Ministry, D.Min.

Faculty

Director: D. Bruce Seymour, D.Min.
Distinguished Professors: Moreland, Wilkins
Professors: Edwards, McIntosh, Porter, Sunukian
Associate Professors: Shin, Song
Professor at Large: DeWeese

Courses

TTMN 800 - Christ, Culture, and the Church ICredits 6

This course will explore the issues and challenges that Asian-American leaders may face in any Asian-American ministry. This will include an examination of Asian culture and its influence on Christianity, different church models, social structures, and procedural and philosophical differences present in an Asian ministry context. This course will also include an overview of the latest trends and innovations that Asian-American churches are currently experiencing and implementing. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 801 - Year One Post-Residency ProjectCredit 1

Post-residency Project related to the Year One coursework. The project should be done in the student's place of ministry. Notes: Required upon successful completion of Year One residency. This course is a prerequisite to Year Two. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 802 - Year Two Post-Residency ProjectCredit 1

Post-residency Project related to the Year Two coursework. The project should be done in the student's place of ministry. Notes: Required upon successful completion of Year Two residency. This course is a prerequisite to Year Three. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTMN 801.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 803 - Year Three Post-Residency ProjectCredit 1

Post-residency Project related to the Year Three coursework. The project should be done in the student's place of ministry. Notes: Required upon successful completion of Year Three residency. This course is a prerequisite to TTMN 892 Doctoral Project Proposal Submission. Grade Mode: A.
Prerequisites: TTMN 802.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 804 - The Personal Life of the Asian-American LeaderCredits 6

This course will be a comprehensive study of the needed self-awareness and disciplines required for a leader in an Asian-American ministry context. This will include personal spiritual disciplines, the role of the family, resources for spiritual growth, and ministerial coaching for long-term success. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 805 - Christ, Culture, and the Church IICredits 6

This course will examine more closely the influences of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism as they conflict with Christian biblical principles and practices within the church. Contextualization and assimilation will also be examined in order to bring about an integration of Christian principles. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 806 - The Challenges of Asian-American LeadershipCredits 6

Asian-American leaders can expect particular challenges in ministry. These issues will be explored with the goal of preparing a proactive plan to overcome these challenges. This will include biblical training in conflict resolution, conducting a healthy staff, building a resource network for crisis situations, and developing a personal support system. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 807 - Lessons on Longevity for the Asian-American LeaderCredits 6

The focus for this course will be to help Asian-American leaders build healthy practices that will lead to a long and enduring ministry. Lessons will include spiritual self-care, team support-building, physical and emotional nurture, and careful, strategic, planning for the long haul. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 808 - The Asian-American MentorCredits 6

This class will give a biblical overview of mentorship and will teach the leaders how to mentor others for leadership development. Different models of mentorship, discipleship, and coaching will be examined in light of the busy schedules of people today. This week of study will include an emphasis on the topic of leadership succession. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 809 - Understanding LeadershipCredits 6

Students will learn the character and competencies required of a Christian leader. Instruction will involve biblical exegesis, exposure to leadership literature, and interactive dialogue with current Christian leaders. Students will then engage in a self-assessment exercise of their current leadership practices. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 810 - Speaking as a LeaderCredits 6

Students learn why Christian leaders need to speak God's word and how to speak God's word. Students learn how to identify a biblical idea and effectively employ that idea in their public communication. Students learn how to be persuasive and how to understand the people they are speaking to. Students speak in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 811 - The Nature of the ChurchCredits 6

This course is held off campus and involves travel to different cities. Students enhance their ability to evaluate a ministry theologically. Students are exposed to a variety of theologies of the church through lectures and 'on location' exposure. Students interact with ministry leaders, fellow students and their faculty-mentor to discover and theologically evaluate a variety of evangelical ministries. As a result, students should be able to accurately assess and express the theology of their own ministry. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 812 - The Cultural Sensitivity of the ChurchCredits 6

This course is held off campus in a different city. The goal of this course is for students to enhance their ability to evaluate the cultural adaptation of a ministry. Students interact with ministry leaders, fellow students and their faculty-mentor as they discover in what ways and how effectively these ministries have adapted to the culture in which they minister. As a result, students are better able to assess and express the cultural sensitivity of their own ministries. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 813 - Healing the Wounded LeaderCredits 6

