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Program Components

Concentrations
  • Church Revitalization
  • Disciple-making/Spiritual Formation
  • Christian Leadership
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Great Commission Leadership
    (Includes: Missions and Church Planting)
  • Expository Preaching
  • Pastoral Ministry
    (Non-Specialization)
 
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Specializations

 

All DMin students will select a specialization during the application process.  All of the seminars taken will relate to the selected specialization unless a student chooses the non-specialization track.

Specializations:

  • Church Revitalization
  • Disciple-making/Spiritual Formation 
  • Christian Leadership
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Great Commission Leadership
    (Includes: Missions and Church Planting)
  • Expository Preaching
  • Pastoral Ministry 
    (A non-specialization track allowing students to choose any seminar offering)

Curriculum Requirements

The DMin program requires a total of 32 hours including 8 hours of workshops, 12 hours seminars, 6 hours of contextualized learning experiences, and 6 hours for the Ministry Project and Project Report.

General Curriculum Requirement Summary

  1. Program Orientation Workshop (1 hour). Students will complete the on-campus workshop during the week of the first seminar. The workshop will meet every morning of the seminar week at 8:00-9:30.
  2. Select Topics in Integrative Theology Workshops (3 hours).  Students will complete three five-day workshops during each seminar week from the second semester through the fourth semester. Each workshop will be held Monday through Friday at 8:00-9:30 am. The last workshop will prepare students for the theological foundations of their projects.
  3. Seminars (12 hours).  Students will complete four five-day intensive seminars following a prescribed sequence with peer cohort groups. The seminars will normally be offered Monday through Friday from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm during the January and Summer terms.
  4. Contextualized Learning Experience (6 hours).  Students will complete three required CLE’s with online learning components. These courses correspond with particular seminars and will be taken after their corresponding seminar on students’ ministry fields while maintaining interaction with cohort and faculty members.
  5. Project Design Workshop (3 hours). Students will complete an on-campus workshop meeting at 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on the Friday and Saturday prior to their fourth seminar. Students will receive approval to proceed with a Project Proposal at the end of this workshop.
  6. Research Design Lab (1 hour). This lab will complement the Project Design Workshop by offering personal coaching/advisement on the research development of the project. The lab will be offered in the evenings on Tuesday-Thursday of the fourth seminar and throughout the completion of the Ministry Project Report.
  7. Ministry Project and Project Report (6 hours). Students will complete the Ministry Project within their chosen specialization while on the field of ministry. The Ministry Project will not be conducted until the student has completed all coursework and received approval from the Faculty Chair to proceed from the Project Proposal to project implementation. 

Program Schedule

 

First Year

First Semester:

  • Program Orientation (1 hour)
  • 1st Seminar 8X01 (3 hours)
    • DMN 8601 - Foundations in Christian Leadership An advanced study of the theoretical and foundational issues of Christian leadership with specific focus on their relevance to the practice of leadership. Topics examined include current literature on the topic, critical issues facing the church. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8701 – Foundations for Biblical Counseling An advanced study of the theoretical and foundational issues of counseling with specific focus on their relevance to the practice of counseling. Topics defined and examined include current, critical issues facing the church. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8801 – Foundations for Great Commission Mobilization An advanced study of the theoretical and foundational issues of missions, evangelism with specific focus on their relevance to the practice of these disciplines. Topics defined and examined include current, critical issues facing the church. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8901 – Foundations for Expository Preaching An advanced study of the theoretical and foundational issues of expository preaching with specific focus on their relevance to the practice of preaching. Topics defined and examined include current, critical issues facing the church. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN –01 – Recovering the Heart of the Great Commission: Foundations in Disciple-making            
  • Contextualized Learning Experience (CLE) 8X11 (2 hours)
Second Semester: 
  • Select Topics in Integrative Theology Workshop I (1 hour)
  • 2nd Seminar 8X02 (3 hours)
    • DMN 8602 – Leading and Managing Your Ministry Studies organizational leadership and management practices for leading a ministry. Attention will be given to the biblical critique of contemporary methodologies. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8702 – Biblical Counseling and Personal Crises/Issues Studies the biblical approaches and issues of biblical counseling related to personal issues. Attention will be given to the biblical critique of contemporary methodologies. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8802 – Church Planting and Church Revitalization Examins the biblical and theological basis and nature of church planting and revitalization. Attention will be given to the biblical critique of contemporary methodologies. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8902 – Expository Preaching and the Old Testament Examines the biblical and theological basis and nature of expository preaching. Attention will be given to the biblical critique of contemporary methodologies and the Old Testament. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN __02 – Cultivating Spiritual Formation through the Disciplines
  • Contextualized Learning Experience (CLE) 8X12 (2 hours)

