Doctor of Ministry
Concentration 1 Leadership for Witness: Engaging Public Life
This concentration focuses on reclaiming the presence of the church at the intersection of the Good News and the Common Good. Coursework includes instruction by resident Austin Seminary faculty in collaboration with practitioners in fields, such as the justice system, immigration policy and practice, or public health.
Travel Seminar to the Texas-Mexico Borderlands
Five Required Courses
• Religion in American Life Inspired by Jesus’s mission of recovery of sight to the blind, this course makes visible the assumed and often invisible structures of civil religion, American religious history, socio-political-economic forces, and the reification of nationalism in material culture and public rhetoric.
• Power Following Jesus to proclaim release to the captives, this course addresses power and powers biblically, theologically, ethically, and practically.
• Justice To bring good news to the poor demands knowledge of the good news itself as well as knowledge of the poor—those who live deprived of economic resources and those deprived of hope. This course explores God’s vision for justice in contemporary life.
• Freedom The complexity of Jesus’s call to let the oppressed go free is on display in the chronic and urgent public matter of immigration, border security, dignity of persons, money, and race lived out in the borderlands. This course integrates the learning of the first three courses. A component of this course is a travel seminar to the Texas-Mexico borderlands.
• Preaching and Communication This course opens up the work of proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor as rooted in scripture and tradition and yet contextual as truth enacted in the arts of language.
Concentration 2 Leadership for Wonder: Re-Enchanting Christian Life
This concentration is anchored by resident Austin Seminary faculty, with a focus on re-enchantment and reclamation of Christian witness in a technological, consumer-driven age that often shuns the practices of wonder and attention.
Travel Seminar to Ghost Ranch
Areas of Inquiry
• Wonder and the Mind: Living Thoughtfully How to THINK about why what we believe (i.e. doctrines) matters
• Wonder and the Body: Living Justly How to EMBODY what we claim to believe (Christian ethics)
• Wonder and Relationships: Living with Others How to SHARE life with one another (ecclesiology and vocation)
• Wonder and the Soul: Living Before God How to PARTICIPATE in the life of God (Christian contemplation and practices)
The Integrative Portfolio
Integrative portfolios contain the following elements:
• Reflections on artifacts and experiences appropriate to, arising from, or related to coursework
• An integrative project
• Assessments of your work in individual courses, the integrative project, and the curriculum as a whole
What is an Artifact?
An artifact is anything that demonstrates your work in courses or in related experiences on which you reflect critically. Artifacts may be:
- Essays or papers written for courses
- Projects undertaken for courses
- Course evaluations written by instructors
- Sermons or articles written for publication in newsletters
- Descriptions or transcriptions of interviews with significant figures in the ministry context
- Journals, recordings, or photographic records of travel seminars
- Visual, dramatic, or literary creations that reflect on course themes and subjects
- Other items that demonstrate student learning
What is a Reflection?
A reflection is a short, written work (1-2 pages) in which you reflect on an artifact or experience included in your portfolio. These reflections provide the opportunity to describe how you have integrated personally what you have learned in a class or through an experience. Ideally, you will connect learning in one course with learning in other courses. This process may raise questions for further research or reflection, including describing developing ideas for the integrative project.
What is an Integrative Project?
After you have completed course work in one of the two concentrations, you will design and execute an integrative project. The integrative project is a substantive piece of work. It may be a written thesis, a collection of shorter works closely connected to a research issue or question, a mixed-media presentation, or in other form as described in the project proposal and approved by the reader and academic dean.
Why choose the DMin program at Austin Seminary?
• The faculty has a deep commitment to the continued excellence of the program.
• Austin Seminary’s excellent faculty is nationally acclaimed.
• Austin Seminary supports theological education by keeping tuition and housing costs lower than most programs of our quality.
• The City of Austin is a wonderful place to visit, with many attractions.
Austin’s DMin graduates repeatedly report that the program is appropriately rigorous to their intellectual needs, directly applicable to their pastoral needs, and personally warm and engaging on the part of faculty and staff.
Contact the Office of Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies
Paul Hooker, Associate Dean for Ministerial Formation and Advanced Studies
Email | 512-404-4861