Doctor of Ministry

About the Programme

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 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.

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. This is achieved through an experience of further education, which renews the personal life of faith, sharpens ministerial skills, and stimulates growth in understanding the biblical and theological foundations of ministry and mission.

Purpose of the Programme

The DMin programme is a high competency level pastoral ministry degree programme that stimulates growth in understanding the Biblical and theological foundations of ministry and mission. It is designed for the practice of ministry and ministerial leadership; and is oriented toward serving the needs of pastors, mission executives, church leaders, and other ministry professionals.

Objectives of the Programme

  1. To equip men and women to gain a sound grasp of biblical, theological and theoretical principles that would help the Church fulfil its mission.
  2. To provide opportunities to acquire a high level of competency in the skills that pertain to an area of concentration.
  3. To foster an environment to contribute to the body of knowledge through research.
  4. To provide the necessary tools and skills for identification and implementation of strategies of spreading the Good News of the Gospel to humankind.


Admission Requirements

  1. Have a Master’s degree in Ministry or Theology, with a minimum GPA of 3.33
  2. Have a minimum of 84 credit hours of Religion/Theology at the undergraduate level. A Master’s degree in theology/religion/Ministry or MA in Religious Studies (or its equivalent) in the area of interest, MA in Mission (or its equivalent) or MDiv (or its equivalent) for entry into the DMin. Applicant’s related Master’s degrees may be required to take appropriate number of prerequisites as shall be determined by the Seminary Admissions Committee.
  3. Be active in professional ministry for at least four years (limited exceptions could be considered) and demonstrate aptitude and commitment for the gospel ministry
  4. Be ordained or commissioned to the gospel ministry (limited exceptions could be considered)
  5. 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)
  6. Submit a paper (2-4 pages) that provides an applicant’s philosophy of ministry and objectives in seeking the degree
  7. Have successfully completed a course equivalent to GSEM 607 Documentary Research and Writing. Applicants are to submit 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.
  8. Must demonstrate proficiency in English.


Contact Details

 Dr Israel KafeeroEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Duration of the Programme

 No. of Sessions/Semesters: 6Duration of the Programme: 4 – 5 years

 

No. of Courses

Credits

Common University Courses

4

12

Core Courses in Ministry

2

6

Core Concentration Courses

4

12

Research Courses

3

15

Total

13

45

Curriculum

Common University Courses (12 credit hours)

Prefix

Course Title

Credits

GSEM 608

Advanced Methods of Teaching Bible

3

AFTR/MSSN 721

Seminar in African Traditional Religion

3

CHMN 733

Ethical/Moral Formation for Leadership in Africa

3

CHMN/MSSN 785

Biblical Foundation for Ministry and Mission

3

 

Core Courses According to a Concentration (18 credit hours)

Chaplaincy Concentration

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations in Ministry

3

CHMN 725

Foundations of Chaplaincy Ministry

3

CHMN 739

Clinical issues in Care and Counselling

3

CHMN 757

Professional Formation in Chaplaincy Ministry

3

CHMN 771

Theory and Research in Chaplaincy

3

 

Church, African Society and Mission Concentration

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

CHMN 712

The Church, Its Mission, and the African Society

3

MSSN 731

Cultural and Religious Analysis

3

MSSN 741

Mission Strategy Development

3

CHMN 751

The African Church and Social Issues

3

 

Church Leadership and Administration Concentration

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

CHMN 743

Leadership in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

3

CHMN/LEAD 753

Leadership and Spirituality

3

CHMN/LEAD 763

Leadership and Spirituality

3

CHMN/LEAD 783

Leading and Managing the Church Organization

3

 

Discipleship and Spiritual Formation Concentration

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

CHMN 727

The Personal Practice of Spiritual Formation

3

CHMN 737

Church Growth and Discipleship in the Urban Church

3

CHMN 740

Mentoring for Discipleship and Spiritual Formation

3

CHMN 761

Corporate Ministry for Discipleship and Spiritual Formation 

3

 

Evangelism & Church Growth Concentration

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership  

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

CHMN 715

Revivals and Church Growth Strategies in Africa

3

CHMN 717

Perspectives on Mission and Church Growth Strategies

3

CHMN 767

Formation of Evangelistic Strategy

3

CHMN 787

The Mission-Oriented Church

3

 

Evangelism & Church Growth Concentration (Urban Mission)

CHMN 721

Church Growth and Discipleship in Africa

3

CHMN 769

Strategies for Urban Mission

3

CHMN 722

Urban Church Leadership

3

CHMN 785

Contextualized Discipleship

3

CHMN 789

The Church in the City

3

 

Marriage and Family Emphasis

CHMN/LEAD703

Theology and Practice of Leadership

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

CHMN 745

The Family: Building Communities of Caring and Hope

3

CHMN 754

Professional Issues in Marriage and Family Therapy

3

CHMN 765

Human Sexuality                   

3

CHMN 775

Parenting, Education and Guiding     

3

 

Pastoral Care and Counselling Emphasis

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership   

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

CHMN 719

Cultural and Contextual Dimensions of Pastoral Counselling    

3

CHMN 729

Professional Development in Pastoral Care

3

CHMN 749

The Pastor as a Person and Caregiver

3

CHMN 759

Pastoral Care and Counselling          

3

 

Word, Worship and Liturgy Emphasis

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership   

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry

3

CHMN 742

Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible

3

CHMN/AFTR 773

Word and Liturgy in an African Context

3

CHMN 774

Advanced Homiletical Competencies

3

CHMN 780

Spiritual Nurture and Religious Education

3

 

Youth and Young Adult Ministry Emphasis

CHMN/LEAD 703

Theology and Practice of Leadership                

3

CHMN/LEAD 706

Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry 

3

CHMN 720

Current Issues in Youth Ministry

3

CHMN 750

Counselling Youth and Young Adults

3

CHMN 760

Advanced Youth Ministry      

3

CHMN/LEAD 770

Youth Ministry Leadership

3

 

Research Courses (15 credit hours)

CHMN/LEAD 704

Seminar in Applied Theology Methods                       

3

GSEM 754 DMin

Dissertation Proposal Seminar          

3

GSEM 795 DMin

Dissertation

9

 

Additional Foundational Courses

Students may take elective courses from the list when required

NTST 684

Theology of Selected New Testament Writings           

3

OTST 683

Theology of Selected Old Testament Writings           

3

CHIS 675

The Life, Work, and Writing of Ellen G. White           

3

CHIS/THST 674

Development of Seventh-day Adventist Theology and Lifestyle

3

CHIS 688

Contemporary Trends in Ecumenism

3

CHMN 747

Theological and Historical Perspectives on Spiritual Growth

3

CHMN/AFTR 755

Families in African Society                

3

MSSN 751

Contextualization and Mission

3