The Ministry Leader
Concentrating on two primary elements, personal awareness and leadership practice, students are provided the opportunity to engage in a series of self-assessments leading to a statement of life vision. The leadership development process is also examined through case studies, leadership literature, and selected leadership concerns.
Applied Research Project Development Seminar
A “walk-through” of the development of the applied research and dissertation, including problem-statement, research question, hypotheses, research design, theoretical grounding and literature review, and biblical-theological foundation. The course also explores thesis-writing strategies and ministry research methods.
Applied Research Project
D.Min. studies culminate in the completion of an applied research project. A report of the student’s project is submitted as a dissertation. Note that the term “applied research project” refers to the entire project. The term “dissertation” refers to the actual written document. Students should register for DM103 (paying three hours of tuition) the first term following the completion of 27 hours and all course requirements.
Applied Research Continuation
Selected Topics of Biblical Issues in Today’s Ministry
A study of selected biblical issues and their significance for ministry. This seminar typically involves a visiting professor and is offered based on student interest. May be repeated once for credit under a different topic.
Select Topics of CE Issues in Today’s Ministry
A study of selected issues and their significance for ministry. This seminar is offered based on student interest. May be repeated once for credit under a different topic.
Instructional and Learning Theories
A survey of contemporary learning theories with emphasis on their instructional implications. Students will integrate theoretical and empirical bases to derive implications for effective instruction.
Biblical Patterns for Contemporary Parenting
An exploration of how biblical texts present patterns useful to parents for addressing contemporary parenting issues in family life. The seminar will provide opportunity for a survey of available resource materials, involvement in practical projects, and interaction with other professional ministers interested in the field. Students will assess the current status of ministries to parents in their own churches and devise strategies for enhancing those ministries.
Trends & Issues in Church Education
An examination of current educational paradigms in light of biblical anthropology and a Christian worldview. Students will identify and evaluate social and political trends at global and national levels in order to develop effective educational structures.
Marriage and Family Ministry Cohort
Administration in Christian Education
An introduction to evaluation of problems, programs, and/or procedures unique to academic ministry leadership with emphasis on administration in Christian educational institutions.
This practicum includes an evaluation of three of the student’s videotaped sermons, the preparation and use of various means of obtaining feedback on his preaching from his congregation, and the development of a year’s preaching plan. Normally open to students who are currently pastoring churches. Limited enrollment.
Communicating in Contemporary Culture
A study of contemporary culture with a view to enabling students to communicate effectively in their ministries.
Writing For Publication
A course designed to help pastors and other Christian leaders develop basic skills in writing articles for magazines, devotional materials, and items for lay readership, with attention to all phases of writing for publication from idea generation to manuscript delivery.
Communication Relevance in Preaching
The development of a communicative model of relevance that provides strategies for contextualized preaching in various settings. Students will do an in-depth analysis of their respective audiences and develop a framework for demonstrating the relevance of biblical messages.
Preaching Topical Expos Sermons
A study aimed at preparing students to preach theological expositional messages, current-issues expositional messages, and biographical expositional messages. Prerequisite: DM430 Biblical Exposition for the Twenty-first Century. Enrollment limited to 12 students.
Long-term Sermon Planning to Facilitate Life Change
A method for developing a series of expository sermons on a book of the Bible or a topic. The preacher is able to know the central proposition of each sermon in a series before preaching the first sermon. This permits the creation of effective strategies for communication and life change.
Advanced Preaching Cohort: Seminar 1
Initial introduction to reaffirming and refining the art and discipline of expository preaching (includes DM101 The Ministry Leader seminar). 6 hours.
Pastors of Lrg Churches Cohorts Seminar One
Exec/Assoc Pastor Cohort
Leadership Evaluation and Development
LEAD is an intensely personal smallgroup seminar in leadership assessment and development dealing with the personalized steps needed to identify and solve leadership obstacles. Spouses must participate in the course. It covers several areas of the life of the leader and his or her spouse: personal family history, marriage and family, personal life visions, preaching, and current ministry. Various resident periods available.
Church Health, Leadership and Multiplication Cohort: Seminar 1
Strategic Planning and Mission for Ministry
This course will help ministry leaders to think and plan strategically in four critical areas: (1) discover and articulate the ministry’s core values, (2) craft a mission statement for the leader’s ministry, (3) craft a vision statement for the leader’s ministry, and (4) design a strategy to implement the mission and vision.
Dev Leadership through Mentoringand Coaching
A study of biblical principles for developing mentoring and/or coaching relationships with others and the value of mentoring in ministry. Students will learn to develop leaders for their church or ministry through this effective, biblical process.
Multicultural Ministry Cohort I
Select Topics of Nurture Issues in Today’s Ministry
A study of selected issues and their significance for ministry. This seminar typically involves a visiting professor and is offered based on student interest. May be repeated once for credit under a different topic.
The Primacy of the Minister’s Spiritual Life
Given the rate of ministerial burnout and fallout, ministers must not neglect their own spiritual journey. This seminar addresses the struggles faced in ministry and offers realistic strategies of hope for ongoing spiritual maturation.
Worship Enhancement & Effective
An analysis of the theology of worship and worship trends with a view toward leading God’s people to appreciate and participate in worship.
An examination of the concept of discipleship as defined by Christ as the seedbed strategy for developing Christian character. The characteristics of a disciple articulated in the Gospels are carefully correlated with the practice of discipleship in the church as described in the Epistles.
Marriage & Family Counseling
An examination of the theoretical foundations of healthy Christian family life, with emphasis on practical skills and counseling techniques in the assessment, intervention, and resolution of marital and family problems. Enrollment limited to 20 students.
Sexual Educator Certification I
Biblical Conflict Resolution I
Spritual Formation Cohort: Seminar 1
An introduction to Christian spiritual formation for ministry practitioners. This seminar will focus on the biblical and theological foundations for spiritual formation and the history of the churchâs engagement in spiritual formation in the patristic, medieval, reformation, and modern eras. The history of spiritual formation will be studied, with special attention given to the contemporary appropriation of key insights and practices from the churchâs past. 6 hours.
Select Topics of Theological Issues in Today’s Ministry
A study of selected theological issues and their significance for ministry. This seminar typically involves a visiting professor and is offered based on student interest. May be repeated once for credit under a different topic.
Ministries of Reconciliation
A discussion of the biblical theology of ministries of reconciliation that allows students to develop a model for reconciliation ministries of their choice-racial, gender, marital, cultural, intrachurch, interchurch, restoration of a fallen leader, and so on. The course goes beyond the “should” to develop the “how to” of reconciliation.
Trends in Contemp Theological Movements
A study of the historical and theological development of current trends in theology. Topics will vary due to student interest.
Women in Christian Leadership
The Role of Women Related to Biblical, Historical, & Futuristic Issues
Understanding Women in Contemporary Culture
Independent research on some aspect of ministry studies. Normally the independent study is associated with the student’s research project, though it may be related to other interests. Students may take up to two independent studies as part of their program.