Doctor ofMinistry Program

6. A personal statement of approximately 10 typewritten pages (double-spaced) detailing ministerial experience, strengths, weaknesses, and the candidate's personal objectives for the Doctor of Ministry program. 7. A personal interview with the D.Min. director may be required. Fulfillment of the above basic requirements does not neces­ sarily guarantee admission into the pro­ gram because individual cases and circum­ stances, such as available openings in the program, may dictate other factors to be considered. In general, a high standard of overall performance, especially in practice of ministry, will be the governing criterion.

DE 888 Studies in Educational Research (3) The study of various methods of scholar­ ly research within education in general and Christian education in particular. Student activity involves the analysis of research content and methodology, evaluation of re­ search reports, and development of a vari­ ety of research designs. DE 890 Advanced Research Seminar (3) Guided involvement in research propos­ al preparation and dissertation develop­ ment. Extensive practice in the selection of methods of research and/or statistical pro­ cedures for specific educational questions, the avoidance of common errors in the pro­ cess of research, and the preparation of re­ search reports. DE 891 Dissertation (3-6) Research and writing of a dissertation under the supervision of an approved advis­ er and committee. Twelve semester hours of dissertation are required for graduation. DE 892 Continuous Enrollment (0) Students who are on approved leave of absence, or who have completed 12 hours of dissertation but have not succesfully completed the oral defense, must register for continuous enrollment. A fee equivalent to 1 semester hour of course work is re­ quired.

Program Director: Gary McIntosh, D.Min.

OBJECTIVES 'The purpose of the professional doctor­ ate is to equip one for a high level of excel­ lence in the practice of Ministry" (Association of Theological Schools, Standards for Accrediting). The Doctor of Ministry degree offered by Talbot School of Theology is the highest professional degree for ordained persons in the church or related ministries. It is dis­ tinct from the Th.D. or Ph.D. in that its pri­ mary emphasis is on the practice of min­ istry rather than on research and teaching. This program builds on the basic theo­ logical degree, the M.Div., or its equivalent, and provides an opportunity for the person in ministry to strengthen abilities and cor­ rect deficiencies. In order to accomplish these ends, the student will be expected to integrate theological education in the con­ text of ministry by demonstrating high lev­ els of competence in one of five available fields of concentration; church leadership, marriage and family, church growth, coun­ seling or general studies. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Admission to the Doctor of Ministry pro­ gram will be granted on a very selective and individual basis with the following basic re­ quirements applying to all applications: 1. An M.Div. degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary with a grade­ point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 2. Applicants must have a knowledge of the original languages of scripture. This may be attested by evidence of prior satis­ factory completion of courses in the lan­ guages or through examination. 3. A minimum of three years of full-time "in ministry" experience after the student has received the M.Div. degree or its equiv­ alent. The student must be engaged in pro­ fessional ministry throughout the duration of the program. 4. Completion of such diagnostic and/or theological tests that the Graduate Committee determines necessary. 5. Written recommendations from the following: a clergy colleague, a denomina­ tional official or other recognized Christian leader, a lay person in the congregation, agency or board served by the applicant, a former professor in the field of practical the­ ology and if married a letter of support from the applicant's spouse.


Six courses of study (six units each) com­ prise the basic residency requirement At least four of the courses must be taken in the field of concentration. Each course will re­ quire significant preliminary reading in prepa­ ration and a follow-up project at the conclusion of the classroom experience. B. Academic Graduation Requirements Aminimum grade of "B-" must be main­ tained in each course acceptable toward com­ pletion of the program. Aminimum of a "B" (3.00) average is required for graduation. C. Time Limit For Degree Complete the program in no less than three years and no more than five years. D. A Dissertation Project The student will conduct research and de­ velop a project in his major field of study. The project may focus on the writing of a book manuscript, the research of a critical issue, the development of a new program or an in-<lepth case study of a ministry situation. Ordinarily, the minimum length will be 100 pages and the maximum length of 150 pages. Complete in­ formation on the Dissertation Project is avail­ able from the Doctor ofMinistry office. A schedule of classes is available upon re­ quest For more information, please contact Dr. Gary McIntosh, Director of the D.Min. Program, Talbot School ofTheology, La Mirada, California 9063S-0001. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Courses in this section are conducted at the postgraduate level, with enrollment re­ stricted to those who have been granted ad­ mission to the D.Min. program at Talbot

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