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Doctor of Ministry

Shaping the Future of Pentecostal Leadership

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is a professional degree program intended for men and women who are actively engaged in full-time Christian ministry. The primary purpose of the program is to enhance the participants’ professional competence in the particular area of their gifts and calling. Practical in nature while at the same time maintaining the highest academic standards for theological reflection on the practice of ministry, the program seeks to integrate learning into the context of each participant’s ministry and can be shaped to meet individual needs. Opportunities for personal and spiritual growth are woven into the fabric of the entire program.

The focus of this program is developing strong Pentecostal ministers. Today’s vital and growing ministries demand Spirit-anointed, effective leadership. If leaders expect to remain on the cutting edge of complex, demanding and ever-changing ministry, they must prepare themselves now. The D.Min. program is designed to equip participants to be “leaders worth following.”

Curricular Design

The Doctor of Ministry curriculum has three primary components:

Core Courses: establish and enrich the participant’s foundation for effective ministry.

Elective Courses: offer in-depth training in specific areas relevant to the practice of ministry.
Participants may select a specific area of concentration (Missional Leadership, Biblical Preaching,
Military Chaplaincy, Professional Coaching, Women in Leadership, Emergent Leadership, Pastoral Care, Worship), or follow a self-design option. Additional specialty cohorts are developed as ministry needs and opportunities warrant.

Professional Project:
the participant’s ministry context will be the subject of a professional project
at the conclusion of the elective phase. A Project Design course prepares the participant to write
a professional project integrating and applying significant program learnings in a ministry context.
Participants must normally complete all core classes before taking the Project Design class. Exceptions
to this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The project enriches the larger church through
publication on the ProQuest Internet database.

Cohort Format

One dynamic element of the program is involvement in a Doctor of Ministry cohort comprised of individuals from a variety of ministry backgrounds. The cohort remains together for the core phase of the program allowing deep and meaningful relationships to be formed and, in the case of specialty cohorts, remains together throughout the duration of the program. “As iron sharpens iron” the cohort provides an incredible peer learning environment—one that is both challenging and motivating.

Program Goals

The D.Min. experience focuses on giving participants the opportunity to expand their influence by growing into ministers who:

Grow in Spiritual Maturity
  • Deepening historical and theological appreciation of the Pentecostal tradition.
  • Cultivating the disciplines of self-leadership.
Demonstrate Leadership Competence
  • Effectively applying new knowledge and skills to ministry practice.
  • Being catalysts for transformation.

Exhibit Scholarly Integration

  • Utilizing insights of biblical and practical theology as well as the social and behavioral sciences to enhance ministry effectiveness.
  • Developing professional writing skills to provide an enduring service to the larger church.

Utilize Ministry Networks

  • Developing relational health through mutually beneficial long-term personal connections.
  • Creating support systems for sustained impact.

Program Schedule

The D.Min. is an in-service degree completed while participants remain active in ministry. The program is designed in one-week modules offered three times per year—usually February, June and October. These modules are preceded by personal reading/preparation and are followed by written projects which apply course materials to participants’ ministries. Once a participant has reached the elective phase of the program, modules may be taken back-to-back. The program consists of nine modules, as well as additional time to complete the D.Min. project. Thus, in its entirety, the degree will normally take approximately four years to complete.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the D.Min. program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have earned an M.Div. degree or its academic equivalent from an accredited graduate school. (See Master of Divinity Equivalency.)
  2. Give evidence of ability to do doctoral level work as indicated by a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in previous, accredited graduate study.
  3. Have at least three years of full-time ministry experience following the completion of the first professional master’s degree.
  4. Be currently involved in a full-time ministry context (e.g., pastor, teacher, missionary, denominational or para-church organizational leader, chaplain, evangelist, counselor, etc.).

