“The seminary curriculum does little to produce a coherent understanding of the telos of ministry. The division of the curriculum into separate areas of specialization, developed under the influence of the German model at the end of the nineteenth century, exacerbates the problem by separating ministry from the other theological disciplines. . . Although the seminary degree requires both theory and praxis, the two areas are insufficiently related to each other to provide a theological foundation for ministry. Without a theological foundation, the minister too easily becomes the one who ensures the church’s competitive edge in the marketplace of consumer religion.”
- John MacArtur, Richard Mayhue & Robert L. Thomas, ‘Rediscovering Pastoral Ministry’
In small, highly interactive classes, where people’s real questions and life issues are faced in a caring way, students gradually become the message they want to convey. We are dipping into many fountains, both ancient and contemporary, from many parts of the Christian Church, to prepare healthy and authentic leaders for the future.
The Diploma in Ministry is for those who may not qualify for the Masters program. Mature students (older than 23) who have not completed an undergraduate degree but who have worked in professional ministry for three years may apply for a Diploma in Ministry.
The successful completion of the DipMin in Cultural Engagement program requires a total of 48 credit hrs. The program is broken down as follows:
- Gathering together in the Spring and Fall, for 2-week intensive modules (total of 36 credit hrs);
- Internship in a local ministry, within a discerned field, for at least 15hrs per week (total of 6 credit hrs);
- Preparation of a special thesis/project, which will be related to students' future ministry (6 credit hrs).
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