About the Course

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional theological degree for pastors and other Christian leaders in church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities.

In keeping with the vision of AIU-ISAR-NEGST, this program seeks to address itself to the unique needs and opportunities of ministry in the African context.

Designed primarily as in-service continuing education for working pastors, it seeks to integrate the wisdom of ministry experience with the highest levels of theological reflection.

This process involves a series of modular seminars, year-round reading and writing assignments, and mentoring, culminating in a publishable ministry-based research dissertation.

Distinctive values of the Doctor of Ministry

1.    MISSIONAL --The D.Min program focuses on equipping Christian leaders in church, non-governmental organizations, and mission communities to confidently, to constructively, and to effectively carry out the mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ in an increasingly inter-connected world. We believe we must reconfigure leaders into reflective practitioners who understand the complexities of this inter-connected world and know how to engage it for the sake of the mission of the gospel

2.    THEOLOGICAL -- The degree program seeks to cultivate and form Christian leaders who engage in theological reflection that informs practice and vice-versa. We call this type of theologically aware leader a “reflective practitioner.” These leaders possess a “thick understanding” of African and global culture and the “mission of God.”

3.    IN-SERVICE or MID-CAREER TRAINING: The D.Min. is “In-Service or Mid-Career” training, and therefore deliberately experientially grounded education.

Both instructors and learners bring a background that has some years of real-life experience in the areas being explored.

Since this program is aimed at professional practitioners, the ideal teacher is a practitioner-scholar-teacher.

What brings credibility in the class-room or in other sponsored dialogue is a rich experience base that can be cited and drawn upon to model the reflective expertise that needs deployment in indeterminate situations.

Distinguished resource persons with relevant expertise will assist in facilitating the learning process.

4.    SELECTIVE--D.Min. professional programs have prerequisites or “foundations” that screen candidates for their arena of training.

Some of these are formal curricular or credential matters (e.g., Master of Divinity or equivalent masters-level credential) and experience (5 years of post-graduate work in business, NGO or church setting) which is evaluated based on a portfolio.

5.    TRANSFORMATIONAL EDUCATION -- In professional education we must not confuse means with ends, though it is often done in education.

Mastery of information and paradigms, data and perspectives is a means not an end.

The end is performance capacities to decide and do.

In this pedagogy (or androgogy) we are interested in far more than cognitive accomplishments.

For many of the most important tasks of Christian leadership and ministry, leaders find themselves in situations and relationships that are unpredictable, ambiguous, unstable, and conflictual.

In these cases what is needed is not technical rationality but a sort of “wisdom”, a flexible, insightful, innovative problem-solving.

This includes ability to “read” situations and people, to see what is at stake, and to adopt, adapt or innovate solutions that are appropriate to the missional goals of the organization and the objectives of the task at hand.

Our ultimate goal is transformational education, education in Christian leadership that produces competent leaders of integrity.

The Doctor of Ministry degree seeks to form leaders who are wise and understanding in the knowledge of the will of God.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum entrance requirements for every university programme, all applicants for admission to the Doctor of Ministry programme shall meet the following requirements:

a)    Normally, an applicant will possess a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative grade point average of at least a B+ or 3.30.

b)    Students who have earned the degree of Master of Arts in a theological discipline will also be considered for admission.

The Master of Arts degree must be from an accredited institution of higher learning with a cumulative grade point average of at least a B+ or 3.30. Because the D.Min. presupposes that the applicant has a broad background in Biblical, Theological and Pastoral disciplines, the transcript of the M.A. applicant will be evaluated by the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Programme.
 
M.A. applicants may be required to take additional masters-level courses to supplement the M.A. degree.

c)    A minimum of 3 years of post-MDiv. ministry experience in which the applicant was carrying out leadership responsibilities. Applicants will present an integrative portfolio as part of the application process. [M.A. applicants will be required to have 5 years of post-masters relevant field work in many cases.]

d)    An ongoing position of responsibility in an African organization and the endorsement by that organization of the applicant’s continuing education. The organization will certify its willingness to provide the “laboratory” context in which the D.Min. student’s integrative work will take place.

e)    Submit a concise dissertation topic proposal of 2-3 pages

Curriculum

At ISAR-NEGST, the Doctor of Ministry program is specialized and designed to be taken in an uninterrupted sequence of experience over four years. There are two ten-day periods of intensive course residency each year for three years - 1 course is engaged in during each residency as a cohort.

NOTE: One D.Min. modular course consists of:

o the pre-residency reading and case study creation, plus o the ten day residency, plus

o    the three and a half months of engaging in self-directed learning and the creation of a project based on the themes of the residency and the participant’s context.

AUGUST – DECEMBER FEBRUARY - JUNE
Module #1 – PA 905 Leadership for Transformation: Module #2 -    PA 901 Formation of the Leader as Person
Change, Vision, Discernment    
[Research Methods Workshop]    
Module #3 – PA 950 Theology and Practice of Personal Module #4 PA 960 Conflict Transformation
Module #5 – PA 965 Peace-making in Church and Module #6 PA 910 Leadership as Building
Community   Human Capacity
[Qualifying Oral Exam]    
Dissertation and Oral Defense    

There are 2 residencies each year for three years - 1 course is engaged in during each residency as a cohort

a. Each DMIN course will require 5 months of intensive work a. 1 MONTH PRIOR TO RESIDENCE

b. 10 DAY COHORT RESIDENCY ( 8 + 2 Days of Spiritual Formation)

c. 3.5 months integrative self-directed study with consultation/mentoring

Class time consists in 8 days x 6 hours per day

Prior to arrival at residency “class” candidates will do assigned reading and evaluative exercises preparing to present case studies, etc. during cohort

8 day residency will be:


a.    facilitated by 2 or 3 faculty

b.    interdisciplinary

c.    learning structured based on principles of adult learning

d.    highly interactive and participatory

e.    emphasizing African realities and particular dynamics

f.    class session dynamics will be structured to respect and harvest rich, diverse experience of participants and to give significant time to addressing learning objectives put forward by cohort members

Mode of delivery

1.    The D.Min. program is structured in a modular format. There are two ten-day residencies each year x 3 years. Creation of integrative dissertation takes place during year four.

2.    The D.Min. will create a variety of “tracks” or specializations that respond to the demands of ministry in diverse African environments.

Each specialized track consists of six ten-day residencies at 6 month intervals spread over three years.

Prior to each residency, participants will have relevant reading assignments which, in the context of ongoing ministry, will take a minimum of one month to complete.

Arriving at the residency without having completed the pre-residency assignments puts the participant at a severe disadvantage in the “doctoral seminar” and weakens the quality of interaction in the cohort.

After the completion of each of the residencies, participants carry out significant projects as well as additional readings during the three-four month interval between residencies.

The program requires on average about 12 hours of study and preparation per week throughout the three years.

3. The culmination of the program is the doctoral dissertation following the completion of the six residency modules.

All readings, discussion and projects should point to the completion of the thesis.

This dissertation is carried out with appropriate scholarly research techniques and should represent a professional contribution to the area of specialization.

Fees structure

Total Tuition per term 81,000
Admin Charges 16,525
Total Charges per term 97,525
Total per year 195,050

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