If you recall from my previous post, I have it on fairly good authority that school and I have never been the most chummy of friends.
The program that I will be a part of will be akin to the type of study done at “great book schools” like St. Johns College. For three years, I will be part of a cohort of other men (pastors) in ministry working to understand the biblical, historical, and contemporary issues facing the church in regards to her worship.
The Doctor of Ministry at Covenant Seminary is based on a group-based model of learning. This group-based model provides pastors with greater opportunities for growth and learning in the midst of trustworthy and mutually beneficial peer relationships. As members of a DMin cohort group, I would learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners under the guidance of an experienced faculty member (Dr. Mark Dalbey). This approach is designed to enhance the ministry benefit of the DMin to my life and ministry and to increase my effectiveness both here at this church and in the Kingdom.
The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Worship has this stated purpose: “Today’s church faces many challenges and opportunities with regard to corporate worship. A strong biblical and theological foundation, wise contextual understanding, and careful practical application are needed to face these challenges effectively. The worship cohort is designed to inspire and equip pastors to develop Reformed worship ministries that are: 1) biblically based, 2) gospel-centered, 3) reverent yet joyful, 4) edifying to God’s people, 5) accessible to non-believers, and 6) glorifying to God. A dissertation written as part of this cohort will ideally provide valuable resources for the church as it navigates present and future worship issues in a thoughtful and prayerful way.”
This is going to be a rather intense process. I know that when left to my default drive, I am a sprinter before a marathon runner. I do not have a habit of finishing self-directed projects well. So, I am praying that God will strengthen me, my wife, our marriage, my church, and our community of supporters during this time.
Keeping Track of Progress
Earlier this year, I redesigned and “refocused” my blog. While I will still give my attention to occasional commentary on the food culture in America, society, politics and social issues, most of my writing on here will be “first thoughts” on things I am reading, interacting with, and developing for future writing. That is where you step in. Dialogue with people who read and ask questions will (hopefully) improve my thinking and further my own growth and research.
As they say… now the fun begins.