Professional Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry

DMin/DEdMin Purpose

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and the Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) are professional degrees accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and designed to provide qualified students the opportunity to achieve a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry. The degrees are built on respective prerequisite master’s degrees or equivalent theological preparation and high intellectual achievement and professional capability.

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree requires an ATS-accredited Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or equivalent theological preparation. The DMin program normally requires three to five years of study beyond the master’s degree. The Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin) degree requires the Master of Religious Education (MRE), Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE), or equivalent theological preparation. The DEdMin program normally requires four to six years of study beyond the master’s degree.

Components of both programs include a combination of workshops and seminars, and a ministry project designed to meet a specific need in the student’s ministry context. A formal written Project Report is required. For complete and current information on the professional doctoral degrees, please see the Professional Doctoral Programs (hereafter ProDoc) website at http://www.nobts.edu/cme.

Program Outcomes

The outcomes for the DMin program are as follows:

  • To stimulate the minister’s total growth toward personal maturity and assist in developing goals and methods to achieve maximum excellence

  • To assist the minister in practical ministry through resources afforded by additional study in the classical areas

  • To encourage and develop critical thinking and wise and intelligent decision-making capabilities

  • To strengthen basic knowledge and professional skills essential to effective ministry

  • To teach those skills and instill those attitudes which will develop greater competency in ministry: preaching, teaching, counseling, administration, and witnessing

  • To inspire ministers to move beyond the routinely accepted methods of ministry toward innovative methods, procedures, and outreach

  • To develop the student’s capacity to analyze the needs within a community and to lead a church in developing a program to meet those needs

  • To motivate ministers to develop a unified ministry philosophy which involves the staff and laity in a world-wide ministry through churches.

The outcomes for the DEdMin program are as follows:

  • To facilitate an advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of educational ministry

  • To develop an enhanced capacity to reflect theologically on issues and practices related to educational ministry

  • To aid in the acquisition and refinement of skills and competencies for more effective ministry

  • To facilitate an understanding of emerging models in educational ministry and ability to critically evaluate those models

  • To foster continued growth in spiritual maturity

Admissions

In addition to the following guidelines, students interested in a professional doctoral degree should review the general seminary guidelines of this catalog regarding international students, immunizations, and divorce and estrangement. Those guidelines can be found in the current edition of the graduate catalog. The Professional Doctoral Oversight Committee (hereafter ProDOC) grants applicants admission, probational admission, or denial of admission for both programs.

Admission is granted based upon successful completion of the following steps and submission of related materials:

Step #1: The applicant must complete an Application request on the ProDoc website reflecting:

  • the prerequisite master’s degree (MDiv for DMin, MRE or MACE for DEdMin) from an ATS-accredited school, or its equivalent

  • a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA (2.0 out of 3.0)

  • For DMin: 3 years of substantial post-master’s degree vocational ministry experience. For DEdMin: a minimum of 3 years substantial ministry experience. (See Professional Graduate Certificates in Ministry and Educational Ministry for exceptions)

  • an official transcript to verify the above requirements.

Step #2: Upon receiving a formal application packet, the applicant must submit the following, as indicated in the application packet:

  • an application

  • an autobiographical essay and photo of applicant

  • a criminal background check

  • a church endorsement

  • a health certificate and immunization form

  • personal, church leader, and academic references

  • verification of English language requirements (foreign students only) as outlined in the section for “International Students”

  • all college-level-or-above official transcripts, plus an application fee.

    (See the Graduate Student Fees section of this catalog.)

  • additional document for those with current/prior military service includes a letter of eligibility (in case you will be receiving VA benefits), or a statement indicating that you do not/will not receive VA benefits.

Step #3: Upon receiving the applicant’s completed application, the director of the DMin program or director of the DEdMin program will conduct a phone interview with the applicant. The ProDOC reviews applications, and the Administrative Assistant for Recruitment and Faculty Support will notify applicants of admissions decisions.

A DMin and DEdMin Handbook is available on the ProDoc website. Students are required to read the entire handbook for the Program Overview and Research Writing course. The student is responsible for checking for periodic updates of the handbook that are posted on the website. If the student does not begin work toward his or her program requirements within a year from the date of approval, a new application must be processed.

