Professional Doctoral Degrees
Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry
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) OR a masters degree in a ministry-related area from an accredited college, university, or seminary. The DMin program normally requires three to six 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.
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
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 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:
DMin (Doctor of Ministry)
MDiv (Master of Divinity) degree from an ATS (Association of Theological Schools) accredited school college, university, or seminary, or its equivalent
A Master degree in a ministry-related area from an accredited college, university or seminary and demonstrate proficiency by meeting the established criteria outlined in the admission policies.
DEdMin (Doctor of Educational Ministry)
A MACE (Master of Arts in Christian Education) degree from an ATS accredited school or its equivalent
If you would like to see if your school is ATS accredited, you can visit this website: https://www.ats.edu/member-schools/member-school-list#top
A 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA (2.0 out of 3.0)
3 years of 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 an email response to the request application form, submit the official transcript(s) of your master's degree(s).
If you do not have a qualifying master's degree, submit all official transcripts reflecting any of your master's level credits
Step #3: Upon receiving a formal application packet, the applicant must submit the following, as indicated in the application packet:
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.
If you do not have an MDiv, in addition to the above please complete the following:
Prerequisites and Admission standards. Admission into the DMin program will require an accredited master’s degree in a ministry-related area and significant ministry experience. Applicants without an accredited Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent may be admitted, provided they demonstrate specific ministerial proficiencies:
(a) the ability to thoughtfully interpret scripture and the theological tradition of one’s ministry context,
(b) the capacity to understand and adapt one’s ministry to the cultural context,
(c) a basic self-understanding of one’s ministerial identity and vocational calling,
(d) a readiness to engage in ongoing personal and spiritual formation for one’s ministry,
(e) an accredited master’s degree (or its educational equivalent) in an area related to one’s ministry setting or vocational calling, and
(f) significant ministerial experience that enables the applicant to engage as a ministry peer with other students in this advanced professional doctorate.
The proficiencies will be measured using the following criteria:
A = Graduate Biblical Studies/Theology paper
B = Autobiographical Essay
C = Personal inventory
D = Transcript Evaluation
E = Professional Resume (template)
Proficiency Verification to confirm all criteria (for applicants without MDiv or MDiv Equivalency), approved by the ProDoc Committee.
NOTE: Rubrics, Inventories, and Assessment Evaluations will be included as Appendices.
Step #4: 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 interview will be scheduled when all of the application items have been submitted. 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.
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.
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 may need to 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.
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 student and ProDoc office will maintain communication with each other during the leveling process.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the Duolingo English Test (DET). Those taking the DET must achieve a score of 120 or higher. Below are minimum scores for admission approval for each TOEFL 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.
Either the DET or 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.
Completion of an appropriate master’s degree at NOBTS (or an accredited U.S. institution).
DET or 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 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
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):
Little Rock, AR
Oklahoma City, OK
Students should view the current ProDoc schedule on the ProDoc website for locations offered.
Students may register to attend workshops or seminars at locations listed on the current schedule or participate through (synchronous learning through live Internet connections).
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)
(*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
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.
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
MDiv and PhD, SWBTS
David S. Ro
MDiv, SBTS; Thm, Yonsei University; PhD, SBTS
MACE and PhD, SBTS
MDiv, ThM, and PhD, NOBTS
Admissions and Registration Schedule
Admissions Steps #1 and #2 completed by August 1
Registration: October 1-22
Syllabi available by November 1
Admissions Steps #1 and #2 completed by December 1
Registration: February 1-22
Syllabi available by March 1
Admissions Steps #1 and #2 completed by April 1
Registration: June 1-22
Syllabi available by July 1
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Workshops (6 hours)
Program Overview and Research Writing
Project in Ministry Design
Seminars (24 hours)
*2 Proficiency Seminars, selected by Program Directors
3 Elective Seminars
3 Specialization Seminars germane to the student’s designated specialization
Project in Ministry (6 hours)
Project Implementation, Project Report, and Exit Interview
Total: 36 hours
*Students with an MDiv or its equivalent from an accredited institution will be granted advanced standing and the two proficiency seminars waived (6 hours).
Doctor of Educational Ministry (DEdMin)
Workshops (6 hours)
Program Overview and Research Writing
Project in Ministry Design
Seminars (30 hours)
4 Divisional seminars
4 Specialization seminars
2 Christian Education guided elective seminars*
Professional Development (2 hours)
Choose one of the following:
Conference Attendance and Report
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.
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 designed for main campus attendance . Students are highly encouraged to attend all workshops in person at the New Orleans campus. However, all workshops are available via SNC/bluejeans. The 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, scheduled in a variety of delivery formats: Main campus, extension centers, SYNC/bluejeans, and special events. Periodically, Special Event seminars are offered in conjunction with a selected main campus or off-campus event (length of Special Event seminars may vary due to the event schedule).
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).
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
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.
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.
See Student Fees page in the Graduate Catalog.
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.
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
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.
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)
Program Overview and Research Writing
Three (3) Seminars*
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 .
