Doctor of Ministry

Purpose

The purpose of this degree program is to equip the student for a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry than that achieved in the foundational work normally resulting in an M.Div. degree. The Doctor of Ministry degree program is designed to serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education which renews the personal life of faith, further develops professional competence, and stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
  • Serve the need of ministers for an experience of continuing education.
  • Renews the personal life of faith
  • Develop professional competence
  • Stimulates continued growth in biblical and theological foundations for ministry

Prerequisite

The Doctor of Ministry requires a prerequisite 15 graduate credit hours in Biblical Studies or Theology.

Nature of the Program

The program of studies leading to the Doctor of Ministry degree is a 45-credit (consisting of 35 credit hours in coursework and 10 credit hours for the doctoral project) program of study beyond the Master’s designed for men and women who are engaged in pastoral and related ministries. The candidates are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a biblical theology of ministry while in a setting of ministry.

Core Courses

The student will complete the following seven courses, each of which constitute five semester credit hours. A 20-page paper is to be written on each topic. The choice is the student’s, unless the committee determines a weakness in the students’ prior academic background. Upon completion of the core topics the student will be advanced to candidacy. Completion of each core topic earns 5 credit hours. Course descriptions are provided to the student in a separate document as requested. The student has the option to choose seven core courses OR choose one emphasis.


Core Courses (5 credit hours each)

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of leadership in pastoral care.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of church growth and leadership.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of cross cultural perspectives in pastoral leadership.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of counseling, family life and pastoral leadership.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of the media, leadership and the church.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of spiritual development of the pastor, church and community.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of ethics and the church in today's culture.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of conflict management and resolution in church life.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of the controversy over ordination of women.

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on leadership principles applied to pastoral ministry and church extension.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of missions in the 21st century.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of the new apostolic reformation.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychology and theology.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of contemporary theology and evangelical belief.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of renewal ministry from a historical church perspective.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of revival and church planting.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of preaching.

Credits: 5

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Credits: 5

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The Doctoral Project is the finishing work for the doctoral degree. Through the combination of foundational coursework, diligent study, and the guidance of a doctoral project coordinator, students successfully complete projects that are both personally gratifying and that contribute to the advancement of God's kingdom.

Credits: 10

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Emphasis in Human Behavior

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of clinical applications of counseling in the Church.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychopathology, sin and demonic influence.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychotherapy, pastoral counseling and inner healing.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of psychology and theology.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding personality theory and therapy.

Credits: 5

Not available online

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of counseling, family life and pastoral leadership.

Credits: 5

Not available online

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of conflict management and resolution in church life.

Credits: 5

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Emphasis in Education and Leadership

This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding conflict resolution in educational leadership.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding human behavior and management in education.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding psychology of learning in education.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding philosophy of educational leadership.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding educational leadership for private school and church.

Credits: 5

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This is an independent study project, with a focus on understanding the dynamics of church growth and leadership.

Credits: 5

Not available online

This is an independent study project, with a focus on leadership principles applied to pastoral ministry and church extension.

Credits: 5

Enroll Online

Doctoral Project Proposal

The student is then to write a proposal for the Doctorate, describing the project according to the prescribed format. The completed proposal is to be approved by the Doctoral Committee of the College. The process and format for a Doctoral Proposal is described in Research Writing Made Easy. These resources will be provided by the Student Services Department.

Doctoral Project

Upon approval of the proposal the student may begin writing his or her Doctoral Project according to the specific format. The Doctoral Project is the finishing work for the doctoral degree, and is what provides the right to be called “Doctor.” It earns 10 credits towards the degree program. The guidelines for the writing of the Project are found in the book Research Writing Made Easy. Through the combination of foundational coursework, diligent study, and the guidance of a doctoral project coordinator, students successfully complete projects that are both personally gratifying and that contribute to the advancement of God's kingdom.