Discipleship & Biblical Spirituality

The next opportunity to enter the program for this concentration is expected to be in 2018. Applications may be submitted a year or more in advance.

The Doctor of Ministry Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality Concentration integrates an understanding of a theology of discipleship and biblical spirituality, with the process and dynamics involved in the participants' personal spiritual growth and consequent modeling, mentoring and teaching roles within the context of family, church and community.

Concentration Goals

Upon completing this program, the participants will be able to:

Articulate a Seventh-day Adventist perspective on discipleship and biblical spirituality.
Demonstrate a continuing maturity in personal growth and ministry.
Integrate the theological, theoretical, experiential and practical dimensions of discipleship into a theologically reflective practice of ministry.
Train spiritually mature and relationally gifted people as spiritual mentors.
Conduct a biblically and theologically faithful praxis of discipleship and biblical spirituality both individually and corporately.
Discern truth from countertfeit as a means of both personal and corporate protection in light of the growing number of non-biblical "spiritualities."


The DMin Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality concentration seeks to create competency in the areas related to the discipline:

  1. Academic Advancement: to enable participants to acquire knowledge of current and classic literature related to the area of biblical spirituality and the process of discipleship. To engage this area of ministry through theological, biblical, and psychological perspectives, as well as to learn basic research skills relating to the field of discipleship and biblical spirituality.
  2. Spiritual and Theological Discipline: to enable participants to reflect on their personal spiritual and theological perspectives and to integrate them into their practice of ministry.
  3. Praxis: to enable participants to acquire skills pertinent to their practice in pastoral care and spiritual leadership within the context of discipleship and biblical spirituality in the family, church, and wider community.
  4. Self-reflection/Personal Growth: to enable participants to become aware of their personal strengths and limitations and to understand that, in Christian ministry, being is as important as doing.
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 formed in 2014, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2014 Discipleship Cohort."

Module Descriptions
  1. DSRE705 - Theological and Historical Perspectives on Spiritual Growth
    Credits: 4
    Examines the biblical and theological basis for spiritual life, discipleship and Christian experience as well as how this theology has been understood and experienced in the hisotyr of the church and the lives of believers. Critiques contemporary forms of spirituality to enable students to discern truth from counterfeit.
  2. 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.
  3. DSRE707 - The Personal Practice of Biblical Spirituality
    Credits: 8
    Covers a historical view of those devotional practices outlined in Scripture, Ellen White and significant devotional writers that lead to Christian formation. Provides a praxis model of reflection upon and engagement with those spiritual practices and patterns of life that define who we are as disciples of Jesus.
  4. DSRE708 - Mentoring for Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality
    Credits: 5
    This course will equip participants for assisting in the Christian formation and discipling of others through spiritual mentoring. It will develop an understanding of how the age, temperament and developmental stage of a mentoree helps to determine the most effective model for discipling.
  5. DSRE709 - Constructs of Corporate Ministry for Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality
    Credits: 5
    Explores constructs of corporate ministry that will enhance growth in Christian formation and discipleship within the context of the church and wider community. A corporate life of outreach and ministry to others through loving and maturing relationships will be developed.
Contact the Coordinator

The concentration coordinator is Dr. Allan Walshe. He can be reached at 1-269-471-3318, walshe@andrews.edu.


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 Cohort

Syllabi and schedule for the cohort to form in 2014:
(follow the linked titles to obtain the syllabi)

Course # Course Name Instructor Intensive Dates Intensive Location
DSRE705 Theological & Historical Perspectives on Spiritual Growth (4 cr) Jon Dybdahl Feb 23-Mar 4, 2014 Orlando, FL
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr) Bill Knott and/or James Wibberding Mar 5-13, 2014 Orlando, FL
DSRE707 The Personal Practice of Biblical Spirituality (8 cr) Allan Walshe April 14-24, 2015 Andrews University
DSRE708 Mentoring for Discipleship & Biblical Spirituality (5 cr) Ben Maxson Feb 7-16, 2016 Loma Linda Univ
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2016  
DSRE709 Constructs of Corporate Ministry for Discipleship & Biblical Spirituality (5 cr) Joe Kidder Feb 5-15, 2017 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   spring semester 2017  

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.

Ordering Books

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

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