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
Professional Doctoral Course Descriptions
In addition to the courses listed below, periodic seminars may be developed during the year by the respective divisions in conjunction with selected campus and off-campus special events. Current Special Event offerings may be obtained from the Office of Professional Doctoral Programs or the ProDoc website.
Delay Status Options
PDRS8001 Continual Enrollment Status Professional doctoral students not registering for at least one workshop or seminar during the current trimester register for this status. Students are allowed to register for this status no more than two consecutive trimesters before they must register for some component of their program, register for Program Delay status, or request Inactive status from the ProDOC. No fee is charged during Continual Enrollment trimesters.
PDRS8002 Program Delay Status Students who plan not to register for at least one workshop or seminar per year must register for Program Delay status until they reactivate their program or request Inactive status from the ProDOC. Students must pay a fee for each trimester of Program Delay. (See Student Fees page in this Graduate Catalog)
PDRS8003 Inactive Status Students who have been granted Inactive status by the ProDOC are registered for this status each trimester until they reactivate their program. No fee is charged for Inactive Status.
PDWS8201 Program Overview and Research Writing Workshop (2 hours) This workshop is an overview of the Professional Doctoral Programs and an introduction to research writing. It is designed to guide students into intentionally planning their entire program and to orient them to research/writing skills in preparation for their remaining seminar work and the project in ministry. This workshop must be taken during a student’s first trimester on campus.
PDWS8202 Mid-Career Assessment Workshop (2 hours) This workshop provides an assessment of the minister’s leadership style, personality, interpersonal relationship skills, spiritual vitality, family relationships, and character utilizing psychometric tools and classroom activities for the purpose of affirming strengths and improving weaknesses.
PDWS8203 Project in Ministry Design Workshop (2 hours) This workshop offers the student guidance in designing a defensible preliminary proposal for a worthy professional doctoral project. This workshop is offered each trimester and is concerned principally with conceptualizing and designing the project, discovering resources, and determining methods and evaluative procedures. Because of the significant work involved in writing a project proposal, students cannot take more than one on-campus seminar in addition to this workshop in the same trimester. Each student must take this workshop at the New Orleans campus and should remain on campus throughout the week the workshop meets in order to fulfill requirements, utilize the library, and receive personal guidance from the course professors and his or her Faculty Mentor.
PDPD8200 Professional Development (2 hours) This course provides a personalized but structured approach for DEdMin students to use when fulfilling their degree program’s requirement for professional development. Students may select one of the allowable options, such as a reading list, conferences and workshops, or a mission trip.
Biblical Studies Division Seminars
BSDS8300 Specialized Directed Study in Biblical Studies (3 hours) This is an independent study seminar in the area of biblical studies designed at the request of a student to address some specific area related to his or her specialization or project in ministry. Content and structure are designed in conjunction with an elected faculty member who agrees to supervise the seminar. In addition to assigned readings and research, the seminar may require participation in and reflection on a conference, training event, or ministry experience. e-mail, fax, and phone conversations may be utilized to enrich the experience. All directed study proposals must be approved by the respective professor and then the Associate Dean of Professional Doctoral Programs prior to registration.
BSNT8301 Expository Preaching from the New Testament (3 hours) This seminar centers on preparing expository sermons and deriving homiletical values from selected portions of the New Testament. The work is aimed at providing a model upon which students can establish an effective life-discipline of study and sermon preparation. The exegetical part is normally taught by a New Testament professor and the expository section by a preaching professor. This course may be repeated as long as a different New Testament text is being studied.
BSNT8302 Exegetical Studies in the New Testament (3 hours) This seminar offers a practical study of selected portions of the New Testament. The focus is development and use of a sound method of biblical interpretation as a source for responsible exegesis, with the results being applied to the demands of ministry in the contemporary setting. This course may be repeated as long as a different New Testament text is being studied.
BSNT8303 Advanced Use of Logos Technology for Biblical Exegesis and Sermon Preparation (3 hours) This seminar engages students in advanced-level exegesis, focusing on the use of current Logos Software Technology for exegesis of a selected Bible book. The course will utilize basic to advanced functions of Logos Bible Software as a tool for biblical exegesis and sermon preparation.
BSOT8301 Expository Preaching from the Old Testament (3 hours) This seminar centers on preparing expository sermons and deriving homiletical values from selected portions of the Old Testament. The work is aimed at providing a model upon which students can establish an effective life-discipline of study and sermon preparation. The exegetical part is normally taught by an Old Testament professor and the expository section by a preaching professor. This course may be repeated as long as a different Old Testament text is being studied.
BSOT8302 Exegetical Studies in the Old Testament (3 hours) This seminar offers a practical study of selected portions of the Old Testament. The focus is development and use of a sound method of biblical interpretation as a source for responsible exegesis, with the results being applied to the demands of ministry in the contemporary setting. This course may be repeated as long as a different Old Testament text is being studied.
BSOT8303 Advanced Use of Logos Technology for Biblical Exegesis and Sermon Preparation (3 hours) This seminar engages students in advanced-level exegesis, focusing on the use of current Logos Software Technology for exegesis of a selected Bible book. The course will utilize basic to advanced functions of Logos Bible Software as a tool for biblical exegesis and sermon preparation.
Church and Community Ministries Division Seminars
CCPS8301 Pastoral Counseling (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to lead students to develop an understanding of the skills essential for successful counseling relationship building and the principles of effective pastoral counseling techniques. Seminar participants will demonstrate understanding of the scope of pastoral counseling and skills necessary to an effective counseling ministry through assessment of case studies, role playing of counseling sessions, and study of verbatims of actual counseling sessions.
CCPS8302 Pastoral Counseling for Marriages and Families (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to enable students to develop broad knowledge of the marriage relationship, to develop knowledge of current family life demographics, to study healthy and dysfunctional families, to guide students in an understanding of the characteristics of a healthy marital relationship and in the application of principles to provide lasting change in marriages and families in the church, as well as understand and apply basic helping techniques to families in crisis. Students may study a variety of leading contemporary theories of marriage and pre-marriage therapy from a systematic approach. Emphasis is placed on mastery of the techniques used in marital and pre-marital pastoral counseling. Students will develop a personal model of marriage and pre-marriage pastoral counseling including assessment, treatment planning, interventions, and follow-up.
CCSW8301 Life Issues and Ministry Practice (3 hours) This seminar will address critical age group, family, and life needs and issues. Ministry models will be developed to meet particular needs and issues of each age group and family lifestyle.
CCSW8303 Interpersonal Relationship Skills (3 hours) This seminar is designed to survey major interpersonal relationship skills needed by the minister in the following areas: intrapersonal, marriage and family, staff, church, and community. Special attention is given to self-evaluation. Projects for improving interpersonal relationship skills will be developed and evaluated. Topics include listening skills, assertion skills, conflict resolution skills, collaborative problem-solving skills, and skill selection.
CCSW8304 Ministering to Persons in Crisis (3 hours) The purpose of the seminar is to equip ministers to actively assist persons in crisis. Among the crises that will be addressed are divorce, death, child abuse, neglect, adoption, children with special needs, miscarriages, infertility, abortion, drug abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism, substance abuse, and addictions.
CCSW8305 Essential Grief Ministry Skills (3 hours) The focus of this seminar is on death, loss, and grief throughout the life span. Attention will be given to basic therapeutic interventions that can be useful in assisting individuals and groups through a wide variety of loss experiences such as illness, divorce, unemployment, relocation, infertility, death, purpose and loss of dreams. The role of the counselor/minister in the helping relationship will be explored.
Church Music Division Seminars
CMDS8300 Specialized Directed Study in Church Music (3 hours) This seminar is an independent study seminar in the area of church music designed at the request of a student to address some specific area related to his or her specialization or project in ministry. Content and structure are designed in conjunction with an elected faculty member who agrees to supervise the seminar. In addition to assigned readings and research, the seminar may require participation in and reflection on a conference, training event, or ministry experience. e-mail, fax, and phone conversations may be utilized to enrich the experience. All directed study proposals must be approved by the respective professor and the Associate Dean of Professional Doctoral Programs prior to registration.
CMSE8301 Church Music Special Event Seminar (3 hours) This special event seminar is built around a specialized music conference and team-taught by professors in the Church Music division. The seminar will be held on-site at the conference location and will engage the student in a study of the various aspects of music as a ministry tool in the contexts of worship, education, and missions of the local church. Students will attend the various sessions of the conference and discuss relevant issues in a small group setting. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and evaluating Southern Baptist distinctives of music and worship ministry and on discussing current music and worship ministry issues reflected in denomination life. In addition to attending the conference sessions, students will complete designated course requirements.
CMWL8301 Revitalizing Corporate Worship (3 hours) This seminar is designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges of encouraging Spirit-led worship revitalization in the context of the local church. Specific attention will be given to the processes by which leadership can encourage a deepening understanding and practice of vibrant corporate worship within a congregation. Seminar sessions will examine the role of worship in the life of a congregation and leadership principles in facilitating change. Students will also study the value of a congregation’s worship practice heritage and how that relates to the dual tasks of planning and leading worship experiences. Attention will be given to possible resources for engaging the congregation as a body of intentional worship participants.
CMWL8302 Building Bridges for Multi-Generational Worship (3 hours) This seminar is designed to investigate the opportunities and challenges of planning for multigenerational corporate worship in the local church. Specific attention will be given to an understanding of the characteristics of five generational cohorts: Seniors, Boomers, Busters, Bridgers, and Children. Specific seminar sessions will examine generational attributes and influences, space for worship (facilities), styles for worship, service structures, songs for worship, and sermon delivery. Attention will also be given to possible resources for expanding the ability of church leaders to develop and implement strategies for multigenerational worship.
Discipleship and Ministry Leadership Division Seminars
CEAD8301 Leading and Discipling Adults (3 hours) Students will investigate current trends and challenges in the education of and ministry to adults in local churches, specific ministry situations, and the denomination. Specific attention will be given to special populations of adults such as single adults and senior adults, as well as men’s and women’s ministries. Seminar sessions will examine current learning theory related to the education of adults and the impact of generational theory on adult ministry in the local church. Denominational leaders may be invited to lead selected seminar sessions. An evaluation tool will be developed by seminar participants for use in examining their adult education programs, processes, and ministries in local churches, ministry situations, and the denomination and for implementing new structures to strengthen the ministry.
