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.
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.
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.
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 mission of the church by wise and competent application of spiritual care theology and theory to practical and innovative solutions for ministry challenges.
Practice of the following core chaplaincy essentials:
Proficiency in the following skills:
Assessed by: Successful assessment of the project before peers and respective project committees as well as direct assessments of case studies administered by faculty.
The following learning modalities will be included in the concentration's andragogy:
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."
Clinical Pastoral Education is a significant component and a standard requirement in the clinical training of chaplains. An applicant in the health care field 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 three years of the program. Participants may choose the CPE site that is in close proximity to their work place.
Dr. Mario Ceballos serves as coordinator for the Chaplaincy concentration. He can be reached at 1-301-680-6780, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Course requirements and schedule for the cohort forming to begin in 2019:
|Course Name||Instructor||Pre-intensive Course Start||Intensive Dates||Course End||Intensive Locations|
Theory and Research in Chaplaincy (4 credits)
Daily schedule for intensive
|Mario Ceballos||Feb 1, 2019||April 1-10, 2019||Jan 31, 2020||Altamonte Springs, Florida|
DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
|James Wibberding||Feb 11, 2019||April 11-18, 2019||Feb 10, 2020||Altamonte Springs, Florida|
|GSEM706||Allan Walshe and Kleber Gonçalves||March 23-April 7, 2020||Andrews University|
|Implementation Symposium||David Penno||
December 8, 2020
|CHMN788||Professional Practice in Chaplaincy (5 cr)||Mario Ceballos||April 19-29, 2021||Altamonte Springs, Florida|
|GSEM796||DMin Project||spring semester 2021|
Clinical Issues in Care and Counseling (5 cr; CPE not required)
Siroj Sorajjakool (CHMN787)
|April 4-14, 2022||Altamonte Springs, Florida|
|GSEM796||DMin Project||spring semester 2022|
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.
For dates and locations of courses planned for cohorts in other concentrations, see the DMin Program Planner.
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