DM706 Growing and Multiplying Missional Churches
This course provides a study of biblical and contemporary principles and procedures of church growth and health. Included in the study will be a look at appropriate strategies for bringing about change in a local church.
[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Gary McIntosh. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for DMin Prerequisite: None. Download Sample Syllabus.]
DM711 Contemporary Theological Issues
This course identifies, biblically evaluates, and provides resources for men and women in ministry concerning a variety of theologically-oriented issues facing the church in contemporary society. These current issues have theological origins as well as cultural manifestations. This course equips those in ministry to serve more effectively in a changing world.
DM715 Theology of Spiritual Formation
Explores the historical development, the biblical teachings, and contemporary practice of spiritual formation. Attention will be given to spiritual disciplines such as walking in the spirit, confession, prayer, fasting, and Scripture meditation, with a view toward the development of the student’s own spiritual life and ability to help others grow spiritually. Includes a brief look at the Roman Catholic style as well as the more recent Protestant style. It will investigate both style and substance and evaluate it against evangelical theology.
DM716 Christian Apologetics in a Non-Christian World
Christianity is increasingly being challenged and countered by new religions and cults, but most insidiously by the secularization of our culture. In this doctoral seminar we examine the culture of the world, exposit the word of God and seek to form a strategy for engagement. This course includes both the theory of apologetical systems and specific issues that can only be addressed through proper apologetic strategy.
DM717 Theology and Ministry of Prayer
This course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the nature and practice of Christian prayer, specifically, the place of prayer in our personal lives as men and women of God, as spiritual leaders in our homes, and in our places of ministry. Learning experiences are multi-level, intended to impact the whole person, rather than the intellect alone. Despite its centrality in the Christian life, it is evident that much that passes for prayer and spirituality in our day is mindless, manipulative, and unbiblical. Consequently, the course presupposes that an orthodox Christian theology of prayer must be grounded in Scripture, specifically in theology proper: the Doctrine of God. We will consider various contemporary approaches to the ministry of prayer in the local church and pursue reflective interaction on the challenges to a biblical worldview and distinctively Christian spirituality posed by life in a post-modern society. Each student will be required to: (1) Develop a distinctively biblically-grounded theology of prayer; (2) Reflect on its implications for his or her philosophy of ministry; and (3) Produce a ministry action plan intended to produce specific outcomes related to prayer in his or her ministry context.
DM732 Increasing Relevancy in Your Preaching
Increases a speaker’s ability to develop messages that are true to the biblical text, clear and well-organized, interesting, and relevant to the listener’s needs. Attention will be given to relevancy and clarity. Students will learn how to determine the specific applications of a biblical passage and how to help listeners follow the unfolding of the message. Though students will not preach in class, these practical skills will be developed through instruction, examples, group interaction and personal use.
[3 hours. Instructor: Dr. Don Sunukjian. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for DMin Prerequisite: None. Download Sample Syllabus.]
DM738 Exegetical Review: Sharpening Your Exegetical Skills for Expositional Excellence
This course is at the same time a refresher and a revitalizer of learned but neglected skills, an updating of exegetically-oriented disciplines, and an initial introduction into keyexegetical processes, all focused on the critical task of proclaiming God’s Word in a post-modern culture.
DM751 History and Practice of Pastoral Counseling and Change *NEW*
An in-depth exploration of the history and practice of pastoral counseling within the context of the Great Commission. The primary focus is on personal transformation within the biblical context of salvation, sanctification, healing, health, suffering, community, and relationship with God. Participants will grapple with notions of instantaneous change, change over time, and sustaining faith in the absence of change, as well as the role of insight, intellect, behavior, experience, emotion, and prayer in change. Participants will explore their own history of transformation and expand those characteristics that build therapeutic pastoral relationships and facilitate change. This course is highly interactive and requires that participants be willing to 1) explore themselves, their interpersonal style, and to experiment with different skills and techniques, 2) actively participate in and facilitate the creation of an authentic and safe learning community, and 3) establish and develop pastoral relationships that encourage and challenge one another.
DM754 Counseling Dysfunctional Families
This course examines dysfunctional families (e.g., alcoholic, battering, incestuous), with a focus on the issues facing those who grew up in them. It also provides basic counseling strategies and practical tools to help these “survivors” overcome their painful pasts.
DM790 Conflict Management
Offers the “manager of conflict” biblical wisdom for the intervention and prevention of many causes and forms of conflict in order to lead people and churches into harmony, fruit bearing, truth telling, and grace-driven relationships. You will learn the various sources, levels, and causes of conflict along with the cycle of conflict, early warning signs, and principles for stopping, defusing, and reducing the conflict in and around you. Conflict management strategies will be systematically explained, illustrated, and applied in the context of 21st-century ministry to enhance the integrity, discernment, wisdom, and leadership of today’s conflict manager.
DM791 Doctor of Ministry Individualized Study
You may wish to undertake an individualized study as one of your Doctor of Ministry courses. Generally speaking, it is better to wait until you have completed four courses before considering an individualized study. An individualized study is expected to reflect quality research. This research might consist of an exegetical study of the biblical text, library research, extensive reading, or field research (such as surveys, case studies, or systematic observation). To initiate an individualized study, submit a completed DM792 Individualized Study Proposal to the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. An advisor will be assigned to interact with you regarding the proposal, indicating any required changes and establishing time lines and deadlines for the completion of work. Once the proposal is finalized you must register for your individualized study. You will have six months to complete your individualized study. If you are unable to complete the study within this period you may petition for an extension. If you fail to complete your individualized study within the six-month timeframe and do not petition for an extension, you will be given a grade based upon the work you have done by the six-month deadline.
[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Any semester. Elective for DMin Prerequisite: None. Notes: Can only be taken once.]
DM792 Doctoral Project
The Doctoral Project is designed to involve the student in practical ministry research. The project allows the student to select a specific aspect of ministry to explore more fully. The subject, length, and form of the project are determined by the student in consultation with the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. For additional information, see the Doctor of Ministry Dissertation Manual.
[6 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Every Spring. Required for DMin Prerequisites: DM711 and 21 hours of electives. Notes: Doctoral Project is one year in length and may be extended (the DM796 Project Extension Fee would be required).]
DM795 Selected Topics in DMin Studies
An occasional DMin elective offered as the need and opportunity arise. Course content is dependent on the expertise of available faculty (resident, adjunct, and visiting), current issues of academic and practical importance, and overall balance in regard to recent course offerings.
[1-4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Occasional. Elective for DMin Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for credit when section content differs.]
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