Courses offered are normally one-week intensive courses throughout the year. Students receive pre-course assignments that include assigned readings and/or written papers. At the end of the sessions, students receive post-course assignments that may include a written project requiring the students to apply course material.
Academic Requirements for Completion
All requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree must be completed within six years from the time of matriculation. Petitions for an exception to this requirement mush be approved by the Program Committee.
The candidate will complete a total of 30 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This includes successful completion of eight seminars (24 credit hours) plus the major project (six credit hours). Upon completion of the major project, the candidate will make a successful oral presentation of the work to the Program Committee and the Project Committee for evaluation.
Upon successful completion, the student is awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree.
A graduate in the Biblical Preaching and Teaching Track will be capable of:
- Interpreting the Bible in a Christ-centered way
- Identifying the story of individual Bible texts
- Preaching or teaching the text within a broader biblical theology
- Preaching or teaching the text with sensitivity to the congregation
DM818 Enriching Preaching through Logos Software Application
DM918 Christ-Centered Preaching
One course in the preaching cluster. Examples include:
DM912 The Art of Biblical Preaching
DM836 The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching
One course in the hermeneutics cluster. Examples include:
DM831 Gospel Hermeneutics 1: Typology, Symbol, and the Christ
DM839 Gospel Hermeneutics 2: Preaching Christ in All the Scriptures
One course in the biblical theology cluster. Examples include:
DM878 Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires
DM887 Preaching Christ in the Law, Prophets, and Psalms
3 electives courses—9 credit hours
Enriching Preaching through Logos Bible Software (3 hrs.)
To preach and teach effectively, the pastor must have a foundation of sound exegetical competence upon which to build. This course is a developmental course designed to teach pastors and teachers the latest software tools in exegetical analysis stressing proficiency in skill and efficiency in time. It is designed to show the pastor or teacher how to use Logos Bible Software as a resource for thousands of illustrations and sermon texts to enrich Biblical teaching for maximum effectiveness. The timeless principles of classical rhetoric as first identified by Aristotle, that is, the use of all available means of persuasion, are developed to give structure and force to the message.
The Art of Exegetical Theology in Preaching (3 hrs.)
We must know how the Bible speaks and not simply what it speaks. Moving beyond the analysis of the text, this course looks to the beauty of the structure of the entire canon of the Word of God. It explores the meta-narrative of the Bible, developing a poetic vision of the Biblical horizons. It looks to the iconic aspect of the text, developing an awareness of form and a sense of symbol. It explores the redemptive message of the Bible as story. It teaches us to tell the story of heaven’s Bridegroom who came to slay the great, red dragon, all to rescue his beloved, and to take her to the palace of his Father, the King. It teaches us to preach the message of the Bible as a wooing of the beloved, the church of all the ages. It teaches us, with John the Baptist, to “hear the voice of the Bridegroom,” and so to rejoice! (John 3:29).
Biblical Theology and Preaching That Inspires (3 hrs.)
Systematic theology should culminate in Biblical theology. This course takes the student of the Scripture and teaches him to revel in the beauty of the Word of God as truth and then to express that truth in doctrine that dances, that rejoices the heart of the hearers. How do we recapture David’s heart, which was like God’s own heart, and how to we tune our hearts to David’s harp, to treasure the Word of God for its purity, as gold, even much fine gold, or silver, tried in the furnace seven times? How do we taste its sweetness, even as the honey of the honeycomb? How do we partake of the Word as the Bread of Life, and God’s Spirit as Living Waters? What is the meaning of God’s wonderful history of redemption, and what is our role in that story? How can we best capture its wonder and express its delight?
Preaching Christ in the Law, Prophets, and Psalms (3 hrs.)
The law uniquely teaches the love of Jesus. The prophets show how his justice leads to his mercy. And the psalms show the tender heart of the Davidic King. This course is designed to show how to express the love of Christ even in unexpected places, like the preaching of the law through the thunder of Sinai. It teaches us to proclaim the comfort told by the prophets, all within the faithful proclamation of the justice of God expressed in the tears of prophets like Jeremiah. Christ is all in all, even in—and especially in—the Old Testament.
Gospel Hermeneutics 1: Typology, Symbol, and the Christ (available online)
There is an ancient Arab proverb that the best teachers turn our ears into eyes. Powerful preaching aims at the heart with images just as much as it aims at the mind with reasoned exposition. Jesus taught largely through parables. John evangelized through signs. Paul argued powerfully with allegory. And John’s Revelation is filled with symbols and types. In this introduction to hermeneutics we attempt to recapture the sheer beauty of the images of the Bible that would have been easily recognizable to the first century church. We will consider the nature of biblical mystery, the prophetic character of biblical history, the iconic vision of the biblical expression, biblical types, the literary figures of the evangelists and apostles, and the images of creation and redemption through the large library of biblical generic imagination.
Gospel Hermeneutics 2: Preaching Christ in All the Scriptures (not available online)
The Savior claimed that the Scriptures spoke of him (John 5:39), and that the theme of the Old Testament was the suffering of Messiah and the glory to follow (Luke 24:25–27). Paul claimed that the Scriptures taught that Christ must suffer death and burial followed by a third day resurrection (1 Cor 15:4). This course is designed to enable you to see the gospel clearly and pervasively in the Old Testament, just as the New Testament authors claimed. It focuses on the many, many foreshadowing’s of the death and third day resurrection of Christ in the Old Testament. It further explores the New Testament method of typology and symbols of Christ that unite the testaments around the theme of the coming of Christ, as Matthew stated, “that it might be fulfilled.”
The Art of Biblical Preaching (3 hrs.)
Moving from theory to practice, this course teaches you how to read your hearers, how to show the relevance of the text to them, how to structure a sermon or lesson for maximum effectiveness, what style to strive for, how best to illustrate and how to tell Scriptural stories effectively.
Major Project Dissertation
The Major Project Dissertation is an applied dissertation. It should be a minimum of 120 pages and demonstrate the student’s ability to build an adequate bridge between significant ministerial concerns in a creative and meaningful way.