DMin courses are designed to be taken in the following schedule:
|One||Fall||1||Advanced Orientation Seminar|
|Fall||Core Reading Seminar|
|Spring||2||Advanced Theological Integration Seminar|
|Spring||Advanced Leadership Effectiveness Seminar|
|Appointment of Supervisors (end of semester)|
|Two||Fall||3||Advanced Spiritual Formation Seminar|
|Fall||Interdisciplinary Concentration Seminar and Supervised Reading|
|Spring||4||Disciplinary Concentration Seminar and Supervised Reading|
|Spring||Prospectus Writing Seminar|
|Three||Fall||5||Advanced Spiritual Prospectus Submission and Approval|
|F/Sp||5/6||Project Report and Evaluation|
Work will be completed using online resources to receive and submit assignments. Students will receive assignments before each semester, purchase required textbooks, utilize the online library, and meet from time to time with their professors and classmates via online platforms. Attendance at Spring and Fall Colloquies is required and will include class gatherings.
The catalogue description of the DMin courses are:
Advanced Orientation Seminar(AOSEM 6100)
This seminar teaches students how to do doctoral-level research and writing, introduces methods of instruction utilized by the Carroll Learning Center, encourages development of a practical philosophy for evaluating personal skills and church ministries, and requires students to produce a professional portfolio and plan for ministry.
Core Reading Seminar(CRSEM 6100)
This seminar requires students to study and review essential works in all four academic clusters, to conduct in-depth study in one’s major area, to integrate thinking from this full spectrum of study, and to apply those concepts to practical ministry.
Advanced Theological Integration Seminar(TISEM 6200)
This seminar teaches students how to apply inter-cluster learning from the Core Reading Seminar so they can more effectively engage their cultural contexts with theological acumen and critical thinking.
Advanced Leadership Effectiveness Seminar(LESEM 6200)
This seminar teaches students how to enhance their effectiveness as leaders in their chosen ministerial settings.
Advanced Spiritual Formation Seminar(SFSEM 6200)
This seminar enables students to grow personally and spiritually in ways that reinvigorate and deepen their vocational calling.
Interdisciplinary Concentration Seminar and Supervised Reading(ICSEM 6300)
This cohort-wide seminar addresses one critical and relevant issue in contemporary ministry. Each student will research and write on that topic using specialized knowledge gained from in-depth reading, under a supervisor, in the student’s area of academic concentration. The student’s grade will be determined by consultation between the seminar professor and the student’s supervisor.
Disciplinary Concentration Seminar and Supervised Reading(DCSEM 6300)
This seminar addresses critical and relevant issues in contemporary ministry related to the student’s area of academic concentration. The seminar may be conducted as a tutorial with the student’s supervisor if only one student from the concentration is enrolled. Otherwise, the student’s grade will be determined by consultation between the seminar professor and the student’s supervisor.
Prospectus Writing Seminar(PWSEM 8100)
This cohort-wide seminar teaches students how to write a proposal for a ministry project in their area of academic concentration. Attention will be given to describing the ministry need, the theological basis for ministry, project goals and evaluation, survey of literature, the ministry plan, and implications for contemporary ministry. Under the direction of a supervisor, students will begin to prepare a prospectus leading to a professional ministry project suitable for publication. The student’s grade will be determined by consultation between the seminar professor and the student’s supervisor.
Ministry Project and Oral Defense(MPPRO 8653)
Under the direction of a supervisor, the student will complete an approved prospectus for a professional project, implement the project, write the project report, and orally defend the results before a panel of examiners approved by the supervisor and the DPC.
Director of DMin
Karl Fickling holds a BA from Baylor University, and an MDiv and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the Director of Interim Church Services for the Baptist General Convention of Texas and has 20 years experience in helping interim churches and training interim pastors. Other experience includes pastoring, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, and teaching.