Preaching for Community Transformation

Preaching plays a significant role in the life of the church. But what does that role look like? This track seeks to integrate homiletic discipline with the particular reality of the ecclesial community. To study preaching for its own sake certainly is valuable; but in this track the focus is on the practice of preaching as it shapes the life of congregations in service to God's mission in the world. Attention is given to homiletic theory, the exegetical work with both text and congregation, cultural contexts, and the church as a worshipping community of faith.

Students who choose this track, in consultation with the D.Min. Director, will select a mentor noted for excellence in preaching in congregational contexts.

Degree Plan for Preaching for Community Transformation Track
Orientation (0 hours)
  • BIBM 701: Doctor of Ministry Orientation

Core Requirements (6 hours)

  • BIBM 702: Biblical and Theological Foundations of Ministry 
  • BIBM 740: Practical Theology for Ministerial Leadership

Method and Project/Thesis (9 hours)

  • BIBM 740: Project/Thesis Seminar I (1 hour) 
  • BIBM 740: Project/Thesis Seminar II (2 hours) 
  • BIBM 799: D.Min. Project/Thesis (6 hours; includes an oral exam)

Track Offerings (12 hours)

  • BIBM 703: Preaching in Contemporary Contexts
  • BIBM 711: Preaching and Theology
  • BIBM 723: Worship
  • BIBM 740: Exegesis: Text and Congregation

Ministry Electives (6 hours)

  • Select any 2 electives (see Curriculum page for course listing)

Spiritual Formation (0 hours)

  • Retreat I
  • Retreat II  
  • Mentoring throughout the program
    Application Deadline:
 Summer 2016
  • January 31, 2016

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For some, the journey to victory can be pretty grueling. Such was the case for Danny Mercer, preaching minister for Friendswood Church of Christ near Houston. After suffering from a cancerous brain tumor, he beat the disease and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at ACU in 2013.


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