7.7 D.Min. Modules

Course Departments

7.7.a Core Modules

Module PR 1 Introduction and Orientation to Graduate Work

  • To familiarize the student with Bibliographical Research preparing them for the course work ahead
  • To improve writing and critical thinking skills
  • To introduce current trends in the major theological disciplines
  • To guide them through the preparation of their Research Project

   Summer module, three hours. Mr. Witmer, Mr. Finlayson, Mrs. Altena.

Module PR 2  Pastoral Theology

  • To build a biblical theological basis for pastoral ministry
  • To examine the importance of a shepherding ministry for the health and growth of the church. Students will critically assess various models of shepherding in the church and develop a usable model for use in their churches
  • To help the student develop a theology of pastoral ministry and implement a plan for pastoral ministry

   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Witmer.

Module PR 3 Counseling and Christian Ministry

  • To help the student think biblically about the role of counseling in the church
  • To impart a vision and implement a plan for the ministry of counseling in the church 
  • To give the pastor tools to help him identify and equip fellow church members in counseling ministry

   Summer module, three hours. Mr. Forrey

Module PR 4 Theology of Missions and Evangelism

  • To equip pastors with a biblical theological framework to understand the mission of the church
  • To help pastors understand the latest trends in Mission so that they can help design a missions program for their church
  • To give pastors a biblical understanding of evangelism and how to pastor a community

Topics include contextualization, evangelism, social concern, and current trends in global mission. The practicum will provide instruments for diagnosing church health/growth patterns and for building growth strategies.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

7.7.b Pastoral Ministry Concentration

Module PM 2 Communication

  • To consider important principles in order to improve effective communication of biblical truth
  • To help pastors reflect upon and improve their own teaching and preaching skills
  • To help refresh and renew students in their enthusiasm and effectiveness in communicating God’s word

Topics include the life of the pastor, communication theory and principles of learning.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Brown

Module PM 4  Leadership

  • To clarify the biblical calling and job description of a pastor in the light of contemporary cultural, church, and kingdom developments
  • To glean principles of spiritual leadership from Nehemiah 
  • To help students lead their homes, gain and impart vision to their churches, establish workable structures for fulfilling the Great Commission in their churches and communities, train and work with their elders as a team, and set priorities and manage their time

This module is designed so that in class discussion, students can apply these principles in very practical ways to their particular situations. Topics include the dynamics of spiritual renewal, cell church model for pastoring, discipling, evangelizing, and individual philosophy of ministry.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PM 6/PU 6-Church Revitalization

  • To address the contemporary church profile and the pressing need of church revitalization in North American along with the related issues.
  • To acquaint the student with specific quality literature that deals with the issues of church renewal and revitalization.
  • To determine biblical models and theological principles applicable to church revitalization.
  • To identify those factors which bring church stagnation and decline.
  • To develop a plan to initiate church revitalization in the student’s ministry that is faithful to the Scripture, relevant to a specific situation and clearly prioritized for practical application.

Summer module, three hours.  Mr. Reeder

Module PM 51  Pastor as Physician of the Soul

  • To revisit a neglected aspect of pastoral care which views the pastor as the “physician of the soul,” whose work was called “the cure of the souls”
  • To understand the dynamics of conversion experiences and how churches can foster an environment in which sincere inquirers are genuinely welcomed
  • To understand the dynamics of spiritual growth, with particular focus on the importance of community in genuine growth 
  • To study the doctrines of salvation from the perspective of how they actually impact the hearts as well as the heads of parishioners

Topics covered will constantly press the issue of experiential use of the doctrines of grace. This will include a “case study” approach to Christian experience.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2013-2014.)

Module PM 54 Biblical Conflict Resolution

  • To equip students with the knowledge and skills of a biblical systematic theology of conflict resolution that can be immediately employed in a practical manner in the local church or para-church organization

Biblical conflict resolution is a sub-discipline of biblical counseling and, therefore, students are expected to work with counseling issues and participate in role-play cases in class.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

7.7.c Counseling Concentration  

Module PC 1  Biblical Models of People and Change
This module is divided into the following segments:
   •  Dynamics of Biblical Change

  • To equip students to teach a biblical model of counseling in their church
  • To build a firsthand understanding of the progressive sanctification process 
  • To enable students to connect biblical truth to the case study realities and details of lives lived

Topics covered include the nature of idolatry and faith; the relationship between motive and action; the way Christ’s past, present, and future grace intersects with and affects how people live their daily lives; and the interplay of situational factors with a person’s actions and reactions.

