Doctor of Ministry Courses
The Doctrine of Justification
A study of the biblical and Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone, the article upon which the church stands or falls. This study will examine the biblical basis for the doctrine, comparing it with the many false doctrines that exist and emphasizing its fundamental importance in the ministry of the church. The purpose of this course is to equip students to proclaim and defend this vital Christian doctrine from their pulpits.
Issues in Theological Studies
The subject matter of this course will vary each time it is offered. The course will cover a topic of the professor’s choice in one of the following fields: systematic theology, historical theology, ethics, or Christianity and culture. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of a particular theological topic that is deemed to be of particular importance to the contemporary church.
Issues in Biblical Studies
The subject matter of this course will vary each time it is offered. The course will cover a topic of the professor’s choice in one of the following fields: exegetical theology or biblical theology. Possible topics include studies of a biblical book or biblical genre, studies of an important biblical theological theme, studies of ancient Near Eastern or first-century historical contexts, and more. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of a particular subject that will help him better understand and preach the Word.
Reformed Philosophy of Ministry
An in-depth examination of the distinctively Reformed understanding of the nature and purpose of the Christian minister and the Christian church. This examination will include study of foundational Reformed documents such as the liturgies of Geneva and the Westminster Directory for the Publick Worship of God. The reformed view of the ministry will also be compared and contrasted with other views such as the Priesthood view of Rome and the CEO view of many contemporary churches. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with a solid grasp of the distinctively Reformed understanding of the purpose and calling of the minister.
A study of the Reformed view of the preaching of the Word of God. This course will look not only at the basic Reformed philosophy of preaching but also at historical examples of Reformed preaching. Particular attention will be given to the importance of expository preaching that focuses on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the absolute necessity of biblical, God-centered preaching.
An examination of the Reformed understanding of the nature and purpose of Christian worship. This examination will include a study of the history of worship in scripture and in the church with a focus on the history of worship in the Reformed churches. Topics include the regulative principle, the place of the Word and sacraments, catechizing, prayer, music, and family worship. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the importance of god-centered worship.
Missions and Evangelism
A study of the biblical philosophy and means of missions and evangelism. This course will look at the biblical mandate for evangelism and missions and survey the history of missions and evangelism in the church. This study will compare and contrast the biblical model of evangelism with unbiblical forms such as those developed in the Second Great Awakening. Different views of the relationship between evangelism and Lord’s Day worship will also be covered. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the biblical view of evangelism and missions in order that the Great Commission might be carried out more faithfully.
An in-depth examination of the minister’s role as a shepherd and servant and the many facets of pastoral care involved in this calling. This examination will include discussion of topics such as counseling, home and hospital visitation, dealing with death and grief, and many others. Particular focus will be placed on problems and pitfalls such as counseling of members of the opposite sex. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with practical knowledge and wisdom in order that he may more effectively care for the flock God has entrusted to him.
A contribution to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a written, doctoral-level project. Overall, the project should reflect the program’s emphasis on the application of theology to ministry and the candidate’s depth of theological insight in relation to ministry. The project should demonstrate that the candidate has the ability to identify a specific theological topic in ministry, to organize an effective research model, to use appropriate resources, and to evaluate the results. The project should be of a quality sufficient to contribute to the practice of ministry as judged by general ministry standards and should have the potential for application to other contexts of ministry. Upon completion of the project, there shall be an oral presentation and evaluation. The approved project, with any supplemental material, will be accessible in the institution’s library. Successful completion of the project requires compliance with the instructions found in the Major Project Manual.