Foundations for the Doctor of Ministry – DMIN 810

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course provides a general introduction to the Doctor of Ministry program. Students are presented an overview of the program along with doctoral research and writing resources. These resources are then utilized to examine various theological and ministry concepts academically in preparation for progress through the program.


Admission to the DMIN program


Every project in life needs a good foundation. This course will provide students with foundational knowledge on the purpose and scope of a Doctor of Ministry, and acquaint them with research techniques that will be useful for implementing in their own research project. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of standard doctoral research practices.
  2. Evaluate ministry concepts in light of scholarly resources.
  3. Formulate a theological basis for ministry evaluation.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. These posts are designed for student to dive deeply into discussion on one central idea versus trying to cover a lot of ideas broadly. Each post should demonstrate critical insight and evaluation.

Formatting Standards Papers (2)

The student will have two assignments where the School of Divinity and Turabian formatting standards will be graded. The School of Divinity Formatting Standards paper will check for Turabian formatting style on front and back matter as well as the first page of text. The Footnote and Bibliography Formats paper will check for Turabian formatting on footnotes and bibliography.

Comparing and Contrasting Models Paper

The student will write a 1500–3000-word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the assigned textbooks for that week: Deep & Wide and The Prodigal Church. The paper must demonstrate analytical thinking and an understanding of the biblical concepts.

Classmate Connection Quiz

The student is required to connect with at least one other classmate in a personal way during the course of this term. The most common methods of connecting are through phone, Skype, or email. This connection will be reported on the Final Exam.

Exams (2)

The student will have two exams. The Grammar Exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. The Final Exam will cover the all video lectures, the Reading for module/week 8, and provide a place to report the “Classmate Connection” time from the term. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and have a 3-hour time limit.