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Doctor of Ministry - Leadership and Spiritual Formation

Coursework

Course Work Overview

During the first two years of the program, students participate in two sets of courses:

  • General Courses: DMIN 711, 712, 714, 721, 722, 724, 731, 732, 734, 741, 742, 744
  • Research Courses: DMIN 713, 723, 733, 743

The table below outlines the course sequence for the Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin program.

Note: With the exception of DMIN 711 Spirituality and the Personality, DMIN 712 Spiritual Formation in the Minister, and the four research courses (DMIN713-43), which follow a sequence that builds on the previous module's course, all other courses are offered bi-annually. Students take whichever course that is available for a given academic year. Listed below is a sample course schedule.

Fall Module

(8 hours required)

DMIN 711 Spirituality and the Personality

3

DMIN 712 Spiritual Formation in the Leader

2

DMIN 713 Introduction to Research and Resources

1

DMIN 714 History and Theology of Christian Spirituality

2

 

Spring Module

(8 hours required)

DMIN 721 Leadership in Biblical and Theological Perspective

3

DMIN 722 The Person and Work of the Leader

2

DMIN 723 Research Topic/Literature Review

1

DMIN 724 Dynamics of Leadership and Ministry Organizations

2

Fall Module

(8 hours required)

DMIN 731 Leadership and Contemporary Culture

3

DMIN 732 Developing a Thriving Community

2

DMIN 733 Designing a Research Model

1

DMIN 734 Semiotic Leadership in Ministry Organizations

2

 

Spring Module

(8 hours required)

DMIN 741 Historical Models for Spiritual Formation in the Church

2

DMIN 742 Spiritual Formation and Discipleship in the Church

3

DMIN 743 Writing the Dissertation

1

DMIN 744 The Practice of Spiritual Leadership

2

 

Dissertation

(4 hours required)

DMIN 800 Doctor of Ministry Dissertation

4

DMIN 805 Dissertation Continuation (non-credit course billed at 1 hour)

Learn more: Explore the course descriptions in the university catalog

Research Courses

The research courses prepare students for the task of researching and producing their dissertation. These courses emphasize skills in information literacy, research methodology, effective use of software tools, and the process of developing a thesis. In addition, at the end of the first year students are paired up with a dissertation advisor and begin working on their dissertation in DMIN 733 and DMIN 743.

Spiritual Formation and Leadership Courses

The Leadership and Spiritual Formation DMin content courses are woven into four distinct foci - the personal and corporate aspects of spiritual formation and leadership. The following diagram illustrates how these four themes are brought together:

LSF course themes schema

Taught by a variety of faculty, the spiritual formation courses explore spiritual formation with the goal of facilitating personal and communal renewal.

Taught by a variety of faculty, the leadership courses explore the convergence of leadership in relation to following Jesus Christ.

The Shape of Each Module

The general courses are divided into four modules, but in no set order:

  • Fall Module 1: Personal spiritual formation
  • Spring Module 2: Developing personal leadership competencies
  • Fall Module 3: Leadership in the church and its cultural setting
  • Spring Module 4: Spiritual formation in the church

Students address their own spiritual formation in Modules 1-2, while in Modules 3-4 students are led to analyze the attitudes, behaviors, the relationship of leaders and followers, and the nature and purpose of congregations, using insights drawn from the classical theological disciplines, the humanities, and the behavioral sciences. Additionally, students are enabled to strategize and equip others for healthy, sustainable ministry to the churched and to the unchurched.

Each module is organized according to the following pattern:

  • Ramp up: In preparation for the face-to-face sessions, students complete a number of reading assignments, introductory exercises, and discussion questions, available in FoxTALE. The FoxTALE discussion area is used to facilitate communication and interaction.
  • Face to face sessions: Students meet face to face at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center for 10 days of spiritually formative instruction twice a year, once in October and once in February, for the first two years of the program. The sessions run from Monday through Thursday of the following week with guided retreat experiences integrated throughout the period.
  • Ramp down: Special post face to face assignments will be required for each course following the face to face sessions. Assignments may include an analysis of a case study, an application of information or skills learned to the student's setting, or a reflection paper.
  • Asynchronous discussion: Students meet weekly in an asynchronous chat forum to discuss the assigned course materials.
  • Chat: Students meet once a week for synchronous chat. The instructor for that week's assigned coursework facilitates the discussion.

The research courses prepare students for the dissertation phase of the program by helping them gain greater competence in information literacy - the art of knowing when one needs information, where to get it, how to access and evaluate it, and how to incorporate that information into one’s work.