DMIN (Doctor of Ministry)

DMIN (Doctor of Ministry)

DMIN 711 Spirituality and the Personality
3 hours. A study of the relationships between personality, practices of spirituality, and spiritual formation. Using the resources of biblical and theological studies, the traditions of spiritual formation, and the insights of various tests of counseling and psychology, students will assess their own personality and spiritual journey. They will also consider how they may use specific understandings and practices to stimulate and sustain their own holistic spiritual development.

DMIN 712 Spiritual Formation in the Leader
2 hours. An exploration of the particular opportunities, challenges, and liabilities that the life of ministry brings to spiritual formation. This course examines the formational roots that animate the Christian Leader, as well as the experiences in ministry that threaten spiritual vitality and authenticity. Special attention is also given to the practical means in ministry to nurture spiritual development in oneself.

DMIN 713 Introduction to Research and Resources
1 hour. Introduces the tools for study and research in spiritual formation and leadership. This will include orienting students to the resources of both campuses (George Fox University's Murdock Learning Resource Center, Portland Center library, Internet presence and capacities, etc.), as well as how to use electronic communication and software tools effectively in research. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 714 History and Theology of Christian Spirituality
2 hours. Examines the biblical, theological, and historical foundations for understanding spiritual formation and for practices in spirituality, and explores how spiritual experience and theology influence one another. Includes reflections on spirituality in shaping ethics. Students will be challenged to look for specific ways in which to integrate the subject matter of this seminar into their own ministry settings.

DMIN 716 Customized Course I
3 hours. In this cornerstone course, students develop two learning plans under the supervision of an assigned faculty advisor. First, they produce a customized course learning plan that identifies and offers a rationale for their educational and ministry goals, research specialization, and four field-research experiences. Second, students produce a module learning plan that proposes a module reading list, a first field-research experience, and a description of the academic essay. Following faculty-advisor approval, students complete the course reading, engage the field-research experience, and write the academic essay in keeping with the stated goals of their learning plans.

DMIN 717 Engaging Leadership Concepts
2 hours. An interactive course that engages students in synchronous and asynchronous online interaction. The purpose of the course is to provide a forum in which students hone each other's thinking about one's role and philosophy of leadership. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 721 Leadership in Biblical and Theological Perspective
3 hours. A biblical and theological analysis of the dynamics of leadership in the context of Christian community. This course considers how biblical and theological principles can interact with models found in the behavioral sciences and contemporary studies of organizations and leadership. Students will be challenged to explore their own leadership styles and gifts, as well as how these may be applied to their leadership in local congregations and ministry organizations.

DMIN 722 The Person and Work of the Leader
2 hours. An exploration of what goes into shaping and empowering leaders of congregations and ministry organizations for effective collaboration in pursuing their goals and vision. In this course, students will study positive models in such areas as personal style, spiritual giftedness, conflict management, and decision-making processes. Students will be required to apply what they learn to their particular ministry settings.

DMIN 723 Research Topic/Literature Review
1 hour. The process of developing a topic proposal for the dissertation and for completing a foundational review of literature in support of the topic. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 724 Dynamics of Leadership and Ministry Organizations
2 hours. The study and practice of recognizing and interpreting the character and dynamics of congregations or ministry organizations using a systems perspective. Introduces a variety of practical approaches for observation and discernment of the systems' culture, politics, development, emotional health, and structure, so that leaders may more accurately locate and understand the ministry organizations they serve.

DMIN 726 Customized Course II
3 hours. In this course, students refine their customized course learning plan developed in the first module and produce a second module learning plan that proposes a new module reading list, a second field-research experience, and a description of the next academic essay. Students then complete the course reading, engage the field-research experience, and write the academic essay in keeping with the stated goals of their learning plans. Faculty advisors supervise, approve, and evaluate all coursework.

DMIN 727 Developing Leadership Strategies
3 hours. An interactive course that engages students in synchronous and asynchronous online interaction. The purpose of this course is to refine one's thinking about effective leadership and to help students clarify an action plan that embodies specific strategies for one's ministry context.

DMIN 728 Spirituality and Leadership
3 hours. A course on personal spiritual formation. Students are challenged by the reading and writing assignments, as well as the retreat ("advance") experience, to reflect on what it means to be a leader after the manner of Jesus Christ with a view toward establishing a "Christ-centeredness" to one's understanding of leadership. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 731 Leadership and Contemporary Culture
3 hours. An analysis of leadership and the contextual factors that influence Christian identity and ministry. This course examines current cultural dynamics and their usefulness in understanding the roles of leadership and ministry. Students will consider the historical precedents of the church's response to major cultural shifts, as well as the practical roles of ecclesiology and theology in the formation of leadership styles and models.

