CTS D.Min. Program Gearing Up for Fall Classes

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS)—Interest in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. is increasing with more pastors enrolling in the program and preparing for fall classes. Eight new students have been admitted to the program, raising the number of students in coursework to nearly 20.

"The program revisions have really made the degree quite accessible," said Dr. Gifford Grobien, assistant professor of Systematic Theology and Doctor of Ministry supervisor at CTS. "I'm excited that a number of pastors are taking advantage of the new program right away." More information on the recently redesigned D.Min. Program can be found at www.ctsfw.edu/DMin and www.facebook.com/DoctorOfMinistryConcordia, or by phoning 260-452-2143.

The classes offered for Fall 2013 are A Lutheran Catechumenate for a Postmodern World with Dr. Arthur Just, chairman and professor of Exegetical Theology at CTS, and Research and Method in Pastoral Theology with Dr. Grobien.

“I'm looking forward to teaching the research course, which typically includes all the new students. It introduces them to the distinctive research involved in a D.Min. Program, both qualitative methods such as interviews and quantitative methods such as surveys. Students will begin using these methods, along with academic theological methods of research, in their coursework to help them prepare for their thesis projects. I've spent some time looking for quality resources to help introduce these methods to students,” explains Grobien. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for me to get to know them as they begin the program.”

Classes will run September 9–November 15. Students will receive nine weeks of instruction as distance learning (online) and spend one week, October 14-18, in class on the seminary campus.