Tuesday, July 31, 2012 2:05 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2012 – Wesley Theological Seminary is pleased to announce an exciting and robust group of Doctor of Ministry programs for the 2013 academic year. Each program provides a unique opportunity for practicing clergy to concentrate on a specific area of interest. The 2013 tracks include Spirituality and Story, Urban Ministry: Beloved Community as Vision and Work, Church Leadership Excellence, and Military Chaplaincy: Religious Leadership in a Complex, Multi-faith Environment. Please note the application deadlines that accompany each descriptive brief.
Applications now being accepted for January 2013. Apply by October 1, 2012.
Pastors live and work at the ever changing intersection of stories. They follow a call and look for providence in their unfolding autobiographies. They engage in helping parishioners to reframe the bits and pieces of their lives. They discern and lend themselves critically to the legends, tragedies, and emerging traditions of the congregations they serve. They do this shaped and informed by the great stories of the Bible and of the church. Spirituality and Story will provide pastors with additional skills to live and work at the intersection of a variety of stories by focusing on narrative as a category of spirituality, and by fine-tuning the skills by which pastors participate in the demanding, but rewarding, work of weaving human stories into the fabric of God’s story.
Applications now being accepted for January 2013. Apply by October 15, 2012.
Inspired by the vision of a Beloved Community, students in this Doctor of Ministry program will gain skill in engaging the poor and the powerful, meeting the needs of diverse cultures, and answering their call to dynamic, applied ministry in the complex social systems of the inner-city. As leaders and future leaders in urban ministry, they will seek faithful solutions to the challenges of homelessness and gentrification, addiction, failed schools, inaccessible health care systems, unemployment, and illiteracy.
Applications now being accepted for May 2013. Apply by December 1, 2012.
Wesley Theological Seminary provides a Doctor of Ministry track in Church Leadership Excellence so that clergy will receive the enhanced knowledge, skills, and motivation to increase congregational and denominational service, vitality, and growth. This track focuses on the personal development and public practices of those called to lead the church toward the vision of God’s reign. Participants will examine the biblical, theological, and ethical foundations of ministry through the lens of leadership to enhance their own fruitful practice of leadership. The combined resources of the Wesley faculty and the Lewis Center for Church Leadership bring depth and energy to this track.
Applications now being accepted for May 2013. Apply by February 1, 2013.
Military chaplains are harnessed with the imposing tasks of advisement and support and with responsibilities that vary and intensify at each successive level of command. This Doctor of Ministry program of study is designed to enhance the ability of chaplains to satisfy both the operational needs of military leaders and the religious needs of soldiers and their families. With its emphasis on interfaith and intercultural issues, images of Biblical leadership, and spiritual care for all parts of the military family, this program is a natural complement to the military chaplain’s Professional Military Education (PME). Military chaplains of all services and all components are eligible to apply for this Doctor of Ministry program.
Special Financial Information: Wesley Theological Seminary is a partner in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which assists in funding tuition expenses. Prior service, reserve, and active military may qualify for full tuition support under this program or under the longstanding Montgomery GI Bill. For students in this program who do not qualify for Yellow Ribbon funding, Wesley is offering its new Doctor of Ministry degree program for military chaplains at one-half the usual tuition rate, or about $250 per credit hour.
The Doctor of Ministry program offers an advanced-level curriculum integrating the experiences of ministry with the academic resources of the Seminary. The specific goals of the Doctor of Ministry program at Wesley include acquainting students with current theological trends and issues, deepening the integration of discipline and ministry, and providing students with opportunities for establishing lasting collegial ties with other students. The Doctor of Ministry program supports diverse areas of focus, or tracks, which require the successful completion of 24 core course hours and 6 hours of electives as well as a final project. Three hours for the Project Seminar are included in the core courses. Classes are held during intensive two-week periods in January and May.
Admission to any Wesley doctoral degree program requires a Master of Divinity degree or equivalent from an Association of Theological Schools seminary, a 3.0 GPA, and three years of ministry experience prior to entering Wesley's Doctor of Ministry program.
For more information, contact the Wesley’s Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org, at (202) 885-8659, or begin the on-line application process at www.wesleyseminary.edu/Admissions/apply.aspx.
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