The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so that they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministries. The purpose of the program is to help ministers grow in their understandings and interpretations of the Church's ministry in relation to biblical, theological, historical, ethical and practical areas. Students are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a theology of ministry while in a setting of ministry. A distinctive of the doctoral program is the attempt to enable students to understand both the positive and the problematic aspects of the charismatic dimensions of ministry.
Classes are taught in a modular format so that students may maintain their existing ministry positions while pursuing the degree. Students meet on campus for a total of six weeks over a two-year period for seminars, workshops and research clinics. However, most of the study/work is done individually in the setting of the local parish or other field of service.
A feature of the degree is that students remain in a cohort group of classmates throughout the entire classroom experience. The cohort is maintained while allowing some separate classes for the two specializations - church ministry and leadership and pastoral care and counseling. Students in the two specializations have several classes in common and some classes in their separate areas of study. In each session, time is spent with the cohort group.
This degree is designed to:
- Broaden students' understanding of charismatic theology
- Further develop ministerial identity and vision
- Strengthen leadership, administration and pastoral counseling skills
- Teach on topics including pneumatology, healing, church health and leadership
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