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Advanced Standing for Th.M. in Preaching

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Gordon-Conwell is pleased to announce that those with a Th.M. in Preaching have the potential to pursue Advanced Standing in our Doctor of Ministry program.

Based upon a qualified Th.M. in Preaching, this movement enables a continued journey deeply focused on preaching (in either Preaching: From the Study to Pulpit, Preaching to Culture and Cultures, or Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible ) or a wider journey into larger pastoral issues of leadership, care-giving and preaching (Pastoral Skills track).

With considerable resource savings, this standing enables the qualified student to receive credit towards one of their three required residencies; enabling them to attend two residencies instead of three and to pay eight quarters of tuition instead of twelve.

“At Gordon-Conwell, I learned how to explain the Word, how to prove the Word, how to apply the Word; in short, I learned how to preach the Word,” (Robert Hutchinson, D.Min. 2012).

"Nothing influences the life of the church more than the pulpit," (preaching mentor Dr. Jeff Arthurs).

"We want students to be encouraged to preach outside of the box as they learn from fellow preachers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds," (preaching mentor Dr. Matthew D. Kim).

"Our preaching Doctor of Ministry tracks will raise your preaching and your thinking about preaching to a higher level," (preaching mentor Dr. Scott Gibson).


Intentions to pursue Advanced Standing must be expressed during the regular application process. Eligibility for Advanced Standing is verified in review of the applicant's official Th.M. transcript.

Approval for all enrolled Advanced Standing students is required prior to their first residency, this involves an advanced standing project.

The Advanced Standing Coordinator overseeing this project is individually assigned, by the Doctor of Ministry program, from the mentor team of each track.

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Advanced Standing in our Preaching Tracks

Advanced standing will allow for those accepted into either Preaching: From the Study to Pulpit, Preaching to Culture and Cultures,or Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible to potentially skip or audit the first residency.

Those accepted with Advanced Standing into any of these three tracks will be asked to reserve their space with a full matriculation payment equal to their first quarter of tuition.

Advanced Standing in our Pastoral Skills Track

Pastoral Skills has three modules; one each on leadership, care-giving and preaching. Advanced standing enables the recipient to advance through the preaching module:

  1. Choose an entry point where the leadership and care-giving modules follow each other
  2. Skip or audit the preaching module, as the optional final module

Please note, that auditors are full participants in the audited residency; including completing pre-residency requirements and participating in residency discussions and presentations.

Selecting the entry point determines the cohort and campus of all the residencies, switching from one cohort to another is not allowed.

This track has four entry points each year; one in Spanish (listed as Liderazgo) and three in English (listed by entry point as February (Charlotte campus), April (South Hamilton campus) and October (also at the South Hamilton campus)).


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2018 October February April/Liderazgo

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