Doctor of ministry Courses 2016

All students enrolled in the DMin are eligible to register for courses within their program requirements.

Graduates of the Acadia DMin program, those who hold doctorates in a related discipline from other recognized schools, and current DMin students are welcome to audit DMin classroom-based courses, space permitting.


Spring 2016                                                                                                                                        

JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY - ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOUR 2016

DMIN 8313 X5 - "Theology of Collective Repentance and Reconciliation"
Dr. Anna Robbins
May 17-28 2016

DMIN 8213 X5 - "Land of Israel Past and Present"
Dr. Glenn Wooden
May 17-28 2016

Wolfville campus

DMIN 8111 X5 - "Orientation"
Dr. John McNally and Dr. Jody Linkletter
June 9 -10, 2016

This course is an orientation to Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, and the Doctor of Ministry program. It is designed so that students will become familiar with the facility and resources of Acadia, as well as the expectations of the DMin program for successfully completing the program in a timely manner. It is also designed for students to reconsider the process of:  carrying out quality research, writing quality academic papers and thinking theologically. During this course students will be introduced to ADC faculty, staff and fellow students. 

DMIN 8243 X5 - "Wrestling with Troubling Texts in the Bible"
Dr. Bill Webb
June 13-17, 2016

There are numerous texts in the Bible that Christians find extremely troublesome. This course reflects on how our own contemporary Canadian horizon unwittingly impacts our understanding of these difficult texts with positive and negative contributions. The course will explore hermeneutical methods that emphasize reading biblical texts within their ancient-world setting and within their canonical development. Ultimately, we must wrestle with how textual meaning, and biblical authority more broadly, transfers from these ancient biblical texts into our present-day lives. Our task as Christians is not to become mired in our application of these troubling texts by their concrete specificity but to champion their redemptive spirit in attempting to live out Scripture today. 

DMIN 8333 X5 - "Theology and Film"
Dr. Rob Johnston & Dr. Catherine Barsotti
June 20-24, 2016

This course will consider a theology of culture by focusing on one particular aspect: theology and film. This course will (1) view, discuss, and analyze a multicultural and global selection of films, (2) provide the student methodological and critical perspectives for engaging culture, both from the humanities and the social sciences, and (3) explore theological and biblical perspectives foundational to theology and film criticism.

 

Fall 2016

Wolfville Campus

DMIN 8111 X1 - "Orientation"
Dr. John McNally  and Dr. Jody Linkletter
October 13-14, 2016

This course is an orientation to Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, and the Doctor of Ministry program. It is designed so that students will become familiar with the facility and resources of Acadia, as well as the expectations of the DMin program for successfully completing the program in a timely manner. It is also designed for students to reconsider the process of:  carrying out quality research, writing quality academic papers and thinking theologically. During this course students will be introduced to ADC faculty, staff and fellow students. 

DMIN 8483 X1 - "Creation and Transformation"
Dr. Terry LeBlanc
October 17-21, 2016

This course will examine the theologies of Creation, including the intention of God for creation, and the role of humanity in the “development” and maintenance of the created order, found in the Christian Scriptures. The course will also discuss the praxis that emerged from these theologies within the church and, through the church the wider Western world, to seek to understand the impacts of past and present Christian thought. Juxtaposed with this examination will be a parallel engagement with several creation narratives of Indigenous communities, examining their self-understanding of humanity’s place and role, with respect to creation. 

DMIN 8112 X1 - "Research Methodology"
Dr. John McNally and Dr. Jody Linkletter
October 24-27, 2016

This course is designed to prepare Acadia Doctor of Ministry students to research, write, and defend a thesis-project. As a result of completing this course, students should be able to: understand the nature and goals of an Acadia D.Min. Thesis-project, focus the research question, understand the expectations related to contents of the various thesis chapters, and choose an approach to original research so that the research methodology supports their research topic. They should also be able to design and write a Thesis-Project proposal and begin to organize their time and work for successful completion and timely graduation.

DMIN 8443 X1  -"Dynamics of Congregational Renewal in a Changing Society"
Dr. Stephen McMullin
October 31-November 4, 2016

Amid dramatic societal changes, how can congregations be both spiritually vital and missionally effective?  How can local churches overcome cherished traditions and organizational structures and out-dated buildings that may have been effective in previous generations but that now prevent the church from being the community that God calls it to be?  How do traditional congregations whose members have aged engage younger generations in mission and ministry?  What should be the role of digital media in the spiritual life of the congregation and in its witness?  This course will examine congregational renewal from Biblical and sociological perspectives, considering the internal spiritual life of the congregation, the increasingly skeptical society to which the church has been called to be a witness, and the pastors and leaders whose task is to lead, mentor, and guide local congregations to renewed vision and effective ministry.

IN YOUR MINISTRY CONTEXT

DMIN 8123 X0 - "Ministry Mentoring and Reflection"
Dr. John McNally and Dr. Jody Linkletter

A nine-month mentoring experience completed at home, normally taken in year one, following Orientation.