Application Procedure

To apply for admission:

  1. Contact the D.Min. Office for a Doctor of Ministry application packet.
  2. Submit a completed application with the nonrefundable fee of $75 along with a recent photograph.
  3. Request that official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended be sent to AGTS, “Attention D.Min. Office.” (Transcript request forms included in packet)
  4. Distribute personal, ministerial and academic recommendation forms and instruct those filling them out to return them within ten days to the AGTS D.Min. Office. (Forms included in packet)
  5. Complete a two-page “biblical theology of ministry” paper. (The D.Min. Office will provide you with instructions regarding this paper.)

Acceptance into the Doctor of Ministry Program

Upon action by the Admissions Committee, applicants will be notified in writing regarding the status of their acceptance into the D.Min. Program.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Probation

A participant is placed on academic probation at the conclusion of any course in which his or her grade point average falls below the required minimum (3.0) necessary to maintain satisfactory academic progress in the degree program. Participants who fail to raise their grades to the required level or higher by the end of two courses on academic probation are subject to dismissal from the program.

Academic Status

Participants will remain in good academic standing in the D.Min. Program as long as they maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average, meet all financial obligations to the seminary and conduct their personal lives with spiritual, moral and professional integrity. The administration reserves the right to dismiss any participant whose integrity in any of these areas is deemed unacceptable.

Concurrent Enrollment

Doctor of Ministry participants interested in concurrent enrollment at another seminary or graduate school for the purpose of transferring hours back into the AGTS Doctor of Ministry Program must secure approval in advance from the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. Credits must be in compliance with advanced standing/transfer credit policy. Note: The transfer of credits does not waive or change the comprehensive program fee.

Course Attendance

Due to the accelerated pace of each course, regular and punctual attendance is expected of each participant for all course activities. Because attendance is such a crucial element of the cohort peer-learning process, a participant cannot be absent for more than four hours of class and still receive credit.

Course Transfer Credit for Military Chaplains

D.Min. participants may receive up to twelve hours for transfer credit. Chaplain participants who have already transferred in 12 credits for their military work may not transfer in additional elective credits for additional military classes or doctoral work completed.


AGTS uses a 4-point grading scale.
Grade points per credit and definition for D.Min. participants:

A or A+ Superior 4.0
A-   3.7
B+   3.3
B Satisfactory 3.0
B-   2.7
C+   2.3
C Poor 2.0
C-   1.7
F Failure 0.0*
AU Audit 0.0
IP In Process 0.0
I Incomplete 0.0*
N No Credit 0.0
S Satisfactory 0.0
U Unsatisfactory 0.0
WP Withdrawn Passing 0.0
WF Withdrawn Failing 0.0*


*Affects grade point average

Incomplete Grades

Students are expected to complete all course work in a timely fashion as specified by the instructor in the course syllabus. A grade of “IP” (In Process) will be issued if the professor’s due date falls after the AGTS semester ending date. Due dates of doctoral modular courses are at the discretion of the professor but will be considered IP until the first day of the next module or set of modules. A grade of failure may be issued if the work is not submitted by the first day of the next module(s) unless the student has requested an extension. If the student requests additional time, an incomplete “I” grade may be given at the discretion of the instructor for a 90 -day extension. In the event the instructor grants a grade of incomplete, he or she will have the option of lowering the final grade for the course one letter grade lower than it would have been had the work been submitted on time. A grade of failure may be issued if the work is not submitted before the expiration of the 90 day extension. [Exception: Doctoral participants in the Project phase.] No student will be permitted to begin credit courses in a new semester if carrying more than two IP or I courses. Note: A $50 fee will be charged to the student’s account for every extension granted and a $30 fee applies to every grade change even if the instructor has approved an extension for completing the work.

