D.Min. Seminars

The first component in the D.Min. degree program is a series of seminars. Altogether, students are required to be on campus for a total of 10 weeks, spread out over a period of just over two years. Seminars are typically offered in January and July, with the exception of the final Praxis Proposal Seminar.

Seminar Conduct

All seminars are conducted on the campus of Beeson Divinity School. They meet five days a week, Monday through Friday, ordinarily in the morning hours.
Students receive syllabi several months in advance of seminars and are expected to do extensive preparation before the seminars begin. Work done in advance typically includes reading assigned books, writing reviews and preparing papers.


Upcoming Schedule of Seminars

*The following dates and seminar schedules are subject to change.* 

Summer 2016

 July 5-14 The Reflective Practice of Ministry Mark Searby and
Rick Grace     
July 5-14 Spiritual Theology for Ministry Doug Webster
August 2-5
The Church in Britain
David Hogg






Fall 2016

September 19-23
Praxis Proposal Writing  Mark Searby



January 2017

 Jan. 3-13 Biblical Theology  Ken Mathews and Frank Thielman   
Jan. 9-13
Pastor as Leader Tim McCoy
Jan. 3-6 Preaching with Relevance and Creativity
Daniel Overdorf






Sample Sequence of Study

A sample sequence of study for a student admitted to the General Studies Track

First Year

The Reflective Practice of Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision I (one semester) – 1 credit
Biblical Theology for Christian Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision II (one semester) – 1 credit

Second Year

Spiritual Theology for Christian Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision III (one semester) – 1 credit
Ministry Studies Elective Seminars (two weeks) – 6 credits
Research in Ministry (one semester) – 3 credits

Third Year

Praxis Proposal Seminar (one week) – 3 credits
Following the completion of seminar requirements a student must engage in an approved ministry research praxis and produce a written project report (dissertation) – 6 credits.

A sample sequence of study for a student admitted to the Specialization in Christian Preaching

First Year

The Reflective Practice of Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision I (one semester) – 1 credit
Biblical Theology for Christian Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision II (one semester) – 1 credits

Second Year

Spiritual Theology for Christian Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision III (one semester) – 1 credit
Preaching Elective Seminars (two weeks) – 6 credits
Research in Ministry (one semester) – 3 credits

Third Year

Preaching Elective Seminar (one week) - 3 credits
Praxis Proposal Seminar  (one week) – 3 credits
Following the completion of seminar requirements a student must engage in an approved ministry research praxis and produce a written project report (dissertation) – 6 credits.


A sample sequence of study for a student admitted to the Specialization in Spiritual Leadership

First Year

The Reflective Practice of Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision I (one semester) – 1 credit
Biblical Theology for Christian Ministry  (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision II (one semester) – 1 credit

Second Year

Spiritual Theology for Christian Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
Field Supervision III (one semester) – 1 credit
Leadership Elective Seminars (two weeks) – 6 credits
Research in Ministry (one semester) – 3 credits

Third Year

Leadership Elective Seminar (one week) - 3 credits
Praxis Proposal Seminar (one week) – 3 credits
Following the completion of seminar requirements a student must engage in an approved ministry research praxis and produce a written project report (dissertation) – 6 credits.


The accelerated program is a special program designed for international students and furloughing missionaries. It varies from the traditional format in that students are full-time residents on the campus of Beeson for a period of 15 months. The seminar requirements are completed during these 15 months, with the ministry project and written report of the project being completed upon the student’s return to his or her country of origin or country of service.

A sample sequence of study for a student admitted to the Accelerated Program

 

July The Reflective Practice of Ministry(two weeks) - 6 credits
Fall
Directed Study - 3 credits
January Biblical Theology for Christian Ministry (two weeks) - 6 credits
Spring Research in Ministry - 3 credits
July Spiritual Theology for Christian Ministry (two weeks) – 6 credits
September Praxis Proposal Seminar (one week) – 3 credits
Field supervision (3 credits) and the Ministry Praxis and Dissertation(6 credits) must be completed in the student’s home country or mission assignment location.

Seminar Descriptions

 
The Reflective Practice of Ministry
 Dr. Mark Searby and Dr. Rick Grace
This course involves the practice of personal exploration while discovering how personality affects leadership behaviors, the process of balancing rhetoric and servanthood, and the measurement of a minister's performance.  Six credits

Biblical Theology for Christian Ministry
Dr. Kenneth Mathews and Dr. Frank Thielman
A study in and application of the principles of relating the Christian scripture to the current church and society. The course includes updating the minister in current biblical resources for interpretation and practica in the interpretation of selected passages from the Old and New Testament. Six credits
 
Spiritual Theology for Christian Ministry
Dr. Doug Webster
A refresher course in Christian theology. An effort is made to relate Christian theology to selected aspects of Christian ministry. Students in this seminar are encouraged to bridge the gap between academic theology and Christian ministry. Theological books, journals and other resources play a key role in this seminar. Six credits
 
Servant Leadership
Involves the practice of personal exploration while discovering how personality affects leadership behaviors, the process of balancing rhetoric and servanthood, and the measurement of a minister’s performance. Six credits
 
Methods and Models of Biblical Preaching
Dr. Robert Smith
Designed to concentrate and examine major homiletical methods and models, including the deductive or propositional method and the inductive or narrative/sermonic plot method. Six credits
 
Strategic Leadership
Focuses on the leadership responsibility of the pastor in guiding a continuous process of strategic change, giving particular attention to the contribution of the pulpit ministry in enabling the church to fulfill its mission. Six credits
 
Field Supervision I, II, III
These semesters of ministry take place under the supervision of a trained ministry mentor, who assists the student in reflection upon ministry assignments arising from the on-campus seminars. One credit each
 
Elective Seminars
Advanced courses in focused areas of ministry practice, such as evangelism, pastoral care, leadership, preaching, or spiritual formation. Six credits
 
Research in Ministry
This independent study is directed by the student’s faculty advisor, in the hopes that the development of the project proposal will be strengthened. The faculty advisor will aid the student in developing a research plan, and will receive from the student an accounting of his or her findings at the conclusion of the term. The study should be initiated nine months prior to the student’s scheduled time for attending the Project Proposal Writing seminar. Six credits
 
Praxis Proposal Seminar
A seminar designed to provide guidance for students as they write proposals for their ministry projects. Three credits
 
Ministry Research Praxis
The implementation of a major ministry research praxis in the student’s place of ministry with a formal written dissertation that describes and evaluates the praxis, followed by an oral examination on the praxis and dissertation. Students are given three semesters to complete the praxis and dissertation. A continuation fee is charged for the fourth and subsequent semester. Six credits