During this class, students learn how and why ministry leaders are wounded in ministry. Through interaction with their faculty-mentor and guest faculty, students learn a variety of strategies to address the hurts experienced by leaders in the practice of ministry. Students apply these strategies to their own ministries and the ministries of others where appropriate. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 814 - Healing the Wounded CongregationCredits 6

Students learn how to assess if, and how severely, a ministry has been wounded. Through interaction with their faculty-mentor and guest faculty, students also learn a variety of strategies that leaders can use to address the corporate wounds of a ministry and facilitate healing and wholeness. Students apply these strategies to their own ministries and the ministries of others where appropriate. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 821 - The Biblical Context of Discipleship and the Person ICredits 6

During this class, students explore their own background in discipleship practices in light of the historical and biblical context of discipleship, seeking to understand Jesus' distinct form of discipleship. This leads to an understanding of discipleship as Jesus intended it to be developed in the early church, and how Paul and Peter and other biblical authors developed discipleship and spiritual formation in their writings as a theoretical and practical way of life for individual believers and the church. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 822 - The Biblical Context of Discipleship and the Person IICredits 6

During this class, students examine and apply these biblical principles of discipleship in their personal life. Students are guided by resident and guest professors as they reflect upon their lifetime of study and application of discipleship and spiritual formation. Students conclude by developing a strategy of personal growth in their discipleship to Jesus, and how that can be implemented in the lives of those within their ministry. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 823 - Discipleship as the Ministry of the Church ICredits 6

Students explore God's plan for the church and how discipleship can be understood as a holistic ministry of the church. Students are assisted by resident and guest professors in understanding the nature of the church and its relation to discipleship. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 824 - Discipleship as the Ministry of the Church IICredits 6

During this class, guest professors escort students through past and present ministries to examine specific practices of discipleship within the church. Students visit with guest professors and examine first-hand various aspects of discipleship, including mentoring, leadership development, and small groups. During the rest of the week, we discuss life-span Christian education, youth ministry, family ministry, counseling, evangelism and follow-up. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 825 - Discipleship and Community Relationships ICredits 6

During this class, students explore the relationship of the biological community, the family, with the spiritual community, the church. Family developmental experts guide students to elaborate the working relationship between family and church discipleship and how they can support and promote each other. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 826 - Discipleship and Community Relationships IICredits 6

This class expands the study begun in TTMN 825 to include a strategy for developing discipleship relations between the local church and various external communities, including parachurch ministries. Veteran Christian leaders guide students through an examination of strategies to build a local discipleship community that reaches into their neighborhood, school, workplace, and the world. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 827 - Foundations of Executive ManagementCredits 6

Students gain a biblical and theological basis for management in the local church and learn to critically reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of various governance models in local church ministry. Students develop a strategic plan for their particular ministry. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 828 - Personal Strengths AssessmentCredits 6

Students learn how to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and spiritual gifts. Students are then guided into how best to apply their personal strengths to their present area of ministry leadership. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 829 - Finances, Facilities and FundraisingCredits 6

Students develop a biblical understanding of stewardship from a broad perspective. Students learn proper account management, facilities planning, and ethical techniques of fundraising for both operational budgets and capital campaigns. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 830 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Executive ManagementCredits 6

Students learn how the legal system affects the development and operation of churches as well as ethical dilemmas being faced in complex ministries today. Issues such as staff hiring, firing, liability concerns, and policy development are covered. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 831 - Personnel Development and Human Resource ManagementCredits 6

Extensive overview of matters pertaining to recruiting, training and developing volunteer and paid staff ministry leaders. Students learn how to develop policies and procedures, conduct in-service training seminars, and how best to mentor leaders. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 832 - The XP Tool BoxCredits 6

This course covers a variety of topics, including PERT (Program Evaluation and Review Technique) charting for effective program management, overseeing information technology, working through teams, becoming a change agent, handling conflict resolution, and personal career development. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 833 - Developing Life Groups and Transforming CommunitiesCredits 6

