DMin :: Spiritual Direction

The Doctor of Ministry cohort in Spiritual Direction will offer a variety of different learning environments and structures that will allow the students to engage spiritual direction conceptually and practically. Each year will feature different co-teachers and will meet for a weeklong period in a retreat setting. The curriculum will focus on blending advanced helping skills with classical and evangelical approaches to spiritual direction.

Apply to join this cohort by June 10, 2015!

*A limited number of competitive spaces will be reserved for students pursuing a non-degree Advanced Diploma of Ministry Leadership (ADML). For more information on the ADML experience for this cohort, visit the ADML webpage or contact our office.

Overview

  1. Spiritual direction training that blends theory and praxis.
  2. Incorporating spiritual direction clinical skills (applied counseling and people helping)
  3. Concentrating on classical models of spiritual direction with particular emphasis on Ignatian theory and practice, and on evangelical contributions to Christian spiritual formation with particular emphasis on the thought of Dallas Willard.
  4. Providing the highest possible Christology while valuing ecumenical dialogue
  5. Developing a substantial Christian Theology of spirituality and spiritual formation.

SpirDirWebYear One (September 21-30, 2015)
Gary Moon with Christopher Hall and Trevor Hudson

This course explores the theory, strategy, and methodology of spiritual direction. It argues that doing effective, holistic, spiritual direction is greatly enhanced by blending growing competencies in three primary areas: 1) Counseling/people helping skills, 2) Classic historical models of spiritual direction from the days of the early church to the 21st century, and 3) Modern evangelical understanding of Christian spiritual formation that maintains a high Christology. This first course in a 3-course series will also include the component of students receiving spiritual direction and interacting with a spiritual director. It will be argued in the course that it is possible to do spiritual direction in a way that is informed by modern psychological understanding of the person while drawing from both classical spiritual direction practices and in a way that has a high Christology and is unapologetic about the goal of helping others take on more of the character of Christ.

Year Two (TBD 2016)
Gary Moon with TBD

In the second year, the cohort will focus on classical models of spiritual direction, with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality


Year Three (TBD 2017)
Gary Moon with TBD

The cohort’s third year will focus on aspects of spiritual direction as it pertains to the local church context.

Instructor

GaryMoonGary W. Moon is the Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation, at Westmont College. He is one of the founding editors of the Conversations Journal and has directed the Renovaré Institute since 2007. He is the author of numerous books including Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls (Edited with David G. Benner), Falling for God, and Apprenticeship with Jesus. He lives in Santa Barbara, with his wife, Regina and has two grown daughters and one son-in-law.

Contact the DMin office for more information on applying to this cohort!

What can I do with a DMin degree?

What can I do with a DMin degree?

The primary purpose of the DMin degree is to enable ministry leaders to fully engage their ministry context with greater theological depth and a wider practical perspective. DMin graduates also find opportunities to teach at the college and seminary level.

What are the DMin learning outcomes?

What are the DMin learning outcomes?

Graduates will demonstrate skills for missional engagement of the church in specific cultural contexts.

Graduates will exhibit skills as reflective practitioners.

Graduates will engage in intentional and communal personal practices that develop character, nurture spiritual formation and deepen relationships.

How much does a DMin cost? Is there financial aid available?

How much does a DMin cost? Is there financial aid available?

The Fuller DMin degree is a 48-unit degree for students with an MDiv degree and a 60-unit degree for the MA track. At the current tuition rate of $400 per unit, the cost of the 48-unit track is $19,200, and the 60-unit track is $24,000.

The Doctor of Ministry program has a limited number of need-based grants available to DMin students. These grants are awarded to accepted students according to the Doctor of Ministry Grant Guidelines on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please contact the DMin office at dmin@fuller.edu.

When should I apply?

When should I apply?

The Doctor of Ministry program has rolling admission throughout the year and our admissions committee meets monthly.

It is recommended that you submit your application at least two months prior to starting the Personalized Track (which begins with the online course DM711 Exploring the Contours of Ministry) and at least four months prior to beginning a cohort. This allows several weeks to complete the admission process and any preliminary readings for DMin courses.

What is the status of my application?

What is the status of my application?

If you have already submitted a complete application and are wondering when you will hear from our office, please be assured that we will contact you as soon as possible following the committee's admission decision. If your application is completed by the 10th of the month you should have an admission decision by the end of that same month.

Contact us if you have any specific admissions questions.

Does Fuller offer an online or distance learning DMin program?

Does Fuller offer an online or distance learning DMin program?

Because our students are actively involved in ministry, our DMin program is structured for great flexibility with courses offered around the world and as little as three weeks of residency required. While the DMin degree is not available solely online or from a distance, we are adding online and distance learning components to our courses. We find the interaction in the classroom learning environment to be a crucial part of the program.

What if my ministry is bi-vocational, volunteer, or non-traditional?

What if my ministry is bi-vocational, volunteer, or non-traditional?

We recognize that ministry is rapidly changing and that ministry leadership looks very different in each context. DMin students serve both in and outside of the local church context and it is not required that your ministerial leadership experience be full time or paid. It must, however, be a substantial leadership position from which you can grow, challenge, apply, and implement strategies that you are learning through your DMin coursework.

Help! I still have questions!

Help! I still have questions!

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E-mail: dmin@fuller.edu


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