Request a Faculty Chair through the DMin office after the 2nd seminar.

Contact the Faculty Chair by the 3rd seminar to discuss possible project.

Second Year

Third Semester:

  • Select Topics in Integrative Theology Workshop II (1 hour)
  • 3rd Seminar 8X03 (3 hours)
    • DMN 8603 - Change, Power and Conflict Management Seminar examines biblical approaches to leading change in ministry and managing conflict. The practical evaluation of contemporary methodologies used in the local ministry context will be required. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8703 – Biblical Counseling Approach to Marriage and Family Issues An advanced study of the biblical approaches and issues of biblical counseling related to marriage and family issues. The practical evaluation of contemporary methodologies used in the local ministry context will be required. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8803 - Issues in Great Commission Mobilization A survey of the historical and contemporary movements and models of missions, evangelism, church planting, and church revitalization with a focus on current practice. The practical evaluation of contemporary methodologies used in the local ministry context will be required. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8903 – Christ-centered Expository Preaching Surveys the historical movements and models of expository preaching with a focus on current practice. The practical evaluation of contemporary methodologies used in the local ministry context will be required. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN __03 – Critical Issues in Disciple-making
  • Contextualized Learning Experience (CLE) 8X13 (2 hours)

Make regular contacts with Faculty Chair to discuss a possible project.

Request a Field Mentor through the DMin office.

Fourth Semester:

  • Project Design Workshop (8141) (3 hours)
  • Research Design Lab (1 hour)
  • Select Topics in Integrative Theology Workshop III (1 hour)
  • 4th Seminar 8X04 (3 hours)
    • DMN 8604 - Practical and Strategic Issues in Christian Leadership Examines the practical and strategic issues relevant to Christian Leadership and integrates theory and practice into strategic methodologies for the local ministry context. Strategies for approaching current issues will be developed. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8704 – Issues in Biblical Counseling Examines the practical and strategic issues relevant to Biblical Counseling and integrates theory and practice into strategic methodologies for the local ministry context. Strategies for approaching current issues will be developed. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8804 – Developing a Strategy for Great Commission Mobilization Examines the practical and strategic issues relevant to Great Commission mobilization (missions, evangelism, and church growth) and integrates theory and practice into strategic methodologies for the local ministry context. Strategies for approaching current issues will be developed. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN 8904 – Pastoral Implications of Expository Preaching Examines the practical and strategic issues relevant to Expository Preaching and integrates theory and practice into strategic methodologies for the local ministry context. Strategies for approaching current issues will be developed. (3 semester hours)
    • DMN __04 – Leading Your Ministry in Intentional Disciple-making

Third Year

Fifth Semester:

  • Project 8151 (3 hours)

Sixth Semester:

  • Project 8152 (3 hours)

Total Hours (32 hours)

If the Project Report is not completed by the end of DMN 8152, students must register for DMN 8000.

