Jiho Choi and his spouse travelled to Shawnee from Venezuela where he has begun a campus ministry and is starting a college. His interest is in cultural ministry – music and art , which he taught in Korea before he began his mission work. Choi was the worship leader for the Global Baptist Church in Seoul, Korea – a church of over 30,000 members and probably the largest Baptist church in the world. His father was one of the pioneers of Baptist work in Korea as a church planter and pastor. Choi has expressed how appreciative he is of the scholarship provided by Central, as it would have been very difficult for him to pursue this degree otherwise. His mission work is not subsidized by his former congregation, nor denomination, so he has to raise the support for his ministry.
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)