Doctor of Ministry
27 credit hours: four courses of 3 credit hours, one of 2 credit hours and one of 1, and a thesis of 12 credit hours
Note: Course loads will vary per student
Our Doctor of Ministry program is designed for those who have been or are currently engaged in ministry, and who feel the need to reflect upon a certain aspect of their ministry, to reconnect with their calling and the One who called them, to revitalize their vision, or to reignite their passion for a life of true uncompromising discipleship.
We recognize that many of those who seek the D.Min. degree have extensive life and ministry experience. It is for this reason that each applicant will be evaluated individually, both with regards to admission into the program (see Admission tab) and the amount of coursework that may be required. In general, an M.A. in Ministry or M.Div. degree will be a prerequisite for admission. However, our Admission Committee will evaluate each application with the utmost care, looking not only at the applicant’s academic background, but also at the motivation for doctoral studies, strength of vision and calling, ministry experience, moral character and love for Christ and for His gospel. We especially want to open our doors to those who can show that the doctoral degree will significantly advance the purpose of reaching the world with the invaluable gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Elements of the Program
Coursework – Six courses, totaling 15 credit hours (see below for course descriptions). Additional coursework may be assigned and will vary for each student. Once the thesis proposal has been accepted, the student will become a candidate.
Doctoral Thesis – 12 credit hours
DISC 713 – Advanced Total Spiritual Transformation (2 cr hrs)
RES 491 – Academic Writing and Research (1 cr hr)
MIN 571 – Vision and Leadership (3 cr hrs)
MIN 673 – Ministry Administration (3 cr hrs)
RES 793 – Introduction to Thesis Writing (3 cr hrs)
RES 794 – Developing the Thesis Proposal and Literature Review (3 cr hrs)
RES 795 – Doctoral Thesis (12 cr hrs)
DISC 713 – Advanced Total Spiritual Transformation
2 credit hours
This course will challenge you to keep your life and ministry firmly focused on the calling our Lord has given to each who will serve Him, namely to lose our lives for Him and for the gospel, for “whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:35). It will also equip you to make evangelism and discipling of those you lead to Christ a central and daily part of life.
RES 491 – Academic Writing and Research
1 credit hour
This course covers the essentials of style, formatting and citation according to the Chicago Manual of Style, and teaches the student how to conduct research via the library and using online sources from home. It then leads the student through the parts of a term paper and the process of writing a proposal, and finishes off with drafting, editing and final revision.
MIN 571 – Vision and Leadership
This course studies the crucial importance of God’s vision for the Body of Christ, and explores ways to help develop this vision for a local church or specific ministry. It then looks at biblical and practical approaches to leadership, explores how to identify and develop potential leaders and those with other gifts and how to mobilize them effectively for God’s work. Attention is given to practical methods of mentoring and training, reporting, delegating and supervision.
MIN 673 – Ministry Administration
A study of administrative principles and practices for any organization, be it a local church, missionary organization or other ministry. Among the topics discussed are the various administration documents, personnel management, and the management of financial and physical resources.
RES 793 – Introduction to Thesis Writing
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the various tools and tasks of doing research, the stages of the doctoral thesis, online research techniques, computer software and settings, formatting requirements etc.
RES 794 – Developing the Thesis Proposal and Literature Review
This course helps the student develop and write a viable proposal for the Doctoral Thesis, including method of data collection, with a comprehensive list of applicable literature resources.
RES 795 – Doctoral Thesis
12 credit hours
The student will write a 125–175 page research paper on the topic for which a proposal was submitted during course RES 794.
Selection of Thesis Topic
Thesis topics should be selected that will help the student become more effective in ministry, especially the ministry of bringing the gospel to every nation, reviving the Body of Christ in the West and mobilizing believers everywhere to reach the world for Christ.
D. Min. students are expected to finish their studies within seven years. After that time, a non-refundable extension fee of US$200 per year will be applied.
Graduation will take place after the completion of the required courses and thesis work, payment of any outstanding fees, and on evidence of Christian character, faith and conduct as attested by our faculty.
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