As a four-year, in-service degree, the Winebrenner Doctor of Ministry degree program affords students the opportunity to complete the program while remaining in full-time ministry. The program consists of 32 credit hours composed of seminar content, personal and professional development, and research and writing for the research project report. A distinctive feature of this D.Min. program begins with the initial one-week seminar as the student designs a prospectus to guide his or her research project, instead of waiting until midway through the program to begin the research process. These intensive one-week seminars are held twice annually, in January and July, on the seminary’s campus located in Findlay, Ohio.
The Doctor of Ministry program includes:
〉 Intensive week seminars
〉 Community peer learning
〉 Individual self-directed learning
〉 Ministry context resource group
〉 Doctoral project
A unique feature of the D.Min. is that students begin to research and write the major doctoral project from the very beginning of the program, instead of waiting until the end as in other programs. The goal of the D.Min. project is to challenge the student to think and act theologically and integratively by identifying a specific problem in ministry, organizing an effective research model, gathering appropriate resources, and evaluating the results. Project work should demonstrate doctoral level work and display how the student’s competence in ministry has been strengthened or transformed. The research should be conducted within the setting of the student’s own context of ministry.
D.Min. projects have emerged out of such areas as:
〉 Administration and Leadership
〉 Church Growth and Renewal
〉 Christian Education
〉 Church Music
〉 Pastoral Care
〉 Spiritual Formation
〉 Youth Work