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DMin Academic Catalog 2013-2014 (old)

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Our Goal Our goal for students in the Doctor of Ministry program is to develop in three areas: knowing, being and doing. To grow in effectiveness you must integrate what you know into your life. This is part of Denver Seminary's mission. The Denver Seminary Mission Denver Seminary prepares men and women to engage the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Pastors and Christian leaders are responsible to prepare the people God has given to them to engage the world. The principle areas where Christians engage the world is in their work. It is there that they let their light shine before others that they may see how Christians work and live (Matt. 5:16). The work of Christians is to glorify God, and their life is to glorify God. Only then can Christians engage the needs of the world effectively. Mentoring is used in the Doctor of Ministry program to help prepare students to personally develop, and prepare them to prepare their people to engage the world in this way. How We Accomplish Our Goal Growth in knowing, being and doing is a process. This process is called "traveling in ministry." To travel in ministry (grow in effectiveness) you must: Know where you are Know where you're going Know how to get there Know Where You Are – When students begin they take tests to help identify their strengths and nonstrengths. They write a self-evaluation essay in which they evaluate where they are in knowing, being, and doing. The purpose of this process is to help students learn to evaluate where they are so they can help others to evaluate their own lives. Know Where You're Going – In a Self-Evaluation Essay, students prayerfully set goals for themselves in all areas of life – spiritual, relational (particularly family), professional, educational, and community involvement – which they will seek to accomplish while in the doctoral program. When students have completed all the seminars, they will write a Revisited and Revised Goals paper in which they discuss how well they met their original goals, and set new goals. In the end, it is our belief that this process will help students learn how to help others work toward their particular needs. Mentors also help students through this process. Know How To Get There – We remind students that Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). They must depend on him first. If they do, godly professors who have been effective in "traveling" in the area in which they teach can help them learn how to get there. We look for the most effective people we can find to lead the seminars. Students choose the areas to study according to their particular needs. Mentors also help students through this process. Integration Following each seminar, students write an integrative paper on how that seminar relates to their ministry, to the other seminars, and how the seminar will help them reach their goals. This helps us determine how well the students are integrating what they have learned into their lives (being). Page 5

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