Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling
The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling (D.Min.) degree is designed for the student who seeks professional preparation in the area of pastoral care and counseling or who serves in specialized clinical settings and/or who ministers to the needs of missionaries and their families. The student whose goal is to enhance pastoral care in parish ministry may pursue the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling degree.
The program of study requires a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited theological institution and sufficient experiences in ministry to ensure a level of maturity appropriate to engage the intensity of the program design.
Seminars are offered as intensive, turbo-courses, and the degree may be completed in three years. Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the Doctor of Ministry was the first doctoral degree offered by Gardner-Webb University.
- Original transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate study.
- Three references (one must be educational, the remaining two may be personal, professional, or educational).
- Church recommendation form.
- Immunization history.
- $40.00 non-refundable application fee.
- Proof of satisfactory criminal background record check for all states of residence for the past five years with a residence verification statement. Criminal background histories obtained for employment purposes are not acceptable for admissions to the School of Divinity. Information received pertaining to criminal background histories will become part of the student’s permanent academic file. Any conviction or pending criminal charges cited in the criminal history will be reviewed by the School of Divinity Faculty Admissions Committee. Any allegations or charges of misdemeanor(s) or felony(s) that occur after the Criminal Record Check has been submitted must be reported immediately to the School of Divinity Office of Admissions and the Dean of the School of Divinity. Failure to report allegations of such charges may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
- Completion of the Master’s of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) from an ATS-accredited institution.
- Minimum Grade Point Average of a “B” (2.75 on 4.0 scale) in Master’s of Divinity (or its equivalent) studies.
- Three years significant ministerial experience beyond the first graduate theological degree.
10. Placement in a full-time vocational ministry setting.
11. Ministry essay: a 10-15 page double-spaced ministry essay discussing the applicant’s call to ministry, theology of ministry, history in ministry, goals for ministry, and how he/she believes earning the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries degree will enrich his/her ministry
12. Personal interview: applicants deemed worthy will be invited to the School of Divinity for a personal interview with the D.Min. Admissions Committee. Based on the applicant’s submitted materials, the D.Min. Admissions Committee will dialog with the applicant to assess his/her readiness for D. Min. study, and the applicant will be given the opportunity to share his/her understanding of ministry and the D.Min.
13. Aptitude Tests
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for all candidates for whom English is a second language. The minimum acceptable score is 550 (non-computer test).
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE): Although not required of all applicants, the D.Min. Admissions Committee may request an applicant to take this test to evaluate more fully his/her readiness for D.Min. studies.
- Miller Analogies Test (MAT): Although this test is not required of all applicants, the D.Min. Admissions Committee may request an applicant to take this test to evaluate more fully his/her readiness for D.Min. studies.
The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries degree is a thirty-hour degree program comprised of three major components: seminars, supervision, and a ministry project. Five seminars are required for which eighteen credit hours will be awarded.
The Concentration Curriculum
The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries degree is a thirty-hour degree program comprised of three major components: seminars, supervision, and a ministry project. Five seminars are required for which eighteen credit hours will be earned.
Required Concentration Seminars (4 hours)
- Ministry as Life-Long Learning – Pastoral Care and Counseling (2 hours)
- Issues in Advanced Pastoral Care and Counseling (4 hours) OR The Ministry of Member Care/Wellness (4 hours)
- Clinical Aspects of Care (4 hours)
- Interpersonal Relationships and Family Systems Theory (4 hours)
- Crisis Intervention Theories (4 hours)
The student pursuing the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries degree will register for six hours of Supervised Ministry and six hours of Ministry Project.
Doctor of Ministry Supervision
The student will complete a minimum of two semesters of Peer Learning Supervision, for a total of six hours. Peer Learning Supervision is directed by a Field Supervisor who has been appointed by the School of Divinity. The student will participate in structured supervised peer-learning experiences related to her/his ministry. In lieu of one semester of Peer Learning Supervision, the student may register for one basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with prior approval of the D.Min. Director. Candidates will participate in structured supervised peer-learning experiences related to their ministry.
Candidates will design, implement, and reflect upon a self-directed, original project of ministry conducted in the minister’s own ministry setting (minimum 6 hrs.). Students who do not complete the project in two semesters must register for DSDM 593 each semester until completion.