Application deadline: January 31, 2018. Applications may be submitted a year or more in advance.


Prompted by the promise of Christ's soon return, the Doctor of Ministry program at Andrews University is designed to develop spiritually mature and responsible professionals in ministry for the worlwide church. The DMin Chaplaincy concentration prepares participants for excellence in health care and other chaplaincy fields.

Concentration Goals

The Doctor of Ministry Chaplaincy Ministry concentration seeks to develop the person (Being), knowledge (Knowing), and practice (Doing) of its participants. Following are outcomes that are important to evaluate. These outcomes guide the curriculum and should be reflected in the Ministry Development Plan developed by the participant.

The graduate will be engaged in a learning process aimed at enhancing personal spirituality, enriching the personal life, and improving professional relationships through an expanding awareness of what God has called them to be.

  1. Spiritual maturity
  2. Living by the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26)
  3. Enrichment of personal and family life
  4. Greater commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist ministry
  5. Positive collegial relationships
  6. A global view of society and ministry
  7. Become aware of their strengths and limitations (background, emotional state) and to realize the impact self-awareness and self-understanding may have on ministry

Assessed by: Requiring students to complete a section in their Ministry Development Plan (MDP) in which they will name strategies for chaplaincy ministries and practices they adopt to grow spiritually as a result of the DMin program and the direct assessments in module two on theological and spiritual foundations administered by faculty.

The graduate will be expected to exhibit an advanced understanding of sound theological and spiritual care that support chaplaincy leadership and how they contribute to responsible ministry for the worldwide church.

  1. An understanding of chaplaincy within the context of Adventist theology
  2. An understanding of organizational culture and systems thinking
  3. Knowledge of the professional field including spiritual leadership, consultation, networking, and ethical conduct
  4. Knowledge of current issues and research related to the field of spirituality and health
  5. Engage the discipline through sociological and psychological perspectives
  6. Reflect theologically on the lived experience of patients
  7. Learn basic research skills relating to chaplaincy

Assessed by: Completing two theoretical chapters in their project manuscripts (chapters 2 and 3) in which students will provide theological reflection on their research topic and show a high level of acquaintance with the current literature on the subject, the direct assessments in modules one and two of assignments dealing with literature research and theological reflection administered by faculty, and of literature research in all modules.

The graduate will model Christ-like ministry and demonstrate the ability to effectively contribute to the misison of the church by wise and competent application of spiritual care theology and theory to practical and innovative solutions for ministry challenges.

1. Practice of the following core chaplaincy essentials:
    A God-given passion-stirring shared vision
    Demonstrating faith-based hope
    Exercising solid integrity
    Courage to challenge the status quo
    Unswerving commitment to empowering people
    Integration of own spiritual an dtheological perspectives into the practice of ministry
    Appreciation of diversity issues

2. Proficiency in the following skills:
    Skills pertinent to their practice in the field of chaplaincy and spiritual care
    Facilitating effective planning
    Managing resources responsibly
    Communicating effectively
    Building effective teams
    Managing conflict
    Spiritual care evaluation and assessment
    Making meetings matter
    Mentoring others

Assessed by: Successful assessment of the project before peers and respective project committees as well as direct assessments of case studies administered by faculty.

Learning Modalities

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

  1. A ministry development plan reflecting the participant's current situation, personal vision statement, action plan, and helping/hindering forces
  2. A context support group to provide feedback and assessment
  3. Significant current literature in leadership, spiritual care, pastoral identity, themes
  4. Journaling to encourage reflective and critical thinking
  5. Small groups learning to foster relational learning and encourage improved personal relationships
  6. Mentoring from a field professional
  7. Classroom consultation: including didactic and experiential learning and networking with top educators and experts in the field of chaplaincy
  8. Research: including perusal of current literature, theological reflection, assigned readings, case studies, and field research in their ministry context
  9. Praxis: including implementation of spiritual interventions in the context of ministry
  10. Project: including theological reflection, field research, and intervention involving a specific challenge in their ministering context

The Cohort Experience

The program is delivered in the cohort model, wherein participants proceed through the sequence of courses together. Study and learning are year-round, with pre-intensive, during-intensive, and post-intensive activities and experiences. Pre-intensive assignment preparation can begin as early as six months prior to an intensive. There are four annual teaching sessions presented by chaplaincy ministry professionals. During the program you will participate in regional work groups, follow a ministry development plan, read and reflect on the best literature in your concentration area, and develop and evaluate a professional project within the context of your own congregational or other leadership responsibilities.

Cohorts are identified by the year in which they formed. For example, if you are a member of a cohort that formed in 2014, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2014 Chaplaincy Cohort."

