You've been in ministry long enough, you know what you do well and what you don't. You value God's Word and you know the importance of clearly proclaiming it. You've already been to seminary, and besides, you wouldn't want to leave your current ministry to go back to school. What can you do to sharpen your exegetical and expositional skills? If you find yourself in this situation, Central Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program may be for you. Central Seminary's D.Min. brings you into a fellowship of learning without requiring you to abandon active ministry. It gives you the opportunity to strengthen your core competence in biblical and theological knowledge while sharpening your skills for the hard work of the preaching and teaching ministry. D.Min. classes are taught by members of Central's faculty along with several visiting professors. A current handbook for the Dmin program can be found here.
The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry program is to enable students to increase their theological and exegetical skills for delivering God's Word effectively to others.
Applicants must have a recognized M.Div. degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). A limited number of students with an average grade lower than B may be admitted on a probationary basis, if otherwise acceptable.
The applicant must normally have completed four years of significant vocational ministry subsequent to receiving the M.Div. degree. In exceptional instances, applicants may be considered who have fewer than four years of post-M.Div. experience, but never those with fewer than two years.
The applicant must demonstrate growth and competence in church ministry and leadership. He must give evidence of the potential to minister effectively while successfully completing doctoral studies. The applicant must be engaged in vocational ministry when he enters the program. If at any time he leaves vocational ministry, he may be suspended from the program. The applicant must secure the endorsement of his church or other ministry to pursue the D.Min. degree. References from others who know his ministry will also be required.
The applicant may be required to pass an entrance interview with a faculty committee. In some cases, the student may be granted provisional acceptance and the interview may be held in connection with the student's first seminar. Other academic, psychological, or spiritual examinations may be required at the discretion of the seminary.
Central Seminary is not obligated to grant admission to any student, even if he possesses all of the above qualifications. Enrollment in the program is a privilege and not a right. The decision of the seminary will be influenced by several factors, including the number of openings available in the program and the likelihood that the student will contribute to the aims of Central Seminary and the intellectual and spiritual advancement of his fellow students.
Course Abbreviation/Course Name/(Credit Value)
DM 822 Hermeneutics & Homiletics (4)
DM 858 Shepherding the People of God (4)
DM 882 Contemporary Theological Issues (4)
DM 813 Preaching Narrative (4)
DM 811 Preaching Old Testament Wisdom Literature (4)
DM 814 Preaching Prophetic Literature (4)
DM 818 Preaching New Testament Epistles (4)
DM 895 Major Project (4)
Hermeneutics & Homiletics
Kevin Bauder; Sept 6-9, 2016
Steve Thomas; Jan 23-27, 2017