Catalog Course Description

DMIN 552 Praxis Thesis Proposal Conference (1) 

This conference provides the opportunity for faculty to evaluate the adequacy of the Praxis Thesis proposal and the student’s readiness to undertake the field project. It is also an opportunity for faculty to review and assess student performance in the Doctor of Ministry program. (Credit/No Credit) (Prerequisites: DMIN 510, THL 512, HST 514, CHS 515, DMIN 550)


Mutually designed short-term mission trips (meaning planned with, instead of for, our partners) are a great way for churches to impact the kingdom and grow disciples. This course will unpack the dynamics that factor into how to plan and execute culturally competent, development-oriented serve trips. Practical tools and contextual considerations will be shared from the Church of the Resurrection’s experiences, including an honest look at what was learned from missteps.

Course Description:

 Recognizing the centrality of the construction of “race” and the maintenance of racism to life in the U.S., the complicity of Christian theologies in constructing “race” and maintaining racism, and the need for Christian theology to articulate an anti-racist vision of God’s desire for the flourishing of all of Creation, Critical Approaches to Race and Theology offers a survey of key concepts from various trajectories of Critical Race Theory. Students will then begin to integrate these critical approaches to “race” into their theological construction and reflection. 

Course Objectives:

To develop tools for critically understanding the construction of “race” as both a theological and socio-political category.

To demonstrate those tools in both critical analysis and theological construction.

To understand the ways in which “race” and racism function in contextual settings and begin to develop practical, contextual, pastoral responses.

To develop and demonstrate competence with a multidisciplinary body of literature in Critical Race Theory.


Course Description: By definition, Christian worship or liturgy is the work of the people. Thus, Christian worship involves the participation of all Christians in the ministries of leading, planning, and reflecting on worship. This course equips ordained and lay leaders for such a ministry by focusing on the following areas: (1) history and theology of the Sunday service and the sacraments in the light of the ecumenical movement for liturgical renewal and reform, (2) review of major liturgical resources, and practice with their use in a variety of settings, (3) development of skills necessary for leading prayer in the Christian assembly, (4) development of models for planning, leading, and reflecting on worship that engage the participation of congregation members. (Prerequisite: MIN 301)