Module Descriptions

  1. CHMN788 - Professional Practice in Chaplaincy (for those in the health care track)
    Credits: 4
    Explores various leadership roles and functions involved in chaplaincy. Includes professional conduct, leadership, ethics, interdisciplinary consultation, and interdepartmental relations. Promotes the integration of the chaplain into institutional life. Teaches how to conduct workshops and organize support groups.
  2. CHMN775 - Foundations of Chaplaincy Ministry (for those in areas of chaplaincy other than health care)
    Examines theoretical and practical implications of biblical, theological and religious foundations for chaplaincy. Participants will study the hisotry and development of chaplaincy as a pastoral calling, along with the role and function of chaplaincy in the church and community. Ethics and professional practice are discussed and the personal spirtiual formation of the chaplain.
  3. GSEM790 - DMin Project Seminar
    Credits: 4
    Participants receive assistance in forming their DMin project proposal, and orientation to issues in successful completion of the project. Areas of focus include a literature review, theological reflection, critical thinking, experiential learning, reflective observation, research design and techniques, reading and evaluating research, academic writing, development of an effective work plan for completion of the project, and other project-related topics.
  4. GSEM706 - Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry
    Credits: 8
    This is a foundational module required of all DMin students. The module builds the spiritual and theological basis from which the practice of ministry and mission grows and seeks to lead the student into a self-reflection and examination of life and belief.
  5. CHMN786 - Clinical Issues in Care and Counseling
    Credits: 5
    Training in theory and clinical skills related to the clinical setting within the context of spiritual care. Provides education in the following specialty areas: psychological and spiritual assessment, grief recovery, trauma, conflict resolution,m and specific disease processes such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, disability, and mental health issues.
  6. CHMN787 - Theory and Research in Health Care Chaplaincy (health care track)
    Credits: 5
    Examines current research on spirituality and health, as well as theological understanding of spiritual care within the clinical context. The theoretical framework is based on psychological, sociological, and theological literature. Enables participants to have a better understanding of the lived experience of the people to whom they minister.
  7. CHMN747 - Christian Leadership (for those in areas of chaplaincy other than health care)
    Credits: 5
    This module investigates principles, challenges, and practices of Christian leadership, emphasizing issues that make leadership in the context of church, education and non-profit service organizations unique. Participants examine leadership theory and literature, consider a theology of leadership, and build the foundation for leadership development in the context of professional ministry.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education is a significant component and a standard requirement in the clinical training of chaplains. An applicant for the health care track must have at least one year of full-time work experience as a health-care chaplain, and two completed units of CPE. Persons who have four units CPE will be considered as having one year of work experience.  Participants who have no more than two units CPE are required to take at least one additional unit of CPE while in the program. A minimum of three units of CPE is required for the Adventist Board Chaplain Certification; four units are required by the Association of Professional Chaplains. The CPE requirement may be completed by arrangement in the first four years of the program. Participants may choose the CPE site that is in close proximity to their work place.

Contact the Coordinator

Dr. Mario Ceballos serves as coordinator for the Chaplaincy concentration. He can be reached at 1-301-680-6780,


Travel and lodging information is provided in the links under the "Intensive Location" column.
Cohorts are identified by the year in which they formed. Cohort participants will take these courses and modules:

 2014 Chaplaincy Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort formed in 2014:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirements documents)

Course #
Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
CHMN788 Professional Practice in Chaplaincy (health care)
4 credits)
Vaughan Grant March 31-April 6, 2014 Altamonte Springs, Florida
CHMN775 Foundations of Chaplaincy Ministry (other fields)
Daily schedule for intensive
(4 credits)
Martin Feldbush March 31-April 6, 2014 Altamonte Springs, Florida
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Bill Knott and/or David Penno April 7-15, 2014 Altamonte Springs, Florida
GSEM706 Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr) Jon Dybdahl April 6-16, 2015 Andrews University
CHMN786 Clinical Issues in Care and Counseling (5 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Siroj Sorajjakool April 4-15, 2016 Altamonte Springs, Florida
GSEM796 DMin Project   spring semester 2016  
CHMN787 Theory and Research in Health Care Chaplaincy (health care)
(5 credits)
Johnny Ramirez, Mario Ceballos March 20-31, 2017 Altamonte Springs, Florida
CHMN747 Christian Leadership (other fields) (5 credits)
Daily schedule for intensive
Skip Bell March 20-31, 2017 Altamonte Springs, Florida
GSEM796 DMin Project   spring semester 2017  

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2018 Chaplaincy Cohort

NOTE: There will not be a choice of tracks (health care or non-health care) offered for this cohort. The curriculum shown here is still under development.
Course requirements and schedule for the cohort forming to begin in 2018:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirements documents)

Course #
Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Locations
CHMN788 Professional Practice in Chaplaincy (? TBD)
4 credits)
TBD April 9-17, 2018 Altamonte Springs, Florida
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr) Jim Wibberding April 18-24, 2018 Altamonte Springs, Florida

Spiritual & Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
(Field Research Symposium March 28-29, Petr Cincala)

TBD March 28-April 11, 2019 Andrews University
CHMN786 Clinical Issues in Care and Counseling (5 cr) Siroj Sorajjakool April 20-May 1, 2020 Altamonte Springs, Florida
GSEM796 DMin Project   spring semester 2020  
CHMN787 Theory and Research in Health Care Chaplaincy (? TBD)
(5 credits)
TBD April 12-23, 2021 Loma Linda University, CA
GSEM796 DMin Project   spring semester 2021  

The Doctor of Ministry reduced residency (for intensive venues other than the Andrews University campus) is offered as an approved exception to Association of Theological Schools Degree Program Standard B, section E.3.1.1.

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

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