DOCTOR OF MINISTRY
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is available for ministers who have a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited seminary and who desire a higher level of competence in the practice of ministry. Designed to increase the ability of servant leaders to analyze and reform ministry and to empower constituents for discipleship in the world, it is the highest degree in the practice of ministry.
Doctor of Ministry Tracks:
Memphis Theological Seminary offers three tracks or courses of study in the DMin. program:
- Leadership in Ministry(2018), designed primarily for persons who are serving in a ministerial role and want to enhance their competence as leaders.
- Faith and Health: Pastoral Therapy(2019), offers interested ministers outstanding training. Whether one chooses simply the 36 credit hours of the D.Min. or expands those requirements to include extra educational hours required for state licensure and 1400 hours of counseling under supervision, graduates will be competent pastoral counselors capable of counseling with individual adults, couples, and families with a wide variety of problems.
- Preaching(2019), is intended to improve the student’s understanding and skills in the area of homiletics, foster discovery of a personal, pulpit hermeneutic, and nurture the student’s competency to preach in a variety of contexts.
- Land, Food, and Faith Formation(2018), The DMin in Land, Food, and Faith Formation critically explores the intersections of ministry with care for the land, agricultural practices, just access to food, and the role of faith communities in both rural and urban settings in addressing these issues. In examining these intersections, attention will be paid to the theological and ethical dimensions of land and its use, the role of food in our lives, and how faith communities both shape and are affected by their relationship with land and food. The goal is to provide theological resources and practical models for the practice of ministry in faith communities which seek to relate their lives more intentionally to the care of land, food, and all living creatures.
- Forming and Growing Churches in the 21st Century(2018), Starting a church or fostering renewed vitality in an already existing congregation requires a spiritually vibrant and vocationally agile leader. The DMin in Forming and Growing Churches in the 21st Century focuses on the theological knowledge and the practical skills necessary for church leaders to develop a new church and to make vital existing ministries. In this program, the study of theological, historical, cultural, and organizational aspects of church formation and growth are integrated with critical perspectives and practices directed toward starting and growing vibrant faith communities. Courses are designed so that theological foundations and missiological principles provide the basis for practical plans for forming and growing a church in the contemporary world.
The Doctor of Ministry curriculum seeks to accomplish the following:
- Students will refine the theological basis for ministry in their area of specialization and will contribute to the body of knowledge as it relates to the practice of ministry by completing a ministry project reflecting their theological basis for ministry and their understanding of sound research.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and attitudes on issues related to the student’s context of ministry.
- Students will demonstrate ministry skills at an advanced level of professional competency and demonstrate new skills in leadership, vision, conflict management, care systems, and/or other strategies for accomplishing effective ministry.
- Students will think, plan, and act creatively in transcending traditional approaches to ministry by the use of innovative concepts and methods.
March 31, 2018
Leadership in Ministry
Land, Food, and Faith Formation
Growing Churches in the 21st Century
HEAR WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
Rev. Melissa Malinoski
Director of Admissions
Melissa graduated from Bethel University in 1999 and from Memphis Theological Seminary in 2002. As an ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister, Melissa has served congregations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. She is married to Rev. T.J. Malinoski. They are the parents of a son, Morgen and a daughter, Madeline.
We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary. The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey. We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real world. At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.
Rev. Felecia LaVant
Felecia completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Fisk University in 1982, and MDiv at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2014. She serves as an Associate Minister and the Director of Christian Education at Central Baptist Church, Inc. Felecia also volunteers with Manna House, a place of hospitality in the Catholic Worker Tradition. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Andraea and Alexandria.
Rev. Byron Forester
Byron is a graduate of Bethel University (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Benton Co. MS and as Coordinator of Ministries for West Tennessee Presbytery. He participates and serves in several ministries to people who are unsheltered. Byron and his wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.