Missiology and Global Christianity
This concentration develops in students a deeper knowledge of textual, historical, and theological practices related to missions, and it is designed for those who minister in multiple global contexts or the diverse communities of North America. Students will gain a deeper awareness and appreciation for ethnic and racial identities, cultures, consciousness, theologies, histories, heritage, struggles, and hopes by working with international institutions and in Korea and North America.
Students will be taught by excellent faculty. Instruction is in English and is designed to enhance the skills of students by learning to communicate with each other despite the usual barriers of language and culture. Each student will also be assigned a faculty mentor who will guide them and provide feedback throughout the program.
The Inaugural Class will take courses in New Brunswick, New Jersey and in Seoul, Korea. Students will take two courses each semester in the hybrid (online) format for two years. They will also gather for two intensive weeks in New Brunswick, New Jersey USA in June of 2020 and 2021 and for a week of intensive instruction in Seoul, Korea January of 2021 and 2022. The rest of the course is done online.
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.
Questions regarding these may be directed to JerQuentin Sutton, Director of Admissions.