This component includes development of a prospectus, implementation and evaluation of the project, and a final report. This project should demonstrate competency in planning, guiding, evaluating, and reporting on an event which integrates personhood, theology, theory, and skill.
What is involved in the ministry project?
The ministry project is a process of planning, implementing, leading, evaluating, and reporting on a significant ministry event in which personhood, theology, theories, and methods are integrated. Each of those words is important, but the bottom line is that you will emerge better able to think critically and plan your ministry in a more strategic and integrated way. Here are some things to keep in mind while selecting your ministry project:
- Practical Ministry Focus. You choose the ministry project to address specific needs in your ministry setting. It cannot be just a theoretical study, like a dissertation, but must involve ministry to people.
- Adequate Ministry Setting. Your field setting give you substantial opportunity to minister to people. We evaluate the setting at the time you apply for our program. Should your setting change during the course of the program, you are responsible for providing sufficient and relevant data to ascertain if the new ministry setting is adequate for the purposes of the D.Min. Program.
- Substantive and Significant Ministry Project. You need a project that has enough substance to it to challenge you personally and professional. However, it cannot be so large that attaining your goals is unrealistic.
- Oversight from Doctoral Committee. Three faculty members serve on your doctoral committee, which guides you through the entire process. This committee typically contains a biblical/theological faculty member, a faculty member or practitioner with some expertise in your area of focus, and your track coordinator. This committee helps ensure your ministry project and report warrant your being granted the D.Min. degree.