While I had just come back to faith and was starting to grow in my home church, First Baptist Church Murfreesboro, I had never envisioned going to seminary. In need of spiritual growth and understanding, everything pointed me in that direction; however, our family is a single income family with four children. My job was crucial and I could not see how I could possibly attend seminary.
Just when I thought that there was no hope, I was surprised by a flyer about a seminary that would be housed in my church. I found out that classes would be done in intensives on Friday night and Saturday and that the tuition was subsidized through the generosity of grants. I finally got it all together and started my seminary journey at Central Baptist Theological Seminary - Tennessee.
This format allowed me to complete my degree without missing any work or taking too much time away from my family. At the same time, I was able to develop an understanding of how to apply the skills from seminary to my sense of calling as a marketplace minister and allowed me to find ways to execute this ministry. After completion of seminary, my home church ordained me and blessed me in this calling.
I am extremely grateful for Central for the work it has done in my life by providing a thought provoking broad theological education.
Doctor of Ministry
Central Baptist Seminary offers a Doctor of Ministry program to serve and strengthen faith leaders facing the peril and opportunity of a profoundly changing culture. Our program blends classic scholarship with innovative, practical learning and a global perspective. Professional coaching, community clinical pastoral education and an intercultural experience with a partner school in Myanmar challenge students to bring imagination and self-awareness to ministry.
Using the cohort model, students benefit from peer learning and lifelong collegial relationships. It is designed to be accessible and responsive to students who hold the Master of Divinity degree and are fully engaged in ministry, including pastors, chaplains, program directors and other faith leaders.
Recognizing that vibrant ministry calls for leaders at their best, Central’s D.Min. program emphasizes integration of theological reflection and practice, self-awareness, global understanding and scholarship to deepen spiritual and missional formation in both the practice of ministry and in the minister.
1.To build upon the theological foundation of the M.Div. degree and experience in ministry
2.To broaden understanding of the nature, purpose and practice of ministry for effective leadership in our global, changing, and challenging culture.
3.To strengthen skills for recognizing and analyzing communities and opportunities in order to practice faithful, excellent and enduring ministry.
4.To grow in personal, spiritual, and professional self-awareness and maturity.
5.To develop skills for mentoring and coaching new generations of healthy, courageous leaders
Central’s D.Min. degree in Congregational Health requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours.
MC605 Mission Minded Faith Communities
DM603 Systems Thinking I
MC601 Systems Thinking II: Missional Faith Communities
DM609 Incarnational Theology
PC603 Community Clinical Pastoral Education
DM610 Research Methods and Project Design
PC608 Self Care and Stress Management
MC602 Mentoring, Coaching and Learning Communities for Missional Ministries
DM602 Theology and Practice of Leadership
MC607 Transformational Ministry and Adaptive Change
MC609 Entrepreneurial Ministry
MC608 Community Analysis and Engagement
DM611 Project Dissertation
DM1042 Transforming Society and Conflict
PC607 Pastoral Care Across Cultural, Ethnic and Religious Differences
PC604 Spiritual Guidance and Faith Development
PC605 Theology and Ethics of Pastoral Care
(curriculum subject to change)
SCHEDULE - 2013 Cohort
First session: October 5–12, 2013 (5 credit hours)
Second session: March 11-22, 2014, Yangon, Myanmar (3 credit hours)
Third session: June 23-28, 2014 (4 credit hours)
First session: October 6-11, 2014 (4 credit hours)
Second session: February 2-7, 2015 (4 credit hours)
Third session: June 1-6, 2015 (4 credit hours)
Project dissertation: October 2015 – September 2016 (6 credit hours)