7.7 D.Min. Modules

7.7 D.Min. Modules


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7.7.a Core Modules  7.7.b Pastoral Ministry Modules 7.7.c Counseling Modules 7.7.d Urban Mission Modules 

7.7.a Core Modules

Module PR 1 Introduction and Orientation to Graduate Work
Purpose:

  • To familiarize the student with Bibliographical Research preparing them for the course work ahead
  • To improve writing and critical thinking skills
  • To introduce current trends in the major theological disciplines
  • To guide them through the preparation of their Research Project

   Summer module.  Mr. Leonard, Mr. Finlayson, Mrs. Altena.

Module PR 2  Pastoral Theology
Purpose:

  • To build a biblical theological basis for pastoral ministry
  • To examine the importance of a shepherding ministry for the health and growth of the church. Students will critically assess various models of shepherding in the church and develop a usable model for use in their churches
  • To help the student develop a theology of pastoral ministry and implement a plan for pastoral ministry

   Summer module.  Mr. Witmer.

Module PR 3 Counseling and Christian Ministry
Purpose:

  • To help the student think biblically about the role of counseling in the church
  • To impart a vision and implement a plan for the ministry of counseling in the church 
  • To give the pastor tools to help him identify and equip fellow church members in counseling ministry

   Summer module. Staff

Module PR 4 Theology of Missions and Evangelism
Purpose:

  • To equip pastors with a biblical theological framework to understand the mission of the church
  • To help pastors understand the latest trends in Mission so that they can help design a missions program for their church
  • To give pastors a biblical understanding of evangelism and how to pastor a community

Topics include contextualization, evangelism, social concern, and current trends in global mission. The practicum will provide instruments for diagnosing church health/growth patterns and for building growth strategies.
   Summer module. (Not given 2011-2012.)

7.7.b Pastoral Ministry Concentration

Module PM 2 Communication
Purpose:

  • To consider important principles in order to improve effective communication of biblical truth
  • To help pastors reflect upon and improve their own teaching and preaching skills
  • To help refresh and renew students in their enthusiasm and effectiveness in communicating God’s word

Topics include the life of the pastor, communication theory and principles of learning.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PM 4  Leadership
Purpose:

  • To clarify the biblical calling and job description of a pastor in the light of contemporary cultural, church, and kingdom developments
  • To glean principles of spiritual leadership from Nehemiah 
  • To help students lead their homes, gain and impart vision to their churches, establish workable structures for fulfilling the Great Commission in their churches and communities, train and work with their elders as a team, and set priorities and manage their time

This module is designed so that in class discussion, students can apply these principles in very practical ways to their particular situations. Topics include the dynamics of spiritual renewal, cell church model for pastoring, discipling, evangelizing, and individual philosophy of ministry.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PM 51  Pastor as Physician of the Soul
Purpose:

  • To revisit a neglected aspect of pastoral care which views the pastor as the “physician of the soul,” whose work was called “the cure of the souls”
  • To understand the dynamics of conversion experiences and how churches can foster an environment in which sincere inquirers are genuinely welcomed
  • To understand the dynamics of spiritual growth, with particular focus on the importance of community in genuine growth 
  • To study the doctrines of salvation from the perspective of how they actually impact the hearts as well as the heads of parishioners

Topics covered will constantly press the issue of experiential use of the doctrines of grace. This will include a “case study” approach to Christian experience.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PM 54 Biblical Conflict Resolution
Purpose:

  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills of a biblical systematic theology of conflict resolution that can be immediately employed in a practical manner in the local church or para-church organization

Biblical conflict resolution is a sub-discipline of biblical counseling and, therefore, students are expected to work with counseling issues and participate in role-play cases in class.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

7.7.c Counseling Concentration  

Module PC 1  Biblical Models of People and Change
This module is divided into the following segments:
   •Dynamics of Biblical Change
   Purpose:

  • To equip students to teach a biblical model of counseling in their church
  • To build a firsthand understanding of the progressive sanctification process 
  • To enable students to connect biblical truth to the case study realities and details of lives lived

   Topics covered include the nature of idolatry and faith; the relationship between motive and action; the way
   Christ’s past, present, and future grace intersects with and affects how people live their daily lives; and the
   interplay of situational factors with a person’s actions and reactions.

   Human Personality
   Purpose:

  • To deepen students’ understanding of biblical doctrine as it applies to the person
  • To examine what doctrines are especially important to apply in this generation 
  • To understand how to apply biblical doctrine in personal ministry 
  • To be able to uncover the implicit theology in other models of personal ministry and dialogue effectively about these issues

   Topics covered include a review of systematic theological categories with a commitment to developing multiple  
   applications, an examination of both Christian and non-Christian counseling case studies with an eye to enrich them
   with our theological work, and the practical application of a biblical-theological approach to the study of people.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)


Module PC 2  Methods of Biblical Change and Interacting with Psychology
This module is divided into the following segments:
   Methods of Biblical Change
   Purpose:

  • To equip students to teach counseling methods in their church
  • To help students develop a functional biblical counseling worldview 
  • To help students understand the importance of heart change as a methodological goal 
  • To develop an understanding of the role of Scripture in biblical counseling
  • To highlight and practice the critical skills of effectiveness in biblical counseling

   Topics covered include how to build a counseling relationship, how to gather and interpret data, how to function
   as an agent of repentance, and how to guide and assist others as they seek to apply change to daily life.