Life Groups and Transforming Communities form the platform for pastoral counseling ministries and marriage and family ministries as well as student's leadership development. First students will learn compassionate connecting skills and how to teach them to church leaders. Then we will look at Life Groups with a pastor who uses them as his primary strategy for developing more and closer followers of Jesus. Third, we will explore Transforming Communities and their roles in healing individuals and marriages as well as developing volunteer ministers. Students design a plan to develop Life Groups or Transforming Communities in their churches, and receive feedback. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 834 - Counseling Individuals, Couples and FamiliesCredits 6

This course focuses on how to help individuals, couples and families realize their conflicts and take responsibility for the changes that will dismantle their barriers to God and each other. The goal is not to turn students into Pastoral Counselors but to equip students to develop those in their churches who are gifted to develop transforming ministries including mentoring with individuals, couples and families. Students demonstrate competency in the skills of a Christ-Church multi-level model for counseling individuals, couples and families and to demonstrate awareness of personal limits by setting default decisions for counseling and referral. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 835 - Developing Redemptive Family Ministries ICredits 6

The focus of this class is on developing family and counseling ministries in church that will meet some of the needs of people in neighborhoods as well as the people in the congregation, and be on-ramps to evangelism. Students design and/or develop a Redemptive Family Ministry appropriate to a student's church's needs, goals and resources. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 836 - Developing Redemptive Family Ministries IICredits 6

This course challenges and equips students to develop a plan for ministry to people in a selected form of non-traditional family structure. This course will equip students (and through them, their leaders) to reach people in family structures that don't normally experience churches as open to them. The residency outcome will be to write and develop this plan for a classmate and obtain your professor's evaluation. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 837 - Ministering to People in Addictive BondageCredits 6

This class will extend the focus of the second residency to minister to people both in and outside a student's church who are living in addictive bondage. Examples of bondage are alcoholism, drug addiction, sex addiction, gambling as well as more common addictions such as addiction to eating and smoking. The residency outcome will be a workable plan addressing these issues. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 838 - Ministering to People in the Wake of Crisis, Loss and TraumaCredits 6

This class equips students and their churches to minister in the wake of individual, family and neighborhood crisis, loss and trauma. Recent catastrophes such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina showed the need for thousands of volunteers who have been trained to respond to spiritual and emotional needs. People in your church can be equipped to minister in the wake of shootings, accidents, and bereavement in your neighborhoods as well as the larger traumas such as earthquakes and firestorms. Students develop contingency plans for their ministry. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 839 - Understanding Worldviews and Culture ICredits 6

Designed to produce confidence in engaging worldviews in a manner that is culturally relevant and theologically and philosophically informed. Students examine the nature of a worldview, and probe the foundations of the two major worldviews that rival Christianity and shape our culture: naturalism and postmodernism. Students interact with the strengths and weaknesses of the emergent church movement and address open theism. Time will be given to Islam, a rising influence in our culture, and students will learn ways Christians can reach Muslims. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 840 - Understanding Worldviews and Culture IICredits 6

Students learn how to think Christianly in the midst of worldview conflict and cultural chaos. Four areas of conceptual clarity examined: (1) crucial notions in metaphysics relevant to preaching, the nature of reality, the reality of truth, love, life after death, and God Himself; (2) crucial notions in epistemology at the center of cultural conflict; (3) the nature of consciousness and human persons; and (4) important issues in science and religion, reductionism, and the Intelligent Design debate. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 841 - Engaging Worldviews and Culture ICredits 6

Leadership tools in the areas of ethics and politics. Addresses how to help people to think ethically by evaluating relativism, moral absolutism, utilitarianism, and virtue ethics, and to consider individual impact upon character development and discipleship. Students learn about issues such as abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, capital punishment, just war theory and homosexuality. Since we live in a political world, the course includes a look at the different views of the Kingdom of God, the church/state relationship, Christian political engagement and social justice. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 842 - Engaging Worldviews and Culture IICredits 6

Students examine specific cultural issues and voices. Students learn about and discuss culturally significant books, movies, events and leaders. Students also learn about the nature of the modern secular university: how it developed, why it is so hostile to Christianity, how it impacts the church and what can be done about it. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 843 - Reclaiming Worldviews and Culture ICredits 6

