We are happy to announce the following DMin course offerings for Summer 2019. Course descriptions may be updated. Syllabi for August Modules can be found here.
PR 1: Introduction and Orientation to Graduate Research, Dr. Alfred Poirier
This Orientation Module is designed to communicate the vision for the D.Min. program and prepare you to complete the D.Min. project successfully. The D.Min. project is the culmination of the D.Min. program, yet it can be daunting to consider writing a 200 – 300 page (or more) thesis that represents the depth of your thinking about your ministry. This module will provide clear guidelines and hands-on practice in researching, organizing, and writing for the D.Min. program modules and the project.
We will review and analyze sample D.Min. project chapters as well as sample proposals, and we will practice researching the principal areas (historical, biblical/theological, methodological) that constitute the project’s foundation. During the workshop portion of the module, there will be an opportunity to discuss your topic ideas with faculty and peers, and learn how to narrow your topic so that the research and writing will be doable and the product excellent. Citation skills, formatting issues, editing, and time management will also be discussed. As your post-course assignment, you will draft your project proposal.
PR 3: Counseling and Christian Ministry, Dr. David Murray
This course aims to:
A. Identify the distinctive characteristics of biblical counseling.
B. Establish biblical presuppositions for counseling.
C. Develop a biblical step-by-step process for counseling.
D. Demonstrate how biblical presuppositions and process apply in specific counseling issues.
E. Create a vision and plan for counseling within the life of a congregation.
PP 790: Foundations for Christian Public Witness, Dr. Brian Mattson
This course aims to identify and understand biblical and Reformed theological resources to aid Christians in their public witness (i.e., extra-ecclesial cultural witness in the public square) in a variety of global contexts (e.g., secularist indifference in the West, open persecution in the East, etc.). We will engage in the ongoing conversation between different “models” of Christian public engagement, and explore foundational concepts like nature and grace, creation and re-creation, common grace and divine providence, and the nature and extent of Christ’s Lordship.
PP 2: Homiletics Through the Ages, Dr. R. Kent Hughes
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.
PC 12: Counseling Through Job, Dr. Joel Wood
This course draws out the innate connections between ancient Job and contemporary Biblical Counseling, both theory and practice. If you are desiring to grow in your confidence and ability to counsel wisely those who are deep in suffering, loss, and depression, Counseling Through Job, will help you shepherd those hurting folks well, showing them the hope in Christ in the lives of repentant Christians, through Job's text, theology, and typology.
PM 8: Reformed Evangelism in the 21st and a Half Century, Dr. Eric Watkins
This course will discuss evangelism in the context of:
A. Reformed identity
B. Reformed ecclesiology
C. Evangelizing and discipling millennials
D. The challenges of an ever-broadening church