The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) degree is a second professional degree for those who seek to improve practical expertise, explore the concerns of their own ministry setting, and challenge the heart and mind. It is both affordable and workable for persons in full-time ministry. The program seeks to enhance the practice of ministry for persons who hold the MDIV degree, or its equivalent, and have engaged in ministerial leadership.
The Doctor of Ministry Program equips participants for more effective ministry through classes and ministry projects that are connecting, renewing, healing and transforming. That is, our program is rooted in our Seminary’s core values of community, academic excellence, Scripture and spiritual formation. Students have opportunities to develop relationships with faculty and one another in a learning community in which spiritual formation is foundational.
The program is tailored to meet personal needs within the context of ministry. It will not take the student away from ministry responsibility for extended periods of time. The process combines the stimulation of the classroom with a deep understanding of the demands of full-time Christian ministry. Most courses are one-week or two- week intensives.
*Students not having the M.Div. but who do hold a master’s degree in another theological degree program, such as Pastoral Counseling, Theology or Christian Ministries, may satisfy equivalency by taking courses outlined by the Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program.
Ashland Theological Seminary’s D.Min. program uses a contextual model of learning that is dependent upon the student’s participation in and reflection upon ministry. Several ingredients contribute to the integration of theory and practice in the program:
For the final project, students apply what they have learned to a ministry task in their local context (including both the nature and practice of ministry). This is the culmination of the Doctor of Ministry experience in which the ideas and applications of the program are measured and evaluated. The project will reflect careful planning, theological reflection, purposeful implementation, and appropriate assessment. The project is a document of approximately 150-250 pages (minimum 25,000 words).
To develop quality leaders for the Black Church in the 21st century through quality academic reflection in the primary disciplines of Bible, theology/ ethics, church history, spiritual formation, and practical ministry, as well as the opportunity to engage the best African American academicians and practitioners of our time.
To equip students in the ministry of Christian caregiving by integrating pastoral care, spiritual direction, and Spirit directed counseling with a view to bringing hope, healing, and spiritual well-being to broken people.
The Independent Design Track is designed to give students greater flexibility in the area of elective courses.
The vision of the spiritual formation track is for the student to establish Christian spiritual formation as the fountainhead for Christian discipleship and ministry. The student will emerge from the program with a commitment to the foundational roles of Scripture and Christian community in healthy spiritual formation, and will engage in spiritual formation as the locus of practical ministry in a post-modern context.
To equip students with the competencies to deal with the realities of leadership as they seek to position the church for renewal that will result in profound change.
To equip students to understand and utilize the Wesleyan heritage effectively in the ongoing ministry and mission of the church and to integrate Wesleyan practices with the dynamics of personal spiritual formation in community and Christian renewal.
When Norman experienced a stroke in 2007, the Lord used that trial to very specifically call him into ministry and a seminary education. The road to recovery has also been a road into full-time ministry!
The Doctor of Ministry degree is for men and women whose vocation and calling is ministry. It is specifically designed for the individual who seeks to improve practical expertise, explore the concerns of their own ministry setting, and challenge both heart and mind. The Doctor of Ministry degree is affordable and accessible to persons in full-time ministry. Concentrations include Transformational Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Formational Counseling, Black Church Studies, Canadian Context, Wesleyan Practices, and Independent Design.