Prophetic Urban Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry in Prophetic Urban Ministry is designed for ministers with a heart for the city and a commitment to learning about and engaging the challenges of urban landscapes. This D.Min. concentration nurtures a prophetic theological understanding for (encountering, engaging and enhancing) the 21st-century church and the complex lives of those impacted by urbanism. Through a research, reflection and a disciplined learning process, candidates in this program will enhance their ministerial and analytical skills, and 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 and Auburn Seminary’s Media Training Program.
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.
Pastoral Care and Counseling / Pastoral Theology
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.
Missiology and Global Christianity
Program and curriculum proposed
The Doctor of Ministry program in Missiology and Global Christianity is a cohort-based research, reflection, and practice degree program. It is designed to provide mission leaders (missionaries, pastors, church planters, administrators and educators) with advanced education, expanded cultural competencies, expert skills, and greater proficiency in engaging in missiological work. The primary focus of the candidate’s work will be developing a deeper knowledge of textual, historical, and theological practices related to missions along with a contextual ministry leadership approach and theological understanding that advances reconciliation, justice, wholeness and healing on a global level through the work of the church. Students will gain an astute awareness and deep appreciation for a diversity of ethnic and racial identities, cultures, consciousness, theologies, histories, heritage, struggles, and hopes.
Students will have opportunities to critically reflect on their experience, engage in research, and integrate their learning into missional work and the life of the church and faith-based organizations.
The unique feature of this D.Min. concentration is the opportunity to work with international institutions
and engage in intensive missiological work in Korea, Taiwan, Oman, South Africa, and Latin America.