- Church Revitalization
- Disciple-making/Spiritual Formation
- Expository Preaching
- Christian Leadership
- Biblical Counseling
- Great Commission Mobilization in Missions and Church Planting
- Next Generation Ministry
- Pastoral Ministry (A non-specialization track allowing students to choose any seminar offering)
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The members of the Supervisory Committee must be in place before official candidacy for the degree is approved and no later than the beginning of the student’s Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop taken before the third seminar. The Faculty Supervisor/Committee Chair is normally chosen upon acceptance into the program (see Faculty Supervisor/Chair Approval DM Form 6). The Director is authorized to appoint the Supervisor and members of the Supervisory Committee of the candidate, with the understanding that the student's preference for a Faculty Supervisor/Chair will be respected when possible, after consultation with the Director. The student will not be allowed to register for the Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop if a committee has not been selected.
- The Chair is normally an elected faculty member, though adjunctive and appointed faculty may serve with the approval of the Director.
- The Chair takes a directive role in the guidance of a student's total study program and serves as the student’s academic advisor.
- The Chair has access to a student's current academic records from the Registrar and Doctor of Ministry Office in order to advise effectively.
- The Chair meets with the student during the seminars on campus and during monthly mentor meetings to discuss possible Project areas, the Project Proposal, the Project, and the Project Report. The monthly mentor meetings may be conducted face to face or by telephone.
- The Chair guides the student in writing a high quality Project Report both in content and form.
- The Chair leads the Supervisory Committee in the consideration of, and evaluation of, the Project Proposal, the Ministry Project, the Project Report, the Oral Examination, and the completion of Approval Forms.
Criteria for the Selection of Field Mentors
- The Reader is normally an elected faculty member, though adjunctive and appointed Faculty may serve with the approval of the Director.
- The Reader serves as a resource to the student by providing advice during the coursework and writing phases of the program.
- The Reader evaluates the completed Project Report final drafts.
- The Reader participates in the Oral Examination and final grade evaluation process.
- The Reader will be appointed to the Supervisory Committee before the student attends the Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop (see Faculty Reader Approval DM Form 7).
- Be a seminary graduate or have completed the equivalent educational requirement in his or her field.
- Have a minimum of five years experience in the area in which he or she will provide supervision and have demonstrated expertise in a field of ministry relevant to the student's project.
- Be proven in ministry by reputation and be a self-disciplined person who defines, and seeks to reach goals in, the practice of his or her own vocation.
- Be willing to commit himself or herself to an orientation session, be accessible to the student on a monthly basis and available to the other members of the candidate's Supervisory Committee, and to be present on campus for the Oral Examination.
- Possess or demonstrate potential for developing supervisory skills, possess an appreciation of, and a capacity for, critical analysis and evaluation, have keen powers of observation and the ability to communicate clearly, and have the ability to enter into dialogue in the learning process.
Students are encouraged to consider D.Min, Ed. D or Ph.D graduates of Southeastern Seminary for their Field Mentors but candidates will be approved solely on the basis of Christian commitment, merit, and qualifications for supervision, not solely on the basis of their completed degrees.
Procedures for Selecting Field Mentors
Stipend/Reimbursement Policies for Field Mentors
- After consultation with the Director, the candidate will submit to the Director the name and the qualifications of a prospective Field Mentor. The prospective Field Mentor must request transcripts of college and graduate studies to be sent to the Director, through the D.Min. Office and sign a covenant agreement stating their willingness to serve (see Field Mentor Approval DM Form 8).
- If the candidate meets the stated requirements and is willing to serve, the Director will recommend the prospective Field Mentor to the Dean and the President for approval.
- The Director will arrange for the Field Mentor's orientation to the Doctor of Ministry program.
- Field Mentors will be paid a stipend for the services they provide in supervision. This stipend will be paid in lump sum following the Oral Examination.
- In addition, expenses incurred by Field Mentors while traveling to and participating in the Oral Examination will be paid according to seminary policy. This policy includes mileage reimbursement or airfare whichever is the lesser amount from their home in the United States to Wake Forest.
- All airfare should be booked through the D.Min. Office and will be paid for directly by the seminary.
- One night’s lodging arranged through the D.Min. Office will also be included. If another night is necessary due to distance, this must be arranged in advance with the D.Min Office.
- The cost of meals for the Field Mentor will also be reimbursed.
All reimbursement requires original receipts with the completed Reimbursement Form to be filled out the day of the Oral Examination. Students should know that the seminary does not reimburse students for covering Field Mentor expenses.
Objectives of Supervision
The student should grow in the capacity to reflect upon the meaning of his or her Christian ministry, to critically analyze the context in which ministry is performed, and to understand and articulate the why as well as the how of contextual ministry.
The student should show some progress toward the goals of true maturity in the practice of ministry, including objectivity, thorough commitment to master and employ needed knowledge and techniques, and sensitivity to the proper expressions of his or her responsibilities in ministry.
The student should show perceptible improvement in the development and
deployment of skills in the tasks of ministry.
The Faculty Supervisor/Chair and Field Mentor should carefully note the student's growth toward personal and Christian maturity and should attempt to provide a fair assessment of the student's spiritual and professional development.
Process of Supervision
Following the Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop, the student will schedule required separate monthly mentor meetings with the Faculty Supervisor/Chair and Field Mentor. Monthly reports of these encounters must be submitted to the Faculty Supervisor/Chair by both the student and the Field Mentor. Monthly mentor meetings with the Faculty Supervisor/Chair can be conducted face to face or by telephone. It is highly preferred that monthly mentor meetings with Field Mentors be conducted face to face if at all possible. The Faculty Supervisor/Chair 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 Faculty Supervisor/Chair and Field Mentor will work with the candidate in the selection, clarification, execution, evaluation, and implementation of the Ministry Project.
The members of the Supervisory Committee will share in decisions relating to the candidate's final Project Report. Each member will submit a grade on the final Project Report and Oral Examination.