Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Courses

DMML 0901 Formation of the Leader

Works from the assumption that the leader's character and inner development are critical to effective leadership of organizations and others. Employs leadership-related assessment instruments, spiritual practices and theological reflection to develop leader self-awareness, emotional intelligence and Christian maturity. The written leadership narrative may be included in the research portfolio. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0908.

DMML 0902 Theory, Theology, and the Art of Leadership

Considers Biblical perspectives on leadership, various theories of leadership, and the art of leadership. Addresses such subjects as identity, style, vulnerabilities, decision-making, personal management, administration, power, ethics, gender, and culture. Includes one week of winter residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0910.

DMML 0903 Leadership and Change

Addresses the fundamental leadership competencies of understanding organizational culture, visioning, team building, developing and implementing projects, addressing conflict and crisis, and facilitating change. Draws on Biblical examples and theological perspectives. Considers some elements in the research projects. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0911.

DMML 0904 Leadership and Systems Theory

Uses systems theories including family systems, complex adaptive systems and the Biblical metaphor of church as body to provide lenses through which to view organizational culture and develop projects. Focuses on competencies of complex adaptive leadership such as embracing paradox and uncertainty. Considers related issues such as power, human relations, team development, conflict, and embracing paradox and uncertainty. Includes one week of winter residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0912.

DMML 0905 Intercultural Leadership Competency

Intercultural competence is an essential component of a leaders self-awareness, attitude, knowledge and skill for serving in a multicultural context. Addresses such topics as a theology of diversity, models of culture and intercultural and cross-cultural competence, cultural value orientations, communication styles, and conflict resolution. Includes individual and group intercultural development assessment and coaching. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMML 0906 The Learning Organization

Raises Biblical, theological, and practical questions related to action, accountability, and resilience. Assesses the effect of projects, and critical incidents on people and organizations. Considers how to develop a learning organization including managing polarities, problems, turning vision into reality, and board competencies. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0913.

DMML 0907 Leadership Development

Encourages a vision of and planning for broadening and deepening your personal maturity, leadership capacity, and ministry effectiveness. Uses assessment instruments, and learning in the program to reflect on personal and professional growth. Looks at leadership mentoring and development in others. Includes one week of winter residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0909.

DMML 0920 Directed Reading and Research

Directed Reading and Research (DRR) courses allow students to study in a specific area of interest not addressed by the scheduled course offerings. Permission required.

DMML 0930 Special Topics in Leadership

Examination of specific topics in ministry leadership.

DMML 0940 Program Continuation

Provides support and guidance for continuing in and completing work for the DMin program. Pass/ Fail. No credits. Permission required.

DMML 0941 Exegeting Your Ministry Context

Explores research methods used to acquire a more comprehensive and holistic understanding of the local congregation or organization and its surrounding community. Uses participatory action research as a tool for exegeting the ministry leadership context. Aims to develop creative responses to specific ministry needs or opportunities. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMML 0942 Philosophy of Christian Leadership

Guides in the articulation of your own grounded philosophy of Christian leadership. May be generic or context specific. Will include a theological framework or rationale, the treatment of a few key Biblical passages, and review of some leadership theories and models in the literature. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of winter residency.

DMML 0943 Action Research Project

Centres on a research project arising from your ministry context and leadership. Addresses project design, planning and management, research methods, and ethical considerations. Guides implementation of the project including obtaining permission for various aspects of the project, developing circles of participants, finding or developing resources, documenting relevant events and steps, and evaluating the process and outcomes. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of summer residency. Pre- or corequisite: DMML 0941. Corequisite: DMML 0947.

DMML 0947 Integration: Research Portfolio, Presentation, Hearing

Facilitates the completion of the summative Doctor of Ministry document, integrating the main three research projects in a portfolio that meets publication standards. Includes a public presentation and an oral hearing based on the portfolio and the objectives of the program. Normally the last course; normally runs from January to December. Includes one week of winter residency. Prerequisites: DMML 0941, DMML 0942 and DMML 0943.

DMPC 0901 Participating in God's Work: Preaching Foundations

Grounded in the conviction that God speaks by the power of the Holy Spirit when the words of scripture are read and preached, this course provides an overview of the practice of preaching, with special attention to the theological foundations of proclamation as well as the wisdom gained from preachers and movements of preaching down through the history of the church. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMPC 0902 Sustaining the Preaching Life: Spiritual Well-Being

John Calvin said all wisdom springs from knowing God and ourselves. Without a deep knowledge of God and self, the preacher is incapable of fulfilling his/her calling. This course ponders the spiritual formation of preachers, including the practices of prayer, contemplate exegesis and theological reflection as essential fundamentals for the preaching task. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMPC 0903 Communicating the Gospel in Post-Christian Canada

Understanding the gospel's proclamation in specific contexts is essential. Biblical understanding of the gospel, discernment of trends in Canadian society, as well as applicable principles and practices of contextualization will provide focal points for learning. Application of these skills to development of sermons provides opportunity for integration. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMPC 0904 Embodying the Gospel: Enhancing Communication Skills

Using seminar and workshop settings, the relationship between speech communication, content, form and style in preaching will be addressed. Particular attention will be given to preaching for the ear, preaching with or without manuscripts, the appropriate use of gesture, and the rhetorical virtues of confidence, sincerity and earnestness in the preaching act. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMPC 0905 Exegeting the Congregation and Community: Research Methods

An exploration of research methods used to acquire a more comprehensive and holistic understanding of the local congregation and its surrounding community. Particular attention will be given to the use of the tools of social science in pastoral practice, congregational studies and contextual theology. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMPC 0912 Topics in Proclamation

Topics in Proclamation courses are designed to deepen our understanding of preaching as a theological and pastoral activity of the church in service to the gospel. Different topics are offered each year, such as proclaiming the parables of Jesus; proclaiming Mark's gospel; proclaiming biblical narratives; proclaiming the Psalms; proclaiming the message of the cross, etc. This course must be taken three times, normally once each year of the program. Includes one week of winter residency.

