Northeastern Seminary Blog

The Doctor of Ministry Program Was Like a Rocket Boost

Posted by Lisa Bennett on Mar 14, 2014 10:26:00 AM

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After I had completed my Master of Divinity degree I engaged in many seminars, professional development events, spiritual life refreshments, and other ongoing educational opportunities. But I was "chomping at the bit" for something much more rigorous, a kind of personal and professional development that had real accountability and required authentic advancement.

The doctoral program at Northeastern Seminary provided all of that, and more, for me. I figured I was about three quarters of the way through my career as a pastor (making many assumptions, of course) and I did not want to just coast my way toward retirement. The entire experience was like having the third stage rocket boost me higher than I imagined possible.

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Topics: Doctor of Ministry, equipping for ministry

Two Ways to Make Time for a D.Min. Degree

Posted by Lisa Bennett on Mar 12, 2014 3:17:00 PM

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I was in my late 50s when I made the decision to start the D. Min. program. At that point, my time was divided between two challenging occupations. For half of each week, I was engaged in the practice of law at a large law firm. For the other half of each week, I was employed as the assistant director of U. S. ministries for an association of churches. 

As I look back on my D.Min. years, I realize that the journey was actually a very smooth one. The studies proved to be a relaxation for me—especially the residency week of class. As it worked out, the program fit nicely with my two jobs and was not a source or pressure or stress. It was a joy.

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Topics: Doctor of Ministry, why seminary

5 Ways My D.Min. Research Added Value to My Ministry

Posted by Lisa Bennett on Mar 6, 2014 3:51:00 PM

My journey through the D.Min.program was marked by growing insight and motivation to strive for excellence for myself and those to whom I minister. In particular, the coursework and dissertation project enhanced my view on ministry in an urban African American community in five distinct ways.

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Topics: Doctor of Ministry, equipping for ministry

Experiencing the Hol(istic) Package in a Doctor of Ministry Degree

Posted by Lisa Bennett on Mar 1, 2014 2:12:00 PM

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Topics: Doctor of Ministry, biblical literacy

4 Pastorates, One Congregation: Learnings of a Long-tenured Pastor

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Nov 18, 2013 5:02:00 PM

A guest post by Rev. Harry Heintz, special assistant to the dean at Northeastern Seminary

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Topics: Doctor of Ministry, D.Min., capital region, church development, pastor

7 Reasons to Consider a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

Posted by JP Anderson on Oct 18, 2011 3:40:00 PM

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Topics: Doctor of Ministry, D.Min.

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