I’m pleased to share with you that Drew University is offering a new Doctor of Ministry program focused on Congregational Growth and Community Development: Theology and Practice of Shalom.  A new cohort is forming in San Francisco at Glide UMC beginning in the Fall 2011.  Take a look:Drew DMIN in SF

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Drew’s San Francisco Area Doctor of Ministry Regional Concentration

Congregational Growth and Community Development Concentration: Theology and Practice of Shalom

This concentration has been carefully designed to assist pastors in renewing the spirit of God in communities and congregations through a theologically-informed praxis for congregational growth and community development with integrity. The focus will be on: strengthening relationships among neighbors, improving community health care and coordination of services, developing the prosperity and economies of communities, fostering a grounded theology in biblical and historical models of church growth, gaining skills in using a prophetic approach to leadership, conducting an in-depth analysis of the community and congregation, and creating a plan for growth and asset-based community development with the leadership of congregations.

The Congregational Growth and Community Development concentration consists of three core courses attentive to:

  • Developing theological approaches to the practice of ministry
  • Reflecting on a prophetic style of ministerial leadership
  • Analyzing your community and congregation to prepare for congregational growth
  • Creating a plan for your congregation’s growth and community development

CONCD 971 Theology and Practice of Shalom (3 credits)

This doctoral level seminar requires a disciplined focuses on the many nuances and facets of the inspiring Judeo-Christian-Muslim concept of Shalom/Salaam/Peace—which can mean community well-being, health, harmony, wholeness, welfare, prosperity and peace–as used by interpreters of Jeremiah 29: 7 in the Bible: “Seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its shalom you will find your shalom.” Together, we will develop a community theology and practice of shalom through 1) the study of the prophetic tradition in scripture; 2) listening to contemporary voices and experiences of shalom; 3) critically reflecting on our own experience in community organizing and development; and 4) deep reading and discussion on the topic. We also will learn and apply a postmodern, narrative theological method of community assessment and apply it to the students’ local ministry contexts.

Instructor: Michael J. Christensen Fall 2011; two 3-day sessions; 10/24-26 and 11/28-30, 2011

CONCD 913 Prophetic Leadership in the Congregation and Community (3 credits)

Prophetic leadership is required for ministries of peace and justice in the congregation and community. According to Walter Brueggemann, only God can call someone as a prophet, but we can ourselves be prophetic in service to God. The prophet is called and calls others to discern the signs of the times, and act boldly for the good of the community. “The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us” (Prophetic Imagination). For the purposes of this advanced seminar in pastoral theology and ministerial formation, a prophetic leader is a person of faith who feels a deep call to be prophetic in a particular situation, time and place; understands the biblical prophetic tradition; insightfully analyzes the present situation; imagines and projects possible futures; and seeks shalom and justice in the congregation and community of which he or she is a part. This seminar interprets and applies these five components of prophetic leadership in contemporary congregational and community contexts: 1) Prophetic Calling; 2) Knowing the Tradition; 3) Interpreting the Present Situation; 4) Projecting the Future; and 5) Seeking Justice.

Instructor: Karen Oliveto.  JanTerm 2012; one week

CONCD 923 Asset-Based Community Development (3 credits)

Originally developed by the School of Social Work at Northwestern University, the ABCD approach to community development focuses on strengths rather than deficiencies of a particular community, prioritizes a resource assessment rather than a traditional needs assessment, and utilizes community asset-mapping and coalition building strategies for comprehensive planning in community development. Content units of the course include:

  • History and biblical bases for shalom ministries
  • Six Threads of Shalom to re-weave communities
  • Stepping Up to Shalom: from social services to community development
  • Steps in seeking systemic change for shalom
  • Strategic planning and practical futuring
  • Congregational-Community partnerships
  • Seeking spiritual growth and faith development
  • Understanding and strengthening multicultural relationships
  • Community economic development
  • Introduction to community organizing
  • Fund-raising and Financial sustainability
  • Public Relations, Case Statements and telling your organizational story
  • Community Asset Mapping
  • Defining and developing this practices in the congregation and community

Instructors: J.P. Duncan and selected experts in specific areas of training.  Spring 2012; two 3-day sessions

CONCD 980 Methods

Prepares students for the Professional Project and Thesis. Introduces research tools and methodologies appropriate for D.Min. projects. Assists students in developing an initial Topic Outline for the professional project. Instructor: TBA, July 16- Aug 3, 2012

General Requirements

The DMIN degree at Drew is open to ministerial leaders who have:

  • M.Div. from ATS accredited institution (equivalent graduate theological education will be considered)
  • Three years or more of practice of ministry after one’s first theological degree
  • Recognized ministry assignment at time of admission
  • Strong record of effective leadership in the practice of ministry
  • Evidence of academic ability (a 3.2 GPA)
  • Capacity for critical theological reflection and writing
  • TOEFL scores of 570 (computer-based 230) must be submitted by those for whom English is not their first language

Degree Completion

Successful candidates will have completed 30 credit hours including:

  • 3 core course, 2 electives, and Methods for Ministry
  • Design, implementation, evaluation and description of professional project
  • Approval and defense of doctoral thesis based on project

Tuition and Other Costs

  • Currently $466 per credit hour or approximately $1,400/course
  • Estimated cost for text books and tools: $750
  • Housing at venue site
  • Travel and meals
  • Reasonably priced dormitory style housing for on campus summer session.

To Apply Contact:

Dr. Kevin Miller, Director of Theological Admissions

973/408-3111 theoadm@drew.edu or visit http://www.drew.edu/theo/admissions.aspx

Application Deadline: July 1, 2011

Apply online http://www.drew.edu/theo/forms/degree/index.php

For additional program information: Dr. Carl Savage, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

973-408-3630 dmin@drew.edu

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