MIN 547. Preaching. (2 Credits)
This course lays the biblical and theological foundations for preaching and develops preaching skills with an emphasis on faithfulness, contextualization and mission, clarity and structural soundness, and spiritual power. The theological, conceptual, and practical role of media, drama, the arts, metaphor, and symbol will also be explored.
MIN 558. Personal Leadership and Development in Ministry. (4 Credits)
Explores dimensions of personal leadership development and competencies. Overviews Biblical foundations and spiritual disciplines for effective and God centered leadership. Uses various personality, temperament and assessment tools and examines developmental perspectives on leadership over the lifespan.
MIN 559. Organizational Change and Leadership in Ministry. (4 Credits)
Explores models and principles of change leadership, leading organizations, building teams, handling conflict, and fostering entrepreneurial environments within a ministry setting. Examines the leadership literature on these issues. Utilizes case studies and group experiences.
MIN 561. Congregational Leadership: Worship, Discipleship, and Care. (4 Credits)
In various ways, congregational culture affects the shaping of the identity, mission and formation of all local churches. In this course, we will seek to define, exegete, and evaluate congregational culture in order to identify helpful leadership approaches for worship, discipleship, and pastoral care that can support congregational formation and mission.
MIN 692. Comprehensive Exam. (0 Credits)
Prerequisite: submission of Candidacy form. Fee $75. Graded pass/fail.
MIN 701. Spiritual Direction and Care for the Soul. (4 Credits)
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.
MIN 811. Contemporary Issues in the Church. (4 Credits)
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. (4 Credits)
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. (4 Credits)
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. (2 Credits)
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 894. Special Topics in Ministry Leadership. (2 to 4 Credits)
In general this course will expose students to the praxis of servant leadership in contemporary ministry contexts. In particular, it will explore, personal practices in the student’s relationship with God and best-practices in serving Him as applied to the task of ministering to His church and people to seek to build them up in Christ.
MIN 895. Guided Research or Study. (4 Credits)
A subject or topic of interest to a DMin student is studied or researched by the student under the guidance of a faculty member or subject matter expert who is approved by the DMin Program Director.
MIN 899. Doctoral Project Continuation - Full Time. (0 Credits)
Student continues to work on MIN 992 Doctoral Project on a full time basis during the semester. This course is for Pass/Fail and is not graded. Prerequisite: MIN 992. Additional course fee required: $50.
MIN 992. Doctoral Project. (6 Credits)
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].