Graduation Requirements

To satisfy graduation requirements for the D.Min. degree, the participant must:

Satisfactorily complete all D.Min. Program requirements. This includes the completion of 30 credits of course work (twelve from Core courses, twelve from Elective courses, six from Project Design course

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, including no more than one C. (A participant cannot graduate with a C- on his or her transcript. Participants must retake the course, at their expense, in order to earn a grade higher than C-.)
  2. Be in good standing at the seminary (see Academic Status).
  3. Complete an acceptable and approved D.Min. project.
  4. Make an acceptable oral presentation of the D.Min. project at the D.Min. Project Symposium.
  5. Students are required to register for graduation as follows: Those who wish to graduate in the fall semester of the same year must submit a graduation application to the Registrar’s office by October 31. Those who wish to graduate in the spring or summer semester must submit their graduation application to the Registrar’s office by January 30 of the same year. Those who miss these deadlines will have to wait until the following October to file for graduation.   
  6. Receive approval from the D.Min. Committee, Academic Affairs Committee and Faculty to graduate.
  7. Attend the commencement exercises. (Approval to be absent must be secured from the Academic Affairs Committee through the Registrar by April 1.)

Master of Divinity Equivalency

Master of Divinity equivalency is defined as the completion of 72 semester credits of graduate studies in categories closely parallel to the M.Div. curriculum at AGTS. No credit for life experience will be granted.

AGTS will recognize M.Div. equivalency credits from any institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Higher Education or foreign accrediting body, as long as at least one master’s degree was received from an ATS/CHEA accredited institution or an institution recognized by an approved foreign accrediting body. Students submitting course credits for review must have earned a minimum “B” average GPA (3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Official transcripts must be received by the Registrar’s Office before consideration for credit will be given.

AGTS will recognize equivalency credit for up to 36 credits which have been earned through non-traditional studies and/or distance learning. Students seeking M.Div. equivalency credit for more than 36 credits will be referred to the Admissions Committee. AGTS will recognize M.Div. equivalency credit for valid/supervised clinical pastoral education. The institution and credit must be recognized by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. accreditation commission.

At applicant’s request an equivalency evaluation will be completed by the D.Min. Office upon receipt of applicant’s transcripts. Applicants who do not have an M.Div. degree may satisfy equivalency by taking courses prescribed by the D.Min. Office. AGTS offers alimited number of extension, online and distance learning courses which may be taken to meet such a deficiency. The FasTrak delivery system offers an accelerated way for MA-holders to achieve M.Div Equivalency. Applicants may contact the D.Min. Office about FasTrak or see the Doctor of Ministry web site for more information. Courses fulfilling equivalency requirements will not count toward the requirements of the D.Min. degree and must be completed prior to admittance into the D.Min. program.

Ministry Requirement

Each participant must remain involved in full-time ministry throughout the duration of the program. Any participant who leaves the ministry for any reason while pursuing the D.Min. degree must petition the D.Min. Committee for continuation in the program

Professional Project

The professional project is the culmination of the D.Min. experience in which the ideas and applications of the program are measured and evaluated. A Project Design course prepares the participant to complete the project. Participants must normally complete all core classes before taking the Project Design class. Exceptions to this will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For further information on the project guidelines contact the D.Min. Office.

Note: Chaplain participants shall be designated in the “project phase” on the first day of the semester following the term when they took the Project Design course. The duration of the project phase shall normally be eighteen months to two years.

Program Duration

The degree, including the project, will normally require approximately four years to complete, including the project. This schedule is set to avoid unnecessary pressure on the participant’s responsibilities to family and ministry. Participants are required to complete the degree within six years beginning from the date of their first attendance in a doctoral course. In some cases an extension may be granted (e.g., for those on overseas military assignment). Any extensions must be granted by the D.Min. Committee. Extending the program into the fifth year will incur extra fees. (See next section, “Program Extensions” and section below, “Program Extension Fees.”)

Program Extensions

The D.Min. Program is designed to be normally completed in four years. There is a maximum time limit of six years. For participants extending beyond the fourth year:

  • 5th year: continuation automatically granted; a continuation fee will apply.
  • 6th year: continuation automatically granted; a continuation fee will apply.
  • 7th year: Participants desiring an extension beyond the six-year program limit must submit a written appeal to the D.Min. Committee. This request must include detailed projections (plan
    and timeframe) for the completion of their project. Any extensions will be granted by approval of
    the D.Min. Committee, and an extension fee will apply.
  • 8th year: Participants desiring to extend into their eighth year must submit a written appeal to
    the D.Min. Committee (see above). If approved, the participant will be required to take 2
    additional courses at his or her expense, as well as be charged an additional extension fee.

