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Spirit-filled leadership in the African perspective will be key in program

George Fox University is announcing the launch of a new doctor of ministry program for students interested in learning more about the African diaspora along with the "rich history of Africa's cultural and spiritual contributions to the world," according to a release from the Newberg school.

In the fall of 2020, the school will start offering a Doctor of Ministry in Spirit-filled Global Leadership in the African Diaspora. The degree is part of a partnership with Portland Seminary and Jakes Divinity School and will study the largest forced migration in history – slavery – and the generational and faith ramifications of that history and what happened long after.

"This is a one-of-a-kind degree program," Antipas Harris, president and dean of Jakes Divinity School, said in the release. "It is designed to draw upon the reservoir of African cultural and spiritual genius that spans the globe. The influence of African leadership helped build the modern world. This trans-Atlantic approach to professional learning raises up doctors for the church with multicultural, multi-hermeneutical and multi-epistemological sensibilities. It stretches innovative leaders for ministry in a complex world."

Portland Seminary is a part of GFU and offers master of divinity and MA degrees in spiritual formation, theological studies and ministry with a specialization – as well as doctor of ministry degrees in leadership and global perspectives, semiotics, church and culture, and in leadership and spiritual formation.

GFU president Robin Baker said in the released that he looked forward to the new program: "Portland Seminary is excited to partner with a church-based divinity school that has international impact and empowers believers to take the gospel into the world. Our seminary's mission is to serve the church and our partnership will further that mission."

GFU's partner in this endeavor is a separate entity, but one with its own rich history.

"Jakes Divinity School, based in Dallas, provides academic rigor with experiential learning, spiritual formation and creative innovation to prepare leaders for the future of ministry in both the church and society," the release said. "The curriculum incorporates preaching, worship, biblical thought, tacit knowledge and quality instruction. Jakes Divinity School offers fully accredited degrees through its university partners Portland Seminary, Vanguard University and North Central University.

"Founded by its chancellor Bishop T.D. Jakes, Jakes Divinity School aims to form leaders for innovative ministry in the church and society. Its mission is to prepare men and women for excellence in local and global ministry through undergraduate and graduate education, professional and continuing education, spiritual formation, experiential learning and strategy partnerships."

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