Communication and Media Ministries Concentration

2020 Cohort - Courses and Schedule

Concentration Goals
Educational Objectives
Learning Modalities
The Cohort Experience
Module Descriptions
Contact the Coordinator

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The application deadline is January 24, 2020


The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Andrews University seeks to develop spiritually transformed ministers with advanced professional competencies for worldwide church leadership. The Communication and Media Ministries concentration aims to provide students with the necessary tools for an effective understanding of communications theories and the use of media to enlarge the mission and ministry of the church around the world.

Concentration Goals

The Communication and Media Ministries concentration is intended to provide a significant and terminal professional doctoral experience for those who lead communication processes in its various organizational levels. It equips participants to evaluate and model creative approaches to the proclamation of the gospel including the effective use of the media in different ministerial and cultural contexts. Intended learning outcomes include...

  1. Critically reflect on, articulate, and apply biblically based principles and values for excellence in mission and ministry.
  2. Conduct research and implement an intervention in response to ministry challenges and trends in a glocal context, related to the primary field of service.
  3. Integrate knowledge and skills acquired into an effective ministry practice and evaluate th resultant impact on one’s personal experience and ministry.

Primary Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the concentration include knowing, being, and doing.  These correspond to: 1) a knowledge base; 2) a transformational emphasis on being; and 3) doing, as evidenced through training for ministry that integrates communication processes in mission and ministry.

KNOWING: The knowledge base has the following components:

  1. An advanced understanding of a theology of communication.
  2. A communicable understanding of evangelism.
  3. A faithful praxis of ministry.
  4. A visionary motivation of mission.
  5. Exceptional immersion and creative approaches to integrating multiple communication approaches for worship, discipleship, and mission.
  6. Exposure and understanding of cultural values in communication and media ministries, such as: creation, expressions, shifts, consistency, entrenchment, and transformations.

BEING: In the process of the Creative Communication concentration, participants will experience transformational development in the following essentials.

  1. Transformation through personal biblical spirituality and theological formation.
  2. A vision for mission in communicating the Eternal Gospel
  3. Value diversity.
  4. Commitment to church renewal and expansion.
  5. 5. Courage to implement cutting-edge approaches in communication and media opportunities.
  6. 6. Hope that perseveres in the face of current realities.

DOING: Participants in the Creative Communication concentration form skills for effective ministry in their respective context of ministry. These include:

  1. Verbalizing a biblical theology of the communication, ministry, and mission.
  2. Stretching current church practices and vision to communication processes.
  3. Lead in change practices for church renewal and expansion.
  4. Practice humility, shared leadership, accountability, forgiveness, and spiritual growth taking into consideration communication as a platform to share the Eternal Gospel in relevant and meaningful ways.
  5. Empower communication as a crucial component in what is done worldwide in mission and ministry.

Learning Modalities

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

  1. A ministry development plan.
  2. A context support group.
  3. Learning groups including collective assignments, consultations, and accountability.
  4. Classroom consultation: including didactic and experiential learning, field trips, and networking with top educators, experts, and practitioners in the field of communication and media ministries.
  5. Journaling.
  6. Research: including perusal of the current literature, assigned readings, and case studies.
  7. Praxis: including implementation of ministry in the context of one’s ministry context.
  8. Mentoring.
  9. A Professional Dissertation including theological reflection, literature review, field research, and intervention involving a specific challenge coming from a communication perspective.

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 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 forms in 2020, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2020 Communication and Media Ministries (CMM) Cohort."

Module Descriptions


CHMN 722 - Introduction to Communication and Media Ministry
Credits: 4
Study the biblical foundations of communication for mission and ministry and the historical development of Christian media organizational practices.

 CHMN 734 - Organizational Communication and Media
Credits:  4
Explore communication theories and practices in an organizational religious environment, and analyze the role and trends of mass media Christian production understanding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to share the gospel in effective ways.


GSEM 706 - Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry
Credits: 4
This module builds the spiritual and theological foundation from which the practice of mission and ministry grows and seeks to lead the participant into a self-reflection and examination of life and belief.

GSEM 790 - DMin Professional Dissertation Seminar
Credits: 2
Form the project proposal and issues related to completing the professional dissertation  successfully. Areas of focus include academic writing, literature review, critical thinking, experiential learning, reading and evaluating research reports, an effective work plan for completion of the dissertation, and other dissertation-related topics.

GSEM 796 - DMin Professional Dissertation
Credits: 2


CHMN 732 - Media Development
Credits: 4
This course is an in-depth study of media development from a leadership and management perspective, analyzing practices to effectively produce and distribute relevant and culturally sensitive content for mission and ministry.

GSEM 793 - DMin Research Methods Seminar
Credits: 2
Form the action plan for successfully implementing and evaluating the DMin project. Areas of focus include action research, research design and methods, descriptive statistics, methods of evaluating the project, IRB approval, and other project-related topics. 

GSEM 796 - DMin Professional Dissertaton
Credits: 2


CHMN 721 - Communication Effectiveness and Media Distribution
Credits: 5
This advanced course applies cutting-edge communication practices leading to the implementation of business strategies to effectively generate sustainability and church growth.

GSEM 796 - DMin Professional Dissertation
Credits: 3

Contact the Coordinator

Contact Dr. Kleber Gonçalves, the program director, via the DMin office: or 1-269-471-3544.


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:
2020 Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort starting in 2020:
Online registration must be completed before course start date. The course registration number (CRN--in parentheses) is the number that registers the course.
Follow the linked course names to obtain the course syllabi. Follow links under "Intensive Location" (when available) for information about class venue and lodging options.

Course # Course Name Instructor Course Start Intensive Dates Course End Intensive Location
CHMN 722 Introduction to Communication and Media Ministry (4 cr) TBD   March 23-31, 2020   Riverside, CA
CHMN 734 Organizational Communication and Media (4 cr) TBD   Apr 1-9, 2020   Riverside, CA
GSEM 706 Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry (4 cr) Allan Walshe and Kleber Gonçalves   April 12-21, 2021    
GSEM 790-031 (CRN) DMin Project Seminar (2 cr) David Penno   April 22-29, 2021    
GSEM 796 DMin Professional Dissertation (2 cr)     spring semester 2021    
CHMN 732 Media Development (4 cr) TBD   March 28-April 6, 2022    
GSEM 793 DMin Research Methods Seminar (2 cr) TBD   April 7-13, 2022    
GSEM 796 DMin Professional Dissertation (2 cr)     spring semester 2022    
CHMN 721 Communication Effectiveness and Media Distribution (5 cr) TBD   April 17-28, 2023    
GSEM 796 DMin Professional Dissertation (3 cr)     spring semester 2023    

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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