In our postmodern world, the pulpit can either be surrendered as a relic of a bygone era or powerfully reclaimed as a locus of renewed and faithful proclamation for a life-giving future. This D. Min. concentration engages the latter choice by offering experienced clergy and lay practitioners an opportunity to hone the art of preaching in response to the unique homiletical challenges of the early 21st century.
In integrative and interdisciplinary courses, this D. Min. track will enable preachers to accomplish the following goals:
- Strengthen their biblical reflection and theological grounding for communication of the Gospel.
- Practice creative styles in light of an increasingly multicultural and technological society.
- Nourish the pastoral sensitivities at the heart of pulpit proclamation.
- Articulate prophetic responses to the biblical mandates for justice in today’s global contexts, in the tradition and mission of CRCDS.
- Develop lifelong resources for sustaining preaching excellence.
- Students are required to complete a total of nine courses. Two courses are required (INT 703 and INT 711). Four courses must be approved preaching courses; two courses are free electives (at the D. Min. level), and the final course is the actual writing of a 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.
- Guidelines for candidacy review and thesis defense are the same as for the D. Min. in transformative leadership outlined in the Campus Life handbook.
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:
- readings and responses, completed before the course is taught;
- 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.