Doctor of Ministry in Congregation and Family Care
Offered by Bethel University is a hybrid Doctor of Ministry in Congregation and Family Care. Students will have the opportunity to further their skills in dealing with group, individuals, and family pastoral care.
Consisting of seven course units, the program typically takes three years to complete. During that time, students will complete a thesis project taking, on average, an additional year. The Congregation and Family Care program combines on-campus and online learning, requiring students to attend weeklong resident intensives during the months of July and January at the St. Paul location.
Examples of courses students would take include Understanding Family Systems, Current Issues in Pastoral Care, and The Theology of Evil and Suffering. Individuals in the program will study how to deal with and respond to the increasing weakness of both families and society. Bethel University seeks to train its students to be able to act in both preventative and therapeutic ways. The Doctor of Ministry allows students to accommodate their degree through the choosing of a track that aligns best with their individual interests. The Congregation and Family Care track offers four concentrations consisting of Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care, Marriage and Family Studies, and a Generalist option combining the three aforementioned concentrations.
Through coursework and research, graduates of the program will be educated on how to become transformational leaders to address issues that churches and ministries encounter. Obtained though the self-directed program, individuals should be prepared to serve in various outreaches such as global mission, church leadership, or family ministry.
Accreditation & Licensing
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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