CEAD8302 Strategies and Models for Family Ministry (3 hours) Students will survey family ministry to investigate concerns involved in family living. The role of family life education and ministry development in the local church in addressing these needs are stressed. Special attention is given to current literature in the field. Family ministry projects will be developed and evaluated.
CEAD8304 College Ministry (3 hours) Students will research and evaluate ministry to college students in various settings. The profile of the emerging adult, the particular context of ministry to collegians and emerging trends in young adult ministry are investigated. The qualifications, preparation, commitment, relationships, and responsibilities of church and campus leadership are considered. Basic principles underlying program development, leadership training, and administration of staff, student center and budget are explored.
CEAD8305 Ministry to Young Adults (3 hours) Students will explore and evaluate generational characteristics, values and lifestyles and their influence on strategies and methods for reaching, leading, teaching, and ministering to young adults. Young adult responses to organizational design and leadership styles will be considered.
CEAM8301 Leadership Styles in Ministry (3 hour) In this seminar students will examine leadership principles and organizational theory in the context of local church ministry. Application of theory to the local church setting will be made. Also can be taken as PMLS8305. CEAM8302
Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to address the issues and implications of conflict resolution and crisis management in congregations and ministry organizations. Utilizing biblical principles, textbook analyses, case studies, and role plays, students will examine conflict intensity levels, determine best practices, enhance leadership skills, and develop strategic actions related to conflict resolution and crisis management in churches and ministry contexts. Also can be taken as PMLS8304.
CEAM8303 Building and Managing an Effective Organization (3 hours) Students will increase understanding of church structure, diagnosing ministry effectiveness, and managing organizational change. Students will exercise critical skills necessary to increase the effectiveness of churches and manage church organizational design as well as the values, beliefs, and attitudes of its participants.
CEAM8304 Creating a Winning Team (3 hours) In this leadership seminar students will identify characteristics of successful teams in local churches and other ministry situations. Students will address critical components, necessary leadership styles, communication and other team building strategies, and barriers to effective teamwork in ministry situations. Students will utilize an assessment instrument to analyze the dynamics of their own ministry teams.
CEAM8305 Strategic Church Development through Christian Education (3 hours) Students will explore and evaluate the delivery of Christian education in a local church context in order to foster strategic church development. Both traditional and contemporary Christian education methods for all age groups will be studied. Specific attention will be given to both Sunday School and small groups as agents of Christian education.
CEAM8306 Risk Management and Church Policy (3 hours) Churches face an increasingly complex system of rules and regulations imposed by the courts, the government, and common sense. Church leaders will learn to navigate the waters of risk management and establish sound church practices. Risk management describes the process of protecting the persons in the church and the church itself from problems in areas such as insurance, property management, safety, paid and volunteer staff screening and training, contracts, policies, and vehicle liability. Church leaders will identify risk areas prior to a loss or tragedy and establish and implement processes for risk management.
CECH8301 Ministering to Children in Crisis (3 hours) Students will develop appropriate skills for ministry to preschoolers and children in crisis. Among the crises to be explored are death, divorce, chronic or terminal illness, bullying, abuse, neglect, and violence.
CECH8302 Spiritual Formation in Childhood (3 hours) Students will gain an understanding of the process of spiritual formation in children and the responsibilities of parents and the community of faith in spiritual formation.
CEEF8300 Instructional Theory and Curriculum Design (3 hours) This course guides students to understand learning theory, comprehend curriculum design principles, and apply advanced teaching practices. Students will be expected to write lesson plans, evaluate curriculum and articulate a curriculum mapping strategy. Students will be expected to examine and apply advanced pedagogical and androgogical practices.
CEEF8301 Perspectives in Contemporary Educational Ministry (3 hours) Students will explore historical, philosophical, and cultural perspectives relevant to contemporary educational ministry. Students will map the history of Christian education in order to forecast future directions. Students will be expected to articulate foundational philosophies and their impact on contemporary Christian education approaches. Students will identify and distinguish current cultural trends and their impact on educational ministry in the local church. Students will write a personal philosophy of educational ministry.
CEDS8300 Specialized Directed Study in Christian Education (3 hours) This independent study seminar in the area of Christian Education is designed at the request of a student to address some specific area related to his or her specialization or project in ministry. Content and structure are designed in conjunction with an elected faculty member who agrees to supervise the seminar. In addition to assigned readings and research, the seminar may require participation in and reflection on a conference, training event, or ministry experience. All directed study proposals must be approved by the respective professor and then the Associate Dean of Professional Doctoral Programs prior to registration.
CESE8301 Transitioning to a Vision-Driven Church (3 hours) Students will explore contemporary models for ministry with a view toward identifying and applying transferable principles. The clinical learning experience will seek to help the students learn to interpret the diversity of ministry models available in the contemporary culture in order to apply them rightly in their own local church ministry.
