Doctor of Ministry

Professional Preparation at the Highest Level

 
At Maranatha Baptist Seminary, our desire is to produce godly leaders who are passionate scholars of God’s Word and accurate proclaimers of it. To that end, our Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Leading prepares men—as surgeons of the soul—to think proficiently, speak intelligently, and lead wisely as they minister to a spiritually impoverished culture and strive to impact it for Christ’s glory.

Pastors, missionaries, evangelists and other ministry leaders will benefit from the disciplined research and reflection required by Maranatha’s Doctor of Ministry degree. Unique to our program is the emphasis on both preaching and leading. Courses include a study of great preachers of the past, preaching Old Testament narratives, preaching the Gospels, theology of leadership, and change and conflict management. In addition, exploring issues in ministry that may not have been addressed during previous years of schooling will enhance the overall practice of ministry.

As a DMin student, you will gain friendships and accountability with other men who are pursuing similar academic training, spiritual growth, and professional development. You will learn from likeminded men of God—experienced pastors, missionaries, church planters and others—who are eager to prepare you for greater effectiveness and further equip you to proclaim the Word of God and provoke the work of God through the sanctifying power of His Spirit (Hebrews 10:24).

Doctor of Ministry

Admission Requirements

  • Master of Divinity degree or
  • Master of Arts degree plus sufficient course work to total 60 hours
  • During the first two years of the program, graduate students may transfer up to 16 hours of doctoral level credit hours from other colleges or universities.

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition is $360 per credit hour
  • $100 one-time assessment fee
  • $25 per credit hour technology fee

Doctor of Ministry Scholarship

Eternal Vision has partnered with Maranatha Baptist Seminary to help pastors who desire to increase their education and effectiveness for the ministry by assisting new Doctor of Ministry students begin their program.
The Doctor of Ministry Scholarship will provide a grant of up to $1000 for the first class a student takes. This scholarship will also provide a one-to-one matching scholarship for the second class; for every dollar the student’s church provides for tuition, the scholarship will provide a one-to-one match based on available funds.

“All the hope of our ministry lies in the Spirit of God operating on the spirits of men.” – Charles Spurgeon

 

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Course Schedule

Course Schedule

A minimum of 32 semester hours of approved credit must be completed for the Doctor of Ministry degree. Students are required to take DMI 800, seven additional DMin courses, and complete the DMin Ministry Project. Each DMin class (other than DMI 800) consists of three elements: four weeks of pre-modular work, a one-week on-campus (or virtual) module, and twelve weeks of post-modular work.

2018

January 8-12 – DPA 802 – Preaching Old Testament Narratives – Dr. Preston Mayes
June 4-8 – DLE 807 – Organizational Leadership – Dr. Jeff Drost
July 30-August 3 – TBD

2019

January 7-11 – DPA 801 – Great Preachers and Great Preaching – Dr. Larry Oats
June 3-7 – DLE 808 – Developing Leaders in the Local Church – Dr. Jeff Brown
August 5-9 – DLE 806 – Theology of Leadership – Dr. Fred Moritz

2020

January 6-10 – DPA 803 – Preaching the Gospels – Dr. Andrew Hudson
June 1-5 – DPA 804 – Evangelism in the Local Church – Dr. David Barba
 August 3-7 – DPA 805 – Small Group Communication and Evangelization in the Local ChurchDr. Michael Sproul

 

Course Descriptions

A minimum of 32 semester hours of approved credit must be completed for the Doctor of Ministry degree. Students are required to take DMI 800, seven additional DMin courses, and complete the DMin Ministry Project. Each DMin class (other than DMI 800) consists of three elements: four weeks of pre-modular work, a one-week on-campus (or virtual) module, and twelve weeks of post-modular work.

ClassCreditsDescription
Great Preachers and Great Preaching4A study of the great preachers of the past with examples and analysis of their preaching to determine what made them great and what the current preacher can learn from them.
Preaching Old Testament Narratives4A study of the narrative portions of the Old Testament with an emphasis on a dispensational interpretation of the passages and instruction and examples on preaching these passages to a 21st century audience.
Preaching the Gospels4A study of the Gospels in the New Testament with an emphasis on a dispensational interpretation of the passages and instruction and examples on preaching these passages to a 21st century audience.
Evangelism and Church Planting4A study of the work of the gospel in the New Testament, with instruction and examples of preaching and teaching the gospel, growing local churches, challenging churches to discover where the needs are greatest around them, and planting new churches in areas of greatest need.
Small Group Communication and Evangelization in the Local Church4A study of the current use of small groups in local churches, how to maintain a common message, and ways in which the teaching in small groups aids in evangelization and sanctification.
Theology of Leadership4A theological study of leadership in the Bible, an examination of biblical examples of good leadership, and the application of leadership principles to church and ministry leaders today.
Organizational Leadership4The application of the biblical principles of organizational leadership frequently found in the business world to ministry today, with an examination of non-biblical principles which must be rejected.
Developing Leaders in the Local Church4An examination of discipleship in the New Testament and an application of the biblical teaching of discipleship for the local church today.
Ministry Project4The student will design and complete a written project that addresses both the nature and the practice of ministry. This final summative project shall be of sufficient quality that it contributes to the practice of ministry as judged by professional standards and is useful for application in the student's ministry. The project shall demonstrate the candidate’s ability to identify a specific ministry topic, organize an effective research model, use appropriate resources, and evaluate the results. It should also reflect the candidate’s depth of insight in relation to ministry. Upon completion of the ministry project, there shall be an oral presentation and evaluation. The completed written project, with any supplemental material, shall be accessioned in the Maranatha Baptist University Cedarholm Library.


