MIN 8101 D.Min. Seminar I: Spiritual Formation and Integration: This 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 Ministry: This 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 World: This 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. Faculty.
Family and Educational Ministry Courses:
MIN 8501 Ministry in the Midst of Diverse Lifestyles: In our postmodern world, new definitions and meanings have caused complications and confusion in relationships. The term postmodern signals the end of a familiar pattern of activity and the emergence of new areas of endeavor whose activities are unclear and whose meanings and implications are not yet well understood. In this course, students will examine the challenges presented by these diverse lifestyles and discuss how these diverse lifestyles impact how they do ministry so as to continue aiding their congregation in developing a lifestyle and worldview that is consistent with being a disciple of Jesus. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. David.
MIN 8502 Religious Education and Ministry Needs of the Postmodern Family: Students will examine the postmodern family from many angles – sociology, psychology, anthropology and theology – what makes it different, what are its real needs, and how Religious Education can help fulfill some of those needs as we work toward greater wholeness of the family unit. Students will then develop a family-centered ministry better suited to the diverse families in their community/congregation. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Winings.
MIN 8503 Challenges and Possibilities of the Emerging Global Family: The purpose of this course is explore the origins and recent trends in globalization and its impact on the family. The emphasis will be on a creative approach to viewing the family in the 21st century. Students will study general definitions and theories of globalization and will focus on the connecting and building of relations on the global stage. This study will involve technological, social, cultural and religious dynamics as they relate to the contemporary family. Students will probe world citizenship as a phenomenon in an age of diminishing borders. They will study the evolving formal and informal networks that link the global community, as well as how migration impacts the family. Students will be provided with an opportunity to observe the challenges involved in influencing the diplomatic community with a religious dimension and effecting targeted global change. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLean.
MIN 8504 Faith Formation, Spirituality and Counseling within the Contemporary Family: Students will focus on families as they seek to serve and witness in deeds and words that heal and free – in the role of counselors. Attention will be given to the brokenness and wholeness of life as they seek to minister to the hurts and hopes of those they will encounter in their ministry. Through readings and reflections students will assess, evaluate and envision their calling for the healing contemporary families. Emphasis will be placed on identifying skills and talents, and explore options through a process of illuminating, clarifying, and opening to all the possibilities of God's call. Students will submit a Spiritual Inventory consisting of goals, objectives, skills, talents, strategies, tools and mobilization of resources and assets for involvement in a contemporary family ministry. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLean.
Peace and Justice Ministry Courses:
MIN 8701 Multiculturalism, Diversity and Non-violent Conflict Resolution: The intent of this course is to understand how people of different cultures handle conflict by communicating and building relationships. The focus is Asian, Hispanic and African/African-American cultures. Through the use of stories, sayings, proverbs and examples we will provide models for conflict transformation, and how we can choose our responses to conflict situations. We will cover a range of diverse approaches to work within the workplace with different people, and seek to understand where others are coming from as the key to harmonious interaction. The course will also examine a variety of biblical principles and stories to highlight practical skills for conflict resolution. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. McLean.
MIN 8702 Issues in Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations: A course designed to produce creative and effective theoreticians and activists in the arena of religion and peace in the contemporary world. After finishing this course, students should be able to analyze and implement effective designs and applications for bilateral and multi-religious encounter with an eye to resolving conflict and realizing reconciliation and collaboration. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Selover.
MIN 8703 Faith, Spirituality and Social Justice in the Global Market: This course will challenge students to re-evaluate their views of social justice, social ministry and the minister's role in bringing about a more just world. Students will evaluate diverse expressions of social justice and social service in Christianity and the world's faiths order to come to their own definition of social justice ministry. They will learn to develop and conduct a ministry that is compassionate and just, while faithful to the basics of their faith. In addition, students will examine the components of effective social justice programs including funding and grant writing. Finally, students will be challenged to fully reflect on their current ministries with an eye to how they can foster a socially just world where all people live for the sake of others. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Winings.
MIN 8704 Transformational Leadership, Human Resource Development, and Organizational Growth in Contemporary Ministry: This course introduces the basic principles of leadership, with emphasis on transformational and servant leadership, as well as of organizational behavior. It presents the tasks and roles of management in achieving successful results in the planning, production and delivery of services particularly in non-profit and religious organizations. The course also discusses the international dimensions of organizational behavior, such as cross-cultural management, and introduces ethical issues in the professional world. It provides an understanding of how the basic human resource management (HRM) functions of planning, staffing, training and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and employee and labor relations are applied in private sector organizations. Key concepts will be illustrated and applied via case studies as well as personal experience. 3 credits. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Phillips.
Dissertation Research Seminars:
MIN 8802 Dissertation Research Seminar I: Formulating the Question: Students will define a problem or thesis from within their own ministry, develop the hypothesis and how it can be assessed, and consider possible research strategies and methodologies to carry out their dissertation project. 1 credit. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Wilson.
MIN 8801 Dissertation Research Seminar II: Bibliographic Research and Overview of the D. Min. Dissertation: Students will learn bibliographic research methods and the principles and practices of contemporary information environments. They will learn how to find, access, retrieve, and evaluate information stored both in electronic and print formats. Students also survey the varieties of D. Min. dissertations and methodologies involved. Students will work on a team project and conduct bibliographic research on a hypothetical dissertation topic during the intensive period. 1 credit. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Noda.
MIN 8803 Dissertation Research Seminar III: Research Design Strategies: Students will experientially learn the general principles and flow of conducting educational research by working on team project to be completed during the 2-week intensive. In preparation for the course, students will advance their research designs by interacting with web based learning resources and by engaging the professor and fellow classmates through an online learning portal. 1 credit. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Phillips.
MIN 8804 Dissertation Research Seminar IV: Designing the Project Proposal: Students will build upon their work in the first three Research Seminars to reflect about models for writing Doctor of Ministry theses, to integrate their proposed ministry project within a thesis framework, and to develop a draft dissertation project proposal. 1 credit. Open only to D.Min. students. Dr. Mickler.