Probational Admission

At the discretion of the ProDOC, applicants having a 2.75-2.99 on a 4.0 scale (or 1.75-1.99 GPA on a 3.0 scale) may be considered for probationary enrollment upon demonstrating academic potential by scoring 150 or more on the verbal section of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In addition, a 4.0 score is required on the written analytical section. The institutional code for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is 6472. Probational enrollment will be considered primarily upon demonstration of evidence that the applicant’s low GPA was due to extenuating circumstances. Probationary candidates must make a “B” or better in each of their first three seminars to remain in the program.

Denial of Admission

An applicant who is denied admission to a professional doctoral program must wait at least one year to reapply and must meet all requirements which have been implemented in the intervening time period.

Special Circumstances
MDiv or MRE/MACE Equivalency

Students desiring to pursue a professional doctoral degree whose master’s degree is not the required ATS prerequisite degree or their GPA does not meet the 3.0 requirement may consider doing equivalency work in order to qualify for a program. The successful completion of leveling does not guarantee admission into the professional doctoral program.

Individuals desiring to pursue the DMin program who hold master’s degrees other than an ATS-accredited MDiv normally must earn additional credit hours in biblical, theological-historical, and pastoral studies.

Individuals desiring to pursue the DEdMin program who hold master’s degrees other than an ATS-accredited MACE, MRE, or equivalent normally must earn additional credit hours in basic ministerial and Christian education courses. Prospective applicants should always first contact the ProDoc office to inquire about the various possibilities for attaining equivalency.

Leveling Process

Students who do not meet the GPA or course requirements may level in order to apply for the ProDoc program. To level, students will receive information from the ProDoc office on applying as a non-degree seeking student on the master’s level. Once approved for admission by the Registrar’s office, the student will register to take the courses that they need to meet the ProDoc admission requirements. The ProDoc office will maintain communication during the leveling process.

Drop/Add Policy

Students may drop and/or add courses up to thirty (30) days after the registration deadline for the fee stated in the current Graduate Catalog. No courses may be added after that time. Any changes made in registration status after 30 days from the registration deadline will result in forfeiture of 100% of tuition per course. All requests for changes in registration status must be made by completing the Drop/Add Form and submitting it in writing to the Office of Professional Doctoral Programs. The form must be received by the aforementioned deadlines.

Continual Enrollment Status

ALL students enrolled in a professional doctoral program MUST register online each trimester regardless of their status. A late fee will be assessed for any student who does not register. Students who are not registering for at least one workshop or seminar or who are not working on their Project in Ministry must register as Continual Enrollment students. Students are allowed to register for Continual Enrollment status for no more than two consecutive trimesters before they either must register for some component of their program, register for Program Delay status, or request Inactive status from the ProDoc. No fee is charged for Continual Enrollment status.

Program Delay Status

Students who have been accepted into one of the programs automatically attain active status. Active status is maintained by registering for at least one workshop or seminar per year and by paying the appropriate fees. If a student plans not to register for at least one workshop or seminar per year, he or she must register for Program Delay and pay a per trimester Program Delay fee (see Student Fees page in this Graduate Catalog). If a student fails to register for such status and does not register for at least one workshop or seminar per calendar year, the per trimester fee will be charged to his or her account automatically. The student’s program limit continues to be tracked during the Program Delay period.

Inactive Status

Students who have extenuating circumstances which demand Program Delay status for an indefinite period of time must appeal to the ProDOC for Inactive status. If the request is approved, the Program Delay fee will be waived for up to one year. The ProDoc will review the student’s status on an annual basis. As long as the Committee determines the Inactive status is justified, the student may reactivate his or her program as circumstances permit. No fee is charged for Inactive status. Trimesters on Inactive status do not count toward the student’s program limit.

Nondegree Status

Students who hold a master’s degree from a theological institution accredited by ATS in the United States and Canada, but who do not wish to apply for admission to a doctoral program, may apply to take one seminar as a nondegree student. Nondegree students may be admitted to one Professional Doctoral seminar provided they have met the following requirements: (1) a grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) on all previous seminary work and (2) the completion of all prerequisites for the seminar. Nondegree students may not take workshops or directed study seminars. Master’s hours earned for equivalency by taking Professional Doctoral seminars can never be used to meet doctoral requirements.

International Students

Applicants whose primary spoken language is not English must fulfill one of the following options as part of the application process to the Professional Doctoral Programs:

Option 1:

  • Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is administered through Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org). Below are minimum scores for admission approval for each testing format. The minimum score for consideration is 550 on the Paper-Based Test, 213 on the Computer-Based Test, or 80 on the Internet-Based Test. The minimum score for the writing section is 3.5.

