Doctor of Ministry Orientation and Assessment - DM 901
This introductory course gives a general overview of the program and provides specific instruction and guidance toward fulfilling the requirements of the program. This includes: course progression, APA writing requirements, statistical analysis, covenant group stipulations, dissertation planning, etc. Students will meet with their individual faculty advisors and begin preliminary discussion of project/thesis topic.
Foundations for Ministry Leadership: Scripture, History, and Theology - DM 902
This course will address the theological, philosophical, and historical tenets of ministerial leadership by exploring Scripture, the historical development of ecclesiastical leadership paradigms, and some contemporary models of ecclesiastical leadership. The servant leadership model of Jesus will also be explored as a methodology for contemporary ministerial leadership in the twenty-first century.
Executive Coaching for Transformational Ministry - DM 903
This course will expose students to the executive coaching model. The students will be expected to learn the practices of executive coaching techniques, including developing authentic peer relationships, employing the Socratic method of listening and asking questions, providing focus, feedback, and reflection in a coaching context.
Leadership and Peacemaking: Conflict and Reconciliation - DM 904
This course will address the role and function of ecclesiastical leaders as peacemakers and the manner in which this role and function can be used in conflict management and the reconciliation of parties. The theology, philosophy, and ethical dynamics associated and ascribed to the role of the “peacemaker” will be explored and examined with the context of a transitioning global context. This exploration will therefore examine and discuss the diverse techniques being taught and practiced within the 21st century on issues of conflict resolution and recon-ciliation.
Leading Worship and Discipleship: Forming a People, Communicating the Word - DM 906
This course will highlight the role of the minister within the worship experience, church discipleship, and communicator of the Word. It will examine and discuss biblical principles and precepts related to facilitating the liturgical embodiment of a community at worship and how that worshipful community lives out its divine calling. It, therefore, provides individuals with a forum to enhance their skills in these areas and provide them with methodologies and techniques for teaching others to function in these roles within the church or parachurch set-ting.
Holistic Mission: Evangelism, Justice, and Mercy Ministries with Global Awareness - DM 909
This course will explore the role of the church in addressing social justice issues within the United States and around the world and engage in mercy ministries that empower and liberate the mind, soul, and spirit of op-pressed, marginalized, disenfranchised, and dispossessed people. This exploration shall invite the students to ex-amine acts of mercy and justice as loving acts of evangelism. It will address the concept of holistic mission as it relates to the church or parachurch ministries in the world of the21st century.
The elective courses are to be taken in a common area of concentration reflecting the area of research that the student will engage in for his or her project and dissertation. There are two options for the student regarding the elective credits. First, the student may take courses in the current graduate program (either on the BHU campus or Online) in the concentration of biblical studies, applied theology, or leadership studies. These classes are currently offered at the master’s level of instruction, but to facilitate the D.MIN. program, additional reading with a reflection paper and an additional 10 pages of writing will be added to the research paper required in the elective course. Second, the student may enroll in doctoral level courses from another accredited university in the area of their concentration and may transfer those credits into the BHU D.MIN. program. (The total elective courses will be 9 credit hours.)
Research & Dissertation
Advanced Research Methodologies - DM 931
This course is designed to offer advanced instruction in research, structure, and development of scholarly work. It will expertly guide students in the initial formulation of a dissertation proposal and outline. This course pro-vides specific instructions concerning Turabian writing and dissertation planning. Students will undergo a thorough review of the process and management of research, especially as it relates to theological studies. Students will be introduced to the contemporary conventions of advanced academic research and communication, and be-come acquainted with newly emerging possibilities for framing inquiries and for gathering, organizing, and critically examining data.
DM 933 - Doctor of Ministry Project and Dissertation Proposal
The class will guide students through the proposal stage of a dissertation. It will expose students to many models and will engage students in interactive reflections as they go through the process of writing a research proposal. Specifically, DMin 933 will explore chapter 3 of the proposal and dissertation – “methods.”
*Along with the regular tuition for this course, the $1,000.00 USD one-time fee for the dissertation committee compensation will be charged.
DM 934 - Doctor of Ministry Dissertation and Defense
This class is a 3-credit hour class offered in a Directed Study format. Students will schedule periodic meetings with the Dissertation Chair for consultation and guidance in writing their dissertation. The course will culminate with a complete dissertation that is ready for defense before the dissertation committee.
DM (TBD) Professional Development Seminar (*Preferred Elective)
Subject matter experts will be invited as guest lecturers to train doctoral students with cutting edge skills and strategies for ministry and professional development. With a mission of preparing global leaders for ministry and marketplace, BHU desires to develop its doctoral candidates to be equipped and confident that they can function and contribute to church and society in their new role as a doctor of the Christian faith.
Critical Issues for 21st Century Ministry – DM 920
The purpose for this course is to survey contemporary issues that those who are engaged in ministry in the 21st century will certainly encounter. The principle objective of the course is to provide a socio-cultural overview of the perennial challenges of the contemporary times and suggest methods for meaningful Christian engagement with people and the issues they embody. This course frames discussions about prevalent cultural concerns within a framework of sacred scripture, cogent theology, and solution-oriented practical suggestions. This course hinges upon the notion that those engaged in ministry must be conversant in these issues of common culture.