The Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) program at North Greenville University is designed to prepare the student for a dynamic, discipleship-focused ministry grounded upon the final commandment of Jesus Christ, The Great Commission. Focusing on this mandate to "Go and make disciples," all aspects of the program equip students to become more effective members of the Body of Christ. Integrating theology and practice, the program provides opportunities for advanced study in intensive seminars, courses, and field settings.
Students may seek admission to the Doctor of Ministry program at any time during the academic year. The on-campus intensive seminars are taught in March and October. Applications must be approved prior to beginning a seminar in order to participate in that course. The program is most effective when the student brings to it a period of experience in ministry that follows the attainment of the first professional degree. In most cases applicants must have three years of full-time post-Master's Degree experience prior to beginning the Doctor of Ministry program and must be continuously engaged at some type of Christian ministry during enrollment. The program requires no fewer than three academic years and no greater than six. Entering students must understand the high level of commitment that is expected to actively participate in this degree program. Admission to the Doctor of Ministry program is determined by an evaluation of the applicant's academic abilities and potential for excellence in ministry.
It is the goal of the Doctor of Ministry program that all students will successfully fulfill the following learner outcomes:
Participate in an interactive peer learning community where experienced ministry practitioners engage each other and world-class scholars to address critical ministry issues.
Display competence in biblical and theological reflection on ministry as well as reflection on personal, spiritual, and professional development.
Identify the basic principles of Christian leadership with special application to Christian ministry in both the church and the community.
Establish a growth initiative within their respective ministries that is biblically sound, measurable, and effective.
Contribute to the Church and to the fulfillment of the Great Commission through research and practice.
Complete training for a successful Ministry Project under the supervision of a supervisory committee.
Complete a written Project Report that analyzes and researches an issue in the Great Commission and describes a ministry implemented to address the issue.
Blended: Online & On-Campus (Greer, S.C.)
Doctoral Seminars (16 hours)
Evangelism and Missions
Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
Church Growth and Revitalization
Applied Ministry Experience (8 hours)
Applied Ministry Experience in Evangelism and Missions
Applied Ministry Experience in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation
Applied Ministry Experience in Church Growth and Revitalization
Applied Ministry Experience in Christian Leadership
Research Project and Methodology (8 hours)
Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop
Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing I
Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing II
DM 7000 Evangelism and Missions (4 hours)
A study of the theoretical and foundational issues of evangelism and missions with specific focus on their relevance to the practice of these disciplines. Topics defined and examined include current, critical issues facing the church. Also an advanced study of the contextual examination of the biblical and theological basis and nature of evangelism and missions. Attention will be given to the biblical critique of contemporary methodologies.
DM 7001 Applied Ministry Experience in Evangelism and Missions (2 hours)
The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to evangelism and missions. Co-requisite: DM 7000.
DM 7025 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (4 hours)
A study of the nature, theology, purpose, and practice of biblical discipleship and spirituality. This seminar will engage the life-giving resources of discipleship and spiritual formation, the seasons and stages of the maturing spiritual journey, ministries of guiding others in groups and individuals on the spiritual path with spiritual disciplines, and the implementation of Christian formation for the local church and other ministries. Attention is given to understanding contemporary issues in discipleship and spirituality and evaluating popular trends and practices.
DM 7026 Applied Ministry Experience in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (2 hours)
The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to discipleship and spirituality. Co-requisite: DM 7025.
DM 7050 Christian Leadership (4 hours)
The objective of this course is to help the Christian leader examine the biblical and theological basis and nature of leadership as well as to understand the theory and develop the skills necessary for effective leadership in the church. Group dynamics, principles of change, planning, organizational development, and other concepts are considered. Varieties of learning experiences related to the Christian leader's current ministerial situation are provided.
DM 7051 Applied Ministry Experience in Christian Leadership (2 hours)
The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to leadership. Co-requisite: DM 7050.
DM 7075 Church Growth and Revitalization (4 hours)
A study of church growth and renewal dynamics from a biblical, theological, historical, and cultural perspective. Topics include church growth and renewal principles, typologies, and methodologies, with attention to the roles of prayer, worship, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and evangelism in church growth and renewal.
DM 7076 Applied Ministry Experience in Church Growth and Revitalization (2 hours)
The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to church revitalization. Prerequisite: DM 7075.
DM 8000 Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop (2 hours)
A practicum designed to equip the student with the appropriate methods of research leading to a valid project proposal. Attention will be given to research and assessment tools as well as ministry project paradigms.
DM 8100 Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing I (3 hours)
A practicum designed to provide interaction between the student, faculty chair and field mentor during the writing phase of the project.
DM 8101 Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing II (3 hours)
A continuation of DN 8100. Prerequisite: DM 8100.
Graduate School of Christian Ministry
Dr. Larry McDonald
Dean of the Graduate School of Christian Ministry
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Studies
Professor of Christian Spirituality
Serving North Greenville University since 2008, Larry McDonald holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to almost 20 years of pastoral ministry, McDonald previously served as a Christian studies professor at Truett-McConnell College, adjunct professor at Southeastern Seminary, and a visiting professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Netherlands) and Uganda Baptist Seminary. A native Mississippian, McDonald was recognized for his leadership abilities by Leadership Jackson of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mississippi of the Mississippi Economic Council. He and his wife have three adult children and two granddaughters.
Dr. Bill Cashion
Professor of Missions and Evangelism
Veteran missionary and pastor Bill Cashion served almost 20 years with the International Mission Board as a missionary in Venezuela and as missions administrator, overseeing volunteers in missions, world hunger emphasis, and crisis management procedures. He also served as a pastor for 20 years, most recently at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville, Ga.; taught at Truett-McConnell College as visiting professor of missions for six years; and served as a visiting missions professor at seven Baptist seminaries. Cashion holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in missiology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Cashion truly seeks to live out his belief that “a disciple should never allow his world to be smaller than the one Jesus died to save.”