Doctor of Ministry
In a rapidly changing society it is crucial that pastors and leaders stay relevant and conversant with new ideas. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program provides a formal mechanism for this reflection. Utilising a cohort structure, students will interact with others on a similar journey of exploring questions and solutions to important topics of our time, while incorporating best practice from practitioners globally.
The program is coursework based, so there is regular classroom and lecturer interaction. The research component of the program allows students to identify, investigate and address an issue within their own professional life. In this research component, students will develop a body of work (a thesis, which may be one complete essay or an integrated portfolio) that explores issues of relevancy to them and their context. The goal of this thesis component is to not only benefit the student but to also make a contribution to the mission of the Church through its contribution of learning and/or new practice. In this way, students are innovators of new strategies, programs or ways of doing ministry or leadership.
It is a wonderful opportunity to expand your thinking and practice - we invite you to join with us in this exciting program.
You can commence your Doctor of Ministry candidature at any time. The first step is to complete the Expression of Interest form or if you have any academic questions, please contact me at email@example.com.
Rev Dr Nigel Pegram
Program Director, Doctor of Ministry
CRICOS Course Code: 084480F
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is designed for graduates with significant leadership experience in churches, para-church ministries, educational institutions, and secular organisations who want to further enhance their skills for ministry within church, academic and community settings. Graduates of the DMin will have systematic and critical understanding in the discipline of Christian ministry, including innovative leadership models in contemporary contexts and a working knowledge of recent developments and approaches in the area of their specialisation. They will demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in research using methodologies applicable to their discipline.
Graduates’ research will identify, investigate and address an issue in the profession of Christian ministry, to be presented in a research thesis which will make a significant original contribution toward the advancement of learning and/or for professional Christian ministry practice.
The course consists of 240 credit points comprising:
- One research methods subject (20 credit points) – RES801 Survey of Research Methods.
- One subject at 800 level (20 credit point ) to be taken from the area of specialisation (Ministry or Leadership).
- 50,000 word research thesis (200 credit points) in area of specialisation.
The DMin can be completed in 3 years of full-time study or 6 years of part-time study (maximum candidacy 10 years).
Course Learning Outcomes
- demonstrated critical, creative and systematic understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge that makes an original contribution to a particular area in the practice of ministry;
- demonstrated advanced knowledge of scholarship and recent developments in the area of under consideration;
- demonstrated understanding of advanced research principles and methods, and substantial knowledge of specific research approaches used in the field of practical ministry.
- demonstrated ability to autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of the body of theoretical knowledge related to a particular area of the practice of ministry;
- demonstrated ability to establish, incorporate and apply effective research methodologies to advance existing professional practice;
- demonstrated ability to design a research question that explores an original and complex issue and provide possible solutions to the problem raised;
- demonstrated ability to communicate effectively complex ideas, original knowledge and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
- demonstrated ability to provide creative responses to the contemporary challenges and new developments in research and scholarship in the field of practical ministry.
- demonstrated ability to articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the selected research field to develop original and appropriate solutions;
- demonstrated ability to work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected of an expert in the selected research field;
- demonstrated ability to effectively design, implement and communicate a major thesis in the selected research field to contribute original knowledge and expertise to peers and general audiences;
- demonstrated ability to an advanced level of integrative reflection which will inform and enhance their professional ministry practice.
International Students will be required to show proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall, reading 7.0; writing 7.0; speaking 7.0; listening 7.0 (or equivalent).
Academic Entry Requirements
Domestic and International applicants must meet one of the following academic entry requirements:
Applicants without a higher education qualification are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Applicants without a higher education qualification are not eligible for direct entry into this course.
Completion of an Australian Level 7 Bachelor (Honours 1 or 2A) degree or higher qualification in Theology or Ministry awarded under the AQF (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Completion of an Australian Level 7 Bachelor degree in Theology or Ministry awarded under the AQF, as well as an Australian Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Theology or Ministry with a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8 (or equivalent overseas qualification).
Completion of an Australian Level 9 or above postgraduate qualification in Theology or Ministry awarded under the AQF (or equivalent overseas qualification). This must include at least 60 credit points of Leadership and/or Ministry or equivalent and 40 credit points of Bible and/or Theology or equivalent, with a 20 credit point research component and an overall GPA at least 2.8.
In exceptional circumstances, the Research Committee may recommend that an applicant be admitted who does not have the qualifications specified. In this case, the applicant must supply evidence to verify they have equivalent qualifications based on academic and professional attainment and demonstration of an appropriate capacity for the research. A student who does not satisfactorily complete core and elective subjects within the time frame prescribed for confirmation of candidature will not be permitted to continue enrolment.
A pre-admission interview may be conducted by the Research Committee and bridging courses may be required.
Applicants must have at least 5 years full-time ministry experience, or equivalent. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet this criteria.