CESE8302 Leading Singles Ministry (3 hours) This Special Event Seminar is held in conjunction with a selected conference featuring leadership training for Single Adults leaders. The seminar is scheduled and developed around the annual theme for the conference. The purpose of the seminar is to explore the challenges of ministry, service and worship for singles in the contemporary church. Students will choose from numerous professional development seminars to attend. In addition to attending these seminars, students will complete designated course assignments.
CESE8303 New Directions in Christian Education (3 hours) This Special Event Seminar is built around selected conferences that explore the challenges and opportunities of contemporary Christian education. The seminar will be coordinated with a selected conference and course content developed around the annual theme. The conference and seminar will expose the student to contemporary issues in the field of Christian education and to professional organizations for Christian educators. This clinical learning experience will enhance responses to critical issues facing Christian educators and increase awareness of professional development opportunities.
CESE8304 Leadership in the Local Church (3 hours) Students will increase their personal awareness and enhance professional skills for leading local church ministry through at this special event. The seminar is held in conjunction with a special church leadership conference. Students will choose from a comprehensive selection of workshops. Students can choose one specific course of study or sample a variety of training experiences. In addition to attending these conference sessions, students will complete designated course requirements.
CESE8305 Youth Ministry Institute (3 hours) Students will comprehend and value the changing discipline of youth ministry. More than a replication of graduate classes offered during the regular academic semester, students are exposed to youth ministry in a different format altogether. Guest speakers, experts in the field of youth ministry, address topics within the discipline of youth ministry and students interact with the presenters through question and answer times, debriefings, discussion, and suggestions for implementation in the local church.
CESE8306 Disciple Making Special Event Seminar (3 hours) This doctoral seminar is built around annual selected conferences, teaching church events, and/or meetings that emphasize the disciple-making mission of the church. The purpose of this seminar is to expose the students to selected contemporary models for or practices of disciple-making in the local church. Special attention will be given to disciple-making in home groups, marketplace groups, and mid-sized groups.
CESE8307 Networking for Transformational Ministry (3 hours) The seminar will be held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. Seminar participants will begin networking relationships with key denominational leaders about emerging strategies of Christian Education that seek to produce transformation. In addition, seminar participants will utilize the convention sessions, ancillary meetings and displays to discover useful resources for transformational ministry.
CESE8309 Ministering to Today’s Older Adults (3 hours) This Special Event Seminar is held in conjunction with a selected conference that addresses the developmental and spiritual needs of older adults. Specific conference, locations, and times vary by year. In this seminar students explore the challenges of contemporary ministry with, to, and through older adults. During the special event students will experience a variety of conference sessions, participate in selected meetings with the on-site professor, and interact with local church senior adult leaders as well as senior care professionals. In addition to attending all conference sessions, students will complete designated course assignments.
CESE8310 The Effective Utilization of Small Groups (3 hours) Students will enhance skills necessary for creating and leading small groups in the local church. This Special Event Seminar is held in conjunction with a selected conference focusing on small group ministry. Specific conference, locations and times vary by year. Students are exposed to selected contemporary models for small group ministry. Small groups are the most authentic expression of what it is to be church. Some form of small group ministry is a common characteristic of the largest congregations in and outside the United States. The emerging focus of America’s most influential congregations is that of small groups. Students in this seminar will identify and apply transferable principles to their ministry setting. The clinical learning experience will also seek to improve a student’s proficiency at utilizing data gleaned from church-based conferences.
CESE8311 Disciple Making in a Cross-Cultural Context (3 hours) Students will experience leading discipleship ministries in a cross-cultural setting. This seminar will be offered as a mission trip focusing on the practice of leading Christian education in an international partnership. Special attention will be given to principles and practice of communication and educational leadership in other cultures. As a part of the mission trip students will assist local and national leaders in implementing programs to mature believers and develop leaders for multiplication.
CESE8312 Special Event in Children’s Ministry (3 hours) In this seminar students will examine various points of interest in and models for contemporary children’s ministry through attendance at a national children’s ministry conference.
CEYH8301 The Emerging Landscape of Youth Ministry (3 hours) Students will explore the influence of postmodern and post-Christian culture upon the contemporary practice of youth ministry. Emphasis will be placed upon theological and practical evaluation of contemporary trends in youth ministry. Students will analyze various contemporary approaches to local church youth ministry with the goal of developing biblically sound and theologically sound ministry strategies to be implemented in current youth and adult culture.
CEYH8302 Issues in Youth Culture (3 hours) Students will analyze various components of the youth culture with the goal of developing biblically sound and theological sound ministry strategies to be implemented in current youth and adult culture. Personal and social problems of youth in America are studied in their cultural context. The world of adolescents is studied in detail with attention given to schools, media, friendships, family, community and church, and other relevant social issues. Ministry implications and current trends will also be discussed.
CEYH8303 Discipling Youth in a Family Ministry Context (3 hours) Youth and family ministry is a means of reaching the un-churched and providing avenues for growth and ministry for all age groups. Students will explore the biblical foundation for ministry to youth and families, and analysis of contemporary intergenerational characteristics and issues. Students will construct practical ministry strategies to provide effective, need-oriented ministries across the generations.
