Family Ministry

2010 Cohort - Courses and Schedule 
2014 Cohort - Courses and Schedule
2014 Cohort Brochure (pdf)

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Application deadline for the 2014 cohort is April 30, 2014
Mission

Changing the people who change the world, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Family Ministry Concentration prepares men and women to fulfill the teaching and discipling mandates of the gospel commission as they impact families positively for the Kingdom.

The DMin Family Ministry Concentration prepares an individual for a proactive ministry of preaching, teaching, and working with groups to develop the positive family and relationship skills needed in today's culture. It is designed to promote pastoral excellence by attending to the (1) pastor's personal life, (2) the pastor's own family, (3) families in the congregation, and (4) the congregation as a family.

Competencies

The DMin Family Ministry Concentration seeks to create competency in four areas:

  1. Famly Life Education - Participants acquire knowledge of the various topic areas related to the field of family life education and explore current issues and empirical findings related to this area of study.
  2. Spiritual, Theological, and Personal Development - Participants reflect theologically on the lived experience of families, become aware of their personal strengths and limitations, realize the impact self-awareness and self-understanding have on ministry, and seek to integrate their expanding spiritual and theological perspectives into their personal formation as individuals and members of families.
  3. Research and Praxis - Participants learn and acquire basic research skills pertinent to their practice in the field of family life education and family ministry within the context of church and community. Based on current research, students develop and deploy a relevant, field-based project intentionally addressing family ministry in the local context.
  4. Professional Family Ministry - Participants gain knowledge of the professional family ministry constructs and acquire ministry skills pertinent to the practice of family life education and enrichment  within the context of ministry.
Learning Modalities

The following learning modalities will be included in the concentration's pedagogy:

  1. Module Intensives - Participants will attend intensives (each approximately two weeks in length) led by top educators and experts in family ministry and family life education that provide didactic and experiential learning experiences. Pre-and post-intensive assignments include assigned textbook reading, reflective journaling, and preparation of papers that will form chapters of the participant's project document.
  2. Ministry Development Plan (MDP) - Each participant will prepare a plan for their development personally (including spiritually), relationally, and professionally along with a detailed description of what will be involved in the completion of the specific concentration. The MDP is comprised of four sections: a description of the participant's current situation, their vision for their life and ministry following the program, the steps they propose to move in the direction of that vision during their program and a listing of the helping as well as hindering forces.
  3. Learning Groups - Each participant will become part of a small work group (3-7 individuals each of whom is part of the concentration cohort) which meets on a regular basis (as assigned--usually twice per year) to fulfill specific assignments. Work groups provide a forum for participants to co-investigate principles of Christian ministry in a collegial, supportive environment. Meetings may be held by teleconference.
  4. Context Support Groups - Each participant will select and invite 5-7 persons within their ministry context to serve on their context support group. These individuals meet as a group with the participant once each year of the program to provide encouragements and assessment of their growth (based on the participant's Ministry Development Plan) throughout the journey.
  5. A Mentoring Relationship - Each participant will recruit a mentor suited to the Family Ministry concentration. Monthly contact with the mentor is to be initiated and scheduled by the participant. A report of the mentoring relationship will be submitted annually.
  6. Professional Portfolio - Each participant will prepare a professional portfolio, a practical record demonstrating growth throughout the doctoral program as a family ministry professional. The completed portfolio will be presented at the end of the particpant's program.
Outcomes

Upon completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Exhibit growth toward personal and family health and wholeness;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in theological reflection, especially in the lived experience of families;
  • Evaluate available family life resources appropriate for sermon preparation or seminar preparation, church programming, evangelistic events and pastoral counseling;
  • Identify support resources for families in your community;
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in famliy life education and enrichment adequate for facilitating church-related events;
  • Display progress toward professional certification level II from the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals.
Professional Certifications

The Doctor of Ministry curriculum covers most of the areas involved in CFLE certification (Certified Family Life Educator) from the National Council on Family Relations. However, since it is a DMin program and many of the credits are taken up with theology and the project aspects, the family life education instruction is not structured to qualify as a CFLE-approved academic program. It would be reasonable to assume that participation in a cohort for the Family Ministry Concentration would help prepare CFLE applicants for the alternative application process—the CFLE exam.

The Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP) offers certification. Once again, the DMin Family Ministry curriculum does not offer a course in human growth and development, and the courses that are offered do not line up precisely with those listed for AAFLP certification level II. So, with the exception of the human growth and development requirement (which will need to be acquired elsewhere), it can reasonably be assumed that the DMin Family Ministry curriculum will suffice for the minimum and elective academic content required for AAFLP certification level II.

Coordinator

Dr. Ron Flowers serves as coordinator for the Family Ministry concentration. He can be reached at ronaldmflowers@gmail.com.

Cohort participants will take these courses/study modules:
 

2010 Family Ministry Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort beginning in 2010:
(follow the linked course/module names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Course # Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
DSRE755 Families in Society (3 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Willie Oliver July 11-16, 2010 Andrews University
DSRE758 Internal Dynamics of Families (3 cr) Jeffrey Brown July 18-23, 2010 Andrews University
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (2 cr) Bill Knott and/or David Penno July 25-30, 2010 Andrews University
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (6 cr) Jon Dybdahl May 2-12, 2011 Andrews University
GSEM730 Field Research for Ministry (2 cr) Monte Sahlin Feb-July 2011; dates posted in syllabus virtual delivery
DSRE779 Parenting Education & Guidance (3 cr) Calvin Thomsen July 15-20, 2012 Andrews University
DSRE759 Human Sexuality (3 cr) Curtis Fox July 22-27, 2012 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (2 cr)   summer 2012  
DSRE757 Family Law & Public Policy (3 cr) Deborah Berecz July 14-19, 2013 Andrews University
DSRE720 Professional Development (1 cr) Ron Flowers July 21-23, 2013 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (4 cr)   summer 2013  


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2014 Family Ministry Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort beginning in 2014:
(follow the linked course/module names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Course # Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
DSRE747 Ministry to Families in Context (4 cr) Willie Oliver July 13-22, 2014 Andrews University
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Bill Knott and/or David Penno July 23-31, 2014 Andrews University
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr) Allan Walshe April 5-16, 2015 Andrews University
DSRE748 Family Dynamics and Sexuality (5 cr) Curtis Fox July 18-28, 2016 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   summer 2016  
DSRE749 Family as a Center for Discipleship (5 cr) Calvin Thomsen July 17-27, 2017 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   summer 2017  


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For dates and locations of courses planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the four-year DMin Program Planner.

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3/3/2014

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