Doctor of Ministry

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 The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree focuses on developing leaders in a number of critical areas for the Church and for society. This is in response to unique ministry challenges facing the Adventist Church in African content, especially, and indeed the whole world. Such changes require professional approach to ministry and scholarship. PhilosophyThe Doctor of Ministry is the highest competency level pastoral ministry degree programme primarily designed for the practice of ministry and is oriented toward serving the needs of pastors, mission executives, church leaders, and other ministry professionals on the continent of Africa. The purpose of this programme is to equip people for a higher-level ability in the practice of ministry and ministerial leadership in the area of applied theology. The benefits you will obtain from taking the degree:

  1. Gain a sound grasp of biblical, theological and theoretical principals that would help the church fulfill its mission
  2. Acquire a high level of competency in the skills that pertain to an area of concentration
  3. Contribute to the body of knowledge through research
  4. Identify and implement ways of spreading the Good News of the Gospel within the African context

The nine DMin areas of concentration reflect areas of significant importance in ministry to the Christian Church in Africa. Each area represents unique challenges that require specialized knowledge, skills and attitudes. These concentrations will not be offered simultaneously and the student should select one of the following:

  • Chaplaincy
  • Church, African Society and Mission
  • Church Leadership and Administration
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
  • Evangelism and Church Growth
  • Marriage and Family
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Word, Worship and Liturgy
  • Youth Ministry

Specific courses have already been selected for each of the concentrations (See University Academic Bulletin)

In addition to the general requirements of the University for admission into the doctoral programs, DMn applicants must:

  1. Have a Master’s degree in Ministry. These applicants will proceed with the direct entry to the programme. Applicants who have a minimum of 84 credit hours of Religion/Theology at the undergraduate level and whose Master’s degree is not in Ministry must consult the programme director for taking additional foundational courses on a Master’s and DMin levels.
  2. Be active in professional ministry for at least six years (limited exceptions could be considered) and demonstrate aptitude and commitment for the gospel ministry
  3. Be ordained or commissioned to the gospel ministry (limited exceptions could be considered)
  4. Provide satisfactory recommendations from the current field/conference administrator or direct supervisor, a pastoral colleague, and a local elder (a total of three recommendations from specific individuals is required)
  5. Submit a paper (2-4 pages) that provides an applicant’s’ philosophy of ministry and objectives in seeking the degree.
  6. Have successfully completed a course equivalent to GSEM 606Project/Thesis/Dissertation Research and Writing. Applicants are to submit evidence of their Master’s Thesis/Project or its equivalent. Those applicants who did not do a Thesis/Project on a Master’s level must submit a major paper (approximately 50 pages) showing applicant’s research competencies.

 

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