DOCTOR OF MINISTRY

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Doctor of Ministry degree offered by Truth Theological Seminary is not only a degree with a high level of professionalism but also training for ministers to pursue deeper spirituality.  The degree is for the advancement and continuation of the knowledge and skills gained in the Masters-level work previously accomplished by the minister, combined with pastoral professional ministry experience, and a more in-depth study of how to effectively work through spiritual growth and ministry skills to enhance the development of ministry and the knowledge of the Bible.  To this end, the candidate will conduct research and analysis in the final ministry research project, which will be learned in the DMin program, so as to be practically applied in church ministries.

The seminars offered by the seminary for this doctoral degree include The Spiritual Nature and Its Development, Leadership Development for Today’s Ministry, The Challenge and Direction of Ministry for the Present Age, Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling – a Pastoral Approach to Today’s Issues, Interpersonal Growth, and student-selected course relevant to the student’s focus of study.  Students in the DMin program need to learn through library resources, professional journals, computer-assisted Bible and theological studies, in-depth research skills, and use secondary sources dominated by most major sources.  Doctoral students’ research mainly focuses on their originality, from the current theory and creativity.

The following objectives are engaged by the learner to accomplish the purpose of the degree:

  1. Heighten the view of Christian ministry through integrating ministerial studies within the Christian academic setting.
  2. Expand the comprehension and application of spiritual dynamics both personally and interpersonally in ministry.
  3. Increase awareness of the significant themes of effective ministry biblically, theologically and methodologically.
  4. Acceleration of the ability to define theological concepts and ideas and construct appropriate theoretical understandings to provide a basis for more relevant ministry.
  5. Enhanced ability to discern ministry needs and issues relevant to competent ministry while developing ministries addressing the needs and issues.
  6. Enlarge the ability to communicate effectively orally and in written form with a view to informing others proficiently.
  7. Completion of a project incorporating the above objectives within the ministry project.

At the completion of the program, the student should be able to:

  1. Lead God-called ministry with God-given gift(s) in confidence with impact.
  2. Advance church growth by developing a successfully tested model(s) of ministry.
  3. Increase and strengthen theological knowledge and practical skills in developing ministries that impact their church and community.
  4. Discern critical congregational needs and respond to them with effective solutions.
  5. Reflect on their professional ministry and leadership effectiveness both theologically and personally.
  6. Foster networking opportunities to build ministerial relationships that promote personal growth and ministerial success.

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM STRUCTURE & REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

  1. Must maintain the academic standards and student conduct standards of Truth Theological Seminary while engaged in the Doctor of Ministry program.
  2. Fulfill each Doctor of Ministry seminar requirements satisfactorily.
  3. Complete satisfactorily the Doctor of Ministry’s final project.
  4. Satisfy the financial obligations of the Doctor of Ministry degree.
  5. Satisfy the Doctor of Ministry requirements within a seven-year period beginning with the start of the student’s first seminar. The student may apply for the continuation of time of the Doctor of Ministry program.

D.Min. “Orientation Seminar” will be arranged prior to the Year-One D.Min. Seminar.  The Orientation shall be one-day in length, and its purpose is to orient the students as to the Program’s structure and content.

After Year-One D.Min. Seminar, and prior to Year-Two D.Min. Seminar, the first “Project Planning Seminar” will be arranged.

After Year-Two D.Min. Seminar, and prior to Year-Three D.Min. Seminar, the second “Project Planning Seminar” will be arranged.

