Course Descriptions

Professors talking in the Bible buildingBIBM 701 Doctor of Ministry Orientation
Introductory course covering an overview of the program, analysis of ministry, research techniques, project design, and ministry resources.

BIBM 702 Biblical and Theological Foundations of Ministry
Investigates the development of a biblical theology of ministry, relating ministry to major themes of the Bible that affect contemporary ministry.

BIBM 703 Preaching to Contemporary Needs
An analysis of current theories and methods of proclamation combined with the study of critical considerations in the development of the minister's theology of preaching in the contemporary culture. Emphasis on a variety of approaches to expositional preaching that let the Bible speak clearly to contemporary needs.

BIBM 706 Christian Leadership Development
An integrated analysis of theology, organizational behavior, group process, personality theory, pastoral care, and problem-solving skills designed to enhance the leadership effectiveness of participants.

BIBM 711 Preaching and Theology
Several theological perspectives, methods, and issues are explored in order to provide a more biblical and effective basis for preaching.

"I have been stretched theologically and have been challenged to examine the foundation of my belief system.  I truly believe that my faith in God is stronger today as a result of the D.Min. program.  I am now capable of developing new models of ministry and judging the effectiveness of current ministries objectively.  The Doctor of Ministry program has given me the confidence to be the best equipped minister I can possibly be, and I am sure that this will translate into a benefit for my local church as well."

--Bert Alexander, class of 2009

BIBM 717 Spiritual Formation
Examines a biblical theology, the history, and the pastoral applications of Christian spirituality giving special attention to four historic expressions of spirituality (Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Restorationist).
Prerequisites: BIBM 702, 706

BIBM 718 Theological Practice of Evangelism
The practice of evangelism as a theological endeavor involves listening to the stories of our churches, attending to biblical understandings of evangelism, exploring evangelism within various systematic theologies, and allowing culture to inform questions of meaning and relevance. The overall outcome should be an articulated plan for evangelism within specific ministry contexts.

BIBM 719 Missional Ecclesiology
Focuses on understanding the relationship of the church to the mission of God in the world and applying that understanding to actual ministry contexts. Explores biblical, theological, and historical themes. Contextualization includes analysis of a post-Christendom North America and consideration of specific ecclesial practices that lend themselves to contextual innovation.

BIBM 721 Theology of Culture
Examine the relationship between culture and theological anthropology, probing the implications for ministerial contexts.

BIBM 723 Worship
Prepares students to understand and engage in worship as liturgical community formation. Attention is given to biblical, theological, and sociological aspects of liturgical community formation.
Prerequisites: BIBM 702

BIBM 725 Project/Thesis Seminar
A concluding seminar designed to integrate the competencies developed in the D.Min. curriculum and to create a project appropriate for the student's unique ministry setting.

BIBM 798 Continuing D.Min. Study
On demand.

BIBM 799 D.Min. Project/Thesis

    Application Deadline:
 Summer 2013
  • January 31, 2013

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