|First Residency Dates:||March 6-19, 2016|
|Campus:||Alabama; Santo Domingo, DR; and South Hamilton, MA|
|Primary Faculty Mentor:||Dr. Al Padilla & Dr. Hector Ortiz|
|Potential Guests:||Dr. Dale Coulter, Dr. Pablo Polischuk, Dr. Todd Johnson, Dr. Roberto Miranda, Dr. Marc Rivera|
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Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.
The growth and expansion of the church in the global south is widely recognized by church historians, missiologists, and the popular media. For example, it is widely recognized that more people read the Bible in Spanish than in any other modern language. A significant segment of this growth is to be found within the Pentecostal Christian experience. This specialized Doctor of Ministry track will seek to provide a historical and theological overview of the Pentecostal experience (examining the past) while preparing students for service now and throughout the 21st century.
The primary aim is to equip men and women with the insights and tools that will empower them to lead Pentecostal congregations and denominations in vibrant ministry in the 21st century.
A variety of adult educational methods will be incorporated into this program, meaning that the overall thrust is learner-driven, facilitated by expertise of our world-class faculty-mentors. It is up to the student to tailor the program to suit his/her needs and interests. In general, the program is constructed around three annual residency periods.
During the six months prior to each residency period, students will reflect on a number of books and articles in a reading journal. In total about 6,000-9,000 pages will be read by the end of the program, including required texts and selections from the bibliography. A number of assignments will need to be completed before each residency period begins.
In our two-week residency periods over the three years, we will utilize diagnostic tools, case study discussions, practical lectures, task force groups, mentoring sessions and on-site consultations with seasoned experts in a variety of fields.
Sample readings include:
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Here is how your studies will transform you and your ministry by seeking to fulfill our general Doctor of Ministry goals in some track-specific ways:
1. To resource students through a biblically-grounded educational program taught by faculty who are committed to God’s Word and the application of principles of Scripture to the issues of contemporary culture.
2. To form in students a sound foundation of theological and biblical inquiry in their professional doctoral program’s specialized track that they are able to integrate into the life of Christian ministry.
3. To provide students with the skill set and understandings in a specialized area of ministry to such an extent that they can impact their congregation or community more powerfully for God.
4. To create through the cohort model of the program a dimension of Christian community and spiritual nurturing so that students form strong friendships with one another and enter long-term relationships with the scholars who guide the learning experience.
5. To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ’s lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
6. To cultivate within students through critical reflection and careful research through the residencies and projects an enriched Christian witness in the places of society they are called to serve.
7. To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.