Informing spiritual passions by…
Forming mentored learning communities, thereby…
Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.
|First Residency Dates:||TBA|
|Residency Locations:||Off Campus & On Hamilton Campus|
|Primary Faculty Mentors:||Dr. David Currie, Dr. Steve Macchia|
The Doctor of Ministry track in “Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders” seeks to equip pastors and other ministry leaders to nurture individual and corporate life with God.
Check out this way that Dave Currie defines spiritual formation.
Spiritual formation is
the lifelong, faith-filled process
of the Holy Spirit transforming
the whole person
from fallen malformation
into the loving likeness of Christ
—incarnate, crucified, raised,
ascended, & returning—
to the glory of the Father
as informed by the whole Word of God,
in relationship with the whole people of God
to fulfill the whole mission of God.
What do we hope you will gain from participating in this track?… The ability to echo Asaph in your ministry leadership: “But as for me, it is good to be near God.”—Psalm 73:28, as amplified by Abraham Kuyper, the great Dutch evangelical of the turn of the last century: ‘To be “near” is to be so close to God that your eye sees, your heart is aware of, and your ear hears him, and every cause of separation has been removed.’”
For ministry to be truly “pastoral”—shepherding a flock—it must involve the “cure of souls,” including the shepherd’s own. However, pastors and churches (and ministry leaders and ministries in general) tend to overlook this kind of soul work in the press of institutional demands and cultural expectations. The classic spiritual disciplines revolving around attending to God in the Word, prayer, and reflection are neglected for the unspoken, unholy trinity that drives much of the contemporary church: “bodies, buildings, and bucks.”
As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three two-week intensive residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. Retreats are very special aspects to each of the three residencies. Two residencies meet one-week at a local retreat center in Mystic, CT and the next on campus in Hamilton. While one residency will take place entirely in Orvieto, Italy.
You also complete projects following each of the three residencies, including a major thesis-project after 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 are some of the books used in these studies before:
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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: