RTS DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAMS

RTS Atlanta

SUMMER 2015

July 13 - 17, 2015
Church Growth & Revitalization
Dr. Tom Wood
04D804 - Core
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A survey of church growth and renewal dynamics from a biblical, theological, historical, and cultural perspective. Topics include church growth and renewal principles, typologies, and methodologies, with attention to the roles of prayer, worship, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and evangelism in church growth and renewal.
 

July 20 - 24, 2015
Preaching Christ from OT (Poet/Wisdom Lit)
Dr. William B. Fullilove
04DM852 - Elective
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This course is designed to equip leaders to more effectively connect the poetic and wisdom literature in the Old Testament to Christ, to present-day applications, and to deepen their understanding of the Christocentric nature of all Scripture.
 

July 27 - 31, 2015
Leadership: Herding Sheep or Cats?
Dr. Robert Burns
04DM803 - Core
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This course will help pastors understand the theory and develop the skills necessary for effective leadership in the church by considering effective leadership principles and applying them to the pastors' specific contexts.


RTS Charlotte

SUMMER 2015

July 13 - 17, 2015
Christian Spirituality
Dr. Tom Schwanda
03DM875 - Elective
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This course provides an overview to the history of the major leaders and movements of Christian spirituality.  Beginning with the early church we will examine some of the primary writings that are representative of Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant spirituality.  Our concern will be how these earlier voices might speak to our contemporary church.  The three questions that will guide our reading and discussion are:  What spiritual disciplines did these earlier Christians use to cultivate their relationship with God?  If this person was your spiritual guide how might they have mentored you? What insights and resources could be retrieved from these Christians to strengthen and encourage your ministry?

Dr. Schwanda is the Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College.   He received his Ph.D. from Durham University in 2009, his D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992 and his M.Div. from new Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1975.  His extensive publishing works include Gazing on Jesus with Gratitude:  The Piety of Isaac Ambrose (forthcoming 2016), Puritanism and Emotion in the Early Modern World (forthcoming 2015), Soul Recreation:  the Contemplative—Mystical Piety of Puritanism (2012), and Celebration God’s Presence:  The Transforming Power of Public Worship (1995).
  

July 20 - 24, 2015
Applied Theology
Dr. Mark Ross
03DM802 - Core
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This course is an advanced seminar in ethics.  Part of the course (about 20%) will focus on issues in the philosophical and theological foundations of ethics.  The majority of the course will be spent in applying the Ten Commandments to specific issues of our times. The principal aim of the course is to equip students to apply Biblical truth to pressing, ethical concerns of individual and social life, and to give advanced pastoral leadership to churches, denominations, and communities on ethical issues.   The course assumes that persons attaining a doctoral degree in ministry should be able to provide advanced leadership in both church and community.  Hence, the requirements for this course will include presentations addressed to both church and community. 

Dr. Ross is the John R. deWitt Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Institute for Reformed Worship at Erskine Seminary.  He brings 30 years of pastoral ministry to his current work of training leaders for the church.  He is in demand as a preacher and lecturer.  He is currently writing a four year adult education curriculum for his denomination.  His received his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1979 and his Ph.D. from University of Keele in 1984.  He authored Let’s Study Matthew (2009), a commentary in the Let’s Study Series by Banner of Truth.
 


RTS Jackson

SUMMER 2015

June 29 - July 3, 2015
Applied Theology
Dr. Derek Thomas
01DM802 - Core
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A theological approach to moral problems and social issues in contemporary society (social ethics) and/or to personal spiritual growth and renewal (personal ethics). (DMIN Core)

Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas is the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at RTS Atlanta, and Minister of Preaching and Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina.
 

July 6 - 10, 2015
Preaching from the Prophets
Dr. Mike McKelvey
01DM861 - Elective
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This course provides an overview of the history and message of the Old Testament prophetical books for the purpose of preaching.  Beginning with an overview of Prophetic Literature, we will examine the prophetic writings, focusing on hermeneutical and exegetical matters.  In addition, we will seek to show how these books and their message are vital for the contemporary church. As ministers, preaching from these books remains indispensable for the church’s wellbeing, but how are we to preach and teach them?  The objective of this course is to answer this essential question, and expand our understanding of what the books reveal and how they are to be used. (DMIN Elective)

Dr. Mike McKelvey is the Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the RTS Jackson campus.


 


 

RTS Orlando

SUMMER 2015

July 6 - 10, 2015
Doctrine of Justifcation
Dr. Guy Waters
02DM801LA - Elective
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COURSE OFFERED THROUGH THE DMIN PROGRAM AT LIGONIER ACADEMY (NOT EQUIVALENT TO RTS' REQUIRED COURSE 02DM801): A study of the biblical and Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone in Christ alone, the article upon which the church stands or falls. This study will examine the biblical basis for the doctrine, comparing it with the many false doctrines that exist and emphasizing its fundamental importance in the ministry of the church. The purpose of this course is to equip students to proclaim and defend this vital Christian doctrine from their pulpits.
 

July 13 - 17, 2015
Preaching
Dr. Dennis E. Johnson
02DM805LA - Elective
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COURSE OFFERED THROUGH THE DMIN PROGRAM AT LIGONIER ACADEMY: A study of the Reformed view of the preaching of the Word of God. This course will look not only at the basic Reformed philosophy of preaching but also at historical examples of Reformed preaching. Particular attention will be given to the importance of expository preaching that focuses on the Person and Work of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of the absolute necessity of biblical, God-centered preaching.
 

July 20 - 24, 2015
Theology of Ministry
Dr. Justin S. Holcomb
02DM801 - Core
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A study of the nature and work of the Christian leader from a theological perspective. This course provides participants the opportunity to discuss contemporary challenges to traditional models of pastoral ministry, to interact with new developments in hermeneutics, to develop a variety of ways for assessing recent cultural developments in the West, and to renew interest in prayer as a part of ministry of the Word.

This course will be a study of the biblical and Reformed view of integrating theology into ministry in a way that results in the transformation of lives and culture. Students will be taught how to use ministry as a means to integrate their studies in exegesis, systematic theology, church history, and the social sciences.

Dr. Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal priest and serves as Canon for Vocations for the Diocese of Central Florida.  Justin holds two masters degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He has written Know the Heretics, Know the Creed and Councils, Acts: A 12-Week Study, On the Grace of God, and he and his wife, Lindsey are the authors of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault and It My Fault?: Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence.
 

July 27 - 31, 2015
Preaching from the Psalms
Dr. Mark Futato
02DM874 - Elective
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This course combines hermeneutics and homiletics as they apply in particular to the book of Psalms. This course combines theory and practice: You will not only study “how to,” you will also “do” what you are learning in the books. Preaching the Psalms is taught on the hybrid model. You will have extensive work to do before the week of class – more than in a traditional DMin class. This work will be online over the six weeks leading up to the week of class and will constitute about one third of class time. Because of this pre-class work, seat time in the classroom will be reduced.

Mark D. Futato, PhD. is Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, and his B.A. from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA.  He has published: Beginning Biblical Hebrew, Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook, Psalms: Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, Joy Comes in the Morning: Psalms for All Seasons, Transformed By Praise: The Purpose and Message of the Psalms, and Creation: A Witness to the Wonder of God, and numerous articles. Mark is in the pulpit regularly as a conference preacher and pulpit supply. Mark is a Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He was ordained in 1983 as a Minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and was pastor of Covenant OPC in Burtonsville, MD, from 1983-88.