Students gain skills needed to defend Christianity and to equip the local church for boldness in evangelism and cultural engagement. Students form answers to issues such as the existence of God, pluralism and the exclusivity of Christianity, challenges to the historical Jesus, the problem of evil, and the fairness of hell. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 844 - Reclaiming Worldviews and Culture IICredits 6

Students learn practical ministry implications of previous coursework. Students examine the nature of spiritual formation and discipleship, learn how to discern the voice of God and His guidance, learn how to foster a healthy, balanced experiential knowledge of God and His Spirit within the Christian religious tradition, and the criteria for discerning answers to prayer. Students also learn how to preach apologetically and how apologetics and worldview can be applied to youth ministry. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 845 - Foundations of Biblical Church Growth and MultiplicationCredits 6

An introductory examination of the theology, history, principles, procedures, pathologies, and typologies for growing and multiplying churches in North America. The student develops a biblical perspective, engages the historical impact of different movements on churches in the USA, and analyzes a church ministry, developing bold plans for growth and health. Students will be introduced to the procedures for writing book reviews for publication. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 846 - Evangelizing Secular PeoplesCredits 6

Exploration of North American culture, principles, and methods for reaching secular non-Christian peoples, and the role of church leaders in developing healthy, growing churches. Students grow in their understanding of North American culture, learn how to reach people for Christ in our post-modern world, and investigate models and case studies of growing churches. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 847 - Turnaround StrategiesCredits 6

Examines the theology, skills, and strategies for bringing renewal and revival to existing churches. Students learn and apply ideas for turning around declining churches and renewing ones that have lost their vision and vitality. Students will be introduced to the procedures for writing articles for publication. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 848 - Church MultiplicationCredits 6

Advanced study of strategies and practices for effective church planting and multiplication. Insights on selecting and training effective church planters, birthing daughter churches, and using demographics will be explored. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 849 - Growing Ministries in the "New World" ICredits 6

Explores the challenges and opportunities for church growth and multiplication in the post-modern context. Analyzes the theology, procedures, and methods of new movements and emerging models. Students will be introduced to the procedures for writing a book manuscript for publication. Grade Mode: A, R.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 850 - Growing Ministries in the "New World" IICredits 6

Examines cultural anthropology and multi-ethnic church growth and multiplication. A ministry strategy course designed to aid the student in understanding the opportunity, complexity, and methods for reaching people of differing ethnic backgrounds in North America. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 851 - Discipleship ICredits 6

This course will help students develop a biblical understanding of Jesus' distinct form of discipleship and apply those principles to their personal lives. Students will develop a strategy for personal growth in their discipleship to Jesus. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 852 - Discipleship IICredits 6

This course teaches how discipleship can be understood as a holistic ministry of the church that involves one's biological community, the family of God, and various external communities such as neighborhood, school, workplace and the world. Students will develop a discipleship strategy for their ministries. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 853 - Foundations of Biblical PreachingCredits 6

This course will provide a complete overview of the process of preparing biblical sermons from start to finish. It will emphasize the importance of understanding the literary forms of the Bible in hermeneutics and exegesis. Students will learn to move from the text to the sermon, create outlines, and shape their sermons for maximum impact. They will also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a didactic sermon from the epistles and receive feedback. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 854 - Communication and Persuasion in PreachingCredits 6

This course will provide advanced training in the art of persuasion through the study of communication theory. It will explore techniques and tools for keeping sermons relevant, clear, interesting and fresh. Students will learn how to choose and organize the resources they will need to prepare sermons. They will also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a didactic sermon from the epistles and receive feedback. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 855 - Preaching Biblical NarrativesCredits 6

A comprehensive study of the unique literary characteristics of narrative literature in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will learn how to interpret and communicate the narrative passages of scripture in a way that is congruent with the biblical text itself. They will also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a sermon from a narrative section of scripture and receive feedback. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 856 - Preaching to Your AudienceCredits 6

