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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Program Mission

The Doctor of Ministry degree program provides advanced training in the practice of ministry leadership to those actively engaged in vocational ministry. The program seeks to develop expertise in the understanding and application of reformed theology, the sufficiency of the Bible, practical leadership in ministry, the work of lay/clergy in ministry, and the integration of the work of missions. The Doctor of Ministry degree is the highest professional degree for individuals serving in local churches, para-church positions and global mission ministries.

Program Goal

The Doctor of Ministry degree program enables students to:
                1.evaluate their own leadership abilities
                2.communicate the Word of God effectively through their learning;
                3.prepare for professional effectiveness in the ministry setting;
                4.manifest a maturing and Spirit-filled character as a minister; and
                5.enhance their ministry competence in a variety of contemporary contexts.

Design of the Curriculum

The D.Min. Program includes six required five-semester-hour seminars. Each student will enroll in one class every six-months of their matriculation in the program. Each class will involve a pre-residency period of reading, a residency period during which students meet in L.A. and attend daily lectures/discussion sessions for five days, and a post-residency period during which each will apply principles learned a project in the context of their fulltime ministry setting.
The first five classes will each directly fulfill an educational goal and a ministerial goal of the program while all classes will seek to fulfill the program's spiritual goal. A sixth five hour class will be taught at the end of the program focusing on research methods, preparing and guiding students as they develop their dissertation project. The applied project/dissertation will have appropriate academic rigor and a written component but will be primarily focused on practical ministry, as graduates of the program will be sent out to be practitioners in ministry leadership not scholars.

Degree Requirements

The D.Min. Program requires 34 semester hours consisting of 30 hours of course work plus a 4-hour applied research project related to the student's ministry. Additionally, international students require 20 hours of practicums. All work leading to the Doctor of Ministry degree must be completed in not less than three and more than six years from the time of matriculation. A minimal grade of B- must be received in each course for it to be counted toward graduation

A minimum of 34 semester units (54 units for international students)

               1. LDR815 God's Calling, Gifts, Talents, Skills & Leadership (5units)
               2. BIB825 Sufficiency of the Word of God (5units)
               3. THE835 Reformed Theology (5units)
               4. MIN845 Skills for Deeper Ministry (5units)
               5. MIS855 Toward Global Ministry (5units)
               6. RES869 Research Methodology / Dissertation Writing (5units)
               7. RES870 D.Min. Project (4units)
               8. PRA905A-E Practicum (4units) (International students only)

The completion of the minimum number of hours does not automatically qualify a student for the degree. The candidate must show, to the satisfaction of the faculty, proven Christian character, ability and acceptability in Christian ministry and continued adherence to the IRUS doctrinal statement.