Doctor of Ministry Projects

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program is designed to enhance the practice of ministry for persons holding the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or its equivalent, and who are currently engaged in positions of Christian ministerial leadership. The program is practical in nature and is designed to heighten professional competency.  Graduates will be equipped at a more advanced level of theological reflection and practice than that achieved in the foundational work of the M.Div. A program assumption is that the ministry of a local congregation or Christian ministry setting will provide the context for the course of study.  D.Min. graduates contribute new insights to the body of ministerial praxis through practical field research and qualitative writing.

The first two WTS Graduate D.Min. projects were completed in 2002. In the years following fourteen additional projects have been completed. Each one addresses a unique ministry issue with quality research and writing. All but one of these has been published by ProQuest UMI, a professional publisher of academic dissertations. Each project is protected by U. S. copyright law and is available here as a reference for D. Min. students. 



Can Two Walk Together Unless They are Agreed?:  The Role of Core Values in the Pastor/Church Call Process and Relationship - Darryl Allen


A Resource for Assemblies of God Staff Pastors Who Experience Abrupt Senior Pastor Transition - Jason Arant

Washing the Saints' Feet:  Discovering Why Free Will Baptists Do and Do Not Participate - Franklin Baggett


How Do We Get There From Here?:  Vitalizing Our Mission Statement - Ben Borsay

Refocusing the Vision of the Rural/Small Town Church - Wayne Boyer


How a Minister Copes with a Potentially Divisive Congregational Issue - Mark Brodbeck

Pastoral Leadership in a Rural Congregation - Joseph Carney

Pastoral Resilience - Joel Cocklin

Mission Statements:  A Prescription for Clarifying Congregational Identity and Purpose in Medium-Sized Churches - Dave Coffin

Effective Expository Biblical Preaching to the Unchurched - Craig Cramer

The Tension of Counter-Cultural Rescue Ministries:  Seeking Support from the Current Culture - James Davison


Fanning into Flame the Gift:  Understandings and Strategies that Effectively Implement a Spiritual DNA of Outreach in a Local Church - Stephen Dunn


Storytelling:  A Source for Reducing Biblical Illiteracy - Jaclynn Krum Frisch

Rage in the Cage:  Making Sense of Grief and Violence Among Incarcerated Juvenile Delinquents - Murthy Kola

A Need for Standards to Bring Uniformity and Integrity to the Ordination Process of the Lima Baptist Ministerial Association - LaMont Monford

What Do These Things Mean?:  Learning How to Tell Our Stories as a Tool to Develop a Sense of Community - Kenneth Price

Good, Wise, and Spirit-Led:  How ELCA Pastoral Candidates Respond to a Letter of Call - Steven Schick


Leading the Transition from a Traditional Attraction Based Ministry Model to a Missional Model of Ministry - Mark Yarger
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