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Alphacrucis College

Doctor of Ministry

In a rapidly changing society it is crucial that pastors and leaders stay relevant and conversant with new ideas. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program provides a formal mechanism for this reflection. Utilising a cohort structure, students will interact with others on a similar journey of exploring questions and solutions to important topics of our time, while incorporating best practice from practitioners globally.

The program is coursework based, so there is regular classroom and lecturer interaction. The research component of the program allows students to identify, investigate and address an issue within their own professional life. In this research component, students will develop a body of work (a thesis, which may be one complete essay or an integrated portfolio) that explores issues of relevancy to them and their context. The goal of this thesis component is to not only benefit the student but to also make a contribution to the mission of the Church through its contribution of learning and/or new practice. In this way, students are innovators of new strategies, programs or ways of doing ministry or leadership.

It is a wonderful opportunity to expand your thinking and practice - we invite you to join with us in this exciting new program.

Regards

Dr Van Shore
Program Director


The Doctor of Ministry is designed for graduates with significant leadership experience in churches, para-church ministries, educational institutions, and secular organisations who want to further enhance their skills for ministry within church, academic and community settings. Graduates of the DMin will have systematic and critical understanding in the discipline of Christian ministry, including innovative leadership models in contemporary contexts and a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches in the area of their specialisation. They will demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in research using methodologies applicable to their discipline.

Graduates’ research will identify, investigate and address an issue in the profession of Christian ministry, to be presented in a research thesis which will make a significant original contribution toward the advancement of learning and/or for professional Christian ministry practice.

The course consists of 240 credit points comprising:

  • One research methods subject (20 credit points) – RES801 Advanced Research Methods.
  • One subject at 800 level (20 credit point ) to be taken from the area of specialisation (Ministry or Leadership).
  • 70,000 word research thesis (200 credit points) in area of specialisation.

To qualify for award of the degree of Doctor of Ministry a candidate shall complete at least 240 credit points.

The DMin can be completed in 3 years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study (maximum candidacy 10 years).

Rev. Kevin Hovey (faculty profile)

Kevin's current role, Head of Department: Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, is an interesting convergence of many experiences and roles covering more than 40 years as an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches.

Starting with 31 years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry was focused on developing and training local leaders. This ranged from informal mentoring in remote villages to developing Bible college structures and curriculum. Serving as consultant to the National Executive Council of Assemblies of God of Papua New Guinea provided opportunities for input – and for growth.

While still on field, the need for missionary training became evident, so the internationally recognized World Harvest Institute “missionary finishing program”, as some have termed it. Post Papua New Guinea, missionary leadership, missionary strategy and missionary training roles have continued to keep a focus on task of mission, but with a greater focus on seeing that outworked through local churches. 

Kevin’s current PhD studies are focused on the missiology of the Australian missiologist, Dr Alan Tippett. The thesis particularly looks at the application of his insights to 21st century missions. Serving as the Oceania representative on the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s World Missions Commission maintains a global edge, rubbing shoulders with key mission leaders from around the world.

Dr. Philip Lee (faculty profile)

Entry Requirements

IELTS

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of 7, with a score of not less than 6.5 in any band, or equivalent.

Academic Entry Requirements

1. Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelors (honours 1 or 2a) degree in theology or ministry, or equivalent, or
OR
2. Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelors degree in theology or ministry, or equivalent, as well as an AQF Level 8 graduate diploma in theology or ministry with a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.
OR
3. Completion of an AQF Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in theology or ministry, or equivalent. This must include at least 60 credit points of Leadership and/or Ministry or equivalent and 40 credit points of Bible and/or Theology or equivalent, with a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.

In addition to the above, applicants must have at least 5 years full-time ministry experience, or equivalent. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet this criteria.

Admission and Pathways for the DMin: FAQs

1. How do I demonstrate the required leadership and/or ministry experience?
An essential entry requirement for the DMin is demonstrated leadership and/or ministry experience. This is because the DMin is guided reflection on your experience and practice; so you must have some experience to reflect upon! Therefore, applicants must have at least 5 years full-time ministry experience, or equivalent. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet this criteria. For more information on what is considered appropriate leadership experience, please see http://ac.edu.au/ppm/professional-entry-criteria-policy/

2. I have completed a masters degree (eg MA/ MALead) through a professional entry pathway. Am I eligible for admission to the DMin?

There are four aspects to the entry requirement into the DMin if you have completed a Masters award. They are:
a. Demonstrated leadership and/or ministry experience
b. Coursework requirements
c. Demonstrated research capability
d. Minimum GPA

