Program Director: Reuel U. Almocera
The DMin is a professional degree program primarily designed to serve the needs of pastors, mission executives, church leaders, and other ministry professionals. The purpose of this degree program is to equip people for a higher level of ability in the practice of ministry. This is achieved through an experience of further education, which renews the personal life of faith, sharpens ministerial skills, and stimulates growth in understanding the biblical and theological foundations of ministry and mission.
Outcomes and Competencies
Spiritual Organizational Leader
· Morally upright; Righteous judgments; Bible reading leader; Believer of gift of prophecy; Astute administrator; Lead a prayerful life; Unsullied integrity; Literate in financial management
· Skilled in teaching (Andragogy & Pedagogy); Prepare and deliver biblical sermons; Proficient in pastoral counseling; Loyal to the Adventist Church; Model family
· Hardworking shepherd; Productive evangelist
Astute Practical Theologian
· Accurate doctrinal understanding; Relevant biblically-based practice; Desire for lifelong learning
· Proficient researcher; Express well in academic writing
· Change agent/manager; Sufficient understanding of world religions; Skilled in contextualization; Proficient in language of target groups
· Conversant understanding of modern/post-modern culture
· At home with urban mission realities
At AIIAS, the DMin program is offered in two configurations to meet the needs of students coming from different educational backgrounds. DMin I is for those who have completed a 72-unit Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.33, and have at least four years of ministerial experience.
DMin II is for those who have a 36-unit Master of Ministry degree (or its equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.33, and have at least six years ministerial experience.
These programs may be completed by the full-time “On Campus” or the “In Ministry” modality.
All DMin I candidates will take core courses in Applied Theology, Leadership, and Research and Writing. Under the guidance of the DMin program director, the student will also choose four courses in Church Ministry, Mission or Leadership in order to develop an emphasis that is related to the area of research.
Admission to the DMin program does not guarantee advancement to candidacy. A student may be advanced to candidacy only after
In residence students will normally finish the program within two and one-half years, maximum of six years including all the pre-requisites. Students taking the In-Ministry track are required to finish the program within ten years from the start of their program.
In order to graduate from the DMin program the following courses (45 semester hours) must be completed.
|Doctor of Ministry I - For Master of Divinity Graduates Curriculum|
|Core Courses||15 units|
|CHMN/MSSN 709||Seminar in Applied Theology Methods (3 units)|
|CHMN/MSSN 785||Biblical Foundations of Ministry and Mission (3 units)|
|LEAD 720||Leadership and Spirituality (3 units)|
|LEAD 733||Theology, Theory and Practice of Leadership (3 units)|
|MSSN 721||Seminar in Contextualization and Mission (3 units)|
|CHMN/MSSN/LEAD||Electives (12 units)|
|Elective from an Alternative Emphasis (3 units)|
|Core Courses in Research and Writing||12 units|
|___ 703||Applied Theology Research Seminar (3 units)|
|CHMN/MSSN/LEAD 796||DMin Project (9 units)|
|Total Semester Hours||45 units|
The In-Ministry DMin Program is designed for church leaders who are engaged in full-time ministry to come to the main campus for one to two months of each year in order to take two or four intensive courses.
Admission to the In-Ministry program is on the basis of competence in theology and commitment to ministry, as well as motivation to pursue further study in a recognized area of ministry. In order to be admitted into the program, the prerequisites for the regular DMin program must be met.
There will be pre-course, on-campus, and post-course assignments for each course associated with the In-Ministry DMin program. Each course requires 48 hours of face-to-face regular meeting, conducted in 12 days, 4 hours per day. Reading and work assignments may be given prior to the start of the course.
Admission to the In-Ministry DMin program does not guarantee advancement to candidacy. The candidacy requirements for the In-Ministry DMin program are the same as for the regular DMin program.
The In-Ministry DMin degree has the same degree requirements as the regular DMin program.
The In-Ministry DMin students should finish the program within 10 years.