Graduates from a professional entry postgraduate award will be required to complete RES601 AND either BIB601, THE601 or HIS601, with an overall GPA at least 2.8, as a bridging requirement.
Admission and Pathways for the DMin: FAQs
1. How do I demonstrate the required leadership and/or ministry experience? An essential entry requirement for the DMin is demonstrated leadership and/or ministry experience. This is because the DMin is guided reflection on your experience and practice; so you must have some experience to reflect upon! Therefore, applicants must have at least 5 years full-time ministry experience, or equivalent. To demonstrate this, applicants must submit a copy of their CV with a cover letter outlining how they meet this criteria. For more information on what is considered appropriate leadership experience, please see http://ac.edu.au/ppm/professional-entry-criteria-policy/
2. I have completed a masters degree (eg MA/ MALead) through a professional entry pathway. Am I eligible for admission to the DMin? There are four aspects to the entry requirement into the DMin if you have completed a Masters award. They are: a. Demonstrated leadership and/or ministry experience b. Coursework requirements c. Demonstrated research capability d. Minimum GPA
a. Demonstrated leadership and/or ministry experience As noted above, to be admitted to the DMin, you need to demonstrate that you have at least 5 years full-time experience in leadership and/or ministry.
b. Coursework Requirements: Within your masters award, you need to have completed specific coursework requirements to be eligible to enter the DMin. The coursework requirement is that you have completed at least 6 subjects in leadership and/or ministry, and at least 4 subjects in bible and/or theology. Leadership and ministry subjects at AC are generally those with an LEA, MIN, BUS, EXP or MIS code. Bible and theology subjects are generally those with a THE, BIB, ANL, CON, SPI or HIS code. If you are unsure, please speak to the Program Director. Coursework Bridging Solution: If you have not met the coursework requirements, you can complete these required subjects as part of a Graduate Certificate in Arts (4 subjects) or Graduate Diploma in Arts (8 subjects) program.
c. Demonstrated research capability In addition to the coursework requirements, you must have demonstrated capability to complete a large independent research project. To demonstrate this, you need to have completed at least a 20 credit point research project or research essay (ie equivalent of 2 subjects). Research Bridging Solution: If you have not met the research requirements you have two options to demonstrate that you are capable of research. The first option is to complete RES601 Research Methods and elect to complete within this subject a 16,000 word research project (instead of the standard 8,000 word research project). In this option, you could then apply to credit this subject into the DMin. The second option is to complete the subject RES501 Research Project (16,000 words). This cannot be credited into the DMin.
d. Minimum GPA You also need to demonstrate an overall GPA of at least 2.8, that is, an average of high credit in your masters or postgraduate degree. GPA Solution: If you have not met the GPA requirements, please speak to the Program Director to discuss possible pathway options. It may be possible, that if the student achieves above the required GPA for the subject RES601 in the MTh (and has met all other admission requirements) that they may be able to apply to credit this subject into the DMin and transfer to the DMin program.
3. I have completed postgraduate studies in another discipline. Am I eligible for admission to the DMin? As noted above, the entry requirements necessitate completion of some theology and leadership studies prior to entry into the DMin. If you have not completed any theology or leadership, you will need to complete these foundational studies before moving into the DMin. This is because the DMin requires theological reflection and integration of professional knowledge in the area of specialisation (ministry and/or leadership). Therefore, it is essential that you have foundational knowledge of the literature and discipline. For this reason, students entering the DMin must have completed the coursework requirements. The coursework requirements are at least 6 subjects in leadership and/or ministry, and at least 4 subjects in bible and/or theology. Coursework Bridging Solution: If you have not met the coursework requirements, you can complete these required subjects as part of a Graduate Certificate in Arts (4 subjects) or Graduate Diploma in Arts (8 subjects) or Master of Arts (12 subjects) program. In addition to the coursework requirements, you must demonstrate a proven track record of research. This requires at least a completed 20 credit point research project or research essay (ie equivalent of 2 subjects). The completed research does not need to be in the discipline of leadership or ministry, but simply needs to demonstrate that you are capable of independent research. Research Bridging Solution: If you have not met the research requirements you have two options to demonstrate that you are capable of research. The first option is to complete RES601 Research Methods and elect to complete within this subject a 16,000 word research project (instead of the standard 8,000 word research project). In this option, you could then apply to credit this subject into the DMin and transfer to the DMin program. The second option is to complete the subject RES501 Research Project. This cannot be credited into the DMin.
4. I have completed an undergraduate degree in theology. Am I eligible for admission to the DMin? If you have completed an AQF Level 7 Bachelors degree in theology or ministry, or equivalent, we recommend that you complete the Graduate Diploma in Arts with a 20 credit point research component (ie RES501 Research Project). Your overall GPA for the Graduate Diploma in Arts must be at least 2.8 (that is, a high credit) to be eligible to then enter the DMin. In addition to completing the Graduate Diploma in Arts, you will still need to demonstrate that you have at least 5 years full-time experience in leadership and/or ministry (see above). For more information on the entry requirements to the DMin, please contact the Program Director, Dr Jon Newton.
