McCormick Theological Seminary’s DMin program is culturally attentive, context based, and values group learning. The program attends to the cultural needs of students who represent a variety of racial or ethnic groups by providing theological education that meets ministers’ unique needs and the needs of their own particular ministry context. To that end, students matriculate through the program in specialized cohorts.
Current DMin cohorts include:
- Pastoral Care Cohort
The Pastoral Care DMin cohort is designed for pastors and other professionals serving in specialized ministries (including chaplains, counselors, and pastoral care specialists) who wish to build on existing skills for pastoral ministry. This program is unique in that it is oriented towards applying pastoral care approaches not only to the practice of pastoral care as traditionally defined but also to manifold challenges of ministry. Pastors, chaplains, counselors, pastoral care specialists, and persons serving in non-traditional positions will benefit from this program’s emphasis on innovation, analysis, and theologically informed action. The program goals are:
- To expose pastoral leaders to perspectives and practices that deepen analysis of, and response to, a contemporary ministry issue or concern.
- To support deep integration of theory and praxis.
- To strengthen reflective skills and research competency
- To integrate theology, clinical insight, and spirituality
- To foster a systemic view of care that includes attention to its socio-political context
- To creatively engage intercultural and interfaith dynamics
- Prophetic Leadership Cohort
This cohort is designed for pastors and religious leaders who desire to empower their congregations and faith-based organizations to take a more prophetic stance and role in impacting positive change in their local neighborhoods and communities. The cohort explores how religious leaders and their faith communities may navigate corridors of power and engage civic leaders in a way that is at once effective and faithful.
- Korean American Cohort
Drawing on McCormick’s long history of providing theological education for doctor of ministry students in Korea, this cohort comprises Korean American pastors and religious leaders from Chicago and around the country who wish to study in a bilingual context.
- Apostolic Assembly Cohort
Originating through a partnership with the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus, this cohort serves students from the United States and Latin America who wish to work in Latin@ ministries and expand their theological studies in a bilingual context.
- Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Scholars
This one time cohort, begun in the fall of 2017, teaches religious leaders how to do ministry from an Afro-centric perspective. The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., pastor emeritus of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, teaches or co-teaches all of the courses, examining the Bible, history, ethics, and theology through the lens of African-descended peoples.