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PITTSBURGH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

COOPERATIVE D.MIN. PROGRAMME
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A new transatlantic program of collaborative teaching and learning began in 1999. This is designed for ministers in Scotland and the U.S.A. who are graduates in Divinity and who have had at least three years professional experience. The program is the Doctor of Ministry degree offered by Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. This is made available through teaching and studying in both Aberdeen and Pittsburgh to a group of sixteen ministers - eight from each side of the Atlantic. The next intake will be in Autumn 2005. Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Its origins date from the late eighteenth century. What is the D. Min? The Doctor of Ministry is a professional qualification for clergy. It is designed to enable formal academic study through which they can reflect critically and constructively upon selected aspects of their ministry. The D. Min. requires the attainment of 36 credits, including a dissertation valued at 6 credits. The program involves three years of study on a part-time basis. During the first two years, candidates must attend four schools, each lasting two weeks; two Schools are held in each location.. Preparatory reading is prescribed for these. Seven courses, each valued at 3 credits, are undertaken during these schools. A remaining three electives (also worth 3 credits each) are taken either on the home campus or on a distance-learning basis. These are designed so as to prepare the ground for the research of the dissertation which is written in the third and final year. Such electives may draw on material currently available in Aberdeen for taught postgraduate students. Candidates are permitted a fourth year for the writing-up of the dissertation, where pressure of work necessitates an extension of the period of study. How does the co-operative D. Min. function? The co-operative D. Min provides both academic staff and ministers from Scotland and the USA with a unique opportunity for professional collaboration in the sharing of insights, experience and expertise. It also enables parish ministers in Scotland to experience first hand the type of professional ministerial qualification that has been developed in recent years in the USA. It is proposed to recruit eight students from each institution for 2005. Courses are delivered by staff from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the School of Divinity and Religious Studies in Aberdeen. The two-week schools alternate between Pittsburgh and Aberdeen with staff and students travelling in both directions. Electives and dissertations are organised locally and in a manner sufficiently flexible to accommodate the professional commitments of students.

Congregational involvement in the student's work is an integral feature of the program. A local committee participates in the drafting of a mission statement that informs the candidate's project. The committee also functions as a sounding-board for the student in the planning, execution and evaluation of the project. What is the course content? The cooperative D. Min. follows ‘The Reformed Focus’ program already developed by Pittsburgh. This is designed to cultivate the Reformed emphasis on the minister as a theological leader of the Church. The objective of the program is to develop the ability of participants to formulate theologically-based actions directed toward ‘the great ends of the Church’ as these have been understood in the Reformed tradition, with seven core seminars on the following themes:        Reformed Theology Biblical Authority and Interpretation Worship in the Reformed Church Reformed Ethics Reformed Ecumenism Theological and Ethical Issues in the Contemporary Church Proposal Colloquium (to aid preparation for the dissertation)

In addition to these core seminars three electives are arranged in flexible ways for students in their home campuses or by distance learning. The degree is completed with a dissertation of approximately 30,000 words on some aspect of the practice of ministry. When are the schools held? The first school will be held in Pittsburgh in early September 2005, to be followed by a school in Aberdeen early the following year (January 2006). In the subsequent academic year the third school will be held in Aberdeen in early September 2006, with the concluding session in Pittsburgh in January 2007. Accommodation will be available to students on both campuses. How much will it cost? Fees will payable to the University of Aberdeen at the part-time postgraduate rate for three years. In 2004/2005 this is £1470. In addition, candidates will have to meet the travel and residential costs of the schools held in Aberdeen and Pittsburgh. Ministers should apply to their own denominations for study leave funding assistance. How is application made? Application is made in the normal way for postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen. For application forms write to Informal queries may be directed to Dr Nick Thompson Mrs Helena Thomas School of Divinity History & Philosophy Postgraduate Studies Secretary King’s College School of Divinity History & Philosophy Old Aberdeen King's College AB24 3UB Old Aberdeen AB24 3UB. Tel: 01224 272890 Fax: 01224 273750 Email: divinity@abdn.ac.uk Tel: 01224 272812 Fax: 01224 273750 Email: n.j.thompson@abdn.ac.uk


				
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