Doctor of MinistryMultidisciplinary Emphasis Curriculum
For all students, the curriculum of the Doctor of Ministry with a Multidisciplinary emphasis (30 semester units in all) consists of six seminars, a research workshop and a dissertation/project.

All students complete the workshop and dissertation/project requirements in the same way.  However, there are two options for completing the six seminars:

Seminar Requirement - Extended Option
(Bay Area students within commuting distance)


If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may complete the first three of your six seminars as components of a two-semester collegium group experience on Mondays from September to May.  These four seminars (Pastor as Person, Theology of Ministry, The Cultural Milieu and Mission of the Church and a Dissertation/Project seminar) are designed to empower you to explore and renew your vocation in ministry, your theological understanding of your own ministry, and the cultural context and mission of your ministry in light of world Christianity.

Extended Option - Fall and Spring Schedule for Mondays 2013-14
September 9 - December 7 February 3 - May 19
Theology of Ministry
9 a.m.-noon
Culture and Mission
9 a.m.-noon
Pastor as Person
2-5 p.m.
Research D/P Seminar
2-5 p.m.


After you complete these three seminars, you will continue the program with three summer resource seminars, chosen from several offerings, and an ongoing summer research workshop. You may fulfill all of these requirements as one six-week summer term, or you may divide the work into shorter periods of two or four weeks over two to three summers. To see the 2014 Summer Seminar offerings, please click here.


Extended Option - Summer Schedule 2014
June 9-20 June 23-July 4 July 7-18
Resource Seminar

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a
mid-morning break
Resource Seminar

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a
mid-morning break
Resource Seminar

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a
mid-morning break
Dissertation/Project
Research Workshop

2-4 p.m.
Dissertation/Project
Research Workshop

2-4 p.m.
Dissertation/Project
Research Workshop

2-4 p.m.



Seminar Requirement - Intensive Option
(All students beyond commuting distance)


If you live beyond commuting distance (or prefer a completely residential educational experience), the required six seminars are offered during the summer. You may choose to complete three seminars each summer for two successive summers, or you may divide the work into shorter time periods of two or four weeks during three or four summers.

The program begins with three seminars (Pastor as Person, Theology of Ministry, and The Cultural Milieu and Mission of the Church) designed to empower you to explore your vocation in ministry, your theological understanding of your own ministry, and the cultural context and mission of your ministry in light of world Christianity.

Intensive Option - Summer Schedule 2014
June 9-20 June 24-July 4 July 7-18
Theology of Ministry Pastor as Person Culture and Mission

In the succeeding summer or summers, you will continue the program with three resource seminars chosen from several offerings, and one ongoing research workshop. You may fulfill all of these requirements as one six-week summer term, or you may divide the work into shorter periods of two or four weeks over two to three summers.

Dissertation/Project (D/P)

The dissertation/project (commonly called the D/P) is the culmination of the Doctor of Ministry program. The D/P is as the term suggests both a “dissertation” and a “project.”  The "dissertation" includes written work reflecting careful thought, research, scholarship, and academic analysis. The "project" includes the development, implementation and evaluation of a new program or approach in ministry.  The project grows out of and is based on the dissertation. A project may be: a workshop, educational program, publication, research, participant/observer case study or even a creative work of art.

Students will be assisted in preparing for this undertaking by attending a D/P workshop during the summer term designed to familiarize them with research methods, interdisciplinary dialogue and critical reflection skills.  The Guide to the Dissertation/Project will walk students through the process, step by step, all the way from developing a topic to finishing a manuscript.  Along the way, students will work closely with an approved advisor who will give feedback and guidance on a regular basis.

Many find that the personal fulfillment of the D/P experience is directly related to the significance of the problem they select.  A student’s D/P is more likely to be rewarding if

  • It deal with a significant ministry issue
  • It can readily draw upon Biblical and theological resources.
  • It is of personal urgency to you; and
  • It is one to which you are willing to devote two or three years.

In addition to selecting a significant and compelling ministry issue, your D/P will be effective if it includes: an in-depth social, historical and/or cultural analysis of the issue, a theological or Biblical perspective on the issue, a project that explores the issue from an experience base and a lively and enriching dialogue among these components.

We look forward to sharing and empowering you to become a scholar/practitioner of the theological disciplines. 


 
 
 

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