    The TOEFL must be taken prior to the Admissions Council granting admissions approval. The institutional code for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is 6472.

  • Pass the NOBTS English Entrance Exam. (This exam is offered during orientation each January and August.)

  • All test scores must be within 2 years.

Option 2:

  • Completion of an appropriate master’s degree at NOBTS (or an accredited U.S. institution).

  • TOEFL scores are normally required as part of the evaluation of the applicant.

Constructive Credit for Chaplain’s Captain Career Course

For chaplains who qualify for the Doctor of Ministry program, course credit can be earned for the Chaplain’s Captain Career Course. Validation of completion of the Captain Career Course is required through presentation of course syllabi plus evidence of completion. For the purpose of degree requirements, a student given this designation must first take the Program Overview and Research Writing Workshop and at least one seminar in their first trimester of course work. Credit for the Captain Career Course is not to exceed nine hours, or 3 seminars, of the 18 required seminar hours. Students must determine how to count their “for credit” courses, either as Divisional seminars, or Specialization seminars, prior to registration for the Project in Ministry Design Workshop.

The Captain Career Course credit hours will be charged to the student account at the current NOBTS rates for SBC and/or non-SBC students.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Students who qualify for the Doctor of Ministry Program and have completed level advanced training or higher can earn credit for the Clinical Pastoral Education Course. While the DMin does not offer a clinical pastoral track, students may specialize in one of the standard DMin tracks or may specialize in pastoral counseling, and then complete a project in the field of clinical education. Validation of completion of the Clinical Pastoral Education is required through Certificate of Achievement and Evaluation.

For the purpose of degree requirements, a student given this designation must first take the Program Overview and Research Writing Workshop and at least one seminar in their first trimester of course work.

Credit Transfer
Credit for the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is not to exceed six hours, or two seminars of the 18 required seminar hours. Students must determine how to count their “for credit” courses, either as Divisional seminars, or Specialization seminars, prior to registration for the Project in Ministry Design Workshop. Students may use the following CPE courses as Pastoral Counseling Specialization Seminars or as Pastoral Ministry Divisional Seminars. Students may transfer in one or two of the following courses:

  • PMPE8300 Clinical Pastoral Education 1

  • PMPE8301 Clinical Pastoral Education 2

Tuition
The Clinical Pastoral Education credit hours will be charged to the stu- dent account at the current NOBTS rates for SBC and/or non-SBC students. The students will be charged “full tuition” for the courses they are transferring.

Extension Center Locations

In addition to the New Orleans campus, seminars may be offered at the following locations, via on-site professors and/or Compressed Interactive Video (CIV):

  • Atlanta/North Georgia

  • Birmingham, AL

  • Montgomery, AL

  • Nashville, TN

  • Orlando, FL

  • Little Rock, AR

  • Oklahoma City, OK

Students should view the current ProDoc schedule on the ProDoc website for locations offered.

Students unable to attend a seminar at the main campus or an exten- sion center location may request individual participation utilizing SYNC (synchronous learning through live Internet connections). The SYNC option may be subject to availability

Specializations

Students may choose from specializations offered to design their doctoral program for a particular ministry context or goal. The Expository Preaching specialization requires a student to have had 3 hours of Greek plus 3 hours of Hebrew or 6 hours of Greek or 6 hours of Hebrew. Customized specializations allow students to make requests for specializations not listed as regular offerings through the ProDoc office. Every effort will be made to provide the requested specialization. The generalist track enables students to take their specialization seminars from any division as part of a general studies track.

Specializations (Sponsoring Divisions)

  • Apologetics (TH Division)

  • Church Health (PM Division)

  • Church Revitalization (PM Division)

  • Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (DML Division)

  • Educational Ministry Leadership (DML Division)

  • Evangelistic Church Growth (PM Division)

  • Executive Administration (DML Division)

  • Expository Preaching (BS and PM Divisions)

  • Intercultural Studies (PM Division)

  • Next Generation Ministries (DML Division)

  • Pastoral Counseling (CCM Division)

  • Pastoral Ministry (PM Division)

  • Strategic Leadership (DML and PM Divisions)

  • Worship Leadership (CM Division)

  • Customized

  • Generalist

  • Korean Ministry*

    (*The six seminars in this specialization are taught in Korean only at the NGA campus.)

