Overview: Advanced Ministry Theory & Practice
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree is an ideal professional and terminal degree for those who serve the church in congregational or pulpit ministries, institutional or military chaplaincies, counseling ministries, missions agencies, parachurch organizations, or other ministry settings where advanced leadership skills are essential. You will be renewed spiritually and professionally as you gain new critical and analytical thinking tools to address your greatest areas of need in ministry. You may choose to study online, with minimal residencies, or completely online as you earn your doctoral degree in ministry. Regent's D.Min. program is among the first in the nation to receive approval by the Association of Theological Schools to offer the degree completely online, with no residency. This is part of a groundbreaking experimental program offering you the full quality of an ATS-accredited Doctor of Ministry degree with the flexibility to complete it from nearly anywhere in the world. With an emphasis on senior-level leadership tools and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, Regent's online D.Min. Program – in either format – will help you take your ministry to the next level.
Length: 36 credit hours. Students typically complete this doctorate-level seminary program in three to five years.
Format: The D.Min. program is offered in two formats: 1.) Online with no residency requirements or 2.) Modular with residency requirements for three core classes. Students choose their desired format in advance, during the application process, and may begin their program in August, October, January, March, May, or June. All work for the Online D.Min. program can be completed online. Work for the Modular D.Min. program requires travel to campus three times for a period of five day for each of three core classes, with the rest of the work done online.
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Features: The online Doctor of Ministry degree program is available in five concentrations.
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In June 2016, the ATS Board of Commissioners approved a three-year experimental online Doctor of Ministry program, permitting online instruction to fulfill residency requirements.
Graduates of this program will:
Realize personal formation and spiritual maturity, and align your calling with your core values and best gifts.
Build advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of ministry.
Retool your purpose through visioneering, leadership and management skills for greater impact.
Enhance competencies in ministerial analysis and skills.
Explore and present new knowledge about the practice of ministry, with a Spirit-led global and prophetic focus on reaching the lost.
The program begins with transformational courses that build upon one another sequentially throughout the year. You will complete assignments including readings, reflection exercises and ministry audits through Regent's Blackboard learning management system. For students who opt for minimal residencies, your on-campus sessions for modular courses will be retreat-like seminars designed to foster spiritual refreshment, personal growth and new learning. They feature small-group interaction, student presentations, guest experts, and time for self-reflection . Following the on-campus modular courses, you will complete post-reading assignments and exercises designed to integrate and apply what you have learned. The online Doctor of Ministry model, in either format, allows for a truly global experience as you may complete all of your studies from nearly anywhere.
Once all course work is completed, students demonstrate what they have learned through the Integrative Exam. Students complete a Mid-course Profile illustrating their growth in the program, and present a dissertation proposal to the faculty on their dissertation committee. After passing this oral examination, students become a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree and complete their dissertation work. Over a period that generally lasts one to three years, students design, develop, execute, and complete their dissertation project, capturing that experience in a written dissertation. The dissertation portion of your doctoral work, including your dissertation defense, requires no on-campus residency, and can be done from a distance.
|DCOR 700 D.Min. Leadership Profile (Orientation)||2 credits|
|DCOR 701 Leader's Life & Values||4 credits|
|DCOR 702 Vision, Mobilization & Management||4 credits|
|DCOR 703 Leading, Spiritual Formation & Renewal (Retreat)||4 credits|
|DCOR 704 Prophetic Leadership & Redemptive Focus||4 credits|
|Concentration Courses||9 credits|
|Integrative Examination/Ministry Project Proposal||3 credits|
|The integrative examination is a culminating exercise in which students demonstrate scholarly, professional, practical and spiritual integration of the D.Min. experience. To fulfill this requirement, students prepare a five to seven page reflective exercise based on a series of questions provided. Students also submit a ministry project/dissertation proposal. The proposal is equal to chapter one of the dissertation.|
|D.Min. Project||3 credits|
|Students identify a problem in ministry and propose solutions. The ministry project is a specialized application of the curriculum to the student's ministry context. The project may be scheduled to occur over several months after the student's coursework is completed.|
|D.Min. Dissertation||3 credits|
|After students have collected, interpreted and evaluated the ministry project sufficiently, they begin writing the dissertation. Using the skills and materials provided in the prerequisite research component of the D.Min. orientation course, students write and defend a publishable dissertation about their ministry project.|
|Read course descriptions and more detailed program information in Regent's academic catalog.|