Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Practical Theology of Conflict, Healing and Transformation in Korean Contexts Program is specifically designed for Korean and Korean American religious professionals who work in Korean or other intercultural contexts. Courses are taught by faculty from CST and other Korean and Korean-American scholars from other theological schools. This program arises from the contemporary Korean and other intercultural ministry contexts in which rapid social changes result in many forms of individual, familial, congregational, and social conflicts.

The prevalence of such conflicts in Korean and Korean-American society results in the current burgeoning “industry” of counseling and healing ministries in Korean communities. Many Korean churches, however, adopt traditional forms of healing ministry such as revivals, retreats, and worship services. These tend to be highly individualistic without accounting for the larger sociocultural context out of which these conflicts arise. This D.Min. program, therefore, emphasizes contextual analyses. It presents a critical and systematic understanding of conflicts and healing, a critical reflection of the interface between theory and praxis, and acquisition of integrated practical and theological skills and competence.

The D.Min. includes the equivalent of one full year of academic study (6 courses for 24 units) and the design and completion of a Project (4 units). The Project will address both the nature and practice of ministry. It will be required to be of sufficient quality that it contributes to the practice of ministry as judged by professional standards and has the potential for application in other contexts of ministry.

Six courses are required for completion of coursework. Each session offers two courses offered on campus (in May/June) or in Korea (in January). The following course offerings may be revised based on institutional needs.

The D.Min. Program begins with a required one-day Orientation in May or January.

Core Courses – 8 units  
K435Research Methods & Project Seminar in Practical Theology4 units
TDI4098Professional Project4 units
Elective Courses
20 units
(from the following courses) 
K320/420A Practical Theological Approach to Conflict and Reconciliation4 units
K321/421A Crosscultural and Theological Approach to Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation4 units
K422Gender Related Conflicts, Healing and Transformation in the Korean Church4 units
K423Interpreting Conflict, Healing and Reconciliation in the New Testament4 units
K424Healing and Transformation through Preaching and Worship4 units
K425Healing Relationships in Conflict: Marital Education and Therapy4 units
K431Group Dynamics and Small Group Care and Counseling toward Healing4 units
K434Interpreting Conflict, Healing and Reconciliation in the Old Testament4 units
K436Liberating Spiritual Formation Toward Wholeness and Reconciliation4 units
K437Conflict, Healing and Transformation in the Postcolonial World: A Preaching Focus4 units
K438Transforming Self and Educational Ministry in the Multicultural World4 units
k439Conflict, Healing and Reconciliation in Family Therapy4 units
k440Conflict, Healing and Transformation in the Post-Human Era4 units
K441Aging, Ageism, Generational Conflict, Healing and Reconciliation in Korean and Korean American Contexts4 units

Under special circumstances, students may petition to substitute elective courses from the Fall and Spring semester schedule at Claremont School of Theology.

The Project shall include the following:

  • The Project must reflect the student’s depth of practical theological insight in relation to ministry.
  • It must demonstrate the student’s ability to identify a specific practical theological topic in ministry around the theme of healing and transformation of conflict.
  • Students must utilize an effective research model, use appropriate resources, and evaluate the results.

These Project parameters will be introduced in the required course, Research Methods and Project Seminar in Practical Theology. Students will be encouraged to identify a Project topic within the first year of coursework and engage in peer review conversation during Orientation. Preparation for the Project will be addressed in all courses. Courses will prepare students to identify research problems and questions, understand theoretical perspectives, access the relevant literature, and identify connections to the practice of ministry. Students are expected to integrate coursework, clinical and ministerial training, and ministry experiences in the culminating Project.

The curriculum includes a required course that will help students learn research methods and design (Research Methods and Project Seminar). In this course students will develop a draft Project proposal through a peer-review process with supervision from the faculty. The final assignment of the Project Seminar is completion of a 24-page proposal that will include:

  • A statement of the problem or issue in the practice of ministry that is to be the subject of the culminating Project.
  • A description of the context of the problem in the practice of ministry.
  • The justification for the study: the need for it and the contributions it will make.
  • Background information on the problem to be addressed.
  • An explanation of the theoretical stance of the student-researcher.
  • A discussion of appropriate research methods for the evaluation of the Project.
  • A detailed tentative outline.
  • A preliminary bibliography.

The Project is neither a Ph.D. dissertation nor a simple research paper. Students are to select a Project topic in their own ministry context. They must address the implications of their findings for the practice of ministry. The Project will be between 60-90 pages excluding Table of Contents, Bibliography, and Appendices (charts, graphs, etc.). If written in Korean, students must prepare a 3-5 page abstract in English, which is bound with the Project.

CST is committed to increasing Korean language materials for the CST library and have arranged for students in Korea to have access to the Hyupsung University and Mokwon University libraries.

Out-of-town students from Korea and across the United States have full access to CST library resources except print borrowing privileges. Our students are able to download the full text of serial materials and do catalog searches like other students in other degree programs on campus. In Korea, an online bookstore is available that carries a significant amount of Korean and English materials.