The Doctor of Ministry program requires a total of 45 credits on the quarter system. It is very important to realize that each course or seminar credit normally calls for ten clock hours of interaction with faculty in a classroom setting or its equivalent and at least twenty clock hours in preparation for and follow-up to this interaction. The 45 credits are divided this way:
REQUIRED SEMINARS totaling 11 credits, 3 each except 2 for the Research course
These are normally offered in the classroom for ten clock hours each at the annual doctoral colloquium and then followed up throughout the academic year in the online classroom. The seminars are entitled Global Theological Foundations, Global Missiology, Global Strategic Considerations, and Doctoral Research and Presentation.
ELECTIVE SEMINARS and APPROVED INDEPENDENT STUDIES totaling 15 credits
A. Starting late in 2015, the faculty will be offering seminars of varying amounts of credit. Often these will have a major component at an annual doctoral colloquium followed up with an online classroom. Some may be offered in online format only. Look for announcements of them at the website. Seminars will be offered contingent upon a sufficient number of students registering in advance to participate in them.
B. At their own initiative, students may also petition the Doctoral Committee, using the Official Form for that purpose, to approve, in advance, an appropriate independent study with varying credit. If approved, a member of the faculty would be appointed as supervisor. Each credit would represent at least 30 clock hours of work.
These independent studies can take a variety of approaches. One kind would be to do an in-depth study, concluding with a research paper (which may or may not be included in some way in the Final Project). Another kind would be to participate in an appropriate conference, usually one with a very practical theme. Other ways of earning these independent credits are possible. As students do so, examples will be posted and provide guidance for seeing what might be available in one's own region and area of interest.
SUPERVISED MINISTRIES or PRACTICA totaling 8 credits
These credits have some similarities with the above independent studies, in that they are to be initiated by the student on the official Supervise Ministry Proposal Form submitted to the Doctoral Committee. They need to be approved in advance by the committee, and they will have a member of the faculty either assigned as the supervisor or assigned to receive the reports of the approved on-site ministry supervisor (OMS). Each credit must represent at least thirty (30) clock hours of practical ministry, including the time in preparing for and reporting on it. A formal academic paper would not normally be expected. The practical ministry may relate to ones intended Final Project, but it does not have to. It will normally involve contact with those to whom one is ministering. However, it could also include many hours of preparation such as creating computer resources as curricula or other forms of outreach for varying target ages or groups.
The object of this aspect of the program is to provide intensive mentoring to the participant in his or her place(s) of ministry and to encourage the student to reflect theologically and practically on his or her ministry(s) and life. It will promote a very contextualized learning experience to the student.
FINAL PAPER/PROJECT totaling 11 credits
Upon satisfactory completion of all seminar and other requirements, students register for their Final Project and are assigned a Mentor from the Faculty. At the beginning of this section of “Program Information” there is a major summary of what the project is to do and many examples of them. When approved to write in another language, comparable authoritative guides must be used.