The D.Min. Metro-Urban Ministry concentration nurtures a theological understanding of the life and work of the church in urban communities. While the degree is not a traditional research-oriented doctorate, it does involve disciplined learning, research, reflection, and engagement over a period of three years. Through a learning process that deepens theological astuteness and sharpens ministerial skills, graduates are able to develop and lead ministries of measurably increased discernment, empowerment, collaboration, and transformation. This concentration is offered in collaboration with Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
As a communicator of God’s word, staying true to the biblical text while remaining relevant to contemporary culture is critical. Through the D.Min. concentration in Transformational Preaching, Doctoral candidates will become intensely familiar with their own pulpit hermeneutic, cross-cultural homiletical traditions, and methods. Ultimately, students will research and develop a hermeneutic of preaching that transforms the lives within and beyond their ministry. For more information, please contact: Rev. Dr. Kimberly Credit, Cohort Director-Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Preaching, & Adjunct Professor of Homiletics.
Pastoral Care and Counseling
This concentration is offered in partnership with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Pastoral Care Department (RWJUH). Students in the D.Min. concentration in Pastoral Care & Counseling / Pastoral Theology will benefit from advanced theological study and professional work specifically designed for those who desire to serve as chaplains, pastoral care specialists, pastoral counselors or congregational pastors. The program emphasizes the helping relationship, theological understandings of pastoral care, the multicultural contexts of pastoral care, psychotherapeutic theories and strategies for change, and various forms of pastoral care and counseling. A race, class, and gender analysis will be appropriated to the practice of care and counseling. Questions regarding the program may be directed to Danielle Hunter, Director, D. Min. Concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling.