Program Overview

Clarks Summit University offers a Doctor of Ministry program for men in the church who want to develop advanced professional education in biblical leadership through a foundation of theology and practical aspects of pastoral leadership, global ministry, and para-church and counseling ministries. Students in the program will learn to analyze and meet the biblical needs of the people in their ministry with an understanding of the study of Christianity and other biblical tools in order to develop a ministry philosophy. Concentrations include leadership in pastoral ministry, leadership in theological studies, leadership in global ministry, leadership in counseling and spiritual development, and leadership in communication.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Classes include: developing effective leadership skills, current trends in global ministry, the centrality of scripture in ministry, understanding the middle east mind in bible times, prophetic themes that impact the church today, dealing with difficult passages in the scripture, and disciplining men for godly leadership in the church.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate the ability to use the biblical text in the original languages and to exegete it in a scholarly manner, to demonstrate the  skills to engage competently in original research and writing that advance the understanding of the biblical text for the sake of academy, church, and society in order to enrich the spiritual life of others, and to develop a sense of and a commitment to the vocation of biblical scholarship in its dimensions of learning, research, and teaching.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The original Clarks Summit University campus began as an undergraduate school in 1932 in Johnson City, NY. Growth demanded a new campus, and in 1968 the campus relocated to Clarks Summit, PA. The Seminary program began in the 1970s, followed by the introduction of graduate studies in 1989. The private, not-for-profit college awards degrees ranging from a one-year Bible certificate and Associate’s degrees to Master’s and Doctorate programs. Clarks Summit University supports a mission focused on the "excellence in biblical higher education for effectiveness in global Christian leadership."

    While students have the opportunity to complete on-campus degrees, the institution also promotes the Online Bible College, along with the Online Graduate and Online Seminary schools offering distance education. Through the Online Bible College, students can pursue degrees in Bible and worldview studies. Through BBC Online Graduate Studies, students can complete master's degrees in fields such as education, counseling, and Bible.​ Other graduate degrees may be earned in hybrid formats.

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