Students take a combination of required Foundational Seminars and elective Resource Seminars to prepare for their research and dissertation/project. Students may opt for one of the following concentrations:
New – Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care Research Literacy
Designed for clinical pastoral educators, board certified chaplains, and those seeking professional chaplaincy vocations, core courses in this track provide a framework for evaluating existing research, understanding methods of data collection, quality, and usage, and theological reflection on the history and politics of research. Download complete information here (PDF).
Interdisciplinary Contextual Study of Ministry
The interdisciplinary and contextual focus of the DMin degree enables students to explore their own leadership style and ministry context, develop skills for critical reflection on ministry-based issues, explore current research in the social sciences, and engage in critical theological reflection to seek creative responses to the challenges of ministry today. Download information here (PDF).
Pastoral Care and Counseling
Designed for chaplains, pastoral counselors and pastors specializing in pastoral care ministries, the courses in this concentration explore the intersections of theology and psychology. Download emphasis information here (PDF).
The Pastor as Spiritual Leader
Designed for persons who seek to lead congregations and organizations from a posture oriented toward the dynamics of spirituality, spiritual formation, and the practice of spiritual disciplines. This concentration includes courses offered jointly by the DMin program and the Program in Christian Spirituality. Download concentration information here. (PDF)
This concentration is especially useful if your role includes executive roles and responsibilities in congregational ministry, denominational and judicatory staff, and community-based or non-profit agencies. Focused on the unique dynamics of leadership in communities of faith, courses in this concentration explore current theory in adaptive leadership, organizational change, and spiritual discernment and visioning. You may take it in conjunction with the Diploma in Executive Leadership program.