Doctor of Ministry unit descriptions

Issues and Context for Ministry Research

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Masters Core TH-601

This is normally the first unit of the Doctor of Ministry.In this unit, students learn how to describe and assess the value of research relating to ministry, in the light of recent relevant literature, and how to develop a theological rationale for research in ministry. They evaluate the concept and history of practical theology and identify and analyse epistemological, theological, ethical, pastoral and pneumatological issues related to research in ministry.This allows students to refine their ideas about ministry research, explore the issues that impinge on their chosen research topic and refine their topic in the light of this process.You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.You will write a short essay focusing on defining practical theology and critically exploring its progress, especially in Pentecostal-charismatic streams of Christianity, followed by a longer essay on epistemological, theological, ethical, pastoral and/or pneumatological  issues related to research in ministry.

Research Methods and Preparation

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Masters Core MN-601

In this unit, students learn how to evaluate different methodologies used in research with specific attention to ministry, frame a researchable question and communicate it to others, identify and analyse ethical and pastoral issues involved in a specific research project and analyse and compare potential methods and tools for a specific research project.You will participate in an online forum, using discussion questions related to set readings.You will give a seminar paper to your fellow postgraduate students.You will construct a preliminary draft of your DMin research proposal and ethics application with rationales for the methods proposed and ethics submissions.

Social Sciences and Ministry Research

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Masters Core HS-601

This is a broadly-based preparation unit for DMin students, helping them build up their skills, tools and concepts in social sciences with a special focus on the thesis topic they propose to research.Students are enabled to understand the basic approaches taken by a human or social science to a specific research topic as demonstrated in recent literature, evaluate the quality of empirical research behind a specific article or book and critically analyze a question related to a specific human or social science related to a specific research topic.The content and format of this unit will be tailored to your specific research project and needs. So it may take the form of a normal postgraduate class, a special reading project or a unit from a different degree program.Activities will include reading responses and interaction (online forum) or tutorial paper on a human or social science discourse related to the student’s provisional research topic (in both cases based on 2000 pages of reading), a review essay identifying the kinds of research and evaluating the quality of the research behind a specific piece of literature, e.g. a journal article or monograph, and the conclusions based on that research; and a longer essay on a question from a specific human or social science related to the student’s preferred research topic.

Theology, Hermeneutics and Research

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Masters Core TH-602

This is a special preparation unit for DMin students, helping them build up their skills, tools and concepts in theology, hermeneutics and biblical study with a special application to the thesis topic they propose to research. Students will be enabled to understand the parameters of a discrete field of  theological or biblical discourse related to a specific research topic as demonstrated in recent literature in the field, evaluate the quality of hermeneutics or theological reasoning in a specific article or book, critically analyze a question in a specific field of  theological or biblical discourse related to a specific research topic and develop the capacity for advanced scholarly writing. The content and format of this unit will be tailored to your specific research project and needs. So it may take the form of a normal postgraduate class, a special reading project or a unit from a different degree program. Activities and assessment tasks will include reading responses and interaction (online forum) or a tutorial paper on a discrete field of theological or biblical discourse related to the student’s provisional research topic (in both cases based on 2000 pages of reading); a review essay analyzing and critiquing the exegetical or hermeneutical quality and/or theological analysis in a specific piece of literature, e.g. a journal article or monograph; and writing a journal article on a question from a specific field of  theological or biblical discourse related to the student’s preferred research topic.

Research Units

Levels Offered Status Unit Code
Masters Core RS-601 to RS-608

This is where you are researching your approved topic and writing your 60,000 words thesis. During this time you will be:

  • Meeting regularly with your supervisors and pastoral mentor.
  • Attending postgraduate seminars (online or onsite) and the annual Harvest research conference.
  • Presenting papers to internal and external seminars.
  • Receiving regular feedback on each chapter of the thesis.

Every semester your progress will be evaluated in a formal process by your supervisors and the Postgraduate Studies Committee. At the end of this process, your thesis is submitted for examination by external examiners from Australia and overseas.