Should I pursue a Doctor of Ministry if I want to teach in college or seminary?
It all depends on what you want to teach. If you want to teach a particular subject such as Old Testament, systematic theology, or church history, this is not the degree for you; however, this would be a very appropriate degree to prepare you to teach in the field of practical theology.
Is it possible to do this degree without moving to the Anderson area?
Yes. The program is designed on the assumption that you will continue in your full-time ministry. In fact, we will not admit you into the program unless you have a full-time professional ministry.
How often do I have to come to campus?
In the standard course of the program, you would spend three weeks on campus each year — one in September, one in January, and one in April.
What is the workload for the courses?
We send participants the syllabi for courses three months ahead of the intensive week so that they have plenty of time to order books, write papers, and do the reading. Often during the intensive week itself, additional assignments are required to be completed in the evening. Post-intensive assignments are due no later than one month following the final class of the intensive week. The standard reading for each course is about 1,800 pages. Typically, professors require writing assignments prior to the intensive and a major writing assignment following the intensive week.
How long do I have to work on this degree program?
The program must be completed within five years of matriculation.
Can I concentrate in a special area in this program?
Yes. All participants are required to take four core courses and then choose one of two tracks, either the Christian Leadership Development Track or the Christian Spiritual Formation Track. The precise focus on one's particular interests takes place in the choice of two elective courses and the project/dissertation for a total of 11 hours. Actually, these 11 hours are expanded to 14 hours because one of the core courses focuses on research in preparation for the dissertation project.