a. Demonstrated leadership and/or ministry experience
As noted above, to be admitted to the DMin, you need to demonstrate that you have at least 5 years full-time experience in leadership and/or ministry.
b. Coursework Requirements:
Within your masters award, you need to have completed specific coursework requirements to be eligible to enter the DMin. The coursework requirement is that you have completed at least 6 subjects in leadership and/or ministry, and at least 4 subjects in bible and/or theology. Leadership and ministry subjects at AC are generally those with an LEA, MIN, BUS, EXP or MIS code. Bible and theology subjects are generally those with a THE, BIB, ANL, CON, SPI or HIS code. If you are unsure, please speak to the Program Director.
Coursework Bridging Solution: If you have not met the coursework requirements, you can complete these required subjects as part of a Graduate Certificate in Arts (4 subjects) or Graduate Diploma in Arts (8 subjects) program.
c. Demonstrated research capability
In addition to the coursework requirements, you must have demonstrated capability to complete a large independent research project. To demonstrate this, you need to have completed at least a 20 credit point research project or research essay (ie equivalent of 2 subjects).
Research Bridging Solution: If you have not met the research requirements you have two options to demonstrate that you are capable of research. The first option is to complete RES601 Research Methods and elect to complete within this subject a 16,000 word research project (instead of the standard 8,000 word research project). In this option, you could then apply to credit this subject into the DMin. The second option is to complete the subject RES501 Research Project (16,000 words). This cannot be credited into the DMin.
d. Minimum GPA
You also need to demonstrate an overall GPA of at least 2.8, that is, an average of high credit in your masters or postgraduate degree.
GPA Solution: If you have not met the GPA requirements, please speak to the Program Director to discuss possible pathway options. It may be possible, that if the student achieves above the required GPA for the subject RES601 in the MTh (and has met all other admission requirements) that they may be able to apply to credit this subject into the DMin and transfer to the DMin program.

3. I have completed postgraduate studies in another discipline. Am I eligible for admission to the DMin?

As noted above, the entry requirements necessitate completion of some theology and leadership studies prior to entry into the DMin. If you have not completed any theology or leadership, you will need to complete these foundational studies before moving into the DMin. This is because the DMin requires theological reflection and integration of professional knowledge in the area of specialisation (ministry and/or leadership). Therefore, it is essential that you have foundational knowledge of the literature and discipline. For this reason, students entering the DMin must have completed the coursework requirements. The coursework requirements are at least 6 subjects in leadership and/or ministry, and at least 4 subjects in bible and/or theology.
Coursework Bridging Solution: If you have not met the coursework requirements, you can complete these required subjects as part of a Graduate Certificate in Arts (4 subjects) or Graduate Diploma in Arts (8 subjects) or Master of Arts (12 subjects) program.
In addition to the coursework requirements, you must demonstrate a proven track record of research. This requires at least a completed 20 credit point research project or research essay (ie equivalent of 2 subjects). The completed research does not need to be in the discipline of leadership or ministry, but simply needs to demonstrate that you are capable of independent research.
Research Bridging Solution: If you have not met the research requirements you have two options to demonstrate that you are capable of research. The first option is to complete RES601 Research Methods and elect to complete within this subject a 16,000 word research project (instead of the standard 8,000 word research project). In this option, you could then apply to credit this subject into the DMin and transfer to the DMin program. The second option is to complete the subject RES501 Research Project. This cannot be credited into the DMin.

4. I have completed an undergraduate degree in theology. Am I eligible for admission to the DMin?

If you have completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelors degree in theology or ministry, or equivalent, we recommend that you complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts with a 20 credit point research component (ie RES501 Research Project). Your overall GPA for the Graduate Diploma in Arts must be at least 2.8 (that is, a high credit) to be eligible to then enter the DMin. In addition to completing the Graduate Diploma in Arts, you will still need to demonstrate that you have at least 5 years full-time experience in leadership and/or ministry (see above).

For more information on the entry requirements to the DMin, please contact the Program Director, Dr Van Shore


Fees

Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.


Units offered as part of this Award:

LEA802 - Advanced Studies in Leadership

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of complex and advanced organisational leadership issues and models.
  • Demonstrate an expert ability to autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of specific leadership and organisational contexts.
  • Critically assess and apply effective leadership practices, systems theory, organisational culture, communication, and change processes as they relate to individuals and organisations.
  • Propose a topic of research on a contemporary leadership issue and develop an articulate research approach.
  • Display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance Christian leadership practice.
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MIN802 - Advanced Studies in Ministry

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of complex and advanced ministry issues.
  • Demonstrate an expert ability to autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of specific ministry contexts.
  • Critically assess and apply effective pastoral theology and ministry models as they relate to individuals, groups and/or situations.
  • Propose a topic of research on a contemporary ministry issue and develop an articulate research approach.
  • Display an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance ministry practice.
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RES801 - Advanced Research Methods

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Display an expert understanding of advanced research principles and quantitative and qualitative methods, with specific reference to use in the Christian studies field.
  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of statistical techniques in data interpretation.
  • Demonstrate expertise in designing a research question that explores an original and complex issue and outline an appropriate research plan for data collection.
  • Articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected research field to develop original and appropriate solutions.
  • Independently and effectively communicate an original research project which will inform and enhance professional practice.
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RES802 - Research Thesis

Outcomes:

Upon completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of the body of theoretical knowledge related to a particular area in the field of ministry.
  • Demonstrate an indepth understanding of advanced research principles, methods and approaches used in the field of ministry.
  • Display a critical, creative and systematic understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge that makes an original contribution in the field of ministry.
  • Communicate effectively complex ideas, original knowledge and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance professional ministry practice, and provide creative responses to contemporary challenges.
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