Course Description

The D.Min. Program has five courses comprised as a track.  These occur over five succeeding years. Every session is worth 6 credit hours. Every student must take at least 3 courses in the 801 series, totaling 18 hours. Most students will take 4 or 5 courses in the 801 series, totaling 24 or 30 hours:

  • 801-3 —January 6-17, 2014
  • 801-4  —January 5-16, 2015
  • 801-5 —January 4-15, 2016
  • 801-1 —January 2-13, 2017
  • 805-2 —January 2-12, 2018

Every session of this course has two parts. Part 1 centers on case study original research. This includes theoretical grounding, literature review, biblical-theological foundation, conception, creation, drafting, effective presentation and peer evaluation by work-groups. Case studies in this program will be original field research of current leadership issues, challenges and opportunities in Christian ministry. Part 2 contains guest lectures by leading experts in the world community of scholars and practitioners, speaking on selected vital topics in Christian ministry and leadership:

801-1, Session 1, held in 2007, 2012 & 2017

Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Organizational Elements of Leadership

801-2, Session 2, held in 2008, 2013 & 2018

Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Preaching in the Asian Context

801-3, Session 3, held in 2009 & 2014

Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Biblical & Theological Issues: New Testament

801-4, Session 4, held in 2010 & 2015

Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on The Heart of the Leader

801-5, Session 5, held in 2011 & 2016

Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Biblical & Theological Issues

About the Courses

This courses use case studies as a means to discuss issues of Christian leadership. The background reading in leadership can be used to supplement the case study and class discussion.

Students must understand and agree to the seven principles of the ETS Doctor of Ministry program:

  1. Case Study Method—learned and utilized for original research
  2. Hone leadership ability and capacity through open dialogue
  3. Originality of thought and expression: no rote learning
  4. Studious preparation for each concentrated class
  5. Free and extensive reading in the area of one’s desired growth
  6. Results driven goal—publishable case studies and dissertations
  7. Frequent dialogue via e-mail and other electronic mechanisms

Course Objectives and Rationale

Case Study Goals

Understand the nature, scope, process, limitations and standards of a case study. Design a Christian leadership case study with a clearly formulated problem, a specific biblical foundation and a defined scope of research. Organize and conduct doctoral-level library and field research. Understand the development and then conduct field research of the case study. Evaluate results of the field research and write the case study. Present the case study in the class next year.

These courses prepare the student for research leading to the D.Min. dissertation. The student will be able to select from among topics of potential interest, those which are suitable for D.Min. research. Locate and read with understanding, published reports of research on topics relevant to an Applied Research Project topic. Appreciate the need for adherence to research design and the creative freedom to resolve issues in personal ministry, both of which are inherent in D.Min. research.

Leadership Goals

Cognitive Objectives: The student will be able to analyze a leadership situation with a deeper understanding of leadership principles. The student will recognize the current social and cultural trends that impact ministry.

Affective Objectives: The student will affirm and appreciate the value of interactive learning. The student will become more aware of how his own personal issues impact his leadership.

Behavioral Objectives: The student will develop enhanced leadership skills related to the focus of the session. The student will be able to apply the case study method to future leadership issues in own ministry.