Growth in preaching involves curiosity, openness to the Holy Spirit, synthesis of imagination and reason, and power and authority to proclaim the Word of God. The Bexley Seabury Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program, offered in collaboration with five other Chicago-area seminaries as the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) DMin in Preaching Program, offers opportunities to achieve that growth in your own preaching.
This ecumenical program, which includes intensive summer residencies and work in your home congregation during the year, is designed to help you become the preacher God is calling you to be.
The D.Min. in Preaching is an ecumenical program of six seminaries in the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS): Chicago Theological Seminary, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, and Bexley Seabury.
The program involves a three-week residency each summer for three years and independent parish projects conducted after each residency. The culminating project is a thesis of publishable quality. During each residency students will take a required core course and an elective course relevant to the student’s learning goals, as well as participate in a colloquy. The colloquy serves to develop learning goals, determine electives, design the parish project and thesis, and examine students’ preaching. Read abstracts of theses written by past DMin students.
Between September and March, after the first residency, students design and conduct the Preaching Ministry Project. In this independent project, designed in collaboration with an advisor and a group from the congregation, students explore an assumption or idea about preaching through a rotation of four videotaped sermons, which are evaluated by advisors, faculty, and parishioners. After the third residency, students research and conduct a final extended project and write a thesis.
Courses are taught by faculty from the ACTS schools and renowned teachers and preachers from across the country.
Each residency also includes the presence of a nationally known keynote speaker. Particular strengths of the program are the inter-seminary, interdisciplinary faculty; peer interaction during residency; and faculty/student collaboration between residencies.
For more information and to apply, visit the ACTS D.Min. in Preaching website or talk with Suzann Holding, director of lifelong theological education and doctor of ministry program. The deadline for applications is March 15.
The Rhythm of the DMin in Preaching
The Very Rev. John Downey, dean of the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a Seabury MDiv alum and a student in our DMin in preaching program. In this video, he explains the rhythm of the academic year.