Pastoral Ministries Division Seminars
PATH8301 Exploring Issues in Effective Pastoral Ministry (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to examine current issues in pastoral ministry in order to determine effective means of ministry practice. The course will include challenging students to examine their pastoral theology in light of biblical principles and to engage various contrasting views of pastoral ministry. Students will explore the implications of emphasizing the various components of pastoral ministry from the vantage point of the senior pastor. Through a heuristic approach, students will confront the challenge of finding the most effective balance among the various components by assessing their own strengths and weaknesses and analyzing the congregational context.
PATH8304 Critical Issues in Church Revitalization (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to explore and examine critical issues of churches experiencing plateau and decline. The seminar will identify common factors, specific implications, and strategic solutions involving church revitalization, utilizing case studies, reading assignments, demographic evaluations, and research applications.
PATH8305 Contemporary Models for Church Revitalization (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to explore contemporary models for church revitalization. Seminar participants will identify distinct characteristics of various contemporary church revitalization models giving special attention to strengths and limitations of each selected model. Seminar components will include research, dialogue, evaluation, and applications. Implications will be drawn for strategic planning for church leaders seeking to employ contemporary models of church revitalization.
PMCP8301 Church Planting Leadership (3 hours) This course is a study of church planting leadership, with a particular focus on mentoring emerging church planter leaders in the North American context. Three systems of contemporary church planting leadership development and six church planting models will be introduced and evaluated. Theological research applicable to leadership development theory is emphasized.
PMCP8302 Facilitating Church Planting Movements (3 hours) This course is a study of church planting movements, with a particular focus on preparing students to facilitate church planting movements in North America. Attention is given to biblical, historical, and contemporary perspectives of church planting movements. Students will learn key missiological components necessary to facilitating church planting movements. Models of leadership development will be introduced and analyzed.
PMCP8303 Developing a Global Missions Strategy (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to examine and explore how to increase your church’s mission’s impact. Seminar participants will create a biblically based intentional missions plan for a church or other ministry which focuses on evangelism, and reproduction through church planting and mission engagement. The mission concepts in Acts 1:8 and other biblical passages will be explored including the importance of witness empowered by the Holy Spirit, the meaning of being Christ’s witnesses, and intentional sharing of the gospel in the local, regional, and international context.
PMDS8300 Specialized Directed Study in Pastoral Ministries (3 hours) This independent study seminar in the area of pastoral ministries is designed at the request of a student to address some specific area related to his or her specialization or project in ministry. Content and structure are designed in conjunction with an elected faculty member who agrees to supervise the seminar. In addition to assigned readings and research, the seminar may require participation in and reflection on a conference, training event, or ministry experience. All SDS proposals must be approved by the respective professor and then the Associate Dean of Professional Doctoral Programs prior to registration for the trimester in which the SDS will occur.
PMEV8302 Developing a Strategy for Healthy, Evangelistic Church Growth (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to lead students to develop an understanding of biblical, congregational, and contextual factors in evangelistic church growth and to develop strategic planning skills in order to implement evangelistic church growth.
PMEV8303 Case Studies in Healthy, Evangelistic Churches (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to teach students to analyze growing churches in contemporary, blended, and traditional settings and their utilization of church growth principles to discover strategies for achieving evangelistic church growth.
PMEV8304 Worship and Healthy, Evangelistic Church Growth (3 hours) The work of this seminar involves the investigation of the biblical mandate, foundations, and principles of worship. Various elements of Christian worship as modeled by healthy, evangelistic churches will be examined. Special attention will be given to the styles of worship often referred to as traditional, blended, and contemporary.
PMEV8305 Developing a Disciple Making Strategy for a Healthy, Growing Church (3 hours) This seminar is designed to address the issue of discipleship development in the contemporary church. Emphasis will be placed on identifying biblical descriptions of a disciple and strategies for making disciples. Students will discover, analyze, and develop tools to evaluate the various stages of disciple development in their churches and produce a strategy for moving people to the next step. Students will engage in research, development, testing, administering, and interpreting an assessment instrument; book reviews; strategy planning; and creative presentation.
PMLS8300 Strategic Leadership (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to study strategic leadership theory and its applications and implications upon churches and ministry organizations. Strategic dimensions of leadership to be examined include strategic thinking, strategic foresight, strategic influence, strategic team-building, and strategic action.
PMLS8301 Leading Congregational Change (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to explore and examine the leadership disciplines required to successfully initiate and implement congregational change. Attention will be given to creating a climate for change, discerning and communicating vision, developing strategic planning skills, and analyzing change theory practice.
PMLS8302 Emerging Issues in Denominational Leadership (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to explore and examine critical issues confronting denominational leaders. Seminar components will include research, dialogue, evaluation, and strategy development. Seminar participants will evaluate the impact of selected emerging issues in various levels of Southern Baptist structure and will be challenged to develop personal action plans in their ministry context.
PMLS8303 Essential Skills for Denominational Leaders (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to enhance and improve basic leadership skills for denominational leaders. Seminar components will include administrative skills, networking and partnership interactions, vocational transitions, and business management as they relate to various levels of Southern Baptist denominational leadership. Seminar participants will be challenged through research, dialogue, and evaluation in their ministry context.
