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Doctor of Ministry


The Doctor of Ministry degree program is designed to provide advanced training in the practice of biblically and theologically oriented ministry to those actively involved in vocational or bivocational ministry. The program concentrates on developing expertise in the biblical rationale, sociological strategy, and practical implementation of ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry degree is the highest professional degree for those engaged in local church and parachurch ministries, world missions, and similar ministries.

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Walvoord – 2nd Fl

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DM7101 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.
DM7102 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.
DM7103 Applied Research Project
DMin 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 may register for DM7103 only after they have been admitted to candidacy for the DMin degree.
DM7105 Applied Research Continuation
The applied research continuation course is required of all students writing a research project who are beyond one year in the applied research process. Students must register for this course each summer and winter until completion of the applied research project.
DM7205 Selected Topics of Biblical Issues in Today’s Ministry
A study of selected biblical issues and their significance for ministry. This seminar is offered based on student interest. May be repeated once for credit under a different topic.
DM7305 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.
DM7330 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.
DM7335 Trends and Issues in Christian 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.
DM7356 Marriage and Family Ministry Cohort
This cohort explores biblical and theological foundations, cutting-edge programs, and ministry education strategies. Certification in the use of research based tools for marriage and family educators will be included. A major focus will be to design sustainable context-specific Marriage and Family Ministries particularly in the local church. The cohort seminars will meet for six weeks (two weeks each, with intervening weekends free, for three consecutive winters). Enrollment is limited to students participating in the Marriage and Family Ministry Emphasis. 18 hours (6 hours each seminar).
DM7410 Homiletics Practicum
This practicum includes an evaluation of three of the student’s videotaped sermons, the preparation and use of various means of obtaining feedback on the student’s preaching from the congregation, and the development of a year’s preaching plan. Normally open to students who are currently pastoring churches.
DM7425 Communicating in Contemporary Culture
A study of contemporary culture, with a view to enabling students to communicate effectively in their ministries.
DM7435 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.
DM7440 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.
DM7455 Preaching Topical Expository Sermons
A study aimed at preparing students to preach theological expositional messages, current-issues expositional messages, and biographical expositional messages.
DM7460 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.
DM7510 Leadership Evaluation and Development
LEAD is an intensely personal small-group 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 in the life of a Christian leader and his or her spouse: personal family history, marriage and family, personal life visions, preaching, and current ministry. Various resident periods are available. This course is scheduled through the Center for Christian Leadership.
DM7525 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.
DM7535 Developing Leadership through Discipleship, Mentoring, and 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.
DM7605 Select Topics of Nurture 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.
DM7610 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.
DM7620 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.
DM7625 Discipleship Dynamics
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.
DM7635 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.
DM7641 Sexual Educator Certification I
This course will focus on enhancing the practice of ministry for church educators and ministry leaders at the doctoral level with applied skills for the prevention of sexual problems and to promote healthy sexual development. The three specific topics of the course are (1) Single sexuality, (2) men’s sexual integrity, and (3) marital sexual intimacy.
DM7645 Biblical Conflict Resolution I
This course will focus on conflict coaching and mediation training skills needed for biblical conflict resolution. Conflict coaching skills equip the conciliator to work with only one of the parties to the conflict in a one-on-one setting. Mediation training equips the conciliator to work with two or more people in conflict desiring reconciliation. This training is offered in partnership with Peacemaker Ministries and will be conducted at their training site. This is the first of three courses required for the “Certified Christian Conciliator” credential offered by Peacemaker Ministries.
DM7705 Select Topics of Theological Issues in Today’s Ministry
A study of selected theological issues and their significance for ministry. This seminar is offered based on student interest. May be repeated once for credit under a different topic.
DM7725 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, etc. The course goes beyond the “should” to develop the “how to” of reconciliation.
DM7740 Trends in Contemp Theological Movements
A study of the historical and theological development of current trends in theology. Topics will vary according to student interest.
DM7805 Women in Christian Leadership
An analysis of Christian leadership, the unique characteristics of women as leaders, the significant contribution of women in the Bible, and effective ways for women to enhance and strengthen Christian ministry through effective team-building.
DM7810 The Role of Women Related to Biblical, Historical, & Futuristic Issues
An exploration of biblical texts on the role of women in ministry, community, and the home; an examination of future trends; and the related impact of sound hermeneutics, culture, and history.
DM7815 Understanding Women in Contemporary Culture
A study of selected cultural issues that affect women’s spiritual lives today, including alternative spiritualities, feminism, gender-based epistemologies, and demographics and lifestyles of contemporary women.
DM7901 Independent Study
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. 1–4 hours.

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