Programs and Degrees
Doctor of Ministry Program
Doctor of Ministry Program
The D.Min. program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.
Mundelein Seminary offers the terminal degree of Doctor of Ministry. The goal of the program is to develop the ministerial skill of transformative theological reflection in and through projects concerned with ministry. In order to achieve this goal, the program interrelates three elements: theological reflection, other formal course work, and resource supervision. This interrelating takes place primarily within the peer group of candidates.
The candidates meet every Tuesday from 9:15 am - 2:45 pm for four semesters - two academic years. On these Tuesdays, three courses are conducted. Each of the three sessions lasts for one and one-half hours. In addition to the Tuesdays, there are four three-day intensive courses spread over two years.
Only those who fulfill these prerequisites will be considered for admission as candidates for the D.Min.:
- Full-time involvement in a form of pastoral ministry;
- The M.Div. degree or its equivalent;
- The completion of at least three years of full-time pastoral ministry.
- From the applicants who have met the prerequisites, candidates will be chosen according to their manifest capability for advanced theological and ministerial education, personal capacity for cooperation in a group-oriented program, willingness and ability to give this enterprise a high priority in terms of time and attention, and the potential value of their contribution in improving ministerial life.
DM500 Intensive: Introduction of Theological Reflection
The two-year Doctor of Ministry program is described in detail. Students then are acquainted by an overview of pastoral/practical theology. A basic model of theological reflection as transformative is introduced. Students outline their personal learning experiences.
DM507 Theological Reflection I
The basic model of theological reflection as transformative (from DM500) is studied in depth. Each student addresses a pastoral situation using the model and aided by group critique and suggestions. By the end of the curse, the student should be able to analyze the transformational possibilities in any pastoral situation.
DM516 Spanish Mystics
Theological Reflection divorced from prayer is simply impossible. From the earliest times of the Church, the theologian was also a pastor and to try to do theology without the firm foundation of ministry, prayer and discernment leads directly to problems. To help make this connection, and to further theological reflection prayer and discernment, the Spanish Mystics: Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.
DM522 Theological Reflection II
This course builds upon the previous course on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. Focus will be placed on the continued development of theological reflection skills. The primary objective of the course will be they prayerful discernment and integration of ministerial experience with the wisdom of Scripture, Church writings, and modern cultures. Models of theological reflection by Lonergan, Killen, and De Beer, and Kinast will be explored and employed.
DM530 Intensive: Conflict Resolution
Students learn the basic steps in conflict resolution following the Fisher model, as well as the qualities to be maintained in any relationship in which thee is conflict. Individual situations brought by each student are analyzed.
DM531 Theological Reflection III
This course builds upon the previous courses on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. Focus will be placed on the continued development of theological reflection skills and their employment in various ministerial situations beyond personal reflection. The primary objective of the course will be the prayerful discernment and integration of ministerial experience with the wisdom of Scripture, Church writings, and modern cultures leading to transformative action.
DM535 Practical Theology and Social Science
A basic understanding of the philosophy assumptions, and methods of social science is presented. Particular attentions paid to the gathering and analysis of data. The interface between data and theological norms is explored.
DM569 Systems: Thinking for Pastoral Ministry
Parish life is made up of complex and dynamic systems. Too often constrained by ingrained practices, rigid ministerial scripts, and structured workflow, ministers can become overwhelmed with the tasks of managing ministry rather than leading the community of faith. This course provides an overview of systems thinking and offers strategies and models to enhance organizational effectiveness.
DM570 Homiletics as Theological Reflection
The homily suggests a useful method of theological reflection. This course will consider the special questions the homily asks of the lections, in preparing to preach them as “a part of the liturgy itself.”
DM589 Paul as Pastor
Paul is often called the first Christian theologian. However, Paul was just as much a pastor as a theologian. It’s always challenging to try to summarize Paul’s theology because he was moved to write in response to specific problems in various churches. Paul’s “churches” were no bigger in terms of population than our moderately sized parishes. When Paul was no longer on site, he exercised pastoral leadership using a common medium of communication—the letter or epistle—in a new, creative way. To discover Paul’s pastoral strategies, we will pay attention to the intended effects upon the audience of hearing Paul’s letters. For this purpose, we will read and study three letters in which Paul seems to be most “pastoral”: 1 Thessalonians; 1 & 2 Corinthians. We want to ask, among other questions: “What strategies is Paul employing in his pastoral ministry to these churches?” “What implications might Paul’s strategies have for our own ministries?”
DM594 Ruth, Esther and Judith
This course will be a study of these three books in their historical and cultural settings, looking at the role of women in Israelite society, and their portrayal in the biblical literature. In addition to Ruth, Esther and Judith, passages concerning Miriam and Deborah and the personification of Wisdom in Proverbs will be studied.