   Theology and Secular Psychology
   Purpose:

  • To teach students how to understand psychologists’ observations, theories, and practices, and how to engage them critically, humbly, and lovingly
  • To reinterpret through a redemptive gaze the things that psychologists see most clearly and care about most deeply 
  • To understand where biblical counseling fits in our cultural context, both within the evangelical church and within the surrounding mental health system

   Topics covered include the skills of reinterpretation and redemptive interaction; historical overview of the biblical
   counseling and the evangelical psychotherapy movements; the lay of the land in contemporary counseling;
   assessment of motivation theories and self-esteem theory; and primary source readings from a half dozen
   representative psychologists, ranging from high culture to self-help.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PC 3  Family Counseling, Public Ministry of the Word, and Lay Ministry
This module is divided into the following segments:
   Marriage Counseling
   Purpose:

  • To help students develop a rich, biblical theological view of marriage and relationships that challenges popular goals for marriage/relationship counseling and provides powerful hope and direction
  • To provide students with conceptual and methodological tools for marriage counseling that are rooted in a biblical worldview of marriage and that recognize the unique challenges of marriage counseling 
  • To interact with prevailing secular models of marriage counseling within a biblical worldview 
  • To begin to develop the ability to offer relational skills within a larger context of heart change 
  • To consider current marriage problem areas impacting the church

   Topics covered include a biblical theological review of marriage and relationships; and an introduction to systems
   theory, gender differences, communication, conflict, divorce counseling, spouse abuse, and step-families.
   Counseling videos will be used to help the student gain a sense of the counseling process.

   Counseling in the Local Church
   Purpose:

  • To broaden students’ understanding of counseling to include all relationships
  • To build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part 
  • To help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church and to help others do the same
  • To see the importance of both public and private ministry of the Word and how they interrelate 
  • To examine present ministry opportunities

   Topics covered include a biblical foundation for private ministry of the Word; the role of community and
   relationships in the process of sanctification; developing a practical ecclesiology; and developing an eye of ministry
   opportunities such as conflict resolution, evangelism, and church discipline.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PC 4  Counseling Problems
This module is divided into the following segments:
   Counseling Problems and Procedures
   Purpose:

  • To identify the essential features of biblical counseling
  • To identify current counseling issues that are apparent in the church 
  • To appreciate Scripture’s depth as it addresses common problems such as suffering, anger, and anxiety 
  • To prepare students to move toward people with any type of struggle in a way that is helpful and Christ-centered

   Topics covered include: abuse, guilt and legalism, fear, anger, bipolar, schizophrenia, anorexia and bulimia, and
   addictions.

   Counseling and Physiology
   Purpose:

  • To equip with a nuanced and practical biblical anthropology that will help distinguish between spiritual and physical issues in the lives of counselees
  • To deepen understanding of a select group of acute and chronic problems having physiological manifestations, particularly those that affect intellect and mood 
  • To develop biblical strategies for pursuing counselees with such problems 
  • To sharpen abilities to critique the reigning presuppositions of biological psychiatry that serve to undermine Scripture’s authority in the counseling process

   Topics covered include biblical anthropology and its counseling implications on neuropsychology,
   psychopharmacology, dementia, traumatic brain injury, psychiatry, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and
   hallucinations, attention deficit disorder, addiction, homosexuality, and autism.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PC 5   Counseling Observation
Purpose:

  • To see the application of a biblical model of counseling
  • To learn how to manage a counseling hour 
  • To understand how ministry is done in the context of a relationship 
  • To provide direction in counseling

Students will observe counseling through a one-way mirror and meet with the counselor following the counseling session. Instead of addressing predetermined topics, the class will discuss topics that arise out of the counseling case.
   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

7.7.d Urban Mission Concentration

Module PU 1 Mission Strategies/Globalization
Purpose:

  • To learn what globalization is and how it affects virtually all contexts
  • To understand the connection between urbanization and globalization as interlocking forces affecting life circumstances
  • To be able to strategize as to how best to reach the people in the student’s ministry context with the transforming power of Christ

   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PU 2 Contextual Theology
Purpose:

  • To sketch the history and recent developments revolving around contextualization
  • To outline issues involved in contextualization and sample current responses to these issues
  • To provide the student with opportunities to test his or her theories by sample attempts at the contextualization of theology 
  • To critique current attempts at contextual theology in order to highlight strengths and weaknesses and determine challenges to the student’s own growth

   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PU 3 Community Analysis/Demographics
Purpose:

  • To understand the major factors involved in urbanization in the developing countries and ethnicization of North American cities
  • To develop an in-depth knowledge of one particular community,  including its place in the various political, economic, educational, and health, etc., systems in which it is a part and the nature of the people living there 
  • To analyze the demographic information from the standpoint of  Christian evangelism and the church, and begin to integrate this information into mission strategy 
  • To become adept in handling surveys, questionnaires, and  field research techniques with a view to using them for urban ministry
  • To be able and motivated to interpret demographic realities to  fellow Christians so that the churches where the students attend and minister may be moved to action

   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)

Module PU 4 Mission Anthropology
Purpose:

  • To acquaint students with anthropological concepts, particularly culture and worldview
  • To expose students to anthropological methodology, particularly participant observation and ethnographic interviewing 
  • To challenge students in their understanding of themselves and others as culturally-formed beings 
  • To teach students the proper method of cross-cultural analysis 
  • To guide students into learning when to use the etic and when to use the emic perspective in studying culture

   Summer module. (Not given in 2011-2012.)