Extensions beyond the eighth year will normally not be granted.

Transfer Credits

An individual may transfer in a total of six doctoral credits. Individual appeals for transfer credits will be evaluated based upon the following considerations:

  1. Transfer credits must be from ATS/CHEA accredited institutions or those recognized by an approved
    foreign accrediting body.
  2. Student must have earned a passing grade of “B” or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  3. Transfer credits must be relevant to the D.Min. degree.
  4. Recent time frame of courses taken will be reviewed. Extenuating circumstances of the participant
    will be considered (e.g., missionary in a situation that makes it difficult to take courses in a timely

AGTS will accept up to six doctoral credits for valid/supervised pastoral clinical education provided the CPE units were not used to fulfill the requirements of M.Div. Equivalency, or any other graduate degree. The institution and credit must be recognized by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. accreditation commission.

To request transfer credit, official transcripts must be received by the Registrar’s Office before consideration for doctoral credit will be given. (Any exceptions to the standard policy must be recommended by the D.Min. Committee and approved by the Academic Affairs Committee.)

Note: The transfer of credits does not waive/change the program fee.

Doctor of Ministry Courses Open to Unclassified Doctoral Level Students

A limited number of non-degree, post-M.Div. persons who are not pursuing a D.Min. degree at AGTS may be allowed to take courses if they satisfy admission requirements for the D.Min. program. Contact the D.Min. Office for further information.

Audit Policy

Graduates of the Doctor of Ministry program have the option of auditing one elective course free of charge per year on a space-available basis.

Financial Information

Program Fee

There is one program fee for the Doctor of Ministry. The current fee is $18,400* to be paid in 11 equal installments over three-and-a half years. The program fee covers tuition for 30 hours and graduation fees. (See D.Min. Participant Handbook for details). This fee does not cover the $75 application fee, textbooks, costs of travel, housing and meals incurred while on campus, editing, directed research fees, continuation fees, late project fees, extension fees or tuition for courses taken at other institutions.

The program fee is payable in three installments per year. (AGTS accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover as payment.) The first installment is due on the first day of class. All subsequent installments are due on the first day of the months of regularly scheduled courses (February, June and October). The fees are non-refundable.

*Applicable for the 2014-2015 academic year and subject to change each year thereafter for new participants.

Financial Aid

The program does qualify for VA benefits and private student loans; however, grants and scholarships for Doctor of Ministry study are normally not available. D.Min. participants are eligible for loan deferment. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Promissory Note

Participants are required to sign a promissory note at their initial registration indicating their anticipationof paying tuition, fees, books, etc. This is a standard procedure required of all AGTS participants. The promissory note will outline the installment due dates for the participant. The installments outlined are to be paid consecutively and are still due at the assigned date, even if the participant for any reason skips a course.


Program Extension Fees

The program is designed to be completed in four years, with a maximum time limit of six years.
(See “Program Extensions” in Academic Policies section for further details.) If a participant extends
beyond the fourth year, the following fees will apply:

• year 5 (continuation fee)—$500
• year 6 (continuation fee)—$750
• year 7 (extension fee)—$1500
• year 8 (extension fee)—$1500 + 2 additional classes (at participant’s expense)

Extensions will not normally be granted past the eighth year.

Project Deadline Late Fee

Participants who have applied for a spring graduation and who exceed the November 1 deadline
for submitting their project to the D.Min. project coordinator will be assessed a fee of $50/week
for each week beyond the November 1 deadline. For participants who end up not graduating in
spring, these fees will be applied toward their continuation or extension fee.

