I. General Information regarding the Doctor of Ministry Program at CRCDS:
The Doctor of Ministry degree (D. Min.) is designed for experienced clergy and religious leaders who wish to enhance their skills as reflective practitioners. Applicants to the Doctor of Ministry program must have earned a Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent in both duration and kind. Additionally, applicants must have a minimum of three years ministry experience after earning a Master of Divinity degree.
II. The Doctor of Ministry Program in Transformative Leadership:
The D. Min. in Transformative Leadership offers experienced clergy and lay practitioners an opportunity to develop their leadership in concert with the historical values and traditions of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, as those values and traditions set forth visions for the future. In integrative and interdisciplinary courses, leaders have the opportunity to strengthen their biblical and theological grounding for their leadership; to reflect on their leadership with reference to solidarity with persons who are poor, oppressed and marginalized; and to explore critical social issues that are the contemporary versions of the historical social and religious movements of Rochester and Western New York: evangelical revival, abolition of slavery and racism, and women’s suffrage and equality.
The Doctor of Ministry requires the satisfactory completion of nine courses. Of the nine courses, three are required (INT 701, 702, 703). Students are then required to take two of the following additional courses offered: INT 704, 705, 706, 707, 708, or 711. The other four courses to be completed are fulfilled by three electives in Methodist/Wesleyan studies and the actual writing of the thesis.
Each student will be assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the program. By the beginning of the student’s fifth course, the student must identify and confirm a faculty mentor, who will direct the student’s remaining course work and thesis writing.
Courses are taught in an intensive format during the first two weeks of January and June. This schedule allows students to enroll in up to four courses each year. Part-time status is also available if individuals can only come to campus one week in January in June, but the program must be completed in six years.
Courses include three elements:1) readings and responses, completed before the course is taught; 2) residency; 3) a final course project. To facilitate the work that needs to be done before classes begin, students receive syllabi and all required reading lists. Students can expect to receive these materials no later than November 1 for the January residency and April 1 for the June residency.
Requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree can usually be met within 36 months of enrollment. Students may complete program requirements over a longer time provided all requirements are met within six years of first enrollment.
No grade of less than “B” shall count for credit toward the D.Min. degree.“B-“ is not an acceptable grade for the D.Min program. Students receiving a “B-“ are automatically placed on academic probation. Students who receive two grades lower than “B” are automatically terminated from the program.
Students may take two courses as directed or independent study for the D.Min. degree if warranted by their program or circumstances. Directed or independent study may be taken only after the completion of at least three courses.
INT 701 Discerning the Context for Ministry in the Early 21st Century
The context of Christian ministry in the early 21st century will be discerned with regard to cultural, political, social and religious dynamics, as well as the interrelatedness of class, gender and race. We will engage issues such as the nature of ministry and of the church and its mission in the world, as well as the changing faces and forms of Christianity in the U.S. and around the globe.
INT 702 Practicing Transformative Leadership in the CRCDS Tradition
The purpose of this seminar is to explore the question, “what is Transformative leadership?” in light of the CRCDS tradition. The goal is to identify qualities of Transformative leadership historically associated with the school and to identify qualities of Transformative leaders as they relate to their communities today. By the end of the course, students will have developed a nuanced understanding of “Transformative leadership” using biblical, theological, historical, and operational understanding in their work.
INT 703 The Prophetic Tradition in Biblical Leadership
This course examines the prophetic traditions of Israel in the New Testament and its continuance in the contemporary world. What is prophetic tradition? What are its elements? How have they been expressed in the Old and New Testaments? How are they alive and vibrant in the modern world? What does the prophetic tradition mean for the character of ministry? The course seeks to 1) gain an understanding of the prophetic tradition in ancient Israel, its various forms and its varied roles so that the seminar member can identify its ongoing vitality and changes over time, 2) assess the role of “prophesy” in the New Testament church, its various roles and its relationship to the prophetic traditions of Israel so that the student can compare the nature of prophesy and prophets in the Old and New Testaments and identify changes in the tradition and explore why they occurred, and 3) inquire where the prophetic tradition is alive in the church today, what forms it has taken, where it is to be found, on whose behalf it is exercised, and why it has assumed the forms it has, so that students can evaluate the ongoing importance of prophetic ministry for church in the world.
Elective Courses for the United Methodist/Wesleyan Studies Concentration
At least three (3) of these courses will be taken (excluding the thesis).
INT 730 Readings in John Wesley
A concerted study in the life and ministry of the John Wesley, with particular emphasis upon direct engagement in his own writings and distinctive theology. Wesley will be viewed as a respected partner in dialogue on the task of Christian leadership. The leadership methods and strategies of the Wesley and his programmatic models will be studied and assessed with attention to contemporary application. Particular attention will be paid to matters like evangelism, small groups, and mobilizing the church for social action.
INT 731 Readings in Charles Wesley
A concerted study in the life and ministry of Charles Wesley, with particular emphasis upon direct engagement in his own writings and distinctive theology. Charles (“the other Wesley”) will be viewed as a partner in dialogue on the task of Christian leadership. Particular attention will be paid to matters like the unique contributions of Charles Wesley, as well as his theological and spiritual legacy for modern Methodists.
INT 735 Wesleyan Spirituality & the Missional Church
INT 736 John Wesley’s Theology and Ethics
This course concentrates upon the reading of John Wesley’s sermons on Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, as well as his various treatises on themes from the field of Christian Ethics. Significant primary and secondary sources will be studied. Topics such as stewardship, abolitionism, slavery, and economics will be examined at length in order to develop a Wesleyan posture on theological ethics and ethical issues.
INT***The Early Methodists
A concerted and inclusive (along the lines of race, gender, and context) study of representative figures in the United Methodist tradition, who hold potential for shaping and enhancing our understanding of Christian leadership in the 21st century.
INT***Studies in Methodism
A concerted study of various topics pertinent to the development, expression, or contemporary issues pertinent to the Wesleyan/Methodist tradition.
INT***The Contours of Wesleyan Theology
An historical survey of the development of Methodist Theology from its inception to the contemporary period. Particular attention will be paid to important transitions and key figures who have shaped our tradition, and provide theological and pastoral leadership models for us today.
INT*** Thesis Supervision
Development of an original academic thesis on an approved topic germane to Christian leadership in the United Methodist Church tradition.