On November 2, a new cohort of 11 Doctor of Ministry students got off to a lively start with Professor Deborah Kapp and M647, “Where Three or More are Gathered: Ministry with Groups.” These students join 63 others currently pursuing a D.Min. degree through McCormick.
Comprising a typically diverse incoming class at McCormick, these new students represent six denominations including the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Presbyterian Church of Korea, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mennonite, Baptist, and non-denominational traditions. Two students are denominational staffers, one is a hospital chaplain and eight are currently serving congregations; five are women and six are men and their ages range from 29 to 56. Two are African-American and one is South Korean serving a church in the U.S. Members of the cohort hold Master of Divinity degrees from nine seminaries. Two are McCormick alumni.
The D.Min. Program’s profile of diversity and ecumenism as well as its collaborative, group-oriented learning model convinced Kimberly Lymore (Class of 2009) of the Faith Community of Saint Sabina in Chicago to seek her advanced training at McCormick.
“I chose McCormick for my D.Min because it is a multi-denominational institution and I was looking for a broader view of ministry,” she said. “I was able to glean insights from classmates on how to meet the challenges of ministry, and as a result I am better equipped to minister to my congregation. My group really bonded and I look forward to staying connected and continuing to serve as resources for each other.”
Refresh, Retool, Revitalize
Designed to offer pastors the opportunity to refresh, retool and revitalize their ministries, the D.Min. Program has itself been refreshed, retooled and revitalized during the last 18 months through curriculum changes designed to better meet the needs of today’s pastors and the implementation of a proactive recruiting strategy.
While the cohort model continues as one of the strengths of the program, it has been modified to move students through the five courses of the core curriculum as a cohort composed of persons interested in any of the three concentrations: Building Beloved Community, Parish Revitalization, and Pastoral and Spiritual Care. Two cohorts may also take core courses together thus widening the circle of acquaintance and providing further opportunities for the vigorous exchange of ideas.
New students begin study in either June or November and all start with the core course, “Where Three or More are Gathered: Leadership and Groups.” Core Courses also include “The Church in the World Today,” a Bible course focusing on new methods of biblical interpretation and an in-depth student of a particular portion of Scripture, “Culturally Attentive Pastoral Leadership,” and “Research Methods.” Core courses are offered in October and January/February. The two-week thesis residency continues in January. Electives specific to each concentration are offered in May or June of each year.
In the 1970s, McCormick Theological Seminary introduced one of the first Doctor of Ministry programs in the United States and remains to this day a pioneer in equipping church leaders for the most challenging, diverse ministries in the life of the Church. For additional information about the Doctor of Ministry program, contact Martha Brown, Director of Doctor of Ministry Recruiting and Admissions, at 773/947-6361 or firstname.lastname@example.org .