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.
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."
CHMN 722 - Introduction to Communication and Media Ministry
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
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
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
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/Portfolio
CHMN 732 - Media Development
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
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/Portfolio
CHMN 721 - Communication Effectiveness and Media Distribution
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/Portfolio
The DMin professional dissertation/portfolio integrates theological reflection, scholarly research, and practical ministry. The professional dissertation/portfolio contributes to the enhancement of ministry and to the growth and development of the ministry professional. Students taking the Chaplaincy ACPE Certified Educator option must successfully complete the competency-based professional portfolio according to the guidelines outlined in the ACPE Certification Manual.
Dr. Martin Kuhn, President, Central Adventist University of São Paulo, Brazil: email@example.com
Course requirements and schedule for the cohort starting in 2023:
|Course #||Course Name||Instructor||Course Start||Intensive Dates||Course End||Intensive Location|
|CHMN 722||Communication and Media Ministries Foundations (4 cr)||Allan Novaes||dates TBD, 2023||General Conference, Silver Spring, MD|
|CHMN 724||Organizational Communication and Media (4 cr)||Margaret Thomsen||dates TBD, 2023||General Conference, Silver Spring, MD|
|GSEM 706||Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry (4 cr)||Allan Walshe||dates TBD, 2024||Andrews University|
|GSEM 790-031 (CRN)||DMin Professional Dissertation Seminar (2 cr)||David Penno||dates TBD, 2024||Andrews University|
|GSEM 796||DMin Professional Dissertation/Portfolio (2 cr)||director||dates TBD, 2024||consultations arranged with project advisor|
|CHMN 732||Media Development (4 cr)||TBD||dates TBD, 2025||São Paulo, Brazil|
|GSEM 793||DMin Research Methods Seminar (2 cr)||TBD||dates TBD, 2025||São Paulo, Brazil|
|GSEM 796||DMin Professional Dissertation (2 cr)||director||dates TBD, 2025||consultations arranged with project advisor|
|CHMN 721||Communication Effectiveness and Media Distribution (5 cr)||TBD||dates TBD, 2026||TBD|
|GSEM 796||DMin Professional Dissertation (3 cr)||director||dates TBD, 2026||consultations arranged with project advisor|
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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