Doctor of Ministry Program

3. Proficiency in at least one ministerial skil l as verified by professional ministeri­ al experience. A minimum of two years of fu ll-time "1n ministry" experience af­ ter the student has received the M.Div. degree or its equivalent is needed to demonstrate this proficiency. 4. Completion of such diagnostic and/or 5. Written recommendations from the following: a clergy colleague, a denomi­ national official or other recognized Christian leader, a lay person in the congregation or agency or board served by the applicant and a former professor in the field of practical theology. 6. A personal statement of approximately IO typewritten pages (double-spaced) detailing ministerial experience, strengths and weaknesses, and the can­ didate 's personal objectives for the Doctor of Ministry program. 7. A personal interview with the Graduate Committee may be required. Fulfill­ ment of the above basic requirements does not necessarily guarantee admis­ sion into the program because individ­ ual cases and circumstances, 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, w ill be the governing criterion. Graduation Requirements A Res ident Study: Six courses of study (six un its each) comprise the basic theological tests that the Graduate Committee determines necessary. residency requirement At least four of the courses must be taken in the field of con­ centrat ion. Each course w ill require signifi­ cant preliminary read ing in preparation and a follow-up prOJeCt at the conclusion of the classroom experience. D.Min. course descriptions are listed below. A minimum grade of "B" must be maintained in each course acceptable toward comple­ tion of the program. B. A Dissertation Action Project: Action research, as dist ingu ished from library re­ search, wil l be conducted by the candidate

by all Th.M. candidates. Information re­ garding thesis form and submission deadlines is provided in the "Thesis In­ formation" section of the Talbot Stu­ dent Handbook. Two copies, the origi ­ nal and one copy, are to be presented to the library for binding. All theses, whether acceptable or not, become the property of the university. Students are encouraged and trained to make pre­ sentations at the meetings of profes­ sional organizat ions and to publish their research in appropriate professional journals or as monographs. Permission to publish material submitted in a thesis to Talbot Theological Seminary and School of Theology should be request ­ ed in writing from the university the­ ological faculty. Only one year following the comple­ tion of course work is normally allowed for completion of a thesis. A student who has completed his course work must register as a thesis-non-resident student for every semester the thesis remains outstanding. A student may go beyond this one year period only by advance permission of the Graduate Committee. Such permission is usually granted only in extreme circumstances. Graduation Requirements Degrees are awarded to qualified candi­ dates at the university's winter and spring commencements. Students are required to be present for graduation unless advanced permission to graduat e in absentia has been secured. To qualify for graduation, candidates must present acceptable theses, have satisfactorily passed their compre­ hensive examinations and have completed all required course work with a minimum average of 3.0. No grade less than a B wil l be credited toward the Th .M. degree unit s. Candidates for the Th.M. degree should also manifest promise of usefulness in Christian ministry, exhibit exemplary and consistent Christian character and evi­ dence sound theological beliefs in accor­ dance with the university's doctrinal statement.

in the major field of concentrat ion. Ord i­ nar ily, the minimum length w ill be I00 pages and the maximum length I 50 pages. However, the quality of the project will be considered of more importance than the length. The subject must be approved by the candidate's advisor. The dissertation action project must be submitted to the student's advisor according to dates pre­ scribed by the Graduate Committee. The original and one copy of the dissertation, completed in prescribed seminary form, must be in the dean's office three months before graduation. A schedule of classes is available upon request For more information, please contact: Dr. Jim Conway, Director of the D.Min. Program, Talbot Theological Semi­ nary and School of Theology, La Mirada, California, 90639. Doctor of Ministry Courses Courses in this section are conducted at the postgraduate level, with enrollment re­ stricted to those who have been granted admission to the D.Min. program at Talbot MIN 80 I PASTOR'S SYMPOSIUM* An in-depth study of the varied tasks of the contemporary pastor, with particular consideration of his roles as expositor,. discipler, evangelist, counselor and leader of worship. Pastors who have distinguished themselves as thoughtfu l practitioners of the art serve as resource leaders. A course designed to equip the pastor in the principles of pre-marit al counseling. Emphasis given to the practical aspects of structuring and conducting a complete pre-marital preparation program within the local church. Specific techniques for marital counseling to be presented, dis­ cussed and demonstrated throughout the duration of this course. Prerequisite: train­ ing in the use of the Taylor-Johnson Tem­ perament Analysis. (Concurrent with this cou rse training in the use of the Taylor ­ Johnson Temperament Analysis is offered at add it ional charge. ) MIN 803 PRE-MARITAL AND MARITAL COUNSELING+

Program Director: James Conway, D.Min., PhD. candidate

The D.Min. degree offered by Talbot Theological Seminary and School of Theol­ ogy is the highest professional degree for ordained persons in the parish or related ministries. It is distinct from the Th.D. or Ph.D. in that its primary emphasis is on the practice of min istry rather than on re­ search and teaching. Purpose "The purpose of the professional doc­ torate is to equip one for a high level of excellence in the practice of ministry" (As­ sociation of Theological Schools, Standards for Accrediti ng, p. 23). This program builds on the basic theological degree, i.e., the M.Div., or its equivalent, and provides an opportunity for the person in ministry to strengthen abilities and correct deficien­ cies. In order to accompl ish these ends , the student will be expected to integrate theological education in the context of ministry by demonstrating high levels of competence in one of two available fields of concentration: Church leadersh ip 01· marriage and family ministries. Admission Requirements Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program will be granted on a very selective and individual basis with the fo l­ lowing basic requirements applying to all applications: I. An M.Div. degree or its equivalent from an approved seminary w ith a grade­ point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 2. Applicants must have a working knowl­ edge of the original languages of Scr ip­ ture, i.e .. Hebrew and Greek. This may be attested by evidence of prior satis­ factory completion of courses in the languages or through examinat ion.


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