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Rev Dr Ian Grant (faculty profile)
The son of missionaries in Vanuatu, Ian's served in many ministry roles including those of Senior Pastor, Missionary, Youth Pastor & Church Planter. His academic management roles have included those of Vice-President of Higher Education, Principal, Academic Dean, Director of Training or Registrar in a number of Bible Colleges in Australia and internationally. Ian's deep strengths as a facilitator of learning and transformational teacher has seen him lecture and coach in a range of undergraduate and postgraduate institutions in Australia and overseas. As a 'third-culture kid', Ian has developed his inherent abilities in cultural intelligence to consult with educational organisations and national churches to craft leadership development programs that are Scripturally-faithful, culturally- appropriate and educationally-effective. He has pioneered and restructured organizations, and consults with churches, student groups, missions and other training organizations in the Asia Pacific Rim.
Ian served with the Apostolic Church among the Enga people of Papua New Guinea developing national church leaders - the focus of his PhD thesis at Monash University. His MA thesis at Fuller School of Intercultural Studies examined implications of worldview theory on the cross-cultural communication of the Gospel. Ian has developed and accredited degree programs, courses, and has authored a number of manuals and training resources for churches, missions and colleges.
He is passionate communicator of the call of God, leadership-emergence dynamics, and equipping new generations of leaders, and is presently developing fresh approaches to training emerging cross-cultural field workers. God's singular activity in the burgeoning 'southern church', renascent global missions, and the effective, global communication of the Gospel remain his passion, making him an impacting speaker at missions, church, youth and student movement conferences.
An ordained Minister with the Australian Christian Churches, Ian is also a Fellow of the Australian Anthropological Society and a past President and Secretary of the Australian Association for Mission Studies. While studying for his PhD, he supported his wife Nais and four sons as they pioneered a contemporary, youth/young adults’ church in Melbourne, Australia. Ian's also passionate about espresso, Thai cuisine, contemporary worship, forests and reefs! His love for the natural world and environment would be consummated if David Attenborough encountered his Creator!
Rev. Associate Professor Jacqueline Grey (faculty profile)
Jacqui is Dean of Theology and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, specialising in hermenutics and Old Testament studies. Her publications include Them, Us and Me: How the Old Testament Speaks to People Today, Raising Women Leaders, and Three's A Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics and the Old Testament as well as various articles and book chapters. Jacqui speaks regularly at local and international events and has appeared on various national TV and radio programs in Australia, including the ABC TV's Q&A program. Jacqui is committed to ensuring quality education within the theological sector, and provides teaching and assistance to Pentecostal colleges in developing contexts to further their institutional goals. She is a member and past president (2017) of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and is co-chair of Biblical Ethics section (2018-2020) of the Society of Biblical Literature. Jacqui is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies, University of South Africa. Her research interests include pentecostal hermeneutics, prophetic literature and feminist readings of Scripture. Jacqui loves travelling, Turkish food, photography and coffee with friends.
Rev. Dr Kevin Hovey (faculty profile)
Kevin's current role, Head of Department: Pastoral and Cross Cultural Ministry, is an interesting convergence of many experiences and roles covering more than 45 years as an ordained minister of the Australian Christian Churches.
Starting with 31 years as a missionary in Papua New Guinea, ministry was focused on developing and training local leaders. This ranged from informal mentoring in remote villages to developing Bible college structures and curriculum. Serving as consultant to the National Executive Council of Assemblies of God of Papua New Guinea provided opportunities for input – and for growth. In 2017, this service was recognized by the Papua New Guinea government with the Member of Logohu award that was announced in the Independence Day Honours list.
While still on field, the need for missionary training became evident, so the internationally recognized World Harvest Institute “missionary finishing program”, as some have termed it. Post Papua New Guinea, missionary leadership, missionary strategy and missionary training roles have continued to keep a focus on task of mission, but with a greater focus on seeing that outworked through local churches.
Kevin’s PhD thesis, completed in 2017, is entitled Guiding Light: Contributions of Alan R. Tippett Toward the Development and Dissemination of Twentieth Century Missiology, which has since been published using the same name by Pickwick Publicaitons.
He also serves as the Oceania representative on the Pentecostal World Fellowship’s World Missions Commission, rubbing shoulders with key mission leaders from around the world.
Professor Philip Hughes (faculty profile)
Professor Philip Hughes was a senior research officer with the Christian Research Association (CRA) from its foundation in 1985 until 2016 and has been appointed as an approved researcher by the CRA. He began working with Harvest Bible College in 2015 to assist with the development of the Doctorate of Ministry degree program. He has continued teaching research methods with Alphacrucis where he is now a Research Fellow and is currently also supervising eight doctoral students.
