Here are the DMin core modules and their purposes for Westminster's current Preaching concentration students.

PR 1 Introduction and Orientation to Graduate Work

Taught by various faculty

  • To familiarize the student with bibliographical research, preparing them for the coursework ahead
  • To improve writing and critical thinking skills
  • To introduce current trends in the major theological disciplines
  • To guide them through the preparation of their research project 

PR 2 Pastoral Theology
Dr. Timothy Witmer

  • To build a biblical theological basis for pastoral ministry
  • To examine the importance of a shepherding ministry for the health and growth of the church
  • To help the student develop a theology of pastoral ministry and implement a plan for pastoral ministry

Students will critically assess various models of shepherding in the church and develop a usable model for use in their churches. 

PP 1 Foundations for a Lifetime of Fruitful Preaching
Dr. R. Kent Hughes

  • To make good preachers better
  • To aid experienced pastors in evaluating their sermons
  • To revisit the foundations of biblical exposition
  • To craft a personal philosophy and practicum for expository preaching

This seminar is designed to offer maximally fruitful and holistic critique of students’ preaching as well as advance students’ ability to preach in an expository manner through an in-depth exploration of the foundations of biblical exposition. PP 1 can count as a Pastoral Ministry concentration course.

PP 2 Homiletics Through the Ages
Dr. R. Kent Hughes

  • To familiarize students with homiletics in the Christian tradition through readings of primary texts from the apostolic church to the present
  • To provide a historical framework for the development of expository preaching
  • To edify preachers by looking at powerful models embodied in the texts
  • To integrate theory with the practice of expository preaching in the student's home context

This course is a directed reading of an extensive body of primary and relevant secondary literature. The emphasis is thus on the student's own engagement with a wide body of texts. In dialogue with other students as well as the professor, who will guide discussion as well as provide the general framework, the course intends to engender not only critical analysis and evaluation of historical and current works in the field of homiletics, but also to integrate these evaluations with the student's practice of expository preaching.

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