The dissertation, or as we call it, the Ministry Transformation Project, begins in the first cohort seminar and is completed in the last. You will write your dissertation in conjunction with your courses. This is different from many programs, in which the project is developed after the coursework phase of learning is completed.
Our design allows participants every opportunity to contribute to one another’s dissertation topic through conversation and shared leadership experiences, both in and out of the classroom.
The Ministry Transformation Project is completed in five distinct stages, each stage corresponding to a chapter in the research project. The five stages are:
- First Steps and Chapter One: The Nature of the Project (Residency 1)
- Chapter Two: Literature Review For the Project (Residency 1)
- IRB Application & Chapter Three: Research Methodology for the Project (Residency 2)
- Chapter Four: Evidence for the Project (Residency 3)
- Chapter Five: Learning Report for the Project (Residency 3)
Your Doctor of Ministry degree concludes with a successful presentation and examination of your Ministry Transformation Project at what we call the Final Colloquium. This is a time of discussion and presentation that concludes your doctoral research and study.
During this time, you will present your questions and answers based on your research, but you will also hear your classmates’ presentations as well. Some think of the colloquium as an oral progress and process report, in which you outline your research questions, the steps you took to answer them, and the results.
The examination team is comprised of the participant’s faculty coach, your cohort colleagues and other faculty as needed. Examiners are selected based on their area of expertise and in collaboration between the mentor and candidate.
Colloquium days are scheduled immediately prior to your graduation.