Korean Doctor of Ministry Specialization

The Korean DMin specialization is designed to produce a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry for the Korean immigrant churches in the context of globalization and changing culture. TOEFL scores are not required. The required seminars and workshops are taught in Korean and in part in English through interpretation. However, all the course requirements including the Project Report will be done in Korean. Students will experience professional development through teaching and mentoring by the experienced professors and fellowship with other peer students and ministers.

Director: Dr. Jong Gil Lee
Phone: 470.655.0993
E-mail: jglee@nobts.edu
Classes meet at North Georgia Extension Center in Cross Pointe Church 1800 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA, 30097
Degree: Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Seminars and workshops: January, May, September - Seminars are conducted in a variety of formats at the NGA campus, through special events, and through SYNC.
Library: Access to the John T. Christian Library in New Orleans is available as well as the E-Library

Korean Adjunct Faculty, then list names and degrees below.

Jeongseop Ahn
MDiv, Korean BTS; Thm and PhD, NOBTS

Jeong In Choi
MA and MDiv, Korean BTS; PhD, NOBTS

Sung Eun Choi
MDiv and PhD, SBTS

Eul Kee Chung
MMA, Korean BTS; MDiv and PhD, NOBTS

Su Jin Han
MACE and PhD, SBTS

Hongnak Koo
MDiv and PhD, SWBTS

David S. Ro
MDiv, SBTS; Thm, Yonsei University; PhD, SBTS

Heuikwang Shin
MACE and PhD, SBTS

Hochul Song
MDiv, ThM, and PhD, NOBTS

Admissions and Registration Schedule

Winter Trimester
Admissions Steps #1 and #2 completed by August 1
Registration: October 1-22
Syllabi available by November 1

Spring Trimester
Admissions Steps #1 and #2 completed by December 1
Registration: February 1-22
Syllabi available by March 1

Fall Trimester
Admissions Steps #1 and #2 completed by April 1
Registration: June 1-22
Syllabi available by July 1

Program Requirements

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Workshops (6 hours)

Course

hours

Program Overview and Research Writing

2

Mid-Career Assessment

2

Project in Ministry Design

2

Seminars (18 hours)

Course

hours

3 Divisional seminars, one from each of three different divisions

9

3 Specialization seminars germane to the student’s designated specialization

9

Project in Ministry (6 hours)
Project Implementation, Project Report, and Exit Interview

Total: 30 hours

Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin)

Workshops (6 hours)

Course

hours

Program Overview and Research Writing

2

Mid-Career Assessment

2

Project in Ministry Design

2

Seminars (30 hours)

Course

hours

4 Divisional seminars

12

4 Specialization seminars

12

2 Christian Education guided elective seminars*
*[chosen from CEEF8300, CEEF8301, CEAM8303, or CEAM8305]

6

Professional Development (2 hours)

Course

hours

Choose one of the following:

Reading List

2

Conference Attendance and Report

2

Project in Ministry (6 hours)
Project Implementation, Project Report, and Exit Interview

Total: 44 hours

Course Load and Duration

Professional Doctoral students are considered full-time no matter how many seminars or workshops the student is taking. Students may take no more than 8 hours maximum per trimester, excluding the Professional Development component in the DEdMin program. A full 8-hour load normally would be comprised of one workshop and two seminars during a trimester. Time extensions and/or accelerations beyond the normal 3-5 years for the DMin and 4-6 years for the DEdMin, as well as course load exceptions, may be granted for students with extenuating circumstances.

Delivery System

The Professional Doctoral Programs are conducted according to three trimesters per year. The Winter Trimester runs December-March, the Spring Trimester runs April-July, and the Fall Trimester runs August-November.

Workshops are conducted on the New Orleans campus, while semi- nars are conducted in a variety of delivery formats: at the New Orleans campus, extension centers, special events, and through SYNC. Periodi- cally, Special Event Seminars are offered in conjunction with selected campus and off-campus events. Program Overview and Mid-Career Assessment workshops are two days in length. The Project in Ministry Design workshop is four days. Seminars are three days. The delivery format for each course is noted on the course schedule for each year or can be found on the ProDoc website.

Curriculum Description

Each workshop and seminar will have advance assignments. Assignments are practical and ministry oriented, reflecting the practice of ministry in the respective field. The meetings are designed to be practical, ministry oriented, and interactive. All research writing during the student’s program, including the Project Report, must be prepared according to the latest edition of the program handbook approved by the faculty; A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate Turabian; and A Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press).

