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New ABSW Degree Program

ABSW Offers New Doctor of Ministry Degree


ABSW officials announce an exciting, innovative new degree program designed to meet the increasing desire for graduate educational programs.

"There are two words that speak boldly to our new Doctor of Ministry Degree at ABSW, complete and wholistic," said Rev. Dr. Paul M. Martin, President. "We have completed our goal in developing a wholistic ministry perspective for all students who matriculate in the hallowed walls and sacred grounds of the American Baptist Seminary of the West. We offer a comprehensive set of degree programs now with the introduction and addition of our new Doctor of Ministry degree."


"We offer the basic theological degree, the Master of Divinity, along with the Master of Arts in Community Leadership, a Certificate Program and now a Doctor of Ministry. If a person desires an academic MA or Doctor of Philosophy degree these are available through our participation and support of the Graduate Theological Union of which we are a vital part" added Dr. Martin.


        Dr. LeAnn FlesherBeginning in January, 2009, ABSW will offer a new Doctor of Ministry degree with specialization in Prophetic Preaching, Urban Ministry and Transformational Church Leadership. Approved by the Association of Theological Schools in July, Dr. Sangyil Park, Associate Professor of Preaching, is the program director.


"Alumni have been asking for a D.Min. program at Dr. Sangyil (Sam) ParkABSW for as long as I can remember (16 years here)" said Rev. Dr. LeAnn Flesher, Dean. "We have visited the possibility numerous times. A few years ago we partnered with Bakke University in Seattle, but as time went on it was clear this was not the best fit for our alumni, so we decided to pursue our own degree program. The creation of the degree program has been met with great enthusiasm with comments like, ‘it's about time,' and ‘we have been waiting for this for a long time.' It is exciting!"


The new program is an interdisciplinary advanced degree program designed to enhance the practice of ministry in urban multi-cultural settings. Program applicants must have earned the Master of Divinity degree or equivalent, have three years or more of ministry experience and be currently involved in ministry.


The degree will require a total of 30 course units including a dissertation.


From 12-15 students are expected to enter each year. Options for course work will include attendance in ABSW week long intensives twice a year, in January and July, or participation in a mixed extended program where core courses are taken as intensives and electives through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in semester courses.


This new Doctor of Ministry program fulfills ABSW's mission statement cites the goal of preparing students for leadership roles who are competent to minister in a multicultural and multiracial world, rooted in an evangelical heritage and tradition, equipped for ecumenical partnership in ministry, Biblically and theologically literate, skilled in the practice of ministry for personal, ecclesial and social transformation and committed to the justice demands of the Gospel.