Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 30 Credit Hours
The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to prepare students currently in vocational ministry with the highest level of expertise in the biblical and theological application of God’s truth to their contextual ministry setting in the church and para-church. The PhD degree, by comparison, purposes primarily to equip students to engage in scholarly research and teaching.
The Doctor of Ministry program allows students to remain in the location where they are ministering except for attending intensive courses.
Each course builds on ministry experience and endeavors to integrate learning with the student’s present ministry as well as his or her future goals.
The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced professional degree designed to broaden the student’s vision of ministry, deepen their theological foundation for ministry and enhance one’s ministry skills.
The program focuses on practical ministry from a biblical and theological perspective. Courses are planned to challenge and enrich the student both personally and professionally. This happens in several ways:
- Interaction with outstanding resident and adjunct faculty mentors who have proven track records in ministry.
- Exposure to contemporary resources that are designed to help keep one’s ministry both biblically accurate and culturally relevant.
- Camaraderie with ministry peers that will encourage one’s heart and stimulate the mind toward thoughtful enhancement of ministry.
- Involvement in practical ministry projects that will enhance one’s current ministry.
Who Would Benefit from the DMin Program?
Pastors, including “senior,” “lead,” and associate pastors who are currently involved in Christian ministry would benefit the most from the DMin.
In addition, para-church ministry personnel (i.e. Young Life, Campus Crusade for Christ, missionaries, etc.) will also find that the DMin program would enhance their ministry skills and perspective.
Grace, being a global educational institution, anticipates that international students will also benefit from the DMin program as they serve in their own country and prepare to become leaders within their Christian community.
All courses are offered in an intensive block format, with each course consisting of three parts:
- Pre-Residency (approximately three months) — preliminary reading and other assignments
- Residency — one week to ten days, intensive classroom interaction
- Post-Residency (approximately three months) — a final course assignment that applies what you have learned to life and ministry
- Agreement with Grace’s Doctrinal Statement
Acknowledge affirmation of the GRACE Doctrinal Statement as found in this Catalog. This affirmation is required for admission and subsequent graduation from GRACE.
- Academic Preparation
Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program requires a TRACS, Regional, or ATS approved Master of Divinity degree (a minimum of 90 semester credit hours), or its equivalent, including at least one year (2 semesters) each of Greek and Hebrew, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited or equivalent institution.Applicants who do not meet these requirements may petition the Admissions Committee for consideration
- Ministry Experience
Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program must normally have at least three years of ministry experience completed after receiving the Master of Divinity and evidence of capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection. Ongoing engagement in ministry in a specific ministry context is required for continuance in the program.Evidence of mature Christian character and significant ministry achievement must be demonstrated in the application.
- Evidence of Research and Writing Ability
Applicants must submit a ten-page research paper (excluding title page, table of contents, and bibliography) that exegetically and theologically explains the biblical position on one of the following topics: openness theology, prosperity theology, homosexuality, philosophy of Leadership.The paper must interact with different Christian viewpoints and must utilize at least ten different resources. The paper must be footnoted and follow the Turabian (Chicago 8th Edition) style manual.Students who have completed a graduate thesis (Master’s level or higher) in a theological discipline requiring competent exegesis and theological reflection may submit it in lieu of the research paper for consideration in meeting this requirement.This paper will be utilized to assess student proficiency in written English, critical thinking skills, exegetical ability, and theological competence.If upon review this paper does not demonstrate an appropriate level of these abilities, the student may be admitted into the program but will not be allowed to begin work on their final project until improvement has been shown through the papers that will be written in the three Core courses.If the student still has not shown improvement after the three required courses, it will be incumbent upon the student to obtain outside training in these areas and demonstrate proficiency to the Dean of DMin Studies. Only after this happens will the student be allowed to register for their final project.
DMin Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the DMin Program, the student will be able to:
- Explain a comprehensive overview of the basic content and theme of each book in the Old and New Testament.
- Articulate a synthesis of every major category of systematic theology.
- Understand and articulate the Free-Grace principles of progressive sanctification
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of biblical Hebrew and Greek.
- Lead a local church or para-church ministry by utilizing practical ministry skills and communicating effectively.
DMin Program Overview
|DMin Core (10 Credits Hours)|
|DM-901 (3 Credits Hours)||Contemporary Theological Issues|
|DM-902 (4 Credits Hours)||Effective Biblical Leadership|
|DM-903 (3 Credits Hours)||Issues in Grace Theology and Praxis|
|DMin Project (8 Credits Hours)|
|The Ministry Project phase of the DMin program begins when coursework is completed. It is designed to synthesize ministry knowledge in a doctoral level practical ministry project.|
|DMin Electives (12 Credit Hours)|
|Students choose four courses from one of the following tracks:||Ministry and Missions Track|
|Practical Theology Track|
DMin Summary of Requirements
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