Unclassified Student Course Fee

The fee for doctoral students from outside the AGTS program taking our classes will be 115% of
the going tuition rate.

Unclassified Student Audit Fee

The fee for doctoral students from outside the AGTS program auditing our elective classes will be
25% of current single fee payment.

Readmission Financial Policy

If a participant withdraws from the program and later desires to return, his or her financial obligations will be as follows:

The program fee current at the time of readmission will apply and the participant will sign a new
promissory note. All payments made under the previous promissory note would be applied toward the current program fee. Participants would be required to pay the difference between the current program fee and what he or she actually paid under the previous program fee.

Lodging, Meals, Transportation

It is up to participants to make their own travel and living arrangements for their stay in Springfield.

Library and Research Information

AGTS has an extensive 100,000-volume library designed to support Doctor of Ministry course offerings. D.Min. participants may borrow books and acquire photocopies of journal articles. Available materials will normally be shipped within 24 hours of receipt of the request. Materials may be requested from the AGTS Library directly via email ( or phone (800-467-AGTS or 417-268-1063). In addition, many resources for theological study are often available online or through local libraries or local interlibrary loan programs. Materials may also be requested from the AGTS library by utilizing the interlibrary loan services of a local library.

AGTS Doctor of Ministry Loan Policies

  • AGTS Materials Available to Doctor of Ministry Participants: All books in the circulating collection are available for loan to AGTS participants provided they have not been placed on reserve for courses. (Reference books, periodicals, microforms, audio-visuals and certain dissertations and theses are available for use in the AGTS library only.) Scanned copies of journal or magazine articlesmay be purchased from the AGTS library at a cost of 5 cents per page. Participants will be invoiced for photocopies, and may choose to either pay the copy expenses directly to the library or to request that the cost be billed to their account in the Business Office.
  • Book Loan Period: The loan period for books checked out to Doctor of Ministry participants is 60 days. The due date is indicated on the date due slip in the back of the book. Participants may have fifteen books out on one subject at a time.
  • Book Renewal: Books may be renewed for one additional 30-day period if not already requested by another individual. To renew books, the participant must contact the circulation services coordinator at the AGTS library in person, through email or by phone. When the call is placed to renew books, the call number, title and author of each book must be specified properly to renew the book. In the event that a renewal is not possible at that time, the participant will be informed.
  • Recall of Books: Books on loan to AGTS participants are subject to immediate recall if needed for reserve at the AGTS library. Also, after the initial two weeks that books are checked out, if the books are needed by other individuals, they are subject to immediate recall. Recalled books will be considered overdue if they are not returned within two weeks from the date notification is sent or transmitted by phone.
  • MOBIUS Materials Available to Doctor of Ministry Participants: AGTS is a member of the Missouri Bibliographic Information User System (MOBIUS) and shares a common Web OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) with other MOBIUS libraries. D.Min. participants may place holds through the Web OPAC for circulating books from other MOBIUS schools. The requested books will be sent to the AGTS Library or to any other participating Missouri academic library selected as a pickup location. The loan period for MOBIUS books is three weeks with two three-week renewal periods possible. However, once the initial loan period has ended, MOBIUS books are subject to recall. It may be possible to mail some items to out-of-state D.Min. participants in certain instances. However, it would be necessary to work out the specific details with the library staff. *Please note the loan period would include any amount of time needed to ship the item from AGTS to the participant and the amount of time needed to ship the item back to AGTS.

For complete library policies, please consult the library’s web page at

Doctor of Ministry Program

I. Core Courses: (12 credits)

Core 1 - PTH 901 Renewing the Spiritual Leader
Developing into a leader worth following is considered in the context of self-leadership, other-leadership and Pentecostal spirituality. A critical appraisal of leadership models is presented as the class develops a synthetic model of Christian leadership considered from a Pentecostal perspective and based on foundations of personal development and integrity.