  • Oral Exam must be scheduled at the completion of the Project Report.
  • Report to the library for instructions on the presentation of the Project Report copies to the library.
  • Graduation

Peer Cohort Learning Experience

 

The program provides the student a peer cohort learning experience with fellow DMin students. A cohort (group of students) will progress through the prescribed program plan together. A cohort will serve to develop strong personal, academic, and professional bonds. Each cohort will be divided into focus groups for the selected specialization tracks to allow interaction with students, faculty, and guest lecturers in a specialization. Students choosing the Pastoral Ministry specialization will not be assigned to a focus group due to the nature of seminar selection. 

Seminar Description 

 

Seminars are offered in very intensive sessions meeting normally Monday- Friday during which students will engage with faculty and guest lecturers selected for their expertise and accomplishments in specific fields.
 
Each seminar will require a significant amount of work to be completed prior to the first meeting. This pre-work will include significant reading, the writing of papers, and other possible assignments. Due to the amount of work involved, students will be expected to begin preparation months before the selected seminar. These assignments and will be found in the seminar syllabus provided months before the seminar week. Students should also be prepared to complete assignments during the seminar week and following the seminar week. Each seminar offers 3 hours credit. 

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 of the first three seminars, students will be required to complete a Contextualized Learning Experience (CLE) course from home. Training for the online components will be provided during the program orientation.

Each CLE course will:

  1. Correspond to the seminar just completed 
  2. Offer 2 hours credit
  3.  Include an online component through which students maintain interaction with their focus cohort and professor
  4.  Reinforce what is learned in the seminar through ministry application
  5. Provide practical ministry for the field
  6. Require additional reading and research

Select Topics in Integrative Theology Workshops

These workshops are offered in very intensive sessions meeting normally in the mornings on Monday-Friday during which students will learn how to apply key theological themes to ministry. Opportunities for inter-disciplinary dialogue will be encouraged as students discuss theological foundations for particular ministries. The final workshop during the 4th semester will focus on theological foundations pertinent to selected Ministry Projects. Students will complete a post-workshop assignment that will become the 2nd chapter (Theological and Biblical Foundations) of the Ministry Project Report.   

Project Design Workshop

 

Students will be required to complete this on-campus workshop on Friday-Saturday of the weekend prior to their fourth seminar. The workshop will provide specific preparation for selecting a Ministry Project, writing the Ministry Project Proposal, conducting the Ministry Project, and completing the Ministry Project Report. 

Following the conclusion of the course, students should be equipped to submit a final version of the Ministry Project Proposal for approval to their faculty supervisor and the Director of the DMin program. The approved proposal will become the basis for the first chapter of the Ministry Project Report. This course offers 3 credit hours.

Research Design Lab 

 

A lab will be held Tuesday-Thursday of the fourth seminar week at 7:00-9:00 p.m. to provide additional help to students to develop the research strategy of the Ministry Project. The Professor will be responsible for working work with the lab students until their final Ministry Project Reports are delivered to the DMin office for the Oral Examination. 

Candidacy

Candidacy for the Doctor of Ministry degree is declared when the student receives approval for the student’s Ministry Project Proposal and permission to proceed with project implementation from the Faculty Chair. Candidacy permits the student to begin the 6 hours (DMN 8151 and DMN 8152) of supervised field experience for the Ministry Project and the completion of the Ministry Project Report.

Important note:
No student may register for DMN 8151-Writing I without being approved by the Faculty Chair for candidacy. Instead the student will be asked to register for DMN 8000-Continuous Enrollment paying the fee of 1 credit hour tuition. The student will continue to register for DMN 8000-Continuous Enrollment until candidacy status is reached or the maximum program time of 6 years has been reached.

Evaluation of the Ministry Project

 

A student is assigned a supervisory committee consisting of a Faculty Chair, Faculty Reader, and Field Mentor. The Faculty Chair and Field Mentor will work with the student on the Ministry Project evaluating progress and quality and participate in the final evaluation at the Oral Defense. The Faculty Reader will join the committee for the Oral Defense. This committee will evaluate the student's program results and Project Report determining the readiness of the student for graduation. The student is evaluated based upon the seminars, contextualized learning experiences, workshops, ministry project, and final project report.

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