Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Yesterday we welcomed 17 Doctor of Ministry students who will be here for intensive study in our January term. The students are ordained and lay leaders in a range of ministerial settings, though primarily congregations.

New students begin their D.Min. studies with a two-week intensive program focusing on leadership in the context of ministry. Students are prepared to undertake over the next year a study of the system and culture, organization and leadership of their congregation, school, or other context in order to understand how mission is shaped, supported, and transformed. As integral to the program, they also learn the process for case studies as a means of critical reflection on self and ministry. Returning D.Min. students share learnings from their congregational studies or studies of other ministerial contexts and identify challenges and learning goals for their studies of ministry, leadership, and mission. Such begins the formation of a learning community of reflective practitioners who next come together in the summer term for continued studies.

I believe the D.Min. program provides a unique opportunity, as the D.Min. Director David Gortner says, “for developing and supporting “transformative leadership” for the sake of the Gospel and the mission of the Church. In a continually changing and challenging context, nothing is more important. It is always good to have these leaders in ministry as part of our community in residence VTS.

Timothy F. Sedgwick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Clinton S. Quin Professor of Christian Ethics