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DMin Academic Catalog 2013-2014 (old)

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Come to Be Transformed Transformation is what our Doctor of Ministry program is about: transformation of your life and ministry. You can't move forward if nothing changes. You are transformed into "a better me," not into someone else. That is what is required to help others to become "better at being me." Students say, "I am now more accepting of myself as a leader. I feel more equipped and understanding about what leadership is." "It has helped me better understand myself and my skills/weaknesses/strengths." Mentoring is a part of the transformation process. You work with mentors of your choosing to implement what you're learning. You and your mentors are trained in the mentoring relationship though an online course. It's part of the growth process. Two areas are key to your development. You must see reality and respond effectively. If you don't see reality you can't know what to do. Only when you see reality can you respond effectively. Students say, "I was encouraged to think in different ways (outside the box)." "This is revolutionary to my life and thought." "[I] figured out some organization position issues – very, very relevant." Denver Seminary's mission is to prepare students to lead God's people to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Students say, "My thinking and approach has been altered significantly." "Addressing the relationship between the gospel and the moral health of the church has been most helpful to my ministry." AREAS OF STUDY There are two tracks: Leadership and Marriage and Family Counseling. Leadership has four concentrations with different emphases. Leadership DMC - Leadership in Chaplaincy (Chap) Leadership in Chaplaincy emphasizes "doing" – taking ministry outside the church to the work environments of others. Ministering to persons and institutions requires improving the institutional environment using "systems" thinking interventions within your own section, the institution, and in local and global communities. You learn to use "situational leadership" to lead people where they are in experience and confidence. DML - Church and Parachurch Executive Leadership (EL) emphasizes "doing," that is, you lead your people forward to accomplish what the Lord has for you to do. "Knowing" and "being" are suspect if nothing ever gets done. People "do" out of what they know and are. DMP - Leadership in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry (PM) emphasizes "knowing," that is, you communicate truth in ways that lead people – they know the right direction. You learn to lead people from where they are to where they need to go. You give them purpose. DMS - Leadership in Community Spiritual Formation (CSF) emphasizes "being," that is, you lead the whole community to grow spiritually by first accepting them as they are. "It's O.K. to be me." You lead different people differently depending upon their spiritual level. Page 3

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