Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership
At Waterloo Lutheran Seminary we offer a professional doctorate program to help pastors and lay leaders in non-specialized settings reflect on the practice of ministry. Students engage in this reflection on ministry while drawing on the rich resources of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in preaching, worship, leadership, interfaith relations, Bible, theology and ethics. The DMin in Pastoral Leadership seeks to build on these historic strengths of this institution and its degree offerings while affording a new generation of ministry practitioners an opportunity to hone their skills and deepen their reflection at the doctoral level.
The DMin in pastoral leadership is a continuing education degree. Some courses will be offered on an intensive basis, with a flexibility that reflects the desire to see this particular field as an opportunity for parish pastors to pursue the questions that animate them about ministry. If you wish to deepen your own sense of ministry among us, pursuing with greater depth an aspect of ministry particularly crucial for where you are, we hope you will feel free to pursue it here at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
Program at a Glance:
• Number of courses: 9 plus thesis
• Format: normally done in conjunction with ministry placement (1 or 2 courses per term)
• Tuition: approximately $18,000 for the program
• Degree conferred by: Wilfrid Laurier University
• Fall term start; complete application by the preceding May 1st
Why choose the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership:
• Equip parish pastors and lay ministry leaders to reflect on the practice of ministry in preaching, worship, leadership and interfaith relations
• Develop the necessary competencies to work together with faith communities, agencies, and social services
• To undertake a professional advanced degree as opposed to a strictly academic degree (Ph.D.)
• Develop expertise in an area that advances by interdisciplinary study, research and ministry
• Flexible course options allow for completion of degree while working in congregation or agency
Information Session: All prospective DMin students are invited to a 90 minute Information Session
Thursday, April 18th
1:00 -2:30 pm
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary room 201
For more details: http://www.wlu.ca/events_detail.php?grp_id=12516&ev_id=10215
Applications and all supporting documentation must be received by May 1st in order to be considered for the following fall term.
Applicants for admission must hold the MDiv degree or the equivalent of such a degree acceptable as a qualifying graduate degree for a post-degree program accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), with at least an average of B+. Computer literacy is expected of all WLS students.
Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience in service or ministry for three years. The program is open to students from all faith traditions. Interviews may be requested.
Students who have successfully completed TH666C, TH664I, TH761E, or TH761F as part of their M.Th. degree at WLS may petition to receive transfer credits in the DMin program for courses, subject to the relinquishing of their M.Th. degree before receiving the DMin degree. Students may also be required to submit an Individual Learning Plan (for TH666C), a research proposal (for TH664I), or a draft thesis proposal (for TH761F) at the appropriate point in their program, at the discretion of the DMin Director for the Field in Pastoral Leadership (herein after “DMin Director”), after advanced standing for these respective courses has been granted.
Students who have successfully completed TH666C, TH664I, TH761E, or TH761F or their equivalents as part of their masters degree (M.A., M.Div., or M.T.S.) and are presenting their degree as part of an M.Div. equivalent or requirement for admission, may petition to substitute another course in the same area, provided they make arrangements (in the case of TH666C, TH664I, and TH761E) to complete any curriculum-specific goal associated with that course (see Program Outline, p. 6).
Students will be required to take nine courses in the following areas of study:
1. Required research courses: two half-credit courses
2. Required pastoral leadership seminars: two half-credit courses
3. Required courses in adult learning, theological reflection, and integration of theory and praxis: three half-credit courses
4. Related courses to student research plan: two half-credit electives
Students must receive at least a B grade in each course of their program and must complete all course work with a cumulative Grade Point Average of B+ as well as complete successfully their program as outlined in this handbook to receive their degree.
On the basis of the work done in the integration of theory and praxis course, students will develop a proposal for the comprehensive exam on their theology of ministry (see Section Four—Guidelines). The approval of the DMin Director must be given to advance to the oral examination, the defense of which will constitute the comprehensive oral exam. The examination committee will normally be composed of the DMin Director, the student’s instructor in the integration of theory and praxis course, and the Principal-Dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The DMin Director has the discretion to appoint other members of this committee depending on sabbatical leaves or faculty scheduling.
DMin Thesis Proposal:
Upon the successful completion of the Theology of Ministry comprehensive examination, the DMin Director, in consultation with the student and the comprehensive examination committee, will appoint a thesis advisor (who will be a full-time member of the faculty) and two other thesis committee members, subject to the approval of the Principal-Dean. The thesis director will meet with the student to develop a thesis proposal. Once the thesis director and student have agreed upon a proposal, they will meet with the full thesis committee so the student may defend their proposal. Once the entire committee has agreed upon any necessary changes, and any requisite approval by the Research Ethics Committee has been obtained, the student has completed the requirements of the DMin Thesis Proposal stage.
