Catalog revision date, October 22, 2021. These changes are effective beginning in the Spring 2022 semester.
M.Div. Entrants - The Doctor of Ministry for M.Div. Entrants is a 36-credit hour doctoral degree designed for applicants with a M.Div. degree, who are being given advance standing.
Theological/Ministry Master's Entrants - The Doctor of Ministry for Theological/Ministry Master's Entrants is a 48-credit hour doctoral degree designed for applicants with a theological or ministry master’s degree.
BITH 711 Seminar in Ecclesial Theology - An introductory course that explores the ways in which the ecclesia—the history and traditions and the life and ministry of the church—shapes how one reads the Bible and thinks theologically.
BITH 712 Global Church History - A survey of the history of world Christianity from the apostolic era to the modern period, with particular emphasis on seminal events, figures, and theological developments. Attention is given to the history of the church in the majority world, global Bibles, and to the contributions of women.
BITH 713 Old Testament Book Study - Describe in broad outline the historical and geographical context in which the book was written and significance of this context for interpreting the OT. Recount the basic content, major theological themes and grand narrative of the book, identifying key people, places, events and dates. Interpret the text as ancient literature with reference to genre and compositional features. Apply basic principles of hermeneutics to interpretation and application of the book. Relate OT teaching to reflection in other courses and disciplines.
BITH 714 New Testament Book Study - A study of the background, content, and theology of a New Testament book with emphasis placed on the application of its message to Christian communities in today’s world.
BITH 811 Theo Hermeneutics in Ministry - An opportunity for DMin students to engage with contemporary developments in biblical theology, theological interpretation of Scripture, and the application of hermeneutical theory to ministry praxis, with a focus on evangelical contexts.
LEAD 811 Healthy and Spiritual Leadership - This Healthy & Spiritual Leadership course is designed to provide the busy pastor and Christian leader an opportunity to reflect on their work-life balance by examining their ministry and leadership activities. The student will reflect on their mission, calling, as well as their capacity. The context of this self-focus will be their behavior to be their authentic self, pay attention to their soul, and desire to build a sustainable ministry on spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and relational dimensions.
MIN 701 Spiritual Direction and Care for the Soul - This laboratory course in spiritual formation explores the relational, spiritual and missional practices of the Christian spiritual life (e.g., corporate worship, spiritual friendship, spiritual direction, small group accountability, hospitality, evangelism, compassion, social justice, creation-care). Students will study, practice, and theologically reflect on these practices.
MML 701 Perspectives in Missional Theology - This course will examine major systematic theological themes in Scripture through the hermeneutic lens of the mission of God. Specific attention will be given to the development of Christian doctrines and an understanding of God’s mission within the history of Christian thought and missiology, with a view to equipping students develop a biblically-grounded and contextually-focused framework for missional engagement.
MIN 811 Contemporary Issues in the Church - This course trains the student to exegete the broad culture and to respond to prevailing cultural trends that impact the church. Issues such as race, gender, and global stewardship are common contemporary issues that the church faces. Deeper trends such as individualism, collectivism, and widening cultural and political divides are also issues to be explored. A successful student will be able to understand, strategize, teach, and lead in our cultural milieu, both inside and outside of the church.
MIN 812 Gender, Sexuality, and Spirituality - Spirituality, and its manifestation in the spiritual formation of individuals and communities, is most basically about relatedness to Christ and growth toward Christlikeness. Human sexuality has become one of the most, if not the most, divisive construct in the Evangelical Church. The terms sex, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identity, LGBTQ+, and many more often evoke polarizing postures among Christians as we seek to understand their meaning and the implications of their meaning for people’s lives, our theologies, and our ministry practices. Culture wars intensify these postures within the church and between the church and society.
MIN 813 Advanced Preaching and Teaching - This course is an advanced study in the process of moving from the exegeted text to the message with a focus on creating expository sermons that effectively bridge to contemporary audiences. Building on foundational skills, this course will help students grow in their ability to organize exegetically sound sermons, to communicate clearly, and to engage diverse audiences.
MIN 851 Research Methods - This course is necessary for successfully conducting the research/project in the D.Min. program. The student moves from defining the problem to identifying research question(s) to creating a qualitative research methodology suitable for the particular research/project that the student intends to undertake.
MIN 992 Doctoral Project - The doctoral project is the capstone of the D.Min. program. It is an opportunity for students to connect knowledge gained from their coursework with the concrete realities of their ministries: (1) identifying a challenge they face in ministry and situating that challenge in their context, (2) reflecting theologically on that challenge, (3) and designing a new ministry initiative to address that challenge which must then be implemented and assessed. Prerequisites: All are required. (i) MIN 851 Research Methods (grade of B- or above), (ii) All 12 credits required as ‘Program 2 Courses’, (iii) 8 of 12 credits required as ‘D.Min. Core Courses’, and (iv) 8 of 16 credits required as ‘D.Min. Concentration Courses’, from the concentration in which you are enrolled. [Note: Only the Pastoral Leadership concentration is being offered at this time].