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 Urban Ministry concentration prepares participants for the specific challenges of mission and ministry in the urban context.
The cities of Chicago and Toronto provide the backdrop for some intensives in this concentration. A short distance from the Andrews campus, these thriving, dynamic and complex cities offer the resources for the intended transformational learning experience. Participants will reside at a central location in the city during the intensives. Significant churches in the heart of the city will provide the context for the three required case studies. Students will engage in an immersion in the life of the city including interaction with city administration, transportations system, hospitals, schools and universities, neighborhood restaurants, housing, shelters, and entertainment options. The opportunity to participate in the bi-annual conference of the Chicago-based Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education will provide enrichment to the intensive experience.
The outcomes of the urban ministry concentration include: 1) a knowledge base, 2) a transformational emphasis on being, and 3) doing, evidenced in skill training for ministry leadership.
Knowing: The knowledge base has the following components:
Being: In the process of the urban ministry concentration, participants will experience transformational development in the following essentials:
Doing: Participants in the urban ministry concentration form skills for effective ministry in the context of the city. Those include:
The following nine learning modalities will be included in the concentration's andragogy:
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 Urban Ministry Cohort."
Dr. Skip Bell serves as concentration coordinator for the 2011 cohort. He can be reached at 1-269-471-3306, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 beginning in 2015:
|Course #||Course Name||Instructor||Intensive Dates||Intensive Locations|
The Church in the City (4 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
|Skip Bell||March 16-24, 2015||Chicago, IL|
|GSEM790||Bill Knott and/or David Penno||March 25-31 (ending at 5:30 pm), 2015||Chicago, IL|
Spiritual and Theological Foundations for Ministry (8 cr)
Daily schedule for GSEM706 intensive
(Field Research Symposium April 18-19, Petr Cincala)
Daily schedule for symposium
|Allan Walshe||April 6-19, 2016||Andrews University|
|Implementation Symposium||David Penno||
December 13, 2016
1:00-5:00 pm EST
|virtual meeting via Zoom|
Church Growth and Discipleship in the Urban Church (5 cr)
Daily schedule for intensive
|Skip Bell||April 11-20, 2017||Toronto, ON|
|GSEM796||DMin Project (3 cr)||Spring semester 2017|
|CHMN776||Urban Church Leadership and Management (5 cr)||Skip Bell||April 23-May 4, 2018||London, England UK|
|GSEM796||DMin Project (3 cr)||Spring semester 2018|
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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