Doctor of Ministry.
Drew Theological School invites you to join us on a new path toward your Doctor of Ministry degree. Choose a DMin experience that supports your vocational goals and lifestyle, and that responds to the great theological and ethical challenges of our day.
This flexible and innovative program, devoted to transforming faith and social justice leadership, consists of five in-person gatherings, online mentoring and coaching relevant to your ministry context. With progressive movement leaders, Jacqui Lewis and John Janka, you will study leadership in multicultural faith communities at Drew University and at Middle Church, our lab for social justice, worship and the arts, in the East Village of New York City.
The schedule for this 30-credit DMin in Public Theology is as follows:
PUBLIC THEOLOGY AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: Through coaching by lead faculty and online peer meetings between in-person sessions, we explore the dynamics of power in diverse settings and demonstrate how deep spiritual practice and self-awareness are key components to the development of courageous and innovative leadership. This module concludes in April of 2019 at Middle Church’s conference, Revolutionary Love.
PROPHETIC LEADERSHIP AND MORAL COURAGE: In this module we develop leadership models for prophetic and imaginative ministry that bridge congregational and community settings. Using Middle Church as a case study, we analyze the challenges faith communities face as they seek to transform themselves into vibrant zones of spiritual and artistic expression and platforms of social justice and public theology.
SPIRITUAL IMAGINATION AND INNOVATION IN MINISTRY: In this module we develop practical tools for understanding the dynamics of change, as well as strategies for overcoming resistance and conflict in ministry settings, particularly in regard to advocacy for race, class and gender justice. We examine the links between spiritual imagination, artistic expression, and public theology, and learn how media (social media platforms, op eds, blogs, etc.) can inform and activate others in the public square.
THEOLOGICAL AND BIBLICAL RESEARCH AND REFLECTION: Students will assess how the theological tradition can be both a hindrance to and a resource for moral courage and imaginative ministry, and identify and discuss published work marked by creative ethical insight and theological depth. This semester will launch the DMin project phase, where students generate a theological research paper demonstrating their capacity for research and for theological engagement.
PUBLIC THEOLOGY LEADERSHIP PROJECT: In this module students prepare and present their final DMin project as an expression of public theology, integrating the themes, theories, and methods of previous sessions and of the theological research paper. The final cohort meeting occurs at Middle Church in April of 2021, where students present their projects and assess their collective impact on the practice of public theology.
The Pastoral Identity and Prophetic Fire Doctor of Ministry concentration offers a rare opportunity for emerging and experienced pastors to explore these questions with two of the most influential leaders in ministry today—one from the West Coast and one from the East:
Together with these mentors—online and in person—students will study pastoral leadership in the current cultural moment and develop projects that demonstrate innovative prophetic possibility as a pastoral practice for fluid times.
This 30-credit, three-year DMin degree consists of five modules of six credits each. A module consists of a one week intensive experience followed by a semester-long series of online mentoring sessions.
The sequence is as follows:
Applicants must begin in Fall 2018 term.
Our “Courageous Leadership in a Changing Culture” DMin will help you lead your congregations in these challenging times in a format that meets your lifestyle and vocational goals.
This 30-credit Courageous Leadership DMin consists of 18 credits of coursework and 12 credits for theologically reflective contextually-responsive research. In the first research module after coursework, students write a well-researched essay demonstrating the ability to reflect theologically and biblically. This paper then serves as the scaffolding for the second substantial paper, which integrates the themes of the reflection within a specific chosen contextual issue.
Applicants for “Courageous Leadership in a Changing Culture” must begin in either the Spring 2018 or Summer 2018 terms.
The message of Christ is deeply rooted in the heart of the ministry of South Korea. The lead faculty for this concentration partner together to deepen the study of meaning and ministry in South Korea.
This concentration is a three-year, 30-credit DMin degree. Credits are earned in a combination of in-person and online courses held in South Korea. All students will be required to attend the Drew summer intensives in Madison, NJ during the summer of their first year. This concentration begins Fall 2018 and is taught in the Korean language.
Applicants must begin in Fall 2018 term.