Core 2 - PTH 902 Biblical Theology in Ministry
This course gives special attention to developing the skills and methods of biblical theology for the study of scripture and equips the student to successfully complete the biblical-theological component of the D.MIn. Project. The course also explores the role of biblical-theological reflection in leadership, ministry development and preaching.

Core 3 - 911 Pentecostal Ministry in the 21st Century
Pentecostalism has reached the centenary mark, an event that would have been unimaginable to its first generation. In many respects the movement has changed. Not surprisingly, Pentecostals face major challenges related to cherished theological, spiritual and liturgical distinctives that once uniquely identified them. This course examines and evaluates dynamics of the early movement, the nature of the crucial changes that have occurred and what Pentecostalism may look like in its second century of existence.

Core 4 - PTH 905 Leading Christian Organizations
This course covers leadership of the contemporary church or ministry with special consideration given to the integration of biblical values, contemporary leadership theory, contemporary organizational theory and the participant’s context of ministry.

Note: The core courses are taken consecutively with the same cohort.

II. Elective Courses (12 credits)

Following completion of the Core Courses, a participant may choose a specified concentration (12 credits). Those with a specialized ministry interest may work with the D.Min. Team to construct a combination of courses, directed research and other experiences to produce an educational experience that is a precise fit to his or her specialty and context. Types of electives regularly offered include:

PTH 971 Strategic Planning
Leaders are talking about the emerging church with a focus on doing ministry in a post-modern context. It is always good to find out what God is doing in faith communities across generations, regions and denominations. Certainly we in the North American church can learn from leaders in the developing countries. But the question remains, “What is emerging in your community, in your congregation, in your leadership team?” As such, strategic planning is a discernment process in finding out what God is up to on a global scale, but especially in our own communities. Strategic planning is also the commitment to put our ideas and dreams in writing—specific enough to measure our progress over a period of time and flexible enough to change with new developments.

PTH 962 Conflict Management
This course develops a biblical and practical understanding of conflict. It examines the conflict cycle, styles of conflict management and intervention strategies for resolving conflict. Special focus will be given to the leader’s pivotal role in conflict, using conflict for positive change and the cultural climate for conflict.

PTH 965 Leading Ministry in Emerging Culture
This course explores the potential of Pentecostal ministry in a rapidly morphing, globalized culture. The focus is on discerning culture as opportunity for cooperating with the mission of Jesus and responding to the initiative of the Spirit. Special emphasis is given to ministry among younger cultural creative people groups.

PTH 977 The Character of Pentecostal Leadership: Theological Reflection & Missional Empowerment
Pentecostal leadership for the twenty-first century must include the skills to spiritually discern biblical priorities in constantly changing contexts and a commitment to aggressively participate in the ongoing redemptive ministry of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Key insights for the twenty-first century challenge of leadership exist in a revisiting of John Wesley’s quadrilateral for theological reflection. The process of theologizing needs increased attention in cultures where postmodernism, civilization clashes and differing worldviews have huge influence. The fresh pneumatological insights emerging from Pentecostals globally need to be taken seriously.

PTH 968 Coaching & Consulting the Learning Organization
Churches today are faced with a need to make major changes in their organizational structure and culture. This course identifies a process for church organizational development and the roles of leaders serving as consultants and coaches. The participant will: (1) grow in his or her understanding of the roles of coaches, consultants and mentors; (2) understand the use of a church transformational model; (3) become familiar with the values and roles of church organizational coaches; (4) broaden his or her understanding of techniques and attitudes necessary to be an effective church coach and (5) develop a basic understanding of learning organization philosophy as applied to churches.

PTH 974 Theology and Practice of Spiritual Gifts
This is an eclectic course, combining biblical (esp. Paul, Mark, Luke and John), missiological, theological and pastoral insights to the gifts of the Spirit. It presents the biblical-theological basis for ministry in spiritual gifts and an understanding of the church and its major functions from a theological and structural point of view. Pastors and missionaries need to grasp the sensitivities and unique needs of multi-cultural churches, especially as these things relate to spiritual gifts. Most importantly, the development of gift ministry in our own lives is emphasized and practiced.

