Doctor of Ministry
What will I study?
In support of the Division of Professional Ministry Studies' commitment to develop students' practical ministry skill and their facility in interpreting Scripture, the Doctor of Ministry sharpens a field-minister's skills in ministry practice, biblical interpretation, and pulpit proclamation through class lectures, directed reading, and ministry related papers and projects culminating in a summative dissertation that promotes Christlikeness in himself and in his people.
The Doctor of Ministry degree is a 32-credit professional development program for men engaged in full-time pastoral or missionary ministry who have completed a Master of Divinity degree at a recognized seminary. Included in these 32 credits are 3 credits for the writing of a dissertation on some aspect of ministry philosophy or practice. The topic for this dissertation must be approved by the coordinator of Professional ministry Programs and the dean of the Seminary before the writing and evaluation may begin.
A minimum of 18 credits must be completed in residence, including Min 791 Research and Writing Seminar. The courses for this degree are offered in residence through a two-week modular format several times each year and may be completed following this schedule within three and one-half years. This schedule introduces a new cycle of courses every three to four years. Other residence courses may be allowed for this doctoral program with the prior approval of the dean of the Seminary. Up to 11 credits of this 32-credit program may be earned through BJU's distance learning and through official university study tours. A maximum of five years is allowed for the completion of the Doctor of Ministry degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will ...
-- Apply principles of interpretation to Scripture.
-- Apply Scripture to practical questions and problems of life.
-- Create and defend an original dissertation relating to a field of practical Christian ministry.
What classes will I take?
The following courses are required:
- Dissertation Committee Approval (0 credits)
- Dissertation Corrections Approval (0 credits)
- Dissertation Defense (0 credits)
- Dissertation Project (3 credits)
- Research & Writing Seminar
16 hours of course work must be selected from the following:
- Current Biblical & Theological Issues
- Current Cultic & Humanistic Philosophies
- Discipleship Training
- Evangelism & Outreach Ministries of the Local Church
- Expository Preaching from Biblical Historical Narratives
- Expository Preaching from Matthew
- Expository Preaching from OT Poetry
- Expository Preaching from Prophecy
- Interpretation & Application in Preaching
- Law & Implications to the Local Church Ministry
- Leadership Development in the Local Church
- Management Principles & Practices
- Media & the Ministry
- Ministry Financial Management
- Missions Philosophy & Practice: Global & Local
- Pastoral Ethics
- Philosophy & Ministry of Church Music
- Prayer & Revival in Scripture & History
- Premarital, Marital & Family Counseling
- Theology & Practice of Prayer
- The Pastor as Crisis Counselor
- The Pastor's Personal Life & Development