When all course work is completed with a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of B+, the comprehensive exam on the student’s theology of ministry is successfully completed, the DMin Thesis proposal has been approved, acceptance of the research proposal by the Research Ethics Committee has been given (if required), the student will be granted candidacy.
The student will have been encouraged to give thought to the choice of a Research Project during coursework and its subsequent articulation as a Thesis topic from the very beginning of his/her program. This Research Project and subsequent articulation as a Thesis Proposal and Thesis will address an aspect of pastoral ministry based on research related to the student’s ministry interest, utilizing theological insight and using relevant theoretical orientations as integrating perspectives. This means the research project and thesis have three parts: (1) the research project as conceived early in the program; (2) a written thesis based on the project; and (3) an oral examination of the thesis. The research project and eventual thesis shall reflect the student’s ability to think critically and focus clearly on an area of pastoral concern, and utilize research methodology and pastoral resources in such a way that the study constitutes a contribution to professional reflection on the practice of ministry.
The program requires for full-time students two years, to a maximum of three years, of courses and comprehensive exam, with normally another year for completion of the doctoral Thesis. Normally part-time students will require at least one extra year beyond this for the completion of their whole program. Following admission to candidacy, students have a maximum of six terms for completion of the Thesis while maintaining continuous registration as per Seminary policy.
After the successful completion of the comprehensive examination on the student’s theology of ministry, the DMin Director in consultation with the student and the Comprehensive Examination Committee forms the DMin. Thesis Committee consisting of an advisor who will be a full-time faculty member and two additional members connected with the student’s work, subject to the approval of the Principal-Dean. The Research Project/Thesis Committee will provide critical reflection and evaluation of the DMin thesis research and the preparation of the thesis.
When the thesis has been completed and the candidate’s Thesis Committee recommends it for submission, an Evaluation Committee is formed by the Principal-Dean consisting of the Principal-Dean of the Seminary, the DMin Director, the advisor and another member of the Thesis Committee. In addition the Principal-Dean appoints an external examiner who agrees to read the thesis, to submit a written evaluation at least 10 working days prior to the proposed examination date, and to attend the oral examination. The Wilfrid Laurier University Dean of Graduate Studies or designate will be a member of the Evaluation Committee.
If the Evaluation Committee recommends proceeding, the examination will take place on the proposed date. The oral examination must result in one of four decisions:
1. Accepted—The candidate passes with no conditions, except for typographical and/or minor editorial changes.
2. Accepted with Conditions—The candidate passes with minor revisions required.
3. Decision Deferred—The decision of acceptance is deferred on account of the need for major revisions which requires the same Committee (insofar as possible) to reconvene at a later time to examine the revised thesis.
4. Rejected—The thesis is rejected and the candidate will be required to withdraw from the DMin program.
For style requirements the student needs to consult the guidelines established by Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. The thesis should follow the standards set out in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fourth Edition (Washington: American Psychological Association, 1994).
Students should consult the Seminary’s “Guidelines for DMin Research Project/Thesis” for specific details concerning procedures and requirement
All other coursework must be completed before enrolling in TH740A, Integration of Theory and Praxis, which will prepare the student to write a 30-40 page theology of ministry paper, the defence of which will constitute the comprehensive oral exam. The approval of the DMin Director must be given to advance to the oral examination. Following the oral exam, the D.Min. Director, in consultation with the student and the examination committee, appoints an advisor and thesis committee. Once the student and thesis advisor have refined the thesis proposal, and it is presented to and defended before the thesis committee, the student is admitted to candidacy. Following admission to candidacy the student will register for TH780B DMin. Thesis until such time as the thesis is completed, but no longer than six successive terms.
To apply to this program, click here.
|Term 1 (Fall)||• TH666C Adult Education|
|Term 2 (Winter)
||• TH664I Qualitative and Quantitative Research
• Elective course selected from 600- and 700-level offerings
|Term 3 (Spring)
||• TH765A Pastoral Leadership Seminar I|
|Term 4 (Fall)
• TH761E Theological Reflection
|Term 5 (Winter)
||• TH761F Advanced Qualitative and CS Research (runs Term 4 through Term 5)|
|Term 6 (Spring)
||• TH765B Pastoral Leadership Seminar II|
|Term 7 (Fall)
||• TH740A Integration of Theory and Praxis|