DMin – Theology and Worship of the English Reformation
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DMin – Theology and Worship of the English Reformation

Doctor of Ministry–Theology and Worship of the English Reformation

The Theology and Worship of the English Reformation Track is designed to equip those in ministry to understand the doctrinal and liturgical reforms of the 16th and 17th centuries.

The received traditions of Catholic faith and practice were rethought in 16th century Britain along the “evangelical” lines of the Reformation, resulting in a consistent though broad Protestantism lived and expressed through the Book of Common Prayer. The early English evangelicals did find a middle-way of sorts, but not as is often imagined a via media between the Reformation and Rome. Rather, the English Reformation listened to and learned from both the Lutheran and Reformed traditions and attempted to express and embody a Protestantism that could include both (or at least not exclude either).

This track encourages an understanding of the mutuality of theology and worship and considers the complexity of contextualization, as well as the process of learning from the past for the sake of the present.

DMin Degree Learning Outcomes

A graduate in the Theology and Worship of the English Reformation Track will be capable of:

  • Articulate the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.

  • Explain the inspiration and authority of all of scripture and its relationship to the Gospel.

  • Articulate the relationship of the gospel to sanctification in the life of the believer.

  • Articulate a Christocentric view of ministry in which theological study, practice, and ethical conduct mutually inform and enhance one other.

  • Demonstrate pastoral, oral, and written skills and competencies that are required for church leadership at its most mature and effective level.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

DOCTOR OF MINISTRY REQUIRED COURSES

DM825 Doctoral Research and Writing

3 Credit Hours

DM888 Theological Ethics for Ministry

3 Credit Hours

DM918 Christ-Centered Preaching

3 Credit Hours

THREE COURSES IN THE THEOLOGY AND WORSHIP OF THE ENGLISH REFORMATION CLUSTER

DM817 History of The English Reformation

3 Credit Hours

DM819 Turning Points in Reformational Perspective

3 Credit Hours

DM821 Readings in the English Reformers

3 Credit Hours

DM826 Thomas Cranmer: Theology and Prayer Books (1549 & 1552)

3 Credit Hours

DM827 Documents of the English Reformation

3 Credit Hours

DM924 Theology for Ministry: Doctrine for Preaching and Pastoral Care

3 Credit Hours

TWO ELECTIVE COURSES

Taught by Leading Scholars in the Field of Anglican Studies and the English Reformation:

  • Rev. Dr. Ashley Null (the world’s leading Cranmer scholar)
  • Dr. Gerald Bray (editor of Documents of the English Reformation)
  • Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh
  • Rev. Dr. Justin Holcomb

Final Project

The purpose of the Major Project is to demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate the academic content of the Doctor of Ministry program with the nature and practice of ministry for the purposes of enhancing the personal practice of ministry.

Each project will address a specific ministerial concern and clearly demonstrate—and be assessed according to—the following characteristics:

  • Excellent research including…
  1. an organized, coherent, and effective research methodology.
  2. sufficient resources to demonstrate advanced competency of the depth and breadth of the topic being addressed.
  3. clear, informed, and objective assessment of the research results from a theological and practical point of view.
  • Both a personal and public rationale
  • Both theoretical/theological and practical considerations that are clearly described and integrated
  • Practical application that contributes meaningfully to the personal practice of ministry

These should culminate in a significant contribution to the practice of ministry in the intended community of the church.

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