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Academic Catalog 2014-2015

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76 Doctoral Degree Program DOCTOR OF MINISTRY DEGREE (DMIN) There are a number of significant issues facing Christian leaders today, including the challenges of leading and managing highly complex religious organizations, and the breakdown of marriages and families. The Doctor of Ministry program at Denver Seminary is designed to help encourage, support, and mentor pastors, counselors, and other Christian leaders in their ministries and to equip them with the skills and tools they need to thrive in the work God is calling them to do. Our practical, cutting-edge program gives participants the opportunity to network with, and learn from, other life-minded professionals and to study with some of the finest ministry practitioners and counselors in the country. Program Goal The Doctor of Ministry degree program exists to train and equip Christian leaders, pastors, and counselors with advanced biblical and theological insight and practical ministry tools that will enable them to better serve God in the manifold ministries to which he calls them. The program is designed to help students reflect more deeply on the nature and purpose of leadership in ministry and ways they can serve others that are culturally relevant and contextually appropriate. The program seeks to help students grow in their faith and ministry skills so that they may honor Christ in all they do and serve humanity with conviction, passion, and grace. Track Options The DMin program offers two tracks of study, one with four concentrations. 1. Leadership with concentrations in: • Chaplaincy • Church and Parachurch Executive Leadership • Community Spiritual Formation • Preaching and Pastoral Ministry 2. Marriage and Family Counseling Leadership Track In each of the four concentrations, students combine required seminars with their own choices to customize the program for themselves. Seminars are conducted on the Denver Seminary campus. Eight one-week seminars (twenty-four hours), mentoring (one hour), two learning contracts (two hours), and a project and thesis (seven hours) total thirty-four semester hours for each concentration. The seminars are held in January and July each year. Extensive reading and special assignments both precede and follow these one-week sessions. Seminars include faculty instruction, peer-group interaction, self-analysis, theological reflection, independent research, and practical projects. Participants normally take two seminars each year (one in January and one in July) and spend a year to a year and a half on the final project and thesis. A minimum of four years and a maximum of six years are available for completion of the degree. Marriage and Family Counseling Track The program is based upon biblical principles incorporated into each seminar. In addition to counseling skills, students learn how to implement an effective prevention program for reducing family problems and developing strong families. They learn to develop a policy procedure for effective premarital

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