Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology
The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology program is designed to show students how to become an effective pastor, while still staying in line with biblical, practical, and theological practices. Bethel University offers this program through a cohort model. This means students will enter and exit the program with the same 10-15 peers. This method is designed to help participants to feel comfortable working, discussing, and interacting with others in the Pastoral Theology program.
Examples of courses students will take in this program include Shepherds After My Own Heart: Foundations of Pastoral Theology, The Care of Souls: Pastors and People, and Spiritual Preparation for Pastoring. Through these courses, students will learn about topics such as foundational pastoral theology concepts, historical and theological models, spiritual formation, spiritual disciplines, and the role of a pastor in a church community. Successful graduates should be prepared to enter their pastoral vocation and display effective leadership skills, both intellectually and spiritually.
This program states that common questions about pastoral theology will be explore and discussed. Questions include those such as: “How do we become more effective in a time when pastors are losing their sense of identity and vocation as shepherds?” and “What is pastoral theology and how can this equip us in day-to-day ministry?” Students will converse with experienced ministry practitioners about these topics and others involved in serving as pastor-shepherds.
Students will write a thesis over the course of four years, and through the completion of seven courses. Participants will need to travel to St. Paul, Minnesota each summer and winter in order to fulfill the requirement for week-long resident intensive meetings.
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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