Professor Philip Hughes has postgraduate degrees in philosophy, theology and education, has undertaken many empirical studies in the areas of religion, values, and personal and communal wellbeing. For many years Philip Hughes was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Justice Research, Edith Cowan University. He is also an honorary research fellow with the University of Divinity.
He is particularly interested in the relationship between Christianity to culture, and has done studies of youth, rural and immigrant cultures in Australia. He has written many books on religious faith in Australia, on ministry and on religious education.
Associate Professor Jon Newton (faculty profile)
I came to my role at Alphacrucis College after serving for nine years at Harvest Bible College, most recently as Dean of Postgraduate Studies and Research. My PhD was gained at Deakin University (conferred 2007) with a thesis entitled "Postmodernism, Christianity and the Book of Revelation." I am the author of two books: Revelation Reclaimed: The Use and Misuse of the Apocalypse (Paternoster 2009) and The Revelation Worldview (Wipf and Stock 2015). I also edited New Frontiers: Redefining Christian Ministry for 21st Century Contexts (Mosaic 2013). I have also had a number of articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as Australian Biblical Review, Colloquium and Journal of Pentecostal Theology. I am the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Ministry. Currently I am working on a commentary on Revelation for a new Pentecostal commentary series. My other main research interest is Australian Pentecostalism.
In other areas of life, I am married to Judy (since 1977) and we serve as senior ministers of Oasis Church in Hampton, a bayside suburb of Melbourne. I have five married chidlren and three grandchildren. In my spare time, I am passionate about coffee, rugby, classical music, traveling and walking.
Professor Paul Oslington (faculty profile)
Paul Oslington joined Alphacrucis in January 2013. He held a Chair jointly in the School of Business and School of Theology at Australian Catholic University from 2008-2013, and continues there as an Adjunct Professor. Before that he was Associate Professor of Economics at University of New South Wales, and held visiting positions at University of Oxford in 1999, University of British Columbia and Regent College Vancouver in 2003, and Princeton Theological Seminary and University in 2006/7. His PhD in Economics and Master of Economics/Econometrics with Honours were completed at the University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Divinity through Melbourne College of Divinity.
Rev Dr Nigel Pegram (faculty profile)
Dr Daryl Potts (faculty profile)
Daryl J Potts is the Program Director for the Bachelor of Ministry Program and the Associate Degree Program. Daryl’s particular area of expertise is in pastoral praxis and managing the spill-over of ministry work and responsibilities into the relational areas of the minister’s marriage and family. Daryl's Doctoral Thesis investigated the impact that being involved in ministry has upon the family life of the minister. Daryl lectures in ministry based courses such as Church and Society, Foundations of Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral Administration and Management, Communicating the Christian Faith, Preaching, Healing Ministry and Pentecostal Practices for Ministry.
Prior to joining us at Alphacrucis College Daryl has been involved in pastoral ministry for over thirty years, starting out as a Youth Pastor upon his graduation from Bible College, and then being involved in pioneer, mid-size, large and Mega churches in Associate and Senior pastoral roles in churches across our nation. He has served the AOG/ACC in various roles such as Youth Alive, District and Regional Leadership, State Executive membership and was Vice President on the State Executive in South Australia until he relocated to take up his role at Alphacrucis. He brings the wealth of these experiences as a pastor and leader to the ministry stream of our college.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- LEA802 - Advanced Studies in Leadership
Description: This subject is designed to equip students to identify, investigate and address organisational leadership issues and models, including effective leadership practices, systems theory, organisational culture, communication, and change processes as they relate to individuals and organisations. Students will develop a thesis on a contemporary leadership issue. The goal of this thesis is not only to benefit the student but to also make a contribution to the mission of the Church through its contribution of learning and/or new practice. Unit detail page >>
- MIN802 - Advanced Studies in Ministry
Description: This subject is designed to equip students to identify, investigate and address pastroal theology and ministry issues and models as they relate to individuals and organisations. Students will develop a thesis on a contemporary ministry issue. The goal of this thesis is not only to benefit the student but to also make a contribution to the mission of the Church through its contribution of learning and/or new practice. Unit detail page >>
- RES801 - Survey of Research Methods
Description: In this subjects, students will gain an understanding of the difference between quantitative and qualitative approaches to research, and will effectively construct and communicate a research project on a topic of their interest which will inform and enhance the selected research field. Unit detail page >>
- RES802 - Research Thesis
Description: This subject is designed to equip students to identify, investigate and address an issue within their own professional life. In this research component, students will develop a thesis that explores issues of relevancy to them and their context. The goal of this thesis is not only to benefit the student but to also make a contribution to the mission of the Church through its contribution of learning and/or new practice. Unit detail page >>