Exceptions may be made for selected assignments in a particular seminar as directed by the professor(s).

Course Syllabi

In most cases, course syllabi will be posted on the ProDoc website by the beginning of each trimester. Many assignments are often due before the seminar begins. Therefore, as soon as possible, the student should examine the syllabi and begin working on pre-seminar assignments.

Workshops, Seminars, and Project in Ministry Requirements

The workshops are designed to provide students with selected ministry assessment opportunities and personalized guidance in their programs. Workshops are led by the ProDoc faculty and involve students in independent study, group discussions, presentations, and one-on-one dialogue. All workshops must be completed in the order listed in the program requirements above.

Seminars are designed to lead students to wrestle with contemporary ministry issues in dialogue with the various theological disciplines. Most seminars are taken concurrent with the workshops and may be completed in any order. All seminars must be completed prior to or concurrent with the completion of the Project in Ministry Design Workshop. If enrollment in a seminar is below the minimum established by the ProDoc, those students who have enrolled will be notified regarding alternatives.

No more than one-half of the student’s seminars may be transferred credits from another institution or taken as Directed Study Seminars (independent of on-campus meetings under the direction of an elected faculty member), Specialized Directed Study Seminars (customized individual study under a faculty member that is distinctive from any currently offered seminar), or Special Event Seminars. Requirements for Directed Study Seminars are commensurate with those in Campus Seminars (including assignments which compensate proportionately for class time). Registration and assignment deadlines also correspond with those of Campus Seminars in the same trimester.

Course descriptions for all workshops and seminars can be found at the end of this section. A list of specific offerings for upcoming trimesters can be obtained from the ProDoc Office or the ProDoc website.

Guidance and Evaluation

Course Work
Workshops and seminars are conducted by faculty members and/or other qualified professionals. Students will receive either a “Pass” or “Fail” assessment for workshops. Students will be assigned letter grades “A” through “F” for seminar performance. No seminar grade below a “B” will count toward degree requirements. Students making a grade of “C” or below must consult with the Associate Dean of Professional Doctoral Programs. Two seminar grades of “C” or below will result in the student’s dismissal from the doctoral program.

Project Supervision
Prior to beginning the Project in Ministry Design Workshop, the student will enlist a Faculty Mentor who will assist him or her in the development of both the Preliminary and Final Project Proposals. The Faculty Mentor also will provide guidance and accountability during project implementation, assist the student in analyzing and articulating implications for theological and ministerial leadership in the Project Report, and guide the student in writing a high-quality Project Report, both in content and in form. The Faculty Mentor will be assisted at various points in the project by a Field Mentor and by selected Faculty Readers. Specific roles of each of these persons are delineated in the respective program handbook.

Program Costs

Tuition
See Student Fees page in the Graduate Catalog.

Housing/Food
Students are responsible for arranging housing and meals during workshops and seminars. Housing is available on the New Orleans campus through the Providence Guest House: 504.944.4455. Meals are available at the River City Cafe and Cafe New Orleans, located on the New Orleans campus.

Books/Materials
The cost of books and/or other materials for each workshop or seminar will vary. After receiving the syllabus for each workshop and seminar, students may acquire textbooks by ordering from the NOBTS Virtual Bookstore at nobts.ecampus.com or from other online bookstores.

Project in Ministry

Purpose
The purpose of the Project in Ministry is to develop the student’s ministry skills and to provide ministry benefits to the participating church, agency, or institution and the larger Christian community. The project experience aims to enhance both the student’s personal ministry skills and those germane to his or her specific ministry context. Consequently, the student must have been in his or her current ministry position at least one year prior to registering for the Project in Ministry Design Workshop, and the student must remain in that position throughout the duration of the project. Specific guidelines for each part of the Project in Ministry are provided in the respective program handbook.

Project Report
The Project Report is the final document describing the ministry project and its results, written upon completion of the ministry project in close consultation with the Faculty Mentor. The Project Report is more than a mere recapitulation of the Final Project Proposal but includes insights learned in the process of the ministry project.

Evaluation and Eligibility for Graduation
Students anticipating December graduation must turn in their Project Reports by September 15, and students anticipating May graduation must turn in their Project Reports by February 15. The Project Report is submitted to the ProDoc Office. The Project Report will receive a grade of Fail, Low, Satisfactory, or High. If the project receives a Low, Satisfactory, or High evaluation, the Faculty Mentor and Readers will conduct an Exit Interview with the student at least one month before graduation. The Faculty Mentor will report the evaluation of the Project Report and the Exit Interview to the ProDoc Office. Students who do not fail the Project Report and/or Exit Interview are eligible for graduation.

