and completion of, the Doctor of Ministry program via Arrow focused and expanded everything I learned in Arrow. Though it was challenging, I can look back and see God maturing and refining me through the challenge. I feel spiritually wealthier now because of the experience. There is a deeper well of confidence available for me to draw from now as a pastor. I also loved my thesis-project and am working on doing more with it.” – John Torres, D.Min., ’06

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Eligible Track Specializations

Advanced Standing in our Leadership Tracks

Advanced standing allows for accepted into either Redemptive Ministry or Leadership in Changing Church Contexts to audit the first residency.

Auditors are not asked to do any work required for a grade, but are full participants with the cohort in discussions, presentations, and other residency activities.


Advanced Standing in Pastoral Theology in Practice

Advanced standing applies to the call module of Pastoral Theology in Practice. This enables participants to skip or audit the call module (mandatory audit if it falls between the other two). Auditors fully participate in the residency; contributing to discussions, sharing presentations, and all other activities.

English Entry Points are every year: Charlotte (February), Hamilton (October), and US-UK (odd year residencies in Hamilton, even years in the UK). Each entry point begins a new cohort, switching from one cohort to another is not allowed.

Year Proclaiming the Word Deepening the Call Caring for the Flock
2019 US-UK & Hamilton Charlotte
2020 Charlotte & US-UK Hamilton
2022 US-UK & Hamilton Charlotte

2020 Spanish Entry Point: First Residency 8/3-8/14

Year Deepening the Call Proclaiming the Word Caring for the Flock
2020 Liderazgo Pastoral
2021 Liderazgo Pastoral
2022 Liderazgo Pastoral

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