   •  Human Personality

  • To deepen students’ understanding of biblical doctrine as it applies to the person
  • To examine what doctrines are especially important to apply in this generation 
  • To understand how to apply biblical doctrine in personal ministry 
  • To be able to uncover the implicit theology in other models of personal ministry and dialogue effectively about these issues

Topics covered include a review of systematic theological categories with a commitment to developing multiple applications, an examination of both Christian and non-Christian counseling case studies with an eye to enrich them with our theological work, and the practical application of a biblical-theological approach to the study of people.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PC 2  Methods of Biblical Change and Interacting with Psychology
This module is divided into the following segments:
   •  Methods of Biblical Change

  • To equip students to teach counseling methods in their church
  • To help students develop a functional biblical counseling worldview 
  • To help students understand the importance of heart change as a methodological goal 
  • To develop an understanding of the role of Scripture in biblical counseling
  • To highlight and practice the critical skills of effectiveness in biblical counseling

Topics covered include how to build a counseling relationship, how to gather and interpret data, how to function as an agent of repentance, and how to guide and assist others as they seek to apply change to daily life.

     Theology and Secular Psychology

  • To teach students how to understand psychologists’ observations, theories, and practices, and how to engage them critically, humbly, and lovingly
  • To reinterpret through a redemptive gaze the things that psychologists see most clearly and care about most deeply 
  • To understand where biblical counseling fits in our cultural context, both within the evangelical church and within the surrounding mental health system

Topics covered include the skills of reinterpretation and redemptive interaction; historical overview of the biblical counseling and the evangelical psychotherapy movements; the lay of the land in contemporary counseling; assessment of motivation theories and self-esteem theory; and primary source readings from a half dozen representative psychologists, ranging from high culture to self-help.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PC 3  Family Counseling, Public Ministry of the Word, and Lay Ministry
This module is divided into the following segments:
     Marriage Counseling

  • To help students develop a rich, biblical theological view of marriage and relationships that challenges popular goals for marriage/relationship counseling and provides powerful hope and direction
  • To provide students with conceptual and methodological tools for marriage counseling that are rooted in a biblical worldview of marriage and that recognize the unique challenges of marriage counseling 
  • To interact with prevailing secular models of marriage counseling within a biblical worldview 
  • To begin to develop the ability to offer relational skills within a larger context of heart change 
  • To consider current marriage problem areas impacting the church

Topics covered include a biblical theological review of marriage and relationships; and an introduction to systems theory, gender differences, communication, conflict, divorce counseling, spouse abuse, and step-families. Counseling videos will be used to help the student gain a sense of the counseling process.

   •  Counseling in the Local Church

  • To broaden students’ understanding of counseling to include all relationships
  • To build a thoroughly biblical understanding of the local church as a ministering community where everyone plays a part 
  • To help students find their place of ministry within the context of the local church and to help others do the same
  • To see the importance of both public and private ministry of the Word and how they interrelate 
  • To examine present ministry opportunities

Topics covered include a biblical foundation for private ministry of the Word; the role of community and
relationships in the process of sanctification; developing a practical ecclesiology; and developing an eye of ministry opportunities such as conflict resolution, evangelism, and church discipline.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PC 4  Counseling Problems
This module is divided into the following segments:
     Counseling Problems and Procedures

  • To identify the essential features of biblical counseling
  • To identify current counseling issues that are apparent in the church 
  • To appreciate Scripture’s depth as it addresses common problems such as suffering, anger, and anxiety 
  • To prepare students to move toward people with any type of struggle in a way that is helpful and Christ-centered

   Topics covered include: abuse, guilt and legalism, fear, anger, bipolar, schizophrenia, anorexia and bulimia, and

   •  Counseling and Physiology

  • To equip with a nuanced and practical biblical anthropology that will help distinguish between spiritual and physical issues in the lives of counselees
  • To deepen understanding of a select group of acute and chronic problems having physiological manifestations, particularly those that affect intellect and mood 
  • To develop biblical strategies for pursuing counselees with such problems 
  • To sharpen abilities to critique the reigning presuppositions of biological psychiatry that serve to undermine Scripture’s authority in the counseling process

Topics covered include biblical anthropology and its counseling implications on neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, dementia, traumatic brain injury, psychiatry, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks and hallucinations, attention deficit disorder, addiction, homosexuality, and autism.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PC 5   Counseling Observation

  • To see the application of a biblical model of counseling
  • To learn how to manage a counseling hour 
  • To understand how ministry is done in the context of a relationship 
  • To provide direction in counseling

Students will observe counseling through a one-way mirror and meet with the counselor following the counseling session. Instead of addressing predetermined topics, the class will discuss topics that arise out of the counseling case.
   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PC 7  Biblical Peacemaking in the Church and the Home

  • A study of conflict and how church leaders and biblical counselors can address and resolve conflict in the church and the home (marital, parent-child, in-law conflict).

Topics Include:

  • Gaining a biblical understanding of relational conflict, a working grasp of key Scripture passages dealing with relational conflict, and a biblically-based model for how to address conflict in various interpersonal relationships (e.g., church, marriage, family, inlaws, and roommates).
    Coaching and mediating counselees and congregants who face relational conflict.
    Helping to prepare church congregants to prevent and resolve relational conflict when it arises.

   Summer module. three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Jones.

