Informing spiritual passions by…
Forming mentored learning communities, thereby…
Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.
|First Residency Dates:||next intake for 2022, dates TBA|
|Campus:||South Hamilton & Off-Site|
|Primary Faculty Mentors:||Dr. Jim Singleton, Virginia Ward, Pete James|
Who are you as a Leader? What is the nature of the church or organization in which you provide leadership? How will you lead? And how do you understand and process the changes in our church culture? Each residency in this doctoral study program will add a layer of learning around these questions.
The key thought is this: Leadership is absolutely dependent on the leader’s own ongoing transformation and ability to lead others into a process of shared transformation.
We will study the impact of the changing church culture upon the competencies of pastoral ministry (preaching, teaching, discipleship, evangelism, worship, and pastoral care). The variety of topics to be studied will include examination of leaders from scripture and church history in their contexts. There will be a focus on self-awareness, governance structure awareness, how to lead change, how to guide congregations, and how to engage better with younger generations.
As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three two-week intensive residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. The residencies consist of lectures, case studies, participant reports and individual consultations. The classroom sessions are collegial in style and stress learning within a community context. In preparation for each residency, you read between 2,000 and 3,000 pages of assigned and collateral reading. Sample reading includes:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.