The total graduation requirements for this Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program include six (6) seminars and a Thesis-Ministry Project.  It is structured as follow:

6 Pre-Residency Preparation assignments, one per each Residency                  0
6 Seminars, 6 units each                                                                                             36
6 Post-Residency Projects, one per each Residency                                                0
1 Thesis-Ministry Project                                                                                             12

Total Program Requirements                                                                        48

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY
PROGRAM TRACKS (areas of study)

DMIN710     The Spiritual Nature & Its Development                                            6
DMIN720     Leadership Development for Today’s Ministry                                6
DMIN730     Shepherding the Congregation (Church or Organization)             6
DMIN740     Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling – A Pastoral Approach to Today’s Issues 6
DMIN750     The Challenge and Direction of Ministry for the Present Age        6
DMIN760     Student-selected course relevant to the student’s focus of study  6
DMIN800    Research Methodology & Paper Writing                                             0

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DIMN710     The Spiritual Nature & Its Development
Forming one’s inner personal world to conform to the life of Christ:

  • Essentials for enhancing personal spiritual growth through spiritual formation
  • Influences concerning spiritual formation and growth through the ages
  • Study and application of spiritual gifts in one’s personal life
  • Spirituality from differing temperament/personality perspectives
  • Assisting in the spiritual formation of others
  • Assessing the dangers to personal spiritual life (formation)
  • Examination of scriptural passages encouraging spiritual formation (the process of sanctification)

DMIN720     Leadership Development for Today’s Ministry

  • The nature of leadership in the ministry-theory and practice
  • Challenges inherent to Christian leadership
  • Developing a team approach to ministry leadership (trusting others in ministry)
  • Personal qualities and characteristics of leaders (ethics and morality concerns)
  • Developing and using the powers of influence
  • Jesus’ example of leading men and women
  • Leadership with the different cultural generations

DMIN730     Shepherding the Congregation (Church or Organization)

Shepherding or pastoring the local church in the second decade of the twenty-first century is an ever ongoing requirement of the Lord for the leaders of the Christian church.

  • Assist student’s self-understanding through a deeper study of one’s personhood
  • Strengthen the student’s capacity to deal with anger issues both personal and interpersonal
  • Management of personal stress and ____ possibilities more effectively
  • Develop leadership potential and ability to lead in one’s ministry
  • Provide greater insight into church life in order to build a more healthy and better ____ church.

DMIN740     Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling – A Pastoral Approach to Today’s Issues

  • Historial perspectives of pastoral care through the ages
  • The growth of the pastoral counseling movement in the twentieth century
  • Creating a caring church or organization through the pastoral ministry

DMIN750     The Challenge and Direction of Ministry for the Present Age

  • Biblical and historical perspectives concerning the ministry
  • The ministry and the present age – working with continual change
  • Can expectations for the ministry be attained and met?
  • Ministry that crosses cultural divides of race, gender, and class
  • Defining the scope of ministry in the twenty-first century
  • The multi-edged call of God to full-time vocational service

DMIN760     Student-selected course relevant to the student’s focus of study

  • This Seminar is student-designed
  • Students will choose an area of ministry to investigate
  • Students will establish the requirements of the course subject to Seminary approval
  • Students will select field mentor to assist in the practice of the ministry chosen.  FIELD MENTOR must be Seminary approved.

DMIN800     Research Methodology & Paper Writing

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM PROGRESSION

Year One Residency                                                                                            

  1. Pre-residency preparation (complete all assignments prior to residency)
  2. Two-week residency coursework (6 units per course, a total of 12 units for two courses)
  3. Post-residency project (Forms A1, B1, C1and A2, B2, C2….see D.Min. Manual binder)

Year Two Residency                                                                                           

  1. Pre-residency preparation (complete all assignments prior to residency)
  2. Two-week residency coursework (6 units per course, a total of 12 units for two courses)
  3. Post-residency project (Forms D1, E1, F1and D2, E2, F2….see D.Min. Manual binder)

Year Three Residency                                                                                         

  1. Pre-residency preparation (complete all assignments prior to residency)
  2. Two-week residency coursework (6 units per course, a total of 12 units for two courses)
  3. Post-residency project (Forms H1, I1, J1and H2, I2, J2….see D.Min. Manual binder)

Year Four, Five and Six                                                                       

  1. Submit an acceptable Thesis-Project proposal (Form K….see D.Min. Manual binder)
  2. Write your Thesis-Project
  3. Submit final acceptable copy of approved Thesis-Project (Form L….see D.Min. Manual binder)