Degree Objectives

 
Each graduate will be able to:

Articulate and apply biblical and secular models of leadership to a ministry context. Graduates will be able to formulate and describe a personal philosophy/style of church leadership and be able to defend it as appropriate to New Testament congregational polity.

Effectively communicate God’s Word in both an interactive teaching venue and a public preaching setting so that biblical content is doctrinally accurate, informative, and sustains listener engagement/attention.

Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, and deploy gospel outreach and discipleship ministry programs for a typical small, medium, or large congregation.

Display essential skills and knowledge of pastoral leadership and preaching through the production of an integrated project that includes a motivational sermon(s), a formal article, and a practical outline of a proposed program that would seek to address an issue, problem, or opportunity for improvement common to a typical Baptist church.

Objectives


Our Faculty

 
Maranatha’s faculty members are well educated, current on theological issues of our day, excellent communicators, and personally approachable.

The anchors of our theology department, Dr. Larry Oats and Dr. Fred Moritz, represent academic expertise and practical experience. Dr. Oats has earned three masters degrees and a PhD in Systematic Theology. As one of Maranatha’s most distinguished alumni and frequent conference speakers, he has been involved in educating students at Maranatha for over 45 years. Dr. Oats has authored numerous theological papers and is a premier authority on Baptist fundamentalism. Dr. Moritz offers the wisdom of experience coupled with solid academic education. He has authored three books and has served as a pastor and an evangelist as well as the executive director of Baptist World Mission in Decatur, Alabama. Dr. Moritz has nearly forty years of field experience, including traveling for missions to nearly seventy countries and preaching in thousands of churches.

Our Bible professors, Dr. Preston Mayes in Old Testament and Dr. Andrew Hudson in New Testament, will provide for you the training in the interpretation of the Scriptures to prepare you for better and clearer communication of God’s truth. Jeff Drost, drawing from a management background in the U.S. Navy Reserve as Mess-Management Specialist First Class and further management experience, brings a biblical perspective to administration and leadership. 

Our adjunct professors will bring a wealth of education and practical experience to prepare you to fulfill your ministry calling. Dr. Dave Barba is a well-known evangelist and church planter. As Director of Press On! Ministries, he has aided in the establishment of dozens of churches. Dr. Jeff Brown, missionary in Nuremburg, Germany, brings a wealth of foreign missionary experience, as well as a strong theological background to the classroom. Dr. Mike Sproul, an Air Force officer and the pastor of a multifaceted church ministry that includes a K-12 school, a college and a seminary, understands administration and leadership, effectively communicating God’s truth.

Dr. Andy HudsonDr. Andrew Hudson

BA, Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
MDiv, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
ThM, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

 Dr. Dave BarbaDr. Dave Barba

BA, Bob Jones University
MA, Bob Jones University
DSMin, Northland International University

Jeff DrostJeff Drost

BS, Cardinal Stritch University
MS, Cardinal Stritch University
BM, Graduate School of Banking, University of Wisconsin
PhD (in process), Regent University

Dr. Marty MarriottDr. S. Martin Marriott

BA, Maranatha Baptist University
BS, Liberty University
MA, Maranatha Baptist Seminary
MDiv, Temple Baptist Theological Seminary
DD, Maranatha Baptist University

Dr. Larry OatsDr. Larry Oats

BA, Maranatha
MA, Maranatha Baptist Seminary
MDiv, Maranatha Baptist Seminary
ThM, Maranatha Baptist Seminary
PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Fred MoritzDr. Fred Moritz

BA, Pillsbury College
MDiv, Central Baptist Theological Seminary
DMin, Bob Jones University

Dr. Preston MayesDr. Preston Mayes

BA, Bob Jones University
MA, Bob Jones University
MDiv, Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary
ThM, Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Jeff BrownDr. Jeff Brown

BS, Ball State University
MDiv, Central Baptist Seminary
ThM, Central Baptist Seminary
PhD, Central Baptist Seminary

Dr. Mike SproulDr. Michael Sproul

BA, International Baptist College and Seminary
MDiv, Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary
DMin, International Baptist College and Seminary

Dr. John BrockDr. John Brock

BS, Bob Jones University
MS, Bob Jones University
EdD, Pepperdine University
DD, Maranatha Baptist University