In this course, students will learn how to understand their audience and respond to challenges such as gender, vocation, age and culture. This course will also probe the issue of Christocentric versus Theocentric preaching. Students will learn to prepare topical sermons to address the specific needs and life situations of their audience. They will also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a sermon from a narrative section of scripture and receive feedback. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 857 - Expository PreachingCredits 6

Students learn the fundamentals of expository preaching. Students learn a definition of expository preaching, how to identify the idea of a natural unit of epistle literature, how to effectively outline a sermon for a post-modern audience, how to preach without notes, and how to analyze an audience. Students preach in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 858 - Narrative PreachingCredits 6

Students learn the unique literary characteristics of biblical narratives and how to apply that knowledge to the hermeneutical and homiletical tasks of preaching. The class is both inductive and deductive in nature. Students preach in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 859 - Leadership ICredits 6

Students learn the character that is required of a Christian Leader. This study involves biblical exegesis, exposure to leadership literature, and interactive dialogue with current Christian leaders. Students engage in a self-assessment exercise to better understand their own character in light of what they have learned. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 860 - Leadership IICredits 6

Students learn a variety of theories of leadership from the past as well as the present. Students are encouraged to critically evaluate these theories, and then propose a leadership theory that is compatible with Scripture and well-suited for their current ministry environment. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 863 - Foundations for Multiethnic MinistryCredits 6

A comprehensive study of the Old and New Testament focusing primarily on the evangelistic mandate to disciple all the nations. Attention is given to a history of the apostolic response and missionary obedience of the church (Matthew 28:18–20), as well as an investigation of God's desire to reach all people groups. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 864 - Principles and Procedures of Multiethnic MinistryCredits 6

An overview of the essential principles and practices of multiethnic church ministry in the North American context. Focus is placed on understanding the historical development of immigration in the USA, as well as understanding cultures, social structures, procedures, methodologies, barriers, and general steps for effective growth of multiethnic churches. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 865 - Models and Strategies for Multiethnic CongregationsCredits 6

An exploration of historical and contemporary models of multiethnic and multicultural churches. Emphasis will be placed on case studies, visits to multiethnic churches in Southern California, and discussion with pastors from multiethnic churches. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 866 - Understanding the Peoples of Ethnic AmericaCredits 6

An overview of the numerous ethnic peoples in the United States. The course will include a historical analysis of immigration patterns, and descriptive discussion of the cultures of the major ethnic groups present in the USA. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 867 - Multiethnic Dimensions of Missional LeadershipCredits 6

Systematic study of the history and development of leadership theory throughout the last century, with special emphasis on application to missional leadership of multiethnic churches in the United States. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 868 - Leading and Managing Multiethnic CongregationsCredits 6

This course explores the principles and best practices for managing change and conflict in a local church, and will make extensive use of case studies of effective conflict management in secular and Christian organizations. The doctoral project idea will be presented in this course, with an emphasis in assisting the student to prepare a proposal, as well as teaching how to write and present the final doctoral project. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 869 - Preaching the BibleCredits 6

In this course, students wrestle with what it means to create a 'biblical sermon'. Students work through a number of passages in order to understand the main idea of the text. Emphasis is placed on the importance of recognizing and respecting the genre of a biblical text throughout the preaching process. Students preach without notes at the end of the week and be evaluated by the professor as well as others in the class. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 870 - Preaching to ListenersCredits 6

Since preachers always speak to particular people, this course focuses upon understanding the audience. Utilizing guest professors, the class learns how to analyze an audience and wrestle with how sermons can respond to communication challenges such as gender, age and culture. Students preach without notes at the end of the week and are evaluated by the professor as well as others in the class. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 871 - Preaching NarrativesCredits 6

During this course, students learn the unique literary characteristics of biblical narratives and how to apply that knowledge to the hermeneutical and homiletical tasks of preaching. The class is both inductive and deductive in nature. Students preach in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 872 - Preaching EpistlesCredits 6

During this course, students engage in a fresh re-examination of the epistles. Students learn the unique literary characteristics of the epistle literature in the Bible and how to apply that knowledge to the hermeneutical and homiletical tasks of preaching. The class is both inductive and deductive in nature. Students preach in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 873 - Preaching Apocalyptic LiteratureCredits 6

