DMin Course Descriptions

DMCC 901 Research and Design Methodology for Ministry (3 credits)
This is a required course designed to assist the student in theological reflection and academic thought. Particular attention is paid to the nature of research and various patterns of research procedures. An introduction will be given to the methodologies (qualitative, narrative, critical, and some empirical) which might be utilized during the congregational engagement and the candidacy phase of the program.
Prerequisite: DMCO 992

DMCE 996 Congregational Engagement (3 credits)
The congregational engagement is a guided study which assists the student to apply learning components to the practical ministry setting. The local congregation along with the student and the Faculty Supervisor will determine how the congregation will participate in the learning module which will be locally based. This will be an action-based research study component through which students organize and reflect on their respective application in the church.

DMCM 921 Guided Study
A guided study is contracted with a member of the faculty who is willing to supervise the proposed course of study.

DMCO 991/992 Reflecting Theologically in Ministry (3 credits)
These courses are designed so that participants are able to reflect on the actual ministry in which each is engaged. The integration of theology and ministry forms the basis for discussion. Participants sharpen their focus on their specific ministry concerns through interacting with the instructor and the peer group. Ministry experience reports will be presented by each participant.
DMCO 991 is a prerequisite for DMCO 992

DMOS 900 Doctoral Orientation Seminar (1 credit)
This orientation to the Doctor of Ministry program gives an overview of its goals, learning theory, critical pedagogy and the demands on personal time, discipline and motivation for the program. It also includes an orientation to the John Allison Library.

DMPM 922 Leadership Theory, Theology & Practice (3 credits)
Churches aspire to the highest ideals in the service of God, and yet are composed of ordinary human beings. Leadership in this context can be fulfilling, frustrating, compelling, confusing, excruciating, and redemptive. This course explores the complexities that confront congregational leaders using the lenses of contemporary leadership theory, key texts of Scripture, and case studies. Reading, lectures and class discussion provide conceptual tools for diagnosing and addressing leadership challenges in the church, and the means to evaluate the growing literature on the subject of leadership. Students will gain insight into the dynamics of organizational culture, the use and misuse of power, models of pastoral leadership, and the liberating nature of servant-leadership in the way of Jesus.

DMPM 955 Special Topics in Preaching: Narratives and Parables (3 credits)

Preachers face many choices as they prepare and deliver sermons – handling the text inductively or deductively, explaining the content or illustrating with stories, focusing on reason or emotion. This course introduces different styles of preaching with particular focus on preaching two genres: (1) narratives, as illustrated through the Book of Nehemiah and the Gospel of Mark, and (2) the parables of Jesus in the four Gospels. Issues in contemporary preaching with a focus on narrative preaching will also be discussed to help students proclaim God’s Word in a more creative and relevant way.


DMPS 900 Doctoral Project Seminar (3 credits)
This is a required course designed to assist the participant through the project design phase of the Doctor of Ministry program. Completing an approved proposal is one of the final steps that moves a participant to Doctor of Ministry Candidacy status and allows the participant to proceed with the implementation and completion of their project. A review of various research paradigms will assist the participant to design their doctoral project whether they use qualitative research (ethnographic), action-reflection or quantitative research. Participants will complete a penultimate draft of the project proposal during the seminar.
Prerequisite: DMCC 901

DMPS 901 Doctoral Project (5 credits)
The intent of the doctoral project is to demonstrate advanced competence in the field of ministry and to contribute knowledge to the understanding of ministry. The integrative method practiced in the theological reflection courses is brought to bear upon an area of ministry in which the minister is actively engaged. The Doctoral Project normally features an articulated ministry problem or question, a definable Doctoral Project, theological reflection on the project and evaluation of the minister’s own leadership. The candidate is required to present this doctoral project in a form which allows for its transmission to a wider audience and/or academic community. Anyone wishing to use formats other than a dissertation style must seek approval from the DMin Director.
Prerequisite: DMPS 900


*Course offerings and schedules are subject to change without notice, but whenever possible we do endeavour to notify students in advance.