|First Residency Dates:||March 17 - 28, 2014|
|Campus:||South Hamilton, Bosnia-Herzegovina/Croatia, China|
|Primary Faculty Mentors:||Dr. Peter Kuzmic, Dr. XiYi Yao|
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Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.
The purpose of this track is to assist in the development of specialists in mission-related strategy, research, and teachers for church, para-church, and institutional ministry. It is assumed that the students in this program are established in some cross-cultural ministry connected with the world mission of the church, whether at home or abroad.
"We learned from the contexts we came from and learned to appreciate the different roles and contributions each made in their respective arenas. Especially interesting was the on-site appreciation of coming face to face with history, religion, culture, and conflict. It allowed us to interface missiology within a real-life context of mission workers and their work of winning people without Christ in a specific context." - Siew Yuet Wong, D.Min., '07
As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three two-week intensive residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. You also complete projects following each of the three seminars, including a major thesis-project following the third residency. You read widely in books and periodicals, and your reading and research contributes to the residencies and to your current ministry. Here is a sample reading from the first residency syllabus:
- Bosch, David. Transforming Mission, Orbis Press, 1996.
- Escobar, Samuel. The New Global Mission, IVP, 2003.
- Jenkins, Philip. The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, Oxford University Press, 2002.
- Newbigin, L. The Open Secret, Eerdmans.
- Newbigin, L. A Word in Season, Eerdmans, 1994.
- Thomas, N. Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity, Orbis Press.
- Walls, A. The MIssionary Movement in Christian History, Maryknoll, New York, Orbis Press, 1996.
- Walls, Andrew. The Cross Cultural Process in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission and Reception of Faith, Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Press, 2002.
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:
- 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.
- This track is designed to integrate academic and professional insights into practical skills related to effective cross-cultural work.
- The second residency takes place in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, on the very seam of two major civilizations and a place where the interface of Christianity with world religions may be observed most acutely.
- To form in students a sound foundation of theological and biblical inquiry in Missions & Cross-Cultural Studies that they are able to integrate into the life of Christian ministry.
- In the first residency, students will explore the Biblical, theological, and historical basis of missiology as a field of study.
- The first year will involve extensive reading to provide the basis for significant reflections on missiological issues facing us in the 21st century.
- During the second residency, mentors will discuss the translatability of the Christian gospel with students.
- To provide students with the skill sets and understandings in a specialized area of ministry to such an extent that they can impact their congregation or community more powerfully for God.
- The track is designed to stimulate and assist the participants to relate missiological studies to the actual practice of missions through a dynamic, integrated program.
- "As a local pastor, missions mobilizer, and active short-term missions participant, I found this program to be very enriching and practical. I was able to ... be mentored by some of the best in the field, and most importantly expand my understanding and practice of cross-cultural ministry through solid biblical and theological instruction and reflection, including one residency overseas. As I considered other options for this kind of study, Gordon-Conwell quickly rose to the top of the list." - Rich Noble, D.Min., '04
- 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.
- "I was able to make new friends and connections (literally around the world)."- Rich Noble, D.Min., '04
- "The potpourri within the class where leaders from mission agencies and churches from East and West congregating together to interact from their various perspectives made the cohort specially alive and interesting." - Siew Yuet Wong, D.Min., '07
- To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ’s lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
- One of the topics of discussion during the second residency is the relationship of the Christian gospel to culture as well as an emphasis on the interface of Christianity with world religions as well as the global clash of Christianity with non-Christian civilizations.
- During the third residency, students will analyze various actual field setting models which have sought to communicate the Christian gospel in cross-cultural settings.
- 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.
- This track is designed to stimulate and assist the participants to relate missiological studies to the actual practice of missions through a dynamic, integrated program.
- To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.
- A graduate of this track will have obtained new levels of professional competence in the skills needed for the practice of missions in today's world.