2015 Cohort - Courses and Schedule

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

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The next opportunity to enter the program for this concentration is expected to be in 2019. Applications may be submitted a year or more in advance.

Prompted by the promise of Christ's soon return, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Andrews University is designed to develop spiritually mature and responsible professionals in ministry for worldwide church leadership. The DMin Preaching concentration prepares participants for excellence in prophetic preaching.

Concentration Goals

The outcomes of the Preaching concentration include 1) a knowledge base, 2) a transformational emphasis on being, and 3) doing, evidenced in skill training for homiletics.

Knowing: The knowledge base has the following components:

  1. Exceptional understanding of theory in the field of homiletics
  2. A faithful Adventist theology of prophetic preaching
  3. An understanding of servant leadership
  4. Integration of preaching and worship

Being: In the process of the Preaching concentration, participants will experience transformational development in the following ways:

  1. Security with humility in the high calling to ministry
  2. Enrichment of personal and family life
  3. Greater commitment to ministry
  4. Positive collegial relationships
  5. A global view of society and ministry

Doing: Participants in the Preaching concentration also enhance preaching skills and demonstrate competency in areas fitting their context from the practices listed below:

  1. To produce excellent exegesis of scripture
  2. To learn and practice diverse styles of preaching
  3. To evaluate the effectiveness of preaching
  4. To deliver prophetic semons with excellence
  5. To read scripture in public effectively
  6. To articulate theological and theoretical understandings that advance preaching and worship
  7. To develop vision for meaningful congregational worship
  8. To organize, lead, and equip others to lead public worship
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 as well as networking with top educators and experts in the field of homiletics
  5. Journaling
  6. Research: including perusal of the current literature, assigned readings, and case studies
  7. Praxis: including implementation of preaching in the context of ministry
  8. Mentoring
  9. Project: including theological reflection, field research, and intervention involving a specific challenge in their ministering context.
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 2015, during the five-six years you expect to be in the program, the title of your group will be "the 2015 Preaching Cohort."

Module Descriptions
  1. CHMN743 - Prophetic Preaching in the Worship Context
    Credits: 4
    Participants will develop a biblically based Adventist theology of prophetic preaching and worship. Use of Scripture, communication theory, and cognitive psychology to connect with contemporary audiences and diverse preaching expressions will be examined. Includes advanced work in the area of hermeneutics, exposition, contextualization, and sermon design. 
  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. GSEM706 - Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry
    Credits: 8
    This module looks at theological and spiritual foundations as a basis for engagement in ministry. Ministry is based on being as well as doing. 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.
  4. CHMN744 - A History of Preaching: Periods, Personalities, Propensities
    Credits: 5
    This module explores the history of preaching, its procession of personalities and propensities/trends. Participants investigate and define the beliefs, practices and identity of four preaching styles that have dominated preachers and schools of preaching. Includes a discussion of unusual and/or important contributions to preaching in the 20th - 21st century.
  5. CHMN748 - Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible
    Credits: 5
    Examination of biblical literature, including historical narrative, NT epistles, and apocalyptic passages for preaching. The skill of storytelling and how stories are processed by the human mind.  Reflection on the challenges and opportunities within epistolary and apocalyptic biblical texts. Rhetorical techniques of oral performance to bring the sermon to life. 
Contact the Coordinator

Dr. Hyveth Williams serves as concentration coordinator starting with the 2011 cohort. She can be reached at 1-269-471-6363,


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:

2015 Preaching Cohort

Course requirements and schedule for the cohort that begins in 2015:
(follow the linked course names to obtain the course requirement documents)

Course Number Course Name Instructors   Intensive Dates Intensive Location
CHMN743 Prophetic Preaching in the Worship Context (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Hyveth Williams June 8-16, 2015 Andrews University
GSEM790 DMin Project Seminar (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
Bill Knott and/or David Penno June 17-23, 2015 Andrews University
GSEM706 Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
Daily schedule for GSEM706 intensive
(Field Research Symposium April 18-19, Petr Cincala)
Daily schedule for Field Research Symposium
Jon Dybdahl April 6-19, 2016 Andrews University
  Implementation Symposium David Penno December 13, 2016
1:00-5:00 pm, EST
virtual meeting via Zoom
CHMN744 A History of Preaching: Periods, Personalities, Propensities (5 cr) Hyveth Williams July 6-14, 2017 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project ( 3 cr)   summer semester 2017  
CHMN748 Preaching the Literary Forms of the Bible (5 cr) Kenley Hall July 7-17, 2018 Andrews University
GSEM796 DMin Project (3 cr)   summer semester 2018  

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

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