DM803 Leadership in the Pastoral Setting
This course examines contemporary leadership and its theories and practices with a special emphasis on leadership in ministry. Leadership styles, the tasks of leadership, and the influence that the context has on leadership efforts will be discussed in depth. Attention will be given to leadership development and the implementation of growth initiatives for pastoral performance.
DM806 Perspective on Church Leadership - Intensive
In this course students will be introduced to a variety of forms of Christian leadership drawn from the long history of the Church. Students will be presented the manner in which various individuals guided the Church. The student will then seek to apply how that particular form/style of leadership might be used in their own pastoral context.
DM827 Johannine Literature
This course will examine the Johannine Literature, namely, the three Letters of John, and the Gospels, with an interest in the community to and for whom they were written. The Apocalypse of John will also be studied as an introduction to apocalyptic thought.
DM835 Context of Pastoral Theology
Following appropriate models of contextual theology this course examines a variety of issues including; interpretation of data, ecclesiology, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.
DM836 Spiritual Direction
This course is designed to theologically reflect on the experiences of professional ministers through the perspective of Spiritual Direction with the hope of enhancing our understanding of those experiences as well as developing and refining skills to help us become better ministers. We will cover the basic concepts of spiritual direction and the theology of prayer, building on the work done previously in the course on the Spanish Mystics. This course is not designed to create spiritual directors as much as helping ministers of the church guide and teach others how to grow in holiness.
DM867 Theological Reflection III
This course builds upon the previous courses on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. The Kinast method of theological reflection will be explored. Focus will be placed on the continued development of theological reflection skills and their employment to various ministerial situations that involve leadership. The primary objective of the course will be the prayerful discernment and integration of ministerial experience with the wisdom of Scripture, Church writings, and modern cultures leading to transformative action.
DM871 Theological Reflection IV
This course builds upon the previous courses on the process of theological reflection in the life and ministry of ministers. Students will continue to develop their skills in theological reflection and their self-knowledge, especially in the area of personal operative theology. Students will develop a paper presenting their operative theology as demonstrated in their cases of real pastoral ministerial experiences for theological reflection by the group.
DM872 Liturgy and Theology – All in the Family
In Preaching, Fred Craddock writes that in the seminary to counter-influence the classroom lecture (“no model for the sermon”) “the homiletics student should read at least one (short story) a week, since the short story is the first cousin of the sermon.” In this course we will ready modern Catholic authors to see how they told their tales.
DM895 Ongoing Thesis Writing
The Doctor of Ministry program is staffed by the Full-Time Faculty of the University of St. Mary of the Lake I Mundelein Seminary, and, when appropriate, by a few members of the Adjunct Faculty of the Seminary.
Current faculty include:
Raymond J. Webb, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, Academic Dean, Program Director
Kathleen Wiskus, D. Min., University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Project Coordinator
Robert Schoenstene, S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Theological Coordinator
Thomas Baima, S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome)
Robert Barron, S.T.D., Institut Catholique de Paris
Michael Dowling, D.Min, University of Saint Mary of the Lake
Michael Fuller, S.T.D. University of Saint Mary of the Lake
Ronald Hicks, D.Min. University of Saint Mary of the Lake
John Lodge, S.S.L., S.T.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Pontifical Gregorian University
Elizabeth Nagel, S.S.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute
Daniel Siwek, S.T.L., University of Saint Mary of the Lake
Equivalency to the M. Div. Degree:
I. The general goals of the Master of Divinity degree are grounding in the following theological areas:
The Association of Theological Schools is not specific as to the specific number of credits in each area.
2. In evaluating equivalency, the fo1lowing norms are used:
- A broad range of Theology, Scripture and Ministerial courses: 63 hours
- Ministerial Experience (e.g. C.P.E): 9 hours
- The total number of hours is 72 semester hours.
- Ministerial and pastoral ski1ls may be established through formal course work, seminars, workshops and pastoral experience..
3. Persons lacking an M. Div. can arrange to take courses leading to fulfilment of the equivalency requirement
The complete cost of the Doctor of Ministry Program covers two years of registration in the program, as well as room and board for the three-day intensives at Mundelein Seminary. It does not cover books. Please contact the Office of the Doctor of Ministry Program for details.
The thesis project is to be substantive, a contribution to knowledge about real ministerial needs, theology based, congregation based, and demonstrative of the ability to do theological reflection in a specific ministerial setting.
Thesis Project Paper Completion Limits
The thesis project paper is to be completed within two years of the completion of course work. A one-year extension may be granted.
Address communications to:
Doctor of Ministry Program
University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary
1000 East Maple Ave.
Mundelein, IL 60060-1174
Or contact :
Ms. Mary Bertram