Module PC 8  Grief and Trauma

  • To explore the pastoral counseling process of helping people mourn losses that are common to normal human experience, as well as the psychological impact of traumatic experiences that are outside the range of normal human experience.  Counseling strategies are explored for assisting people through the process of grieving from loss, along with strategies for preventing, assessing, and understanding post-traumatic stress reactions to various kinds of trauma and catastrophe.

Topics Include:

  • Identifying the multiple factors (biological, cultural, historical, generational, spiritual, and familial) that influence the grief and mourning process for individuals.
  • Assessing the difference between traumatic and normal grief and applying the necessary skills in helping counselees progress in the mourning process.
  • Exposure to the criteria for Disorders of Extreme Distress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to understand a counselee’s world.
  • Understanding the chemical reaction of the human body when under significant stress, trauma and grief.
  • Becoming aware of the distress of persons who are considering suicide and developing skills to assess suicidal persons.

Summer module. three hours. (Not given in 2013-2014). Mr. Smith.

Module PC 9  Marriage Counseling Methods & Issues

  • The course presents a biblical understanding of a wide range of common marriage problems along with a basic marriage counseling model and various counseling methods for individuals and couples who face these problems. We also address marriage-related issues such as singleness, premarital training, and divorce and remarriage, and we explore ways to carry out all of these ministries in the context of the local church.

Topics Include:

  • Grasp more fully what God’s Word says about marriage, as well as singleness, divorce, remarriage, and in-law relationships.
  • Know more clearly and carry out more faithfully God’s will for you in the specific family role(s) he has given you, or may give you, as a husband, wife, single person, parent, son, daughter, ex-spouse, etc.
  • Understand how a biblical approach to marital and premarital counseling differs from other approaches and gain greater confidence in the superior wisdom and power of God and his Word for your ministry.
  • Minister more effectively to your friends and family members in their specific God-given family situations to help them follow Christ and to help Christ’s church build stronger marriages and families.

  Summer module. three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Jones. 

Module PC 10  Depression and Anxiety

  • To survey and evaluate current views on the causes and treatments for depression and anxiety and to build a model for counseling depressed and anxious counselees from a biblical anthropology.

Summer module. three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Forrey.

Module PC 11 Equipping Church Counselors

  • This course will provide an in-depth study of the theoretical foundations and practical implementation of a biblical counseling ministry within the local church.

Topics Include:

  • Biblical counseling vision for the church
  • Roles of members and leaders in counseling ministries
  • Strategies and methods to recruit, equip, and oversee designated counselors
  • Using counseling as an outreach ministry
  • Counseling in relation to other ministries such as small groups, preaching, and restorative church discipline.

Summer module, three hours. Mr. Jones.

7.7.d Urban Mission Concentration

Module PU 1 Mission Strategies/Globalization

  • To learn what globalization is and how it affects virtually all contexts
  • To understand the connection between urbanization and globalization as interlocking forces affecting life circumstances
  • To be able to strategize as to how best to reach the people in the student’s ministry context with the transforming power of Christ

   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PU 2 Contextual Theology

  • To sketch the history and recent developments revolving around contextualization
  • To outline issues involved in contextualization and sample current responses to these issues
  • To provide the student with opportunities to test his or her theories by sample attempts at the contextualization of theology 
  • To critique current attempts at contextual theology in order to highlight strengths and weaknesses and determine challenges to the student’s own growth

   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PU 3 Community Analysis/Demographics

  • To understand the major factors involved in urbanization in the developing countries and ethnicization of North American cities
  • To develop an in-depth knowledge of one particular community,  including its place in the various political, economic, educational, and health, etc., systems in which it is a part and the nature of the people living there 
  • To analyze the demographic information from the standpoint of  Christian evangelism and the church, and begin to integrate this information into mission strategy 
  • To become adept in handling surveys, questionnaires, and  field research techniques with a view to using them for urban ministry
  • To be able and motivated to interpret demographic realities to  fellow Christians so that the churches where the students attend and minister may be moved to action

   Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PU 4 Mission Anthropology

  • To acquaint students with anthropological concepts, particularly culture and worldview
  • To expose students to anthropological methodology, particularly participant observation and ethnographic interviewing 
  • To challenge students in their understanding of themselves and others as culturally-formed beings 
  • To teach students the proper method of cross-cultural analysis 
  • To guide students into learning when to use the etic and when to use the emic perspective in studying culture    Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Staff.

Module PU 5 How Cities Change

  • With increasing worldwide urbanization and globalization, the theological reflection and methods of reaching the city are becoming more important.  This course is for pastors and urban theorists who want to explore how gospel dynamics can affect renewal in a city through components of gospel-fundamentals, gospel community, movement and networks.  Attention will be given to new and significant literature on the subject.  A trip to NYC to study various models is included.

Topics Include:

  • Understand and begin to contribute to the emerging field of theological city-change. 
  • Grasp several models for city-change – and why the gospel is central to them.
  • Conceptualize and develop a plan for gospel-change in their city balancing local work with collaborative ministry.

Think creatively about how the gospel might be spread in his or her city.
Summer module, three hours. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Dennis.