- Expository Preaching
- Biblical Counseling
- Christian Leadership
- Great Commission Mobilization/Gospel Advance
- Pastoral Ministry
Next Generation Ministry)
The Doctor of Ministry program requires a total of 32 hours including 12 hours of intensive, modular Seminars, 12 hours of on the field Contextualized Learning Experience courses, 2 hours of on-campus Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop and 6 hours of on the field supervised Ministry Project and Project Report.
Prior to acceptance, all Doctor of Ministry students will select a vocational emphasis or track during the application process. All of the courses taken will relate to the selected track.
General Curriculum Requirement Summary
Each student pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree will work and be supported by a team of scholars, experienced mentors and a peer learning community. Each student will be assigned a Supervisory Committee consisting of a Faculty Supervisor, Faculty Reader, and a Field Mentor. The Director appoints the members of the Committee. Students are to consult with the Director prior to discussing possible service with anyone as a member of their Supervisory Committee. The Supervisory Committee must be in place before official candidacy for the degree is approved. Normally the Faculty Supervisor, who also serves as Committee Chair, will be selected upon acceptance into the program. The Chair also serves as the student’s academic advisor. The entire committee must be in place before the student’s Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop is taken prior to the third seminar (see the Faculty Supervisor/Chair Approval DM Form 6, Faculty Reader Approval DM Form 7, and Field Mentor Approval DM Form 8).
Seminars are conducted as cohort-based intensive modules. They provide the student a peer cohort learning experience with fellow D.Min. students. Students will be assigned to a cohort upon acceptance based upon their chosen emphasis track and entry date. Cohorts will progress through the seminars together following a prescribed plan. These cohort learning groups will serve to develop strong relational as well as academic bonds. At times cohorts will be combined in seminars to interact with one another, faculty, and guest practitioner/lecturers.
Seminars are offered in very intensive five day sessions (normally Monday through Friday, 8:00am-evening) during which the student engages with faculty, guest lecturers selected for their expertise and accomplishment in specific fields, and other seminary resources. Seminars in each emphasis area sequentially correlate with topics to be presented in the first three chapters of the Ministry Project Report. For example, seminar one in each emphasis area will be a foundational seminar. Chapter one of the Ministry Report will reflect the Project Proposal and foundational issues. Seminar two will present the theological and biblical foundations in the emphasis area. Chapter two will reflect the same for the specific Project issue or problem. Seminar three will present historical, theoretical, practical and contemporary models demonstrating the expression of ministry and thought in the emphasis area. Chapter three of the Report will reflect research into these models as they affect and influence the specific ministry issue of the Project. Finally, Seminar four will present specific practical and strategic issues in the emphasis area and will vary as each emphasis faculty team considers the learning outcomes and unique needs of their specific discipline. Chapters four and five of the Report will be described later.
Each seminar will require a significant amount of work to be completed prior to the first meeting. This pre-work will include significant reading (a minimum of 2000-2500 pages), the writing of papers and other possible assignments. Due to the amount of work involved, students will be expected to begin preparation for each seminar months in advance. The advance assignments will be available as part of the seminar syllabi and provided for early accessibility. Students should also be prepared to complete assignments given during the seminar itself and following the seminar. Each seminar offers 3 hours credit.
Because the seminars are accelerated, attendance is mandatory at every session for the entire duration of the five days. Absence from any portion of a seminar will necessitate retaking that seminar. Class participation will affect the student’s final grade. Seminars will begin in the morning and normally end in the late afternoon with some evening assignments and meetings as well.
Due to the cohort based nature of the program, any student dropping or not showing for a seminar must apply for Interrupted Status immediately from the Doctor of Ministry Office. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.
Contextualized Learning Experience
The Doctor of Ministry is a professional degree offered in ministry not in residence. It is expected that students will incorporate seminar content into their field of ministry. Following each J-term seminar students will be required to complete a Contextualized Learning Experience (CLE) course from home during the fall and/or spring semester. Each CLE course will correspond to the seminar just completed and will include an online component through which the students maintain interaction with their peer cohort and faculty. The lead professor for the CLE course will normally be the same lead professor from the previous seminar. Training for the online components will be provided during the first seminar. These courses will reinforce what is learned in the seminar, produce ministry directed application, provide practical ministry for the field, assist the student in preparing for their Ministry Project and the writing of the Project Report, require additional reading and research, and begin the preparation for the next seminar. Each course offers 3 hours credit.
Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop
Students will be required to complete one two day (Friday and Saturday) Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop on-campus the weekend prior to their third seminar. The workshop provides specific preparation for writing the Ministry Project Proposal, conducting the Ministry Project, and writing and submitting the Ministry Project Report. Following the conclusion of the course students should be equipped to submit the final version of the Ministry Project Proposal for approval to their Faculty Supervisor and the Director. The approved Proposal will also become the basis for the first chapter of their final Ministry Project Report. This course offers 2 credit hours.
Candidacy for the Doctor of Ministry degree is declared when the student has completed the 12 hours of seminars, 12 hours of Contextualized Learning Experience, 2 hours of Research Methods and Project Proposal, has maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average, has an approved Ministry Project Proposal, and has the approval of their Faculty Supervisor for candidacy. Candidacy permits the student to begin the 6 hours of supervised field experience for the Ministry Project and the completion of the Ministry Project Report.
Ministry Project Proposal, Project and Report
The student will submit a final version of their Ministry Project Proposal to their Faculty Supervisor and the Director following the Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop. Details concerning the content of the Proposal are outlined later in this handbook. This Proposal becomes the basis for the first chapter of the Ministry Project Report. Upon its approval the student begins the next phase of research and writing (see Project Proposal Request for Approval DM Form 9).
Following the Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop each student will schedule required separate monthly mentor meetings with their Faculty Supervisor and Field Mentor. Monthly reports of these encounters must be submitted by the student and the Field Mentor to the Faculty Supervisor. The Faculty Supervisor will be required to submit a quarterly progress sheet to the Doctor of Ministry Office (see Student’s Monthly Report DM Form 10, Faculty Supervisor Quarterly Report DM Form 11, and Field Mentor’s Monthly Report DM Form 12).
The student will submit the remaining chapters of the Project Report chapter-by-chapter to the Faculty Supervisor for feedback and direction according to a prescribed schedule. The Supervisor will review each chapter and return it for corrections if needed. The student should not assume that the chapter is approved until the Supervisor grants approval for that chapter. It is possible that a single chapter would pass back and forth from student to Faculty Supervisor several times for corrections before approval is granted. In addition, students should assume a minimum of one month’s duration between submitting a chapter and receiving feedback. Details of the Report content and this submission process are outlined later in this handbook.
Students may begin chapters 1-3 while completing the other coursework. Once a student has completed all coursework, has an approved ministry Project Proposal, and has approved chapters 1-3, he or she may conduct the actual Ministry Project which shall require a minimum of 15 weeks under the supervision of the committee. Following the Project the student will complete chapters four and five according to the instructions presented later in this handbook.
Upon approval of all chapters and extra pages (appendices, bibliography, etc.) the student will be allowed to submit the final, complete draft of the entire Doctor of Ministry Project Report to each member of the Supervisory Committee. This draft for review must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the date on which the candidate expects to receive the degree.
The Committee will then review the Report and meet with the candidate for an oral evaluation at least 60 days prior to the date on which the candidate expects to receive the degree. Corrections and/or additions to the Report may be required before final approval.
Evaluation of the Program
The Doctor of Ministry Program emphasizes supervision and evaluation. The Doctor of Ministry Committee is elected by the Faculty to supervise and evaluate the program. The Director of the program is appointed by the President, supervises the program, and serves as Chair of the Committee. The Doctor of Ministry Committee annually reviews and evaluates the program.
Individual Supervisory Committees evaluate each student. The Supervisory Committee evaluates the student's progress and determines candidacy status in consultation with the Director. It also evaluates the student's progress in the Ministry Project and Project Report and determines the readiness of the student for graduation.
The student is evaluated based upon the four five-day intensive Seminars, the four Contextualized Learning Experience courses, the Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop, the Ministry Project Proposal, Ministry Project, the final Project Report, and an Oral Examination.
The student also has an opportunity to evaluate the program. The student evaluates the course offerings, and gives feedback concerning the functioning of their Supervisory Committee. When the student has completed the Ministry Project Report, he or she is given an opportunity to evaluate the program of study by completing the D.Min. Graduate Survey from the D.Min. online.