PMLS8304 Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to address the issues and implications of conflict resolution and crisis management in congregations and ministry organizations. Utilizing biblical principles, textbook analyses, case studies, and role plays, students will examine conflict intensity levels, determine best practices, enhance leadership skills and develop strategic actions related to conflict resolution and crisis management in churches and ministry contexts. Also can be taken as CEAM8302.
PMLS8305 Leadership Styles in Ministry (3 hours) In this seminar students will examine leadership principles and organizational theory in the context of local church ministry. Application of theory to the local church setting will be made. Also can be taken as CEAM8301.
PMMI8301 Multiethnic Church Leadership (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to examine principles and practices of developing and sustaining a multiethnic church ministry in the North American context. Attention will be given to the scriptural and theological undergirdings of multiethnic and multicultural church life. Current models of effective multiethnic local churches will be explored.
PMMI8302 Contemporary Mission Methods and Movements (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to familiarize students with the most current mission methods being employed on mission fields throughout the world, and oftentimes, in missional churches in America. Students are also led to examine some of the great movements that are impacting the world of missions. Seminar participants become familiar with mission efforts being effectively used and with issues that impact modern missions.
PMMI8303 Developing a Strategy for Evangelistic Compassion Ministries (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to explore multiple forms of compassion ministry which lead to evangelistic encounters. Scriptural foundations for compassion ministry will be examined. Students will investigate successful compassion ministries and learn how to develop these ministries for their own context.
PMMI8304 Cross Cultural Disciplemaking (3 hours) The purpose of this seminar is to equip participants to disciple effectively in a culturally diverse world. It includes study of the dynamics of communicating the gospel cross-culturally. Particular attention is given to understanding culture and worldview, the relationship of culture to the gospel, evangelism, and discipleship; and how your church can make disciples in a variety of contexts.
PMPR8301 Contemporary Expository Preaching (3 hours) The seminar involves students in research and reflection on various dimensions of expository preaching in the contemporary church. A two-pronged focus examines both the rationale and practice of expository preaching especially as it is applies to pastoral ministry. Students will be given the opportunity to dialogue with selected guest practitioners regarding their respective philosophies and practices of expository preaching. Students also will complete selected assignments designed to enhance their own preparation and delivery of expository messages.
PMSE8301 Expository Preaching Lab (3 hours) This seminar is built around a selected Preaching Conference on location (students will participate in the entire conference and are responsible for all conference registration fees in addition to the course tuition). Students will hear and evaluate the sermons of selected conference keynote speakers/preachers. Students also will complete selected assignments designed to enhance their own preparation and delivery of expository sermons.
PMSE8306 Senior Pastor Special Event (3 hours) This course will incorporate a major conference designed for senior pastors. The seminar will initially be held in conjunction with the Timothy/Barnabas Pastor’s School sponsored by First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia. Students will attend conference sessions designed to encourage and inspire participants as well as equip them to perform pastoral leadership and ministry at the highest possible level. As deemed appropriate, other conferences of similar content may be utilized in the future. In addition to attending the conference sessions, students will complete other designated course requirements. Included in the required readings for the course will be various subjects related to the practice of pastoral ministry and specifically in the area of ministerial ethics.
PMSE8310 SBC Crossover (3 hours) The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for planning and participation in community evangelistic outreach and ministry as part of the Crossover Community Outreach prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Students will be exposed to the disciplines of strategic planning, denominational partnerships, ministry evangelism, special event evangelism and personal evangelism as well as disciple making skills.
PMTH8300 Apologetic Preaching (3 hours) This seminar is designed to equip students to understand cultural, doctrinal, moral, and other contextual issues for the purpose of faithfully proclaiming God’s Word. Students will study various apologetic approaches and will be able to understand the nature of apologetics, specifically as it relates to the preaching ministry. The seminar will address the nature of worldviews and the uniqueness and reasonableness of the Christian worldview. Special attention will be given to communicating and defending the Christian worldview in the context of expository preaching. Also can be taken as THTH8300.
Theological and Historical Studies Division Seminars
THCH8301 Spiritual Formation of the Minister (3 hours) This seminar delineates the sources, character, and dynamics of the spiritual formation of the Christian minister. Formation is viewed as a foundational ministry and as a reciprocal responsibility of pastor and congregation. It is vitally related to the quality of the congregation’s worship and service and the integrity of the pastor’s prophetic awareness. Combining trenchant analyses of contemporary religion and culture with insights and directives from Scripture and the classics of Christian devotion, the study sets forth the classical spiritual disciplines as essential ingredients of authentic formation. The seminar constitutes an urgent call for spiritual maturity in Christian ministry and provides clear directives for achieving it.
THCH8302 The Church, Law, and Religious Liberty (3 hours) Students will evaluate case studies involving past and current United States Supreme Court cases that relate to the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Attention will be given to the tension between the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and how this affects ministry in the local church. This course will help church leaders identify and respond effectively to constitutional issues faced by the contemporary church and their ethical implications.
