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Preaching to Culture & Cultures

Informing spiritual passions by…
Forming mentored learning communities, thereby…
Transforming ministers and ministries for a lifetime.

First Residency Dates: next intake for 2022, dates TBA
Campus: South Hamilton & Off-Site
Primary Faculty Mentors: Dr. Matt Kim, & TBA

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Informing

“We want students to be encouraged to preach outside of the box as they learn from fellow preachers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.”

— Dr. Matthew D. Kim

The Apostle Paul charged Timothy, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and kingdom…Preach the Word: be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Paul also includes himself with the Corinthian believers and preachers today when he wrote, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors… (2 Corinthians 5:20). The assumption for this track in preaching is that preachers are to preach as ambassadors of Christ to culture and cultures.

This Doctor of Ministry track develops within preachers the theology, philosophy, and methodology necessary to proclaim the word in increasingly globalized contexts to increasingly diverse listeners . “This cohort will help you to learn how to exegete your congregation, culture and subcultures,” says Dr. Matthew Kim whose passions include helping bridge these cultural gaps.

Students will be prepared with skills and tools to communicate effectively to their changing church contexts and wider cultures. The student’s sending congregation will be enriched through the training received in biblical and cultural exegesis in the task of preaching.

Forming

As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three two-week intensive residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. One of your residencies for this track will be held outside the United States.

You also complete projects following each of the three residencies, including a major thesis-project following the third residency. You read widely in books and periodicals, and your reading and research contribute to the residencies and to your current ministry.

Here is a sample reading list from the first residency:

  • Jeffrey D. Arthurs, Preaching with Variety: How to Recreate the Dynamics of Biblical Genres. Grand Rapids: Kregel,  2007.
  • Kim, Matthew D. Preaching with Cultural Intelligence. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017.
  • Haddon Robinson, Biblical Preaching, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001.
  • Donald R. Sunukjian, Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007.

To order these books through Christian Book Distributors, go to our online bookstore:

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Transforming

Here is how your studies will transform you and your ministry by seeking to fulfill our general Doctor of Ministry goals in some track-specific ways:

  • To resource students through a biblically-grounded educational program taught by faculty who are committed to God’s Word and the application of principles of Scripture to the issues of contemporary culture.
    • Students will be able to prepare and preach biblically-based sermons that apply the truth of the text to the lives of their listeners in their context.
    • Dr. Matt Kim’s desire is to encourage pastors and enrich congregations by helping pastors learn how to truly consider the culture in which they preach.
  • To form in students a sound foundation of theological and biblical inquiry in their professional doctoral program’s specialized track that they are able to integrate into the life of Christian ministry.
    • Students will be able to assess and articulate the theological and biblical underpinnings of various homiletical approaches that engage culture and cultures.
  • To provide students with the skill set and understandings in a specialized area of ministry to such an extent that they can impact their congregation or community more powerfully for God.
    • Students will be able to apply biblical, theological and cultural analysis taught in the readings and residencies in their ministry context.
  • To create through the cohort model of the program a dimension of Christian community and spiritual nurturing so that students form strong friendships with one another and enter long-term relationships with the scholars who guide the learning experience.
    • Students will be able to experience Christian fellowship as they preach to one another, engage in mutual sermon critique, learn from each others’ lives and ministry context and encourage each other in their development as a preacher.
  • To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ’s lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
    • Students will be able to understand the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, through the study and preaching of the written Word as they do so in their contemporary world.
  • To cultivate within students through critical reflection and careful research through the residencies and projects an enriched Christian witness in the places of society they are called to serve.
    • Students will be able to critique his/her ministry in light of biblical and theological perspectives of preaching.
    • Students will be able to implement changes in their preaching that will improve the proclamation of the Word in their specific context.
  • To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.
    • Students will be able to take to their churches a renewed vigor for his/her preaching ministry so that the people whom they serve will also benefit from the education and training they have received from this cohort.

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