DMIN 732 Developing a Thriving Community
2 hours. This course presents the dynamics involved in a community's spiritual and emotional health. It explores what it means for a ministry organization to be healthy and analyzes specific strategies by which to promote its optimal functioning. Particular attention will be given to the essential qualities of vibrant communities.

DMIN 733 Designing a Research Model
1 hour. The process of developing a design proposal for the dissertation. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 734 Semiotic Leadership in Ministry Organizations
2 hours. An overview of how to lead a ministry organization from the perspective of discerning and joining in what Jesus is doing in the world now and in the future.  The purpose of the course is to develop competency in 'Jesus semiotics' through paying attention to cultural trends in conjunction with a fresh reading of scripture.  Particular attention will be given to applying one's semiotic skills within a particular ministry context.

DMIN 736 Customized Course III
3 hours. In this course, students refine their customized course learning plan developed in the first module and produce a third module learning plan that proposes a new module reading list, a cross-cultural field-research experience, and a description of the next academic essay. Students then complete the course reading, engage the cross-cultural field-research experience, and write the academic essay in keeping with the stated goals of their learning plans. Faculty advisors supervise, approve, and evaluate all coursework.

DMIN 737 Thinking Globally and Leading Locally
2 hours. An interactive course that engages students in synchronous and asynchronous online interaction. An interactive course in which students explore how, specifically, their cross-cultural experiences will impact their practice of leadership in their particular ministry context. Students will also be challenged to consider how they might modify their action plan developed in Module Two to incorporate these new insights. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 741 Historical Models for Spiritual Formation
2 hours. This course will explore the various ways that movements and traditions within Christianity have given shape to the process of spiritual growth. Examines in historical context the variety of models the church has used to deepen people's faith in God and to live out that faith in action. It will include monastic, mystical, Eastern Orthodox, Reformed, Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan models and will examine how these models have been adapted in contemporary developmental models of spiritual formation.

DMIN 742 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
3 hours. This course will examine how Christians mature in faith, develop as disciples, and live out the values of the kingdom of God. Careful attention will be given to the research on faith development, discipleship, and the church as community. Students will be challenged to reflect on, dialogue with, and develop action plans for the spiritual formation and discipling of all members of the congregation.

DMIN 743 Writing the Dissertation
1 hour. The process of research and writing in preparing the dissertation. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 744 The Practice of Spiritual Leadership
2 hours. Designed as a capstone course, this seminar will encourage doctoral students to use what they have learned about themselves, both in terms of their relationship with God and their leadership skills, to develop a plan for their continued growth as spiritual leaders. The course will address two key questions: What are the creative, growing edges of your life, namely, the places where you sense and see the Holy Spirit at work? And how do you see these being implemented in your ministry with others?

DMIN 746 Customized Course IV
3 hours. In this course, students finalize their customized course learning plan developed in the first module and produce a final module learning plan that proposes a new module reading list, a fourth field-research experience, and a description of the next academic essay. Students then complete the course reading, engage the field-research experience, and write the academic essay in keeping with the stated goals of their learning plans. Faculty advisors supervise, approve, and evaluate all coursework.

DMIN 747 Distilling a Dream for Leadership in the Emerging Culture
3 hours. An interactive course that engages students in synchronous and asynchronous online interaction. This course functions to distill a vision or "dream" for leadership that arises out of the student's theology of leadership and that guides his or her thinking in the final formulation and writing of the dissertation project.

DMIN 748 Spiritual Leadership in Christian Community
3 hours. A course on community spiritual formation. Students are challenged to reflect on the essential intermingling of leadership and spiritual formation in corporate Christian contexts and to consider that the primary objective of "spiritual leadership" is community spiritual formation. Students seek to articulate the specific ways community spiritual formation will be actualized in their particular ministry contexts. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 750 Dissertation
4 hours. Completion of the dissertation. Additional course fee required.

DMIN 755 Dissertation Continuation
1 hour. To maintain enrollment until dissertation is complete.

DMIN 795 Special Study in Doctor of Ministry
1 to 3 hours. An individualized course of research, involving in-depth study of a particular question, problem, or issue. The student must make application for the study prior to registration for the semester in which the study will be carried out. The application must be approved by the faculty member overseeing the study and the department director.

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