[SVOTS Communications] Priests, chaplains, and other professionals in
ministry may now earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree
online through a new program at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological
Seminary, Yonkers, NY. The hybrid program, which combines distance
learning with one--week, on--campus intensives, is bridging a gap for
students who cannot reside full time on campus. The program will begin
in fall 2013, and applications now are being accepted.
"Pastors today face immense challenges," emphasized The Rev. Dr. J.
Sergius Halvorsen, assistant professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric at St.
Vladimir's and the program's director. "The depth and intensity of
suffering and spiritual darkness in the lives of the people we serve is
startling. Facing such serious challenges, there has never been a
greater need for excellence in pastoral ministry.
"My hope is that the D.Min. Program at St. Vladimir's would provide
priests, chaplains, and other pastoral professionals with advanced
knowledge and skills in order to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to
those who are suffering," noted Fr. Sergius. "It is also my hope that
the program would foster deep and lasting friendships among the students
and contribute to authentic spiritual and pastoral renewal.
"All in all, the D.Min. Program will 'build bridges' in several ways:
overcoming geographical distance for interested students; providing a
pathway to a new level of pastoral training and academic research; and,
best of all, connecting colleagues in ministry," concluded Fr. Sergius.
St. Vladimir's is accepting applications for the first cohort of fifteen
students, who will go through the program as a community of learners
that support one another academically, spiritually, and personally. The
cohort will serve as an essential support network for the students
during the course of the program and will model a form of collegial
ministry in which pastors lift up and inspire one another in the ongoing
work of building up the Body of Christ.
The D.Min. Program will integrate doctoral level academic work with
applied pastoral practice, and members of the St. Vladimir's faculty,
along with Orthodox scholars from other institutions, will teach the
eight core courses: Advanced Preaching and Communications; Bioethics for
Ministry; Counseling in the Parish; Ministry in a Secular Age; Ministry
to the Sick and Dying; Missiology; Scripture: Exegesis for Preaching;
and Youth Ministry. The final phase of the program will be a project
that combines research at the doctoral level with the intentional
application of pastoral theory in pastoral ministry.
Program applicants must have at least three years experience in ministry
subsequent to their first theological degree; be currently serving in a
position of ministry; and be capable of doing doctoral level academic
work. Anyone interested in learning more about the program may contact
Fr. Sergius at shalvorsen@...
(914) 961-8313, x367.
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