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MIN 8101 D.Min. Seminar I: Spiritual Formation and IntegrationThis seminar provides entering students the opportunity to reflect on their past and current ministerial leadership experiences in order to assess what they have learned and where they wish to go pastorally and spiritually. Students will look at the spirituality of the pastor and delve into the area of spiritual formation as they self-reflect on their own spirituality, spiritual discipline and ministerial strengths and limitations. This course will also provide an introductory look at how the D. Min. Program will be of benefit to them as they work on their Learning Contract. Students will be required to write a spiritual autobiography. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLean.
MIN 8102 D.Min. Seminar II: Theological and Ethical Perspectives of Ministerial Leadership
The second D. Min. Seminar challenges students to reflect more deeply on the theological and ethical arena of religious and pastoral leadership. As a continuation of the first Seminar, students in this course will assess the theological and ethical issues of contemporary pastoral leadership with specific attention to their relevancy to the students’ own ministerial context. Utilizing case studies and ministry models, students will delve more deeply into the theory and practice of ministry to assist them in defining and shaping their continuing and future philosophy of ministry and their chosen model of ministerial leadership. Students will also begin to assess and discuss who should serve as their Supervisor and potential members of their Ministerial Team. In addition, students will begin to think about possible topics for their Dissertation Project. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. David.
MIN 8103 D.Min. Seminar III: The Changing Face of Society: Diversity and Its Impact on MinistryThis Seminar will focus on the contextualization of ministry and the changing face of our congregations, communities, and society. As ministry is not done in a vacuum, today’s minister and religious leader must understand not only the ever-changing nature of our diverse community, but also how this impacts interpersonal relationships and group dynamics within one’s ministerial context. Students will also reflect on the socio-economic changes within our society generally as well as within their own communities specifically and assess the affect of these changes on both the individual and the community as a whole and the impact of all this on ministry. Using their own congregations and communities as their context, students will learn how to assess the needs of today’s congregations and develop effective modes of ministry within such diversity. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Winings.
MIN 8104 D.Min. Seminar IV: Transformational Leadership for a Postmodern WorldThis Seminar challenges students to integrate key issues discovered in Seminar II and Seminar III as they search for types and models of leadership that are necessary to do ministry in our postmodern society. Society today is keen to find those who can facilitate the transformation of individuals, communities, and society. Students will then consider the role of the minister as transformer, guide, and facilitator of healthy spiritual growth and development. Key questions concerning the development of an empowered laity, the dynamics of pastoral care and counseling, personal transformation, and the leadership needs of a postmodern, multicultural world will be addressed. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLeod.