Following Jesus' prayer that His Father's house would be called a house of prayer for all nations, the Multiethnic/Multicultural Mission and Ministry concentration is designed to develop visionary ministers and equip them with the competencies needed to lead multiethnic/multicultural churches and ministries.
The primary response of the Seventh-day Adventist church to ethnic and cultural diversity has been the development of ethnic-specific churches. This response generated by the challenge posed by language-specific needs and driven by the homogenous approach to evangelism has experienced some success. However, this reality poses a potential challenge to 21st century ministry in a postmodern world. For most postmoderns, racial diversity should be the norm and celebrated. Racial inclusivity in the world and the perceived racial exclusivity in the church suggest that something is amiss. In order to minister effectively in the 21st century context, there is a need to develop effective models for doing multiethnic/multicultural ministry and mission.
By the year 2050, demographers predict that in the United States of America there will be no single majority ethnic group. By that time, ethnic minorities will make up almost 50% of the population. With the changing face of America and the voice of postmodernity calling for ethnic/cultural inclusivity, some social scientists are predicting that "the twenty-fist century holds the potential to be the century of the multiracial congregation...A movement toward more multiracial congregations must be the cutting edge for ministry and growth in this century." (Curtiss Paul DeYoung et al., United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as the Answer to the Problem of Race) This requires the development of models for doing intentional multiethnic/multicultural ministry. Without models that push toward multiethnic/multicultural ministry and away from ethnic-specific churches, Adventists will not be effective in doing ministry in a postmodern and increasingly diverse society. Additionally, the current ethnic division in the church is a potential obstacle to new and emerging generations within this body who cannot harmonize a gospel of racial unity with current ecclesiastical practices.
Knowing: The knowledge base has the following components:
Doing: Participants in the concentration demonstrate competency in areas fitting their context selected from the practices listed below:
Being: In the process of the concentration, participants will experience development in the following areas:
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 2017, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2017 ME/MC Ministry Cohort."
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 that begins in 2018:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirement documents)
|Course Number||Course Name||Instructors||Intensive Dates||Intensive Location|
|CHMN723||Theological and Social Science Foundations for ME/MC Mission and Ministry (4 cr)||Kenley Hall||April 16-24 2018||Andrews University|
DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for DMin Project Seminar
|Jim Wibberding||April 25-May 1, 2018||Andrews University|
Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
(Field Research Symposium Sept 23-24, Petr Cincala)
|Allan Walshe||March 28-April 11, 2019||Andrews University|
|Implementation Symposium||David Penno||December 19, 2019||virtual meeting via Zoom|
|CHMN731||Essential lPrinciples and Practices in ME/MC Mission and Ministry (5 cr)||Kenley Hall||March 30-April 7, 2020||Riverside, CA|
|GSEM796||DMin Project||spring semester 2020||N/A|
|CHMN712||Transformational Leadership ( 5 cr)||Stan Patterson||April 12-20, 2021||Altamonte Springs, FL|
|GSEM796||DMin Project||spring semester 2021||N/A|
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 four-year DMin Program Planner.
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