Professional Graduate Certificate in Ministry

Required Courses (11 hours)

Course

hours

Program Overview and Research Writing

2

Three (3) Seminars*
One from each of three different divisions or three germane to the student’s designated specialization

9

Total Required: 11 hours

Doctoral Students: Prospective students for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Ministry are required to have a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Education, or Master of Religious Education degree or equivalent theological preparation from an ATS-accredited institution.

Nondegree Students: Students who wish to pursue a Professional Graduate Certificate must have a master’s degree from an accredited institution and meet the GPA requirements for the Professional Doctoral Program. Applicants for the Professional Graduate Certificate should be serving in a local congregation or demonstrate a call to vocational ministry.**

*Students must obtain a grade of “B” or better in order to receive credit for the seminars. 

**Completed hours will not be applied to future doctoral work. Hours will be designated as Master level credits. Some courses may be applied as leveling work. Course requirements and expectations are the same for all students.

Students who complete a Professional Graduate Certificate are not guaranteed entrance into the Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Educational Ministry Programs, nor are they guaranteed that their classes will transfer if approved at a later date.

The readers may recommend changes (stylistic or content) to be made in the Project Report before it is placed in the library. Students whose reports fail will be asked to meet with the Faculty Mentor and ProDoc Administrators to determine a plan for completion of the degree program.

Professional Graduate Certificate

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate is to provide opportunities for Graduate students to sharpen ministry skills or expand their knowledge in new fields of study. Students may take professional doctoral seminars with a specific specialization or general studies. Applicants must have a master’s level degree and meet the academic requirements. Applicants should also be involved in or preparing for full time ministry and demonstrate evidence of capacity for advanced level of competence and reflection. The Graduate Certificate also allows students to take courses at the Professional Doctoral level after completing at least two years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree .

Post-Doctoral Certificates

The purpose of the Post-Doctoral Certificate is to offer professional development for Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry graduates. Each certificate will consist of 9 credit hours in a specific area of specialization. These professional certificates utilize existing ProDoc seminars. Graduates pursuing these certificates will enroll in seminars along with current ProDoc students earning their degrees, which enhances the learning environment.

Conditions: Students are not permitted to duplicate courses from their previous DMin/DEdMin. Students are not permitted to transfer credits from their previous DMin/DEdMin. Post-Doctoral Certificate students will pay the current per hour tuition rate for Professional Doctoral Program as listed in the current Graduate Catalog.

Post-Doctoral Certificate in Christian Apologetics

Choose 3 of the following courses:

  • PMTH8300/THTH8300 Apologetic Preaching

  • THCH8302 The Church, Law, and Religious Liberty

  • THTH8303 The Problem of Evil and Suffering

  • THTH8304 The Christian Worldview

  • THTH8305 The Bible and Contemporary Issues

Total Required: 9 hours

Post-Doctoral Certificate in Church Revitalization

Choose 3 of the following courses:

  • PATH8304 Critical Issues in Church Revitalization

  • PATH8305 Contemporary Models for Church Revitalization

  • CEAM8302/PMLS8304 Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management

  • CEAM8304 Creating a Winning Team

  • PMEV8302 Developing a Strategy for Healthy, Evangelistic Church Growth

Total Required: 9 hours

Post-Doctoral Certificate in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation

Choose 3 of the following courses:

  • PMEV8305 Developing a Disciple Making Strategy for a Healthy, Growing Church

  • THCH8301 Spiritual Formation of the Minister

  • CEAM8303 Building and Managing an Effective Organization

  • CEAM8305 Strategic Church Development through Christian Education

  • CECH8302 Spiritual Formation in Childhood

  • CEYH8303 Discipling Youth in a Family Ministry Context

Total Required: 9 hours

Post-Doctoral Certificate in Strategic Leadership

Choose 3 of the following courses:

  • PMLS8300 Strategic Leadership

  • PMLS8301 Leading Congregational Change

  • CEAM8301/PMLS8305 Leadership Styles in Ministry

  • CEAM8302/PMLS8304 Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management

  • CEAM8303 Building and Managing an Effective Organization

Total Required: 9 hours