DMin Class Dates
All DMin classes are taught in two terms each year, January and June.
January 2015 - January 12 - 23
June 2015 - June 8 - 19
Doctor of Ministry
January 2015 Course Descriptions
THE BIBLE AND THE PRACTICE OF MINISTRY
The Bible and the Practice of Ministry concentration at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary emphasizes the theological, literary, social, and historical world of biblical origins. It seeks to develop a critical understanding of the various ways in which the biblical text is and has been interpreted in a range of ministry contexts. Readings include historical critical analysis, work with ancient languages (Hebrew and Greek), as well as various literary, sociological, ideological, and theological methods. Through these critical and contextual engagements with the biblical text, students assess their ministry contexts and their theological understandings. Course projects are designed to further professional growth and promote excellence in the student's preaching and teaching ministry.
B.833 Resurrection Texts Prof: John Alsup
This course offers students the opportunity to 1) engage exegetically the primary New Testament texts that give witness to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 2) integrate that witness critically into the contemporary theological discussion of resurrection and historicity and of selected hermeneutical issues (e.g., Jewish-Christian dialogue), and 3) achieve doctoral-level exegetical proficiency for pastors.
THE CHURCH’S LIFE AND THE PRACTICE OF MINISTRY
In this area, students focus on the church's shared life, including the various ways the Christian community is called to embody its faith in practice. The church not only bears witness by telling its story, but also by how it orders its relationships with God, each other, and the world, by means of its various practices. Students reflect on the church's normative practices of education and formation, care and counseling, mission and evangelism. Projects in this area are designed to increase students' capacities for analyzing particular contexts, reflecting theologically on these contexts and practices, understanding conceptual frameworks proposed by various theorists, imagining creative ministry interventions, and evaluating their effect upon congregations, individuals, and the world.
CL.809 Teaching the Bible in the Church Prof: Michael Waschevski
This course explores alternatives for teaching the Bible that heighten its importance in the church and open students to its meaning and mystery. Attention is given to various hermeneutical, contemplative, practical and pedagogical approaches to teaching the Bible. The goal of this course is to provide students with a variety of ways of engaging the Bible as a practice for enriching Christian faith.
CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY AND THE PRACTICE OF MINISTRY
This area of concentration brings together classical disciplines of spiritual formation and theological reflection with matters that confront people of faith in daily life. Course work includes explorations of the spiritual significance of work, the relationship of money and spiritual wellbeing, and classical and contemporary practices of prayer and worship. This concentration also assists students who are interested in becoming spiritual directors by offering opportunities to explore and discuss theologically various issues in the field of spiritual direction. Projects in this concentration are designed to prepare students to deepen their own spiritual awareness and practices, and to lead others in spiritual formation, including individuals and congregations.
CS.843 Theology of the Christian Life Prof: David W. Johnson
This course examines several understandings of the Christian spiritual life, drawn from a range of traditions and time periods. The aims of the course are 1) to become familiar with key works of Christian spirituality, 2) to discover ways in which these works address the contemporary situation of the church, and 3) to provide pastors with the means of strengthening their own spiritual lives and the spiritual lives of those to whom they minister.
PROCLAMATION AND WORSHIP
In this concentration, students study the history, theology, and ritual actions of worship. Students also examine the historical, biblical, performative, rhetorical, theological, and contextual aspects of proclamation. Students engage these actions of proclamation and worship in their projects, which are designed to increase students’ capacities for reflecting on the interdisciplinary nature of proclamation and worship and engaging current practices and trends.
PW.831 Special Topics in Proclamation and Worship: Leading from the Pulpit: The Preacher as Servant and Leader Prof: Anne Hoch
This course explores ways in which the preacher becomes a gospel-centered, relevant, and effective leader and in which the sermon becomes an occasion for gospel-centered, relevant and effective leadership of the Christian community. Students read in literatures of preaching and worship, congregational studies and leadership studies.
THEOLOGY AND THE PRACTICE OF MINISTRY
This area of study allows students to deepen their understanding of theology, ethics, history, and comparative religion as these disciplines relate to the practice of ministry. Students enrolled in this area of study may focus on theological or ethical questions that arise in communities of faith and human society, examine the interplay between contemporary questions and classical doctrines, explore challenges and opportunities in Christian ministry in a religiously plural context, and probe the history of Christian traditions with an eye to the church's future. Projects in this area of study are designed to increase students' capacities for theological reflection on relevant questions, issues, and challenges in ministry.
T. 851 Special Topic in Theology and the Practice of Ministry: Stop Making Sense: Searching for the Hidden God – Judaism After the Holocaust Prof: Neil Blumofe
When the word is hidden or suspect, how do we go on? How do we cope and frame a life of meaning and hope, when there is genocide in our memory and lurking still, just beyond our borders? How do absurdity, rationality, and irony inform our understanding of our God? We study absence and hurban (destruction) as themed concepts throughout the development of Jewish history, practice, and thought, and we investigate how these ideas may be brought into a theological context/process. We scrutinize how Judaism has adapted (and has yet to adapt) out of the shadow of the Shoah. How does Judaism compensate for such loss? This course, geared specifically toward Christian leaders, aims to challenge expectations and to stoke creativity when thinking of Judaism and its future.