Since the beginning of the New Testament church, God has called men into the ministry of shepherding local bodies of believers. Today, the world needs men who not only have pastoral experience, but who also have formal training in leading their congregations to study God’s Word, grow in deeper relationships with God and others, and produce disciples.
Maranatha Baptist Seminary is pleased to introduce its new Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Leading, designed for pastors, missionaries, and other church leaders who seek professional and personal growth. “Two key areas of pastoral ministry are the proclamation of God’s Word and leading the congregation in their path toward greater Christlikeness,” says Seminary Dean Dr. Larry Oats. “The purpose of this degree is to enhance the practice of ministry in those areas for men who hold the Master of Divinity degree (or an equivalent) and have engaged in ministry already.”
The Doctor of Ministry degree melds together a pastor’s initial classroom training and experience in ministry with 32 credits of formal training in preaching the genres of the Old and New Testaments, evangelism, small group communication, leadership, and management. Combined, the aspects of classroom training and experience create a dynamic setting whereby a pastor or church leader can grow and sharpen his ministry.
Maranatha’s DMin faculty provide a wealth of personal experience, with backgrounds in church planting, missions, pastoring, academic leadership, and teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels. They understand the necessity for a leader’s continual improvement while serving God in the local church.
“The enhancement of a pastor’s ministry will be accomplished through rigorous study of leadership and preaching concepts, diligent application of those concepts to one’s current ministry, and beneficial interaction with fellow students designed to refine preaching and leading skills,” says Seminary New Testament professor, Dr. Andrew Hudson.
During the process of evaluating the DMin degree, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Maranatha’s accrediting body, commended the addition of the new program. They noted, “A review of MBU’s Mission Statement, Guiding Core Values and Statement of Faith as well as extensive team interviews with the Executive Council, the faculty, and graduate students provides evidence that offering a doctorate in ministry fits the overall mission, strategic plan, and academic master plan of the university.”
University president Dr. Marty Marriott says, “One benefit of offering this program is the establishing of a regionally-accredited doctoral program for independent Baptist pastors and ministry leaders to receive professional preparation at the highest level. We expect qualified current MBU graduate students to pursue this advanced degree as well.”
Classes will be offered in January, June, and July of each year and can be taken on-campus or in video conferencing format from home or the office.
Submitted by Grace Peters.