Working within the framework and focus of the mission statement of the Anderson University School of Theology, the philosophy of the Doctor of Ministry Studies Program is as follows:
- All the research, coursework, interaction, and reflection of the Doctor of Ministry degree are designed to enhance the professional competence of already seasoned ministers. The focus of the degree is on the ministerial settings where they presently serve. The degree is to be understood as the development of a more carefully defined ministerial role in the local setting rather than merely as an enhanced academic status. Although academic criteria are crucial to the program, the chief aim is to assist each participant in both the critical analysis and further enrichment of his or her ministry. The program provides the context in which professional ministers can hone their analytical reflective skills. They do so in conjunction both with other professional ministers and with academics focusing on the practice of ministry. The purpose of this professional and academic collaboration is to make significant contributions to the field of professional ministry in general.
- The Doctor of Ministry degree is the only doctoral-level program that requires ministry in a local setting. It neces-sitates partnership with a local community of faith. Partnership is a key work in the Anderson University School of Theology DMin philosophy: partnership with the local ministerial setting, partnership with the local professional ministry, partnership with the academic community, and partnership with other professionals who are participants in doctoral studies.
- The intention is that all graduates of the Doctor of Ministry Studies Program will have enhanced professional competence in the practice of ministry, with a focus on scholarship, spirituality, and service. This is what we refer to as the Anderson Way: an intentional integration of serious scholarship, Christian spirituality, and competent service.