Doctor of Ministry

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Starts: 29 August, 2016
Duration : 3-4 Years
Instructors: Doctor of Ministry
Phone : 213-736-6500
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General Description and Program Goals

Doctor of Ministry is a professional degree in ministry that brings together theory and practice and is built upon the biblical, theological and professional foundations of Master of Divinity program. The program is intended for people who are in full-time vocational Christian ministry, such as pastors, associate pastors, missionaries, chaplains, Christian educators, workers in Christian organizations and evangelists.

The objective of the Doctor of Ministry Program is to help the students to reflect on the day-to-day practice of ministry and to define critical issues that Christian communities facing today. The faculty will assist to deepen the students’ understanding of ministry through systematic studies, professional research, theories, experts’ feedback, and one-on-one mentoring. At the end, the students will write a thesis that is pertinent to the students’ ministry.

Course work and Dissertation Project comprise the core components of the degree. The students are suggested to take 3 to 4 courses per semester but they may take more courses upon the written permission of an Academic Dean or a faculty.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the Doctor of Ministry, students will be able to:

  • Expand and strengthen student’s breadth of knowledge in the scope of theological discipline and dissertation topic;
  • Develop an expertise in a specialized area of biblical and theological study through original research;
  • Demonstrate appropriate mastery of reasoning and research method
  • Demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity expressing devotion to God

Graduation Requirements

The Doctoral Degree is awarded upon successful completion of 63 units of course work (with a 3.0 GPA or above) consisting of elective courses(30 semester units), ministry course (24 semester units), seminars and directed reading courses, qualifying examinations, a dissertation project, and oral defense sessions based on the research in the area of the student’s major concentration. The candidates for the Doctoral degree are required to write a dissertation and participate in oral defense sessions. Students may attempt to take qualifying exams no more than two times. The candidates for the Doctor’s degree are required to produce a practical dissertation with a theoretical (theological) framework. Details on the procedures and deadlines for the dissertation subject proposal, syllabus, first and final drafts, and oral defense can be consulted with the assigned professor or Dean of Theology.


1. Elective Courses : 30 Semester Units

Students will select ten courses from the following : 

Code Title Unit
BT701 Gospel Exegesis 3 Units
BT705 Acts of the Apostles II 3 Units
BT706 Advanced Hermeneutics 3 Units
BT707 Expository Preaching 3 Units
BT708 Bible Exegesis 3 Units
BT710 Christian Spiritual Formation 3 Units
BT811    Church Planting and Growth 3 Units
BT813 Biblical Doctrine 3 Units
BT814 Systematic Theology III 3 Units
BT815 Systematic Theology IV 3 Units
BT816 Feminist Theories and Theologizing 3 Units 
OT710-730 Mentoring I, II, III each 3 Units


2. Practical Ministry: 24 Semester Units

Students will select six courses from the following :


Code Title Unit
DM701  Asian American Ministry 4Units 
DM702  Christian Culture II 4 Units
DM703 Current Issues in Missions  4 Units
DM704 Multicultural Education 4 Units
DM705 Spirituality & Ministry 4 Units
DM706 Faith, Work, Economics & Vocation 4 Units
DM707 Advanced Educational Psychology 4 Units
DM708 Contemporary Issues in Evangelical Theology 4 Units
DM709 Ethics and Morals 4 Units
DM710 Theological Foundations for the Practice of Ministry 4 Units
DM711 Movements of the Spirit in World Christianity 4 Units


 3. Dissertation Project and Thesis Writing  : 9 Semester Units

This courses are required for all students :

Code Title Unit
OT800 Dissertation and Oral Defense 6 Units
DR801 Research Seminar I 3 Units

Course Descriptions

BT701  Gospel Exegesis

This course applies students’ exegetical skills to a study of the Greek text of John’s Gospel. The content, situation, historicity, literary character, and particularly theological message of John’s Gospel will be examined in relation to a careful exegesis of selected passages from John. The course also (inductively) introduces the student to intermediate Greek as he or she prepares translations of particular passages for each meeting of the class. Attention is given to each writer’s literary art, theological teaching, pastoral purpose, and message for today’s church and world.

BT705   Acts of the Apostles II

This course seeks to understand the message of Acts by examining the following issues: origin and purpose, history of interpretation, theology, and the preaching and teaching of Acts. This course chronicles the characters and events in the book of Acts to study the early development of the Christian church from its Jewish base to the inclusion of all peoples. The lives of the Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul set the background for studies of the General Epistles and Pauline Epistles. The course provides students with a comprehensive exposition of the entire contents of the book of Acts while demonstrating the proper use of consistent, biblical hermeneutics. Special emphasis is given to using the book of Acts in understanding Church growth.

BT706  Advanced Hermeneutics

This course is an advanced course in hermeneutics including a study of the history of interpretation, both biblical and extra-biblical, and an examination of the current status of various interpretive approaches to the Scriptures. The major focus of the course is practical—the course goal is that the students develop sound methods of exegesis and application of biblical texts. Special attention is given to the New Testament writers’ use of Old Testament passages, as well as to common hermeneutical fallacies.