THDS8300 Specialized Directed Study in Theological/Historical Studies (3 hours) This is an independent study seminar in the area of theological/historical studies designed at the request of a student to address some specific area or related to his or her specialization or project in ministry. Content and structure are designed in conjunction with an elected faculty member who agrees to supervise the seminar. In addition to assigned readings and research, the seminar may require participation in and reflection on a conference, training event, or ministry experience. e-mail, fax, and phone conversations may be utilized to enrich the experience. All directed study proposals must be approved by the respective professor and the Associate Dean of Professional Doctoral Programs prior to registration.
THSE8301 The Southern Baptist Convention and the Cooperative Program at Work (3 hours) This Special Event Seminar is built around the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention and team-taught by the Theological/Historical Studies division and the Discipleship and Ministry Leadership Division. The seminar is held on a yearly basis on-site at the conference location and engages the student in a study of the theology and polity of Southern Baptists as expressed at an annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Students will attend the various sessions of the convention and discuss numerous issues in a small group setting. Emphasis will be placed on persons, events, ideas, and movements in Southern Baptist life as well as on doctrines distinctive to Southern Baptists. In addition to attending the convention sessions, students will complete designated course requirements.
THSE8302 Issues in Baptist Life (3 hours) This Special Event Seminar is designed to involve students in the analysis and investigation of relevant theological issues pertinent to Baptist life in general and the Southern Baptist Convention in particular. Students will encounter and engage significant theological and ministerial issues through attendance and participation in the conference sponsored by the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry. The course is designed to promote the importance of theology and the integration of theology for Baptist ministry and church life.
THTH8300 Apologetic Preaching (3 hours) This seminar is designed to equip students to understand cultural, doctrinal, moral, and other contextual issues for the purpose of faithfully proclaiming God’s Word. Students will study various apologetic approaches and will be able to understand the nature of apologetics, specifically as it relates to the preaching ministry. The seminar will address the nature of worldviews and the uniqueness and reasonableness of the Christian worldview. Special attention will be given to communicating and defending the Christian worldview in the context of expository preaching. Also can be taken as PMTH8300.
THTH8301 Theological Issues for Ministry in the 21st Century (3 hours) This seminar involves conversation and reflection on various dimensions of Christian ministry from a theological perspective. A twin-pronged focus examines contemporary theological issues in the broader faith community and issues related to the specific places of ministry served by students enrolled in the seminar.
THTH8302 Doctrinal Foundations for Contemporary Ministry (3 hours) This seminar is designed to involve students in research and reflection upon the various doctrinal foundations for contemporary ministry. A twofold approach will examine the development and articulation of specified doctrines of the Baptist Faith and Message and the development and implementation of the doctrines within the various contemporary ministries of the local church. This course also serves as preparation for the students to engage in theological reflection in other ProDoc seminars, the Final Project Proposal, and the Project Report.
THTH8303 The Problem of Evil and Suffering (3 hours) This course exposes students to classical and contemporary treatments of the so-called problem of evil and explores their significance for the Christian worldview and ministry in the local church. Issues addressed include the nature of evil and suffering, the cause of evil, the intelligibility and coherence of the Christian concept of God in light of evil, solutions offered by various world religions to the problem of evil, and an assortment of philosophical and apologetic responses to the problem at hand.
THTH8304 The Christian Worldview (3 hours) This seminar is designed to involve students in researching, understanding, and communicating the Christian worldview and its implications for ministry. Issues addressed include the nature of worldviews, the uniqueness of the Christian worldview in comparison to other worldviews, and the reasonableness of the Christian worldview. Special attention is given to issues related to communicating and defending the Christian worldview in the context of contemporary ministry. The seminar also prepares students to engage in worldview reflection in other professional doctoral seminars, the final project proposal, and the final project report.
THTH8305 The Bible and Contemporary Issues (3 hours) This course focuses upon how best to communicate the message of the Bible in order to address contemporary apologetic issues. Issues addressed include oral and written communication forms, apologetic methodology, biblical authority, textual authenticity, science and the Bible, and other similar issues. Students will also study how best to communicate biblical truth and the Christian worldview via contemporary media. Special attention will be given to implementing these communication forms in pastoral ministry.
THTH8306 Issues in Baptist Life (3 hours) This Seminar is designed to involve students in the analysis and investigation of relevant theological issues pertinent to Baptist life in general and the Southern Baptist Convention in particular. Students will encounter and engage significant theological and ministerial issues through readings, papers, and class discussions. The course is designed to promote the integration of theology in Baptist ministry and church life. A variety of specific topics may be addressed in the seminar at different times.
Project in Ministry Status
PDPM8601 Project in Ministry I (6 Hours) This part of the student’s program involves the implementation of the project in ministry and writing the Project Report. The student will be registered for this course ONLY after receiving approval of the Final Project Proposal from the Faculty Advisor and the ProDOC. The student has one year to complete the project in ministry and report from the time of registration. All tuition fees for the project in ministry must be paid at this time.
PDPM8002 Project in Ministry II This is the second trimester of the student’s implementation of the project in ministry and/or writing of the Project Report. No fees are required for this component.
PDPM8003 Project in Ministry III This is the third trimester, if necessary, of the student’s implementation of the project in ministry and/or writing of the Project Report. No fees are required for this component.