DMPC 0920 Directed Reading and Research

Directed Reading and Research (DRR) courses allow students to study in a specific area of interest not addressed by the scheduled course offerings. Permission required.

DMPC 0930 Special Topics in Preaching and Communication

Examination of specific topics in preaching and communication.

DMPC 0940 Program Continuation

Provides support and guidance for continuing in and completing work for the DMin program. Pass/ Fail. No credits. Permission required.

DMPC 0941 Articulating the Journey: Preaching Identity

Students will articulate their own theology of preaching, informed by coursework, readings, a preaching mentor drawn from church history, and their own identity as preachers, rooted in their theological tradition, as well as personal sense of call and spiritual gifting. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of winter residency.

DMPC 0942 Discerning the Setting: Preaching Context and Strategies

Students will describe and apply understanding of their congregation/ministry in its larger community setting, and propose strategies for preaching that meaningfully and appropriately address their intended audience(s). Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of winter residency. Pre- or corequisites: DMPC 0903 and DMPC 0905.

DMPC 0943 Making a Difference: Preaching Field Project

Students will create, implement and assess a personalized preaching field project in collaboration with members of their own ministry setting. Students will explore an issue or concern related to the ministry of preaching that is biblically based, theologically sound and strategically developed to address a specific aspect of ministry in their context. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of summer residency. Corequisite: DMPC 0947.

DMPC 0947 Integration: Research Portfolio and Hearing

Facilitates the completion of the summative Doctor of Ministry document, integrating the main three research projects in a portfolio that meets publication standards. Includes a public presentation and an oral hearing based on the portfolio and the objectives of the program. Normally the last course; normally runs from January to December. Includes one week of winter residency. Prerequisites: DMPC 0941, DMPC 0942 and DMPC 0943.

DMSF 0901 Listening to God: Discernment for Spiritual Formation

An exploration of the place of discernment in the life of the Christian and of the church, including such topics as attending to the Spirit, and developing individual and communal discernment practices. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0924.

DMSF 0902 Spiritual Formation: A Historical and Practical Approach

An overview of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation including historical background, foundational issues, and current movements including such topics as the nature of Christian experience, transformation, and caring. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0925.

DMSF 0903 Desiring God: Sacred Paths and Spiritual Mentors

An analysis of selected historical and contemporary movements and models intended to cultivate spiritual growth, including such topics as Ignatian, revivalistic, contemplative, and missional spiritualities. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0926.

DMSF 0904 Formational Prayer: The Journey to Wholeness

An integration of Biblical and psychological insights, formational prayer, and transformational spiritual direction, using teaching, modeling, and group experience and including such topics as woundedness, addictions, and healthy ego development. Includes one week of summer residency.

DMSF 0905 Engaging Scriptures: Spiritual Formation for Information and Transformation

An investigation into how the Bible presents spiritual formation and how the Bible can be employed in spiritual formation, including such topics as worship, Bible study, and lectio divina. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0929.

DMSF 0911 Space for God: Personalizing Sacred Practices

An exploration of ancient practices of the church that will enhance one's spiritual well-being in the midst of the busyness of daily life and ministry. This will include practices such as contemplative prayer, being in silence and solitude, listening to God to discern his voice and discovering what it means to rest in God. Includes one week of winter residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0930.

DMSF 0912 Nurturing Spirituality: A Lifestyle of Mentoring, Discipleship and Spiritual Direction

A theoretical and practical review of dyadic relationships such as mentoring, discipleship, and spiritual direction that play a critical role in spiritual formation. Includes application of learning to ministry. Includes one week of winter residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0931.

DMSF 0920 Directed Reading and Research

Directed Reading and Research (DRR) courses allow students to study in a specific area of interest not addressed by the scheduled course offerings. Permission required.

DMSF 0930 Special Topics in Spiritual Formation

Examination of specific topics in spiritual formation.

DMSF 0940 Program Continuation

Provides support and guidance for continuing in and completing work for the DMin program. Pass/ Fail. No credits. Permission required.

DMSF 0941 Spiritual Autobiography: The Ways of the Spirit in a Life

An overview of the ancient and contemporary practice of writing a spiritual autobiography and the composition of one's own spiritual memoir. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of winter residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0920.

DMSF 0942 Developing a Model of Spiritual Formation: Ministry Project

Development of a theological and practical model or philosophy of formation using at least one historical or contemporary approach to spiritual formation as a primary resource or contrast. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of summer residency. Exclusion: DMIN 0921.

DMSF 0943 Action Research Project

A research project on a ministry of spiritual formation leading to experimental findings, the development of applied ministry competences, and practical positive changes to an individual's ministry. Project report will be included in your research portfolio. Includes one week of summer residency. Corequisite: DMSF 0947.

DMSF 0947 Integration: Research Portfolio and Hearing

Facilitates the completion of the summative Doctor of Ministry document, integrating the main three research projects in a portfolio that meets publication standards. Includes a public presentation and an oral hearing based on the portfolio and the objectives of the program. Normally the last course; normally runs from January to December. Includes one week of winter residency. Prerequisites: DMSF 0941, DMSF 0942 and DMSF 0943.