Foundations for the Doctor of Ministry – DMIN 810

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/07/2021

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

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 the Course Overview.

Discussion Assignments (3)

Discussions 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.  (MLO: A, B, C)

School of Divinity Formatting Standard Paper Assignment

The School of Divinity Formatting Standards paper will check for current Turabian formatting style on front and back matter as well as the first page of text. (MLO: A)

Footnote and Bibliography Format Paper Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate an ability to utilize the library to find sources and then properly cite those sources in footnote and bibliography format. Additionally, this assignment helps you get into the habit of starting to collect sources for your major papers early in the term so that you can properly process the information. (MLO: A, B)

Comparing and Contrasting Models Paper Assignment

This assignment will give you a taste of the kind of assignments you will see in your cognate courses where you will be asked to discuss and evaluate ideas and opinions on ministry topics that differ from your own. It is important that doctoral students fairly evaluate varied opinions on any topic presented in their course work. (MLO: B, C)

Quiz: Classmate Connection

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 Quiz. (MLO: A)

Quiz: Grammar

The student will a Grammar quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 3-hour time limit. (MLO: A)

Quiz: Final

The Final Quiz will cover all video lectures and provide a place to report the “Classmate Connection” time from the term. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 3-hour time limit. (MLO: A)