Doctoral Course Catalog

Doctoral

DM 701 – Identity Formation

  • Course Number: DM 701
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Identity Formation examines the Pastor / Leader’s personal life with perspectives on congregation and ministry formation, and provides a foundation for the Doctor of Ministry program. Participants explore the importance of ministerial identity, receive assistance in formulating a viable theology of charismatic ministry, and receive a comprehensive orientation to Shiloh University, and the Doctor of Ministry program.

DM 711 – Relational Theology

  • Course Number: DM 711
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Relational Theology provides the resources and unfolding logic of the relational nature of theology and the resulting implications for the life of the Church. The relational mode of thinking arises out of the being and activity of God in the world. The participants will explore how this informs the life of the Church in its worship and mission. They will distinguish a theological understanding of being persons to inform their ministry in order to engage the whole of life in the network of their relations.

DM 721 – The American Church in Crisis

  • Course Number: DM 721
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

The American Church in Crisis examines the nature of the American Church in crisis and works to address it. This seminar seeks to observe and analyze this crisis as it is evidenced in the massive attendance declines observable across today’s movements and traditions. It explores the thematic relationship between the Exile of Ancient Israel and Late-modernity’s present church crisis; and seeks to ask and answer the question: “Is God involved in this decline? If so, how is He involved and to what end?” Using the Exile as a practical theological paradigm, participants will develop a Philosophy of Ministry to effectively address the crisis as it may occur in their local context.

DM 722 – Proclaiming God’s Goodness Across Cultures

  • Course Number: DM 722
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Proclaiming God’s Goodness Across Cultures examines the classic “problem of evil” faced in every ministry setting which asks the question “if God is all-loving and all-powerful, why is there evil and suffering in the world?” The problem is examined through the lens of the metanarrative of Scripture, and a theodicy based in relationship is developed accordingly. The seminar equips the participant with an understanding of the underlying theological, sociological and communication skills necessary to identify and confront the problem of evil in a variety of ministry and cultural settings at home and abroad.

DM 723 – Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation

  • Course Number: DM 723
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation addresses current issues that face the Church today. This seminar engages pastors in practical means by which they can facilitate ministry to the victims of injustice, racial harmony, and social justice in their church and community. In a world of separatism, sectarianism, and secularism, this seminar will examine the Church’s call to reconciliation. Given that people are both sinners and victims of sin and injustice, this seminar theologically addresses the sinned against, discusses the ways in which the Holy Spirit ministers healing and justice, and offers practical tools that will help pastors to compassionately minister to the unique pastoral care needs of the sinned against within the context of a safe and healing church community.

DM 751 – Contemporary Trends in Worship

  • Course Number: DM 751
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Contemporary Trends in Worship provides a theology and sets the understanding for biblical worship in the life of the believer, which has at its beginning point a Trinitarian understanding of God. There have been significant changes in worship practice in the last decades in the Western Church. This seminar will seek to analyze and identify these trends through the lens of Relational Theology and its resulting implications in the life of the believer, especially in regard to their union with Christ. The major issues of theology are discussed in terms of understanding who Christ is.

DM 756 – Creative Conflict Management

  • Course Number: DM 756
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

This seminar is a strategic offering in creative conflict management. It focuses upon the complexity of conflict within the community of faith, and addresses the approaches and methods useful in managing and resolving conflict. The student will learn how to approach conflict as an opportunity for growth.

DM 761 – Spiritual and Personal Formation

  • Course Number: DM 761
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

A seminar designed to give understanding and experience of the spiritual life and its disciplines, as defined by the New Testament and the history of the disciples of Jesus. An integrative approach is taken to biblical and theological constructs that help prepare the participant, as a person called into ministry, for the spiritual discipline and discipleship required to fulfill a lifetime call to minister to God’s people. Basic historical, theological, spiritual, and practical foundations are considered, so that participants can design their own personal approach to spiritual formation and discipleship. A special focus is placed on the spiritual life and disciplines in the context of the Triune life of God as overflow to Christian ministry.

DM 766 – The Pastor as Change Agent

  • Course Number: DM 766
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

This seminar will focus on the dynamics of leading and managing healthy, growing churches. Participants will explore various facets of church leadership and management, with special emphasis on implementing practical strategies. Proven ways to empower people and guide their ministries into greater effectiveness will be explored.

DM 791 – Research Clinic 1

  • Course Number: DM 791
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

The pre-research clinic is conducted at the start of the first year of the DMIN experience. It provides instruction for researching and writing of the Professional Ministry Research Project. The pre-research clinic involves preparation for the submitting of a Concept Paper for project committee evaluation. Later, in DMIN790, this Concept Paper will be expanded into a Project Proposal. During clinic the Concept Paper is offered to the peer group for input and evaluation. Pre-research clinic includes instruction in project development, applied research methods, and project proposal writing.

DM 792 – Research Clinic 2

  • Course Number: DM 792
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

This seminar provides instruction for the researching and writing of the DMIN applied research project. The candidate will expand the Concept Paper into a Proposal. This seminar includes intensive analysis. The student will present and defend a viable project proposal for official and peer review. Candidacy is granted upon satisfactory completion.

DM 796 – Ministry Research Project

  • Course Number: DM 796
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

Based on an approved project proposal, the candidate will research and write a ministry project that relates to a significant aspect of the ministry in which he/she is involved. Ministry Research Project is a one-year seminar with set milestones for timely completion of the project. Regular cohort discussions and faculty interaction is included during the participant’s research project work. To earn credit the candidate must complete a successful oral defense. The candidate is assigned an individual faculty advisor for the project.

DM 797 – Ministry Research Project Continuation

  • Course Number: DM 797
  • Department: Doctoral
  • Units: 3
  • Level: Doctoral

If the candidate needs additional time beyond year three to complete the research project, he/she must enroll in the continuation seminar.