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Alphacrucis College

Doctor of Ministry

Welcome to future students...

Jacqui Grey

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

Assoc Prof Jacqueline Grey
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.

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.


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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