BT707  Expository Preaching

Preaching is a course intended to deepen the minister’s understanding of soul care and the ways in which preaching is an act of soul care to persons and the faith community as a whole. Through this course students will explore Biblical foundations for soul care preaching with special emphasis on the preaching of Jesus and the prophets. Each student will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver sermons related to pastoral topics. The course includes a coaching element in which students will have the opportunity for feedback on sermons.

BT708  Bible Exegesis

This course will enable educators to use the Bible as their primary document for curriculum and instructional design. Students will learn to utilize basic hermeneutical principles when integrating faith and learning, design biblically integrated instruction, write biblical standards and objectives, and teach Christian critical thinking and worldview. Products from the course will include a comprehensive list of biblical standards for education, a list of Christian critical thinking skills, knowledge of models for biblical integration and examples of integrated lessons.

BT710  Christian Spiritual Formation

This course is designed to give students an overview of the dynamics involved in the formation of mature character in the life of the Christian leader. This course focuses on the development of the spiritual life in ministry. Attention is given to the spiritual disciplines, the prayer life, and the biblical nature of calling, ministry, and character. This course will help students: 1) Develop a theological approach to spiritual growth and renewal (Sanctification); and, 2) Experience the transforming power of the gospel through applying theological truths related to the Gospel of God’s grace to their lives and ministries.

BT811  Church Planting and Growth

In this course, students will examine the biblical and theological principles for church revitalization from a Reformed perspective. Simultaneously, the course will examine biblical paradigms, strategies, church leadership, and practical applications for healthy church growth both in terms of local congregations and leadership. Students will be exposed to several principles and issues for church revitalization and growth from a Reformed theological perspective. Also, Students will be exposed to several principles and issues for healthy church revitalization and growth by way of studying several selected healthy revitalizing and growing church examples

BT813 Biblical Doctrine

In this course, students will explore the major areas of Christian theology and doctrine, learning of both their historical and philosophical development and contemporary issues surrounding people’s understanding. The over-arching purpose of the course is to ground students in Christian doctrine, improve students’ tools for doing theology, and also give students an awareness of the richness of the Great Tradition of Christian faith. Students will examine the main controversies in the development of basic Christian doctrines, explore some of the distinctive of Wesleyan theology, and see the vital importance of sound doctrine for the church’s ministry and mission today.

BT814   Systematic Theology III

This course begins with the study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Focus then shifts to the doctrine of the Church. Topics include the nature, mission, function, organization, and ordinances of the church, the use of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in ministry, and the relation of Israel to the Church. The course concludes with a treatment of the Last Things in relation to individuals (including the intermediate state and the resurrection of the body), and in relation to the following corporate groups: the Church, Israel, and the nations. Three hours.

BT815   Systematic Theology IV

This course provides advanced discussions to Theological Method (Prolegomena), Scripture (Bibliology), God (Theology Proper), Creation, Providence, Angels (Angelology), Humanity (Anthropology), and Sin (Hamartiology), defining the scriptural views and showing the arguments for them, refuting other views, and emphasizing the relevance of theology to the Christian life and witness.

BT816  Feminist Theories and Theologizing

This course introduces the student to varieties of feminist and gender theories and theorists, e.g., liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist feminism, post-colonial feminism, womanist theorists, and Asian American feminism, in order to provide a theoretical foundation for theologizing on behalf of women. This course fulfills the feminist theory requirement for the Master of Theology student.

OT710/720/730  Mentoring I, II, III

Mentoring I, II, III – Mentoring can change the course of students’ lives when they learn to make thoughtful choices and follow through with commitments. In the process, students realize they can achieve more than they ever dreamed possible. This course provides a roadmap to implement an effective coaching and mentoring program that leads to improved student learning and success. Participants learn to serve as coaches and mentors to students and fellow educators— roles effective both within the classroom and beyond the school at large. They come to appreciate the relationship between mentoring and leadership through the study of historical leadership background, as well as by considering the characteristics of successful mentoring programs. Educators are prepared to engage in transformational leadership.

DM701  Asian American Ministry

This course is designed for Asian American leaders seeking deeper proficiency engaging Asian American congregations and contexts. As anyone in the trenches can attest, ministry in the Asian American church is complex and multifaceted. Through the issues and demands can be intuitively familiar, the realities are so often wrought with nuances that the challenges can be difficult to pinpoint or articulate. Not only better skills necessary for transformative practice, but deep theological and socio-cultural reflection is also called for  – reflection that emerges from context and informs such practice.

DM702  Christian Culture  II

This course is a research seminar in which students will explore contemporary questions and issues in light of the Christian religious and theological tradition.  It features the writing and presentation of a major paper, discussions, analysis and critique of research.  This semester we will explore Christian engagement with culture(s).

DM703  Current Issues in Missions

This course is designed to help students understand contemporary issues in mission and world evangelization. Students will study the biblical evangelistic imperative, strategic processes and various contemporary methods of effectively communicating and contextualizing the Gospel in to an ever-changing culture. During the study, students will analyze current method of missions and conflicts that missionaries encounter. Particular emphasis is given to issues relating to genuine discipleship and especially the development of an authentic servant lifestyle that exemplifies Christ to the world.

