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.