The Doctor of Ministry is designed for graduates with significant leadership experience in churches, para-church ministries, educational institutions, and secular organisations who want to further enhance their skills for ministry within church, academic and community settings. Graduates of the DMin will have systematic and critical understanding in the discipline of Christian ministry, including innovative leadership models in contemporary contexts and a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches in the area of their specialisation. They will demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in research using methodologies applicable to their discipline.
Graduates' research will identify, investigate and address an issue in the profession of Christian ministry, to be presented in a research thesis which will make a significant original contribution toward the advancement of learning and/or for professional Christian ministry practice.
The course consists of 240 credit points comprising:
- One research methods subject (20 credit points) - RES801 Advanced Research Methods.
- One subject at 800 level (20 credit point ) to be taken from the area of specialisation (Ministry or Leadership).
- 70,000 word research thesis (200 credit points) in area of specialisation.
To qualify for award of the degree of Doctor of Ministry a candidate shall complete at least 240 credit points.
The DMin can be completed in 3 years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study (maximum candidacy 10 years).
In a rapidly changing society it is crucial that pastors and leaders stay relevant and conversant with new ideas. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program provides a formal mechanism for this reflection. Utilising a cohort structure, students will interact with others on a similar journey of exploring questions and solutions to important topics of our time, while incorporating best practice from practitioners globally.
The program is coursework based, so there is regular classroom and lecturer interaction. The research component of the program allows students to identify, investigate and address an issue within their own professional life. In this research component, students will develop a body of work (a thesis, which may be one complete essay or an integrated portfolio) that explores issues of relevancy to them and their context. The goal of this thesis component is to not only benefit the student but to also make a contribution to the mission of the Church through its contribution of learning and/or new practice. In this way, students are innovators of new strategies, programs or ways of doing ministry or leadership.
It is a wonderful opportunity to expand your thinking and practice - we invite you to join with us in this exciting new program.
Pastor Daryl Potts