During this course, students learn the unique literary characteristics of biblical apocalyptic literature and how to apply that knowledge to the hermeneutical and homiletical tasks of preaching. The class is both inductive and deductive in nature. Students preach in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 874 - Preaching Poetic, Prophetic, Law and ProverbCredits 6

During this course, students learn the unique literary characteristics of the poetic, prophetic, law and proverbial literature in the Bible, and how to apply that knowledge to the hermeneutical and homiletical tasks of preaching. The class is both inductive and deductive in nature. Students preach in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 875 - Preaching the GospelsCredits 6

During this course, students engage in a fresh examination of the gospels. Students learn the unique literary characteristics of gospel literature in the Bible and how to apply that knowledge to the hermeneutical and homiletical tasks of preaching. The class is both inductive and deductive in nature. Student preaching in class without notes. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 876 - Preaching Prophetic and Wisdom LiteratureCredits 6

A comprehensive study of the unique literary characteristics of the Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature in the Old Testament. Students will learn how to interpret and communicate these passages in a way that is congruent with the biblical text itself. They will also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a sermon from the prophetic literature and receive feedback. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 877 - Preaching Apocalyptic LiteratureCredits 6

A comprehensive study of the unique literary characteristics of the Apocalyptic Literature in both the Old and New Testaments. Students will learn how to interpret and communicate these passages in a way that is congruent with the biblical text itself. They will also learn about creative preaching forms as well as addressing the challenges of balance in the preacher's personal life. They will also have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a sermon from the prophetic literature and receive feedback. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 880 - Year Four Doctoral Project ICredits 0

Research and writing toward the completion of the doctoral project. Notes: Students are permitted up to six semesters to complete an acceptable doctoral project and will be registered in one of these courses sequentially until they either complete the project or withdraw. The fee for each of the courses in the TTMN 880885 sequence is $500. During the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase the students are considered full-time students (registered in TTMN 880 and TTMN 881 respectively). Students needing more time beyond the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase (i.e. any part of the remaining four semesters) are considered part-time students (less than half-time). Grade Mode: D.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $500 per semester.

TTMN 881 - Year Four Doctoral Project IICredits 0

Research and writing toward the completion of the doctoral project. Notes: Students are permitted up to six semesters to complete an acceptable doctoral project and will be registered in one of these courses sequentially until they either complete the project or withdraw. The fee for each of the courses in the TTMN 880885 sequence is $500. During the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase the students are considered full-time students (registered in TTMN 880 and TTMN 881 respectively). Students needing more time beyond the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase (i.e. any part of the remaining four semesters) are considered part-time students (less than half-time). Grade Mode: D.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $500 per semester.

TTMN 882 - Year Five Doctoral Project ICredits 0

Research and writing toward the completion of the doctoral project. Notes: Students are permitted up to six semesters to complete an acceptable doctoral project and will be registered in one of these courses sequentially until they either complete the project or withdraw. The fee for each of the courses in the TTMN 880885 sequence is $500. During the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase the students are considered full-time students (registered in TTMN 880 and TTMN 881 respectively). Students needing more time beyond the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase (i.e. any part of the remaining four semesters) are considered part-time students (less than half-time). Grade Mode: D.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $500 per semester.

TTMN 883 - Year Five Doctoral Project IICredits 0

Research and writing toward the completion of the doctoral project. Notes: Students are permitted up to six semesters to complete an acceptable doctoral project and will be registered in one of these courses sequentially until they either complete the project or withdraw. The fee for each of the courses in the TTMN 880885 sequence is $500. During the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase the students are considered full-time students (registered in TTMN 880 and TTMN 881 respectively). Students needing more time beyond the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase (i.e. any part of the remaining four semesters) are considered part-time students (less than half-time). Grade Mode: D.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $500 per semester.

TTMN 884 - Year Six Doctoral Project ICredits 0

Research and writing toward the completion of the doctoral project. Notes: Students are permitted up to six semesters to complete an acceptable doctoral project and will be registered in one of these courses sequentially until they either complete the project or withdraw. The fee for each of the courses in the TTMN 880885 sequence is $500. During the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase the students are considered full-time students (registered in TTMN 880 and TTMN 881 respectively). Students needing more time beyond the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase (i.e. any part of the remaining four semesters) are considered part-time students (less than half-time). Grade Mode: D.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $500 per semester.

