RTS-Charlotte D.Min. Emphasis in Church Revitalization Fact Sheet


Senior Pastors interested in the RTS-Charlotte D.Min. Emphasis on Church Revitalization may begin the admission process on-line. See the RTS Catalog for basic admission standards. In the application be sure and indicate you are applying for the Church Revitalization Emphasis (CRE).

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D.Min. Emphasis in Church Revitalization

Course Descriptions

Cohort Groups

Pastors accepted into the D.Min. program with the Church Revitalization Emphasis (CRE) will be placed in cohort groups for the three CRE courses: Church Revitalization, Preaching for Revitalization and Leadership for Revitalization. The three CRE courses must be taken in sequence; other courses may be taken according to the student's individual schedule. New cohort groups will be launched every two years beginning in January. Students who desire to begin D.Min. studies during a median year may start with other D.Min. courses and then take the three CRE courses in sequence when a new cohort launches.

Church Leadership Participation

Students enrolled in the Church Revitalization Emphasis will be required to bring at least one church leader to the initial Church Revitalization course in Birmingham. It is imperative that local church leadership participate in the process.  For information on coaching fees, click here or contact Dr. Don Fortson.

D.Min. Project on Church Revitalization

Students in the CRE emphasis will be required to write their final D.min. Projects in the area of Church Revitalization under the supervision of Drs. Reeder, Fortson and other RTS-Charlotte faculty members.
For details about the Project process see Guidelines for D.Min. Project.

Course Descriptions for Revitalization Courses RTS-Charlotte D.Min. Emphasis in Church Revitalization

Church Revitalization (Dr. Harry Reeder)

There is a pressing need for church revitalization in North America. The purpose of this course is to examine the factors which lead to church stagnation and decline and then explore the Biblical models and theological principles applicable to church revitalization. Revitalization plans, specific to the student’s ministry, will be developed and prioritized for practical application. The learning environment will include lectures, small group interaction and reading the best literature available on church renewal and revitalization.

Leadership for Revitalization (Dr. Harry Reeder, et.al.)

This course is a coaching/mentoring program to assist students in applying the principles learned in the Church Revitalization course. Students will review strategies for authentic biblical church health and explore ways to integrate these strategies into the life of the church. A church health survey will enable students to identify the ministry area that needs attention first and then work through a strategy to address that need. The course will emphasize the essential element of prayer in church revitalization.

Preaching for Revitalization (Dr. Mike Milton, Dr. Mike Ross)

This course seeks to integrate the spiritual and practical, the personal and the vocational, the preacher and the people, the Sacred Text and the social context, as well as the mission and vision of the local church, in order to reconsider the high and holy task of proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ for the work of revitalization of a congregation.

Applied Theology (Dr. Mark Ross)

This course is an advanced seminar in ethics. Its aim is to equip pastors for dealing with the ethical issues commonly to be faced in pastoral ministry. Part of the course 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 the issues of our times.

Theology of Ministry (Dr. Shelton Sanford)

This course studies ministerial activity and its responsibilities from a theological perspective. Personal competencies for ministry are evaluated in order to aid participants in identifying areas of need and interest for individual major projects.

The Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies (Dr. Don Fortson, et.al)

This course will assist the student to understand the required components of the D.Min. Project and the proper presentation of an acceptable proposal. Faculty from select fields of study will describe the research methods and resources appropriate to various components of the project. Class sessions will consist of both lecture and dialogue with students on their specific topics. Included in the course will be some mandatory research time in the library for building one's bibliography. As an outcome of the course, students should be able to both craft an acceptable project proposal and begin the research and writing of the project itself.


In addition to the above six required courses in the Church Revitalization Emphasis, students will have two electives from which to choose. These electives may be taken at any of the three RTS campuses that offer D.Min. courses – Charlotte, Jackson or Orlando. The Charlotte campus also has a cooperative agreement with Columbia Biblical Seminary (CIU) and Erskine Theological Seminary; both schools are located in SC.

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