RTS DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM

RTS Charlotte

WINTER 2019

January 7 - 11, 2019
Scripture, Authority & Origins of the NT Canon
Dr. Michael Kruger

03DM876 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


In as much as Scripture continues to be attacked in our modern world, those in ministry still need the tools to explain and defend it.  This course explores the issue of biblical authority through the lens of the formation of the New Testament canon.  Attention will be given to theological foundations of Scripture, the history of the canon, key figures in 2nd and 3rd centuries, and modern scholarly trends.

January 14 - 18, 2019
The Life and Theology of Jonathan Edwards
Dr. David Filson
03DM860 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


This course is a survey of the life and thought of “America’s Augustine,” as he has been called, with special focus upon Edwards’ context and writings.

January 17 - 20, 2019
Church Revitalization
Dr. Harry Reeder
03DM819 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


This course will address the contemporary church profile and the pressing need of church revitalization in North America, by seeking to acquaint the students with specific quality literature, dealing with the issues of church renewal and revitalization. We will determine Biblical models and theological principles applicable to church revitalization, and identify those factors with bring stagnation and decline to the local church, with a goal to develop a plan to initiate church revitalization in the student’s ministry that is faithful to the Scripture, relevant specific situation and clearly prioritized for practical application.

January 30, 2019 - July 15, 2019 - Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies
Dr. S. Donald Fortson

03DM901 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


This online course will assist the student to understand the required components of the DMin Project and to prepare an acceptable Project Proposal.  As an outcome of the course, students will write the first draft of a Project Proposal with bibliography and be prepared to submit this draft to the DMin committee on their home campus – Charlotte or Orlando. 

SUMMER 2019

July 8 - 12, 2019
Pastoral Counseling
Dr. Jim Newheiser

03DM811 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


This course will focus upon honing skills in using God’s Word in pastoral soul care. This course will examine current trends in Christian counseling and will raise questions concerning the sufficiency of scripture in counseling, the proper use of common grace insights in counseling and when outside intervention is appropriate. Frequently encountered counseling topics will be addressed and case studies will be discussed.


July 15 - 19, 2019
Preaching from the Pastoral Epistles
Dr. Bill Barcley

03DM887 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


The Pastoral Epistles are unique among the Pauline epistles in that they address two men who have been given pastoral oversight over particular churches.  While they address specific problems and specific circumstances, they are especially useful in identifying Paul's priorities, not just for pastoral ministry, but also for the ministry of the church in general.  This course will focus on the interpretation of these three letters with an eye toward preaching them, as well as ensuring that the ministry of our churches today matches the biblical model of a faithful church.


July 30, 2019 - January 15, 2020 - Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies
Dr. S. Donald Fortson

03DM901 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


This online course will assist the student to understand the required components of the DMin Project and to prepare an acceptable Project Proposal.  As an outcome of the course, students will write the first draft of a Project Proposal with bibliography and be prepared to submit this draft to the DMin committee on their home campus – Charlotte or Orlando. 


RTS Orlando

WINTER 2019
January 7 - 11, 2019
Preaching from the Pentateuch
Dr. John Currid
02DM886 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


The goal of this course is to help pastors hone their exegetical and preaching skills in the five books of Moses.  Emphasis is placed on how to preach the various genres of the Pentateuch, including law, narrative, and poetry.  In addition, this course will seek to demonstrate how the more esoteric passages, such as the leprosy laws and the food laws, can be applied from the pulpit to the church of Jesus Christ. 

January 14 - 18, 2019
Reformed Pastoral Theology
Dr. Sinclair Ferguson

02DM862 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1

Throughout the centuries, from Calvin through the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards, and other theologians, Reformed theology has characteristically been forged both for and often within the context of pastoral ministry. This course will focus on the work of gospel ministry governed by the three terms in the course title on the presupposition that the better a theologian a pastor is the greater his potential to be a better pastor and preacher. With that goal in view, the course will explore a number of biblical doctrines that have played a special role in the outworking of Reformed theology in the context of pastoral ministry.  These will include at least a selection from such loci as the doctrines of God, providence, the person and work of Christ, regeneration and conversion, sanctification, adoption, assurance, and the sacraments.

January 30, 2019 - July 15, 2019 - Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies
Dr. S. Donald Fortson

03DM901 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


This online course will assist the student to understand the required components of the DMin Project and to prepare an acceptable Project Proposal.  As an outcome of the course, students will write the first draft of a Project Proposal with bibliography and be prepared to submit this draft to the DMin committee on their home campus – Charlotte or Orlando. 

SUMMER 2019

July 15 - 19, 2019
Christian Spirituality
Dr. Tom Schwanda

02DM843 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


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.  Three questions will guide our reading and discussion:  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 or the people from your ministry?  What insights and resources could be retrieved from these Christians to strengthen and encourage you and your ministry?


July 22 - 26, 2019
Preaching from the Psalms 
Dr. Mark Futato

03DM874 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


Preaching the Psalms is a course that 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.


July 30, 2019 - January 15, 2020 - Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies
Dr. S. Donald Fortson

03DM901 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


This online course will assist the student to understand the required components of the DMin Project and to prepare an acceptable Project Proposal.  As an outcome of the course, students will write the first draft of a Project Proposal with bibliography and be prepared to submit this draft to the DMin committee on their home campus – Charlotte or Orlando. 


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