DM704  Multicultural Education

This course is a study of the church fulfilling its missionary function in the world. Students will learn to understand and articulate the biblical, historical, and theological bases for Christian mission. Also, students will learn overview of the church’s global mission with the principles of cross-cultural communications. It shares distinct strategies for reaching people in the variety of contexts to be found in multi-cultural urban centers, the changing dynamics of rural culture, the exploding outer rings of major cities, and the inner ring suburbs struggling to revitalize. A theological understanding of human care and evangelistic ministries will be developed for these multiple settings. The focus will be given to the nature of the church of Jesus Christ, biblical basis for missions, the church’s cross-cultural mission, and the role of the local church in world evangelization. And, special attention will be given to an examination of issues related to evangelism, mission, missions, and dialogue and to the special subjects of persecuted Christians, unreached peoples, cross-cultural communication, justice, ‘spiritual warfare,’ the place of mission in the local church, and contemporary issues in missions as well as current ways to do missions.

DM705  Spirituality and Ministry

This seminar is designed to give understanding and experience of the spiritual life and its disciplines, as defined by the New Testament and the history of the disciples of Jesus. To do so, it is offered in a retreat setting. The course will include a study of classics in the field of Christian spirituality, along with some historical and systematic treatments. This is to be substantially completed before the seminar sessions. A special focus is placed on the spiritual life and disciplines in the context of Christian ministry.

DM706  Faith, Work, Economics and Vocation

If the church is to make a difference in the 21st century, it needs to help its members integrate their faith and their work in a meaningful way. Increasingly, Christians are yearning to live whole lives in which their faith informs everything they do. They want to know that their work matters to God, that it makes a difference in the world for God’s kingdom, and that they are responding faithfully to God’s call through their daily work. Church and parachurch leaders are beginning to address this desire for integration and significance by investigating how work, economics, and vocation are essential to vital Christian faith. This course invites these leaders to go deeper and wider in their biblical-theological understanding of faith, work, economics, and vocation.

DM707  Advanced Educational Psychology

This course will allow students to demonstrate familiarity with contemporary issues and pertinent research and research methods in the field of educational psychology. Students study the areas of human growth and development in naturally occurring settings – such as homes, classrooms, peer groups, workplaces, and laboratories, learning theory and motivation, including humanist, behaviorist, and cognitive approaches in order to understand and improve educational practice. Program participants often base their analyses in specific domains, including mathematics, literacy, and science. The course will also focus on practical application of classroom management strategies.

DM708 Contemporary Issues and Evangelical Theology

This course focuses attention on several broad categories within the larger context of Theology. Specifically, this course analyzes certain topics within the fields of ecclesiology, eschatology, Christology, soteriology, the trinity, and the nature and function of Scripture. A special emphasis will be given to awareness of the issues within these fields of theology and the gaining of additional knowledge and insights in the same.

DM709  Ethics and Morals

This course is designed to enable the student to delineate, interpret, and apply the central moral concerns of the Christian faith. This course tackles theological and conceptual issues having to do with the ways in which Christian moral discourse is generated in the life of the Church in order that students may gain a sense of basic methodological alternatives in various Christian traditions. The course teaches students to such matters as the Church’s relationship to the world, casuistry of various kinds, character formation, the moral psychology necessary for the development of Christian virtue, the place and function of Scripture, and how Christians understand social responsibility. The course also includes discussion of several models of ethical decision-making within the context of ethical dilemmas.

DM710  Theological Foundations for the Practice of Ministry

This course is designed for individuals considering serving in a pastoral ministry. Through reading, lectures, case studies and discussion, we will explore the theological and practical dimensions of ministry. The overall goal of this course is to help learners understand the dynamics of faithful pastoral ministry in a congregational setting.

DM711  Movement of the Spirit in World Christianity

An examination of the mission of the Church and various models of Christian missions from Biblical, theological, and historical perspectives. This interdisciplinary study, integrating theory and praxis, is designed to move the student toward a more responsible understanding, imaging, and proclamation of the Kingdom of God in the diverse cultural milieus of our global village.


OT800 Dissertation and Oral Defense

This is a required seminar designed to assist the participant through the project design phase of their Doctor’s Program. Completing an approved proposal is one of the final steps that moves a participant to Candidacy status and allows the participant to proceed with the implementation and completion of their project. A review of the various research paradigms will assist the participant to design their doctoral project whether they use qualitative research (ethnographic), action-reflection or quantitative research. It is anticipated that participants will complete a penultimate draft of the project proposal during the seminar.

DR801 Research Seminar I

In an increasingly competitive society within a rapidly changing world, it is essential to formulate academic research agendas that are of enduring importance, with clean research designs that lead to generalize knowledge, and with high likelihood of yielding results that will have impact in the world. This course focuses specifically on general experimental design methodology and corresponding writing and reporting skills. More than that, this course explores the important connections between research design and writing. The broader social and political context in which research is situated and must respond to and interact with is also explored.