Revival and Reform
|Dates:||April 25 - May 6, 2016|
|Campus:||St. Simons Island, GA; Hamilton, MA; Charlotte, NC|
|Primary Faculty Mentor:||Dr. Garth Rosell & Dr. Bob Mayer|
|Check out this article written by Dr. Rosell and Dr. Mayer!|
Informing spiritual passions by...
Forming mentored learning communities, thereby...
Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.
"If you long to understand how God moved in the past because you want to see Him move today, this is the track. It fills you with knowledge, understanding, and a passion to see our society transformed to the glory of God." - Yvette Garcia, D.Min., '07
"God breathed new life into my call to ministry and the church I serve with this track...I will remain grateful all my life for the wonderful opportunity to deepen my faith and broaden learning that the degree provided." James Banks, D.Min., '07
Congregational life in America cannot be understood apart from a careful study of spiritual revival and reform. So fundamental are these two traditions, in fact, historian William McLoughlin has suggested in his Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform, that American history itself makes no sense unless one takes into account these "periods of cultural revitalization." This specialty track seeks to explore these important patterns - using American religious history as its primary point of reference - for the ultimate purpose of enriching and strengthening congregational life in America and around the world.
In preparation for each residency, you read a minimum of 3000 pages, and you make four or five oral presentations during each residency. In addition, you write a 25-30 page paper (Project I) on a major revival leader, and you write a 25-30 page paper (Project II) on a key event and/or issue in American reform history. Following the third residency, you write the final thesis-project which builds on the earlier studies and makes a significant contribution to the revitalization of congregational life. Readings for Residency 1 include:
- Billy Graham, Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham (New York: Harper/Collins, 1997)
- Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Revive Us Again: Biblical Insights for Encouraging Spiritual Renewal (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1999).
- George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life (New York: Oxford, 2003).
- William Miller, William Miller's Apology and Defense (1945).
- Mark A. Noll, The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield, and the Wesleys (Downer's Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2004).
- Garth M. Rosell, The Surprising Work of God: Harold John Ockenga, Billy Graham, and the Rebirth of Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing, 2008)
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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:
- 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.
- "It is humbling and an honor to have been mentored by two amazing men of God: Drs. Rosell and Mayer. Almost four years after graduation I am still awed that God gave me this opportunity to learn and be truly mentored by men of faith with minds on fire." -Yvette Garcia, D.Min., '07
- 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.
- In each residency, students will explore in depth, and from a biblical standpoint, an aspect of a revival movement, whether it is an architect of revival or an analysis of a movement.
- "I will always be grateful for the theological undergirding, historical understanding, and personal support I received through this experience."
- 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.
- "For some years I've had a deep interest in learning how best to help encourage a biblically faithful intersection between my tradition's 'warm heart' of personal piety and the burning social issues of our day. Dr. Rosell not only helped me to understand and appreciate my Wesleyan heritage more than ever, but he and the colleagues in my cohort helped equip my congregation and I to engage with real life issues of racial injustice in our community, not as a cause of fear, but as an opportunity for spiritual renewal." -David Humphrey, D.Min., '03
- 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.
- "The personal and ministry growth I experienced as well as the personal relationships with the mentors will never end." - William Kirchhofer, D.Min., '09
- To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ's lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
- 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.
- To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.