DMin Upcoming Classes

Winter 2021

Charlotte

January 4 – 8, 2021
Preaching Old Testament Narrative
Dr. John Currid
03DM8100 – Charlotte
Syllabus
| Registration for this course will be open from November 1 – December 15

Preaching Old Testament narrative texts is often neglected by the church. The reasons for this neglect are complex and complicated. Part of the problem is the church’s difficulty in seeing the application of OT narrative texts that appear to be so strange and esoteric. 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 training and theology when appropriately understood.

January 11 – 15, 2021
Reformed Pastoral Theology
Dr. Sinclair Ferguson
03DM8315 – Charlotte
Syllabus
| Registration for this course will be open from November 1 – December 15

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 several biblical doctrines that have played a special role in the outworking of reformed theology in the context of pastoral ministry.

January 30, 2021 – July 15, 2021 – Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 DMin courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies

Dr. S. Donald Fortson
03DM8990 – Charlotte and Orlando
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.

 

Orlando

January 11 – 15, 2021
Forming Disciples for Faith and Work
Dr. Damein Schitter
02DM8445 – Orlando
Syllabus
| Registration for this course will be open from November 1 – December 15

This course explores the process of forming disciples for faith and work integration. Building on a robust theology of faith and work, the class will emphasize the crucial role of pastors and church leaders in cultivating a theological vision of congregational mission, a congregational culture that fuels disciples for all of their callings, and pastoral practices that encourage the congregation in their vocational vision. Integral to the class is each participant’s engagement in a process for assessing and strengthening the theological foundations, ministry culture, and ministry practice of their current congregation, in the area of forming disciples for faith and work.

January 25 – 29, 2021
The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Ministry
Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn
02DM8345 – Orlando
Syllabus
| Registration for this course will be open from November 1 – December 15

This course focuses on an important chapter in the history of pastoral care. The years 1643-1653 mark the one decade in the life-span of English puritanism where godly divines could serve as architects for the remodeling of a national church. The instructor will discuss with you 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 30, 2021 – July 15, 2021 – Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 DMin courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies
Dr. S. Donald Fortson
03DM8990 – Charlotte and Orlando
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 2021

Charlotte

July 12 – 16, 2021
Preaching from the Gospels
Dr. Bob Cara
03DM8205 – Charlotte
Registration for this course will be open from April 1 – May 15

This course will include an overview of the content and theological emphases of each Gospel, various hermeneutical issues related to interpreting and preaching the Gospels, and strategies for preaching through a Gospel.

July 26 – 30, 2021
Culture and Contextualization: Theological Foundations and Ministry Applications
Dr. James Anderson
03DM8350 – Charlotte
Registration for this course will be open from April 1 – May 15

In this DMin course we will explore a biblical theology of culture and contextualization with specific application to pastoral ministry. We will seek to (1) develop an integrated theology of culture from a Reformed biblical perspective, (2) understand and critically evaluate different models for cultural engagement, (3) develop a biblical perspective on the principles, pitfalls, and practices of contextualization, and (4) reflect on the concrete application of the preceding points to local church ministry. The course will have a seminar-like format with class presentations and plenty of opportunity for open discussion.

July 30, 2021 – January 15, 2022 – Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 DMin courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies
Prof. John Muether
03DM8990 – Charlotte and Orlando
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.

 

Orlando

July 12 – 16, 2021
Preaching and Paul’s Use of the Old Testament
Dr. Greg Lanier
02DM8225 – Orlando
Registration for this course will be open from April 1 – May 15

Preaching the epistles of Paul can be challenging in its own right. But sometimes preaching a passage from Paul involves also handling one, two, or even more passages from the OT that Paul quotes to make his argument. This course covers not only how we should understand Paul’s use of the OT, but especially the practicalities of preaching Pauline passages that deal heavily with the OT—without confusing our hearers in the process.

July 19-23, 2021
The Divine Attributes
Dr. Scott Swain
02DM8321 – Orlando
Registration for this course will be open from April 1 – May 15

The past two decades have witnessed a significant retrieval of historic Christian teaching about God in academic theology. This course aims to extend that retrieval to the church by providing advanced training to its leaders on the doctrine of God and God’s attributes. The focus of the course will be the relationship between the doctrine of God and the Christian life. There is a natural connection between these topics because God is not only the supreme being, the source and end of all things (Rom 11:36). God is also the supreme good of the human soul (Ps 16). We will attend to the entirety of Scripture’s teaching on these two topics, and also to several classic texts of the Christian tradition. We will focus especially, however, on how the Psalms address our two themes.

July 30, 2021 – January 15, 2022 – Online course (Prerequisite: Must have completed 7 courses)
Doctoral Project and Research Methodologies
Prof. John Muether
03DM8990 – Charlotte and Orlando
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.