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Doctor of Ministry

A new level of ministry excellence

The Doctor of Ministry is a 31-hour advanced degree program designed for those in active vocational ministry seeking further training to serve at a new level of excellence in ministry. The program will be no fewer than three and no greater than six academic years.

Entering students must understand the high level of commitment that is required to actively participate in this degree program year round for this period of time. Throughout the degree plan of study, students will acquire new ideas, tools, strategies and techniques that will increase effectiveness and expand opportunities within current and future roles.

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

TOTAL HOURS

31 hours

STANDARD COMPLETION TIME

3-6 Years

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Program Schedule

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 Examines 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 D.Min. office after the 2nd seminar.

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

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.

Fourth Semester:

  • Project Design Workshop (8141) (3 hours)
  • 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

Fifth Semester:

  • Project 8151 (3 hours)

Sixth Semester:

  • Project 8152 (3 hours)

Total Hours (31 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 to the library.
  • Graduation


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 for a full day prior to your first seminar from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  2. Select Topics in Integrative Theology Workshops (3 hours). Students will complete three one-day workshops during each seminar week from the second semester through the fourth semester. Each workshop will be held the day prior to the seminars from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The last workshop will prepare students for the theological foundations of their projects.
  3. Seminars (12 hours). Students will complete four three-day intensive seminars following a prescribed sequence with peer cohort groups. The seminars will normally be offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the Winter 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 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. two days prior to their fourth seminar. Students will receive approval to proceed with a project proposal at the end of this workshop.
  6. 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.