PTH 931 Advanced Expository Preaching: Techniques for Today's Generation
Instruction in preaching from the major genres of Scripture: narrative, poetry, wisdom, prophecy/apocalyptic, gospels, epistles. The course will focus on expositional and interpretive methods for each genre as well as the application of those methods to sermon development. Attention will also be given to topical expository preaching, biblical theology in preaching and to developing expository series from books as well as from topics.

PTH 932 Narrative Preaching
Meeting at the crossroads of God’s stories with our stories, this course will require critical theological reflection on both the content and form of narrative preaching. Varied forms of narrative preaching will be studied to enhance homiletic options and to build the participants’ abilities in narrative prophetic witness. Elements of the historical and sociological dynamics of narration, effective communication through story, preaching to biblical narrative accounts, cultural connectedness through narrative techniques and the psychological/sociological/ethnic dynamics of narration will be studied and applied. Participants will be encouraged to go beyond methodology and technique to answer important questions about their own narrative theology of proclamation.

PTH 934 Creative Communication
This is an advanced course in communication with emphasis placed on the use of technology including the computer, PowerPoint, digital audio and video and the Internet. Special application is made to the pulpit,
classroom and other training settings. For the greatest benefit, participants should be reasonably proficient in computer use and have a computer available for use in the class (laptops and/or desktops which are less than two years old should be adequate). Some added equipment and software may need to be acquired (a list will be available). If you have a digital camera and/or digital camcorder (esp. miniDV) bring these along. The class will have a strong hands-on component and is geared towards gaining skills and proficiency.

PTH 981 Preaching that Connects
The course focuses on re-thinking both the possibilities and the practices of preaching for the experienced public speaker. Using multi-media, practical exercises and peer interaction, participants will have the opportunity to develop: (1) a renewed theology of preaching; (2) a broader repertoire of communication styles; (3) a healthy integration of presentation technologies; (4) a skill set for developing great audiences; (5) an integration of audience sovereignty and scriptural authority; (6) a sensitivity to emerging audiences; (7) a holistic understanding of preaching in the context of both personal and corporate spirituality; (8) greater flexibility in audience adaptation; (9) the capacity to discern the role of preaching in effective Christian leadership; (10) the discipline of continuous personal improvement.

Military Chaplaincy Concentration (12 credits)

Qualified chaplains may transfer a portion of their advanced military training into the D.Min. Program
to create a very efficient and economical way to complete the degree.

III. Professional Project (6 credits)

PTH 906 Project Design
A course designed to prepare the participant for presentation of an acceptable project prospectus to the D.Min. Project Committee. Components of a prospectus, research methodologies and writing strategies are explored and applied.

PTH 999 Project Development and Presentation
PTH 999 constitutes the composition and oral presentation of an acceptable written project which integrates theory and praxis and makes a meaningful contribution to the practice of ministry. All participants working on the project phase will maintain a continued registration in the program.

IV. Field Research Courses (0 credit)

PTH 000 Doctoral Field Research
This course is designed to provide and enhance opportunities for research while integrating the participant’s learning experiences in his or her specific ministry context prior to entering the project phase of the program.

RES 000 Project Field Research
This course facilitates and contributes to research in the student’s specific context that will culminate in a project that advances kno
wledge in the field of study and enables the participant to integrate and apply his or her learning in a practical ministry context.

Branch Campus

AGTS also offers its Doctor of Ministry program on the campus of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. This AGTS site is hosted by Northwest's School of Ministry and will feature all of the transformational dynamics of the D.Min. experience, including cohort-based learning, highly interactive classes, convenient modules and world-class faculty. Classes are held in October, February and June. For information, contact the D.Min. Office.

Program Administration and Faculty

For a complete listing of the AGTS administration and Doctor of Ministry leadership team and faculty, see the D.Min. web page

Updated: Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:13 PM


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