TTMN 885 - Year Six Doctoral Project IICredits 0

Research and writing toward the completion of the doctoral project. Notes: Students are permitted up to six semesters to complete an acceptable doctoral project and will be registered in one of these courses sequentially until they either complete the project or withdraw. The fee for each of the courses in the TTMN 880885 sequence is $500. During the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase the students are considered full-time students (registered in TTMN 880 and TTMN 881 respectively). Students needing more time beyond the first two semesters of the doctoral project phase (i.e. any part of the remaining four semesters) are considered part-time students (less than half-time). Grade Mode: D.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $500 per semester.

TTMN 887 - Leave of AbsenceCredits 0

Leave of absence due to emergency. Grade Mode: C, A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $100.

TTMN 888 - Seminar: Selected TopicsCredits 1-6

Seminars offered by special lecturers or visiting scholars addressing areas of specific interest. Notes: May be taken multiple times for credit. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 889 - Independent StudyCredits 1-6

A directed individual study whereby the student may do advanced reading or research into an area of special interest. A proposal must be prepared according to guidelines available in the D.Min. office and approved by the D.Min. director. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 892 - Doctoral Project Proposal SubmissionCredits 0

First time submission of final doctoral project proposal. Grade Mode: V.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $1,000.

TTMN 895 - Program ExtensionCredits 0

Students who have completed the doctoral project courses (TTMN 880885) but have not completed an acceptable doctoral project, may apply for an extension. If granted, they must be registered in this course. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis, require a special application and approval by the D.Min. office and the Dean of Academic Records. Extensions are granted one semester at a time but the student may request an extension of two semesters on the application. Grade Mode: D.
Prerequisites: Demonstrated legitimate need for more time, steady progress toward project completion and statement of feasible plan to complete the project with intermediate deadlines.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.
Fee: $750 per semester.

TTMN 904 - Preaching to the Heart ICredits 6

This course will provide a complete overview of the process of preparing biblical sermons from start to finish. Students will hone their skills in moving from the text to the sermon, developing outlines that reflect the biblical author's flow of thought, and shaping their sermons for maximum impact. Each student will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a sermon from a didactic/epistolary section of Scripture, and receive feedback from the faculty-mentor and the class. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 905 - Preaching to the Heart IICredits 6

In this course, students will work through two additional genres of biblical literature (narrative and poetic). Each student will prepare and deliver a sermon from a narrative section of Scripture, and again receive feedback from the faculty-mentor and the class. Different kinds of filing systems will also be discussed, which will enable the student to stay on the cutting edge of biblical scholarship and retain resources for future preaching. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 906 - Renewing the Mind ICredits 6

This course will lay a biblical and theological foundation for apologetics and cultural engagement. By exploring the rich resources of the Gospel, students will develop a model for engagement that is adaptable to a variety of institutions and practices. Students will explore the nature of apologetics and begin to develop a strategy for some of the larger issues in apologetics -- the existence of God, evil, suffering, worldviews, religious pluralism, relativism, science and reason. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 907 - Renewing the Mind IICredits 6

This course will focus on equipping students to build culture-leaders. We will explore the nature of institutional change and how believers can inhabit those institutions faithfully. Students will also develop a facility with a broader concept of apologetics that connect the Gospel with the deeper affections of people. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 908 - Caring for the Soul ICredits 6

This course investigates spiritual formation in Christ, focusing in on our own transformational discipleship to Jesus as well as how to come alongside others in their discipleship to Jesus. It includes a discussion of the historical and sociological forces that have influenced the variety of contemporary understandings of spiritual formation, followed by the development of a biblical-systematic theology of discipleship and formation. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.

TTMN 909 - Caring for the Soul IICredits 6

This course focuses on the strategies, challenges, and best practices of implementing spiritual formation in the local church and para-church given the diverse contexts in which we find ourselves. It includes discussion of how spiritual formation is connected to mission, social justice, and evangelism. Grade Mode: A.
Restrictions: Must be Post Masters Level or Doctoral Level.