RTS DOCTOR OF MINISTRY PROGRAM

RTS Charlotte

WINTER 2017

January 16 - 20, 2017
The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Ministry
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
03DM855 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


The years 1643 - 1653 mark the one decade of English puritanism where godly divines could serve as architects for the remodeling of a national church. The instructor will narrate the assembly’s debates and discussions about preaching, pastoral care, and church governance. The class will then examine the ideals and realities of the puritan experiment and consider how lessons from the past can impact our ministries today. 

January 23 - 27, 2017
Wrestling with the Issues of Life: Preaching from Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes
Dr. Dick Belcher
03DM879 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1

 Wisdom literature deals with the practical, nitty-gritty issues of life. The practical nature of this literature should not overshadow the difficult aspects of understanding how a proverb works, how to respond to suffering, and how to deal with life when everything seems to go wrong. This course will seek to understand the theology of wisdom literature and how to preach it effectively to God's people today.

January 19 - 22, 2017 (Course in Birmingham)
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 which 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 to a specific situation and clearly prioritized for practical application. 


SUMMER 2017

July 17 - 21, 2017
Preaching OT Narrative
Dr. John Currid

03DM852 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


Preaching Old Testament narrative texts is often neglected by the church. The reasons for this neglect are complex and complicated. Part of the problem, of course, is the church’s difficulty in seeing the application of OT narrative texts that appear to be so strange and esoteric. Indeed, how do such passages as the leprosy laws and the food laws apply to the church of Jesus Christ? How do pastors make such teachings meaningful and relevant to their congregations? Another aspect of the problem is that for almost two hundred years OT scholarship has focused on issues of criticism, that is, questions of dating and authorship. Skepticism regarding the reliability and authority of the OT dominate the field of study. As Ralph Davis has pointed out, these scholars have “managed to make Old Testament studies mostly boring, lifeless, and dull.” In addition, many pastors seem to center their preaching ministry in the NT in which they feel they are really getting at the heart of the Christian message. In this way, OT narrative is almost shunned and put to the side as not as relevant as the NT. Finally, one of the greatest parts of the problem is the reality that many pastors simply do not know how to preach the OT. Often there is simply moralizing (e.g., who is the Goliath in your life?) or spring-boarding (using the text to jump into some theological point that can be generally applied). Thus, in the church today there seems to be a general malaise or stupor when it comes to preaching the OT narrative texts. In this course, we will focus on the means and methods of preaching OT narrative texts. OT historical narrative can be most challenging and difficult to interpret and to preach, but it can also provide wonderful, in-depth teaching and theology when appropriately understood.

July 24 - 28, 2017
Apologetics
Dr. James Anderson
03DM851 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


In this DMin course we will explore the principles and practice of Christian apologetics, with special attention to the application of apologetics in pastoral ministry (evangelism, counseling, discipleship, etc.). Specifically, we will: Survey the biblical foundations for apologetics, Survey the major schools of apologetic methodology, explore the Reformed presuppositional (worldview) approach to apologetics, examine some major issues in apologetics and consider how they can be addressed from a Reformed presuppositional perspective, and critically examine the writings of some prominent contemporary skeptics.


RTS Orlando

WINTER 2017

January 23 - 27, 2017
One with Christ: The Sacraments and the Christian Life
Dr. Howard Griffith
02DM850 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


The riches of Christ are our life.  Of the Lord’s Supper, Calvin wrote, “All, like hungry men, should flock to such a bounteous repast.”  Yet, too often, division in the Church weakens the ministry of Christ’s ordinances.  Returning to Reformation theology, through lecture and student presentations, we will study both the administration and the delight of the Sacraments.  The professor’s tradition is Presbyterian, but students will be free to develop projects within their own tradition. 

January 30 - February 3, 2017
Empowering Church Leaders in Soul Care
Dr. Jim Coffield
02DM842 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens November 1


Surviving a 2 am call…how to deal with difficult persons and difficult situations.  A practical discussion of counseling. Most pastors spend much of their time dealing with difficult situations.  One pastor said it this way “I should have been trained in crisis management…I often feel more like a fireman than a pastor”.    We will look at the 10 most common “counseling issues” that a pastor typically deals with.  Participants will be able to practice and participate in training activities. 

SUMMER 2017

July 17 - 21, 2017
Theology of Ministry
Dr. Gerrit Dawson

02DM801 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


The goal of the course is to refresh pastors in their personal ministry situations through engaging the ministry of Jesus. This engagement will occur through: The rich reading and focused writing done prior to class; a lively, interactive week of deeply considering a) the person, prayer practice, ministry, and events of the life of Jesus Christ, b) our Reformed theology of ministry and c) how our personal theology of ministry grows faithfully from these roots; student presentations and subsequent discussion which yield practical applications from the Gospel accounts of the prayers, ministry and events of Jesus Christ for specific ministry situations; and, the integrative paper after class that enables students to reflect on how their deepened theological understanding of ministry has resulted in improved practice.

July 24 - 28, 2016
Preaching from the Epistle to the Romans
Dr. Guy Waters
02DM882 - 
Syllabus - Registration opens April 1


One Puritan called Romans “the quintessence and perfection of saving doctrine.” Indeed! Romans has loomed large in the Reformed tradition. Perhaps it has loomed so large that many ministers have shied away from venturing an exposition of this epistle in the congregations they serve. In this course we will work to overcome that fear by thinking exegetically, theologically, and practically about preaching this epistle. The course objectives are to understand some of the leading exegetical and theological issues arising from Romans; to evaluate representative Reformed expositions of Romans; and, to become a better expositor and communicator of Romans to the church.


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