Priests, chaplains, and other professionals in ministry may now earn an accredited Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree online through a new program at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY. The hybrid program, which combines distance learning with one–week, on–campus intensives, is bridging a gap for students who cannot reside full time on campus. The program is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools, and will begin in fall 2013. Applications now are being accepted.
"Pastors today face immense challenges," emphasized The Rev. Dr. J. Sergius Halvorsen, assistant professor of Homiletics and Rhetoric at St. Vladimir's and the program's director. "The depth and intensity of suffering and spiritual darkness in the lives of the people we serve is startling. Facing such serious challenges, there has never been a greater need for excellence in pastoral ministry.
"My hope is that the D.Min. Program at St. Vladimir's would provide priests, chaplains, and other pastoral professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in order to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering," noted Fr. Sergius. "It is also my hope that the program would foster deep and lasting friendships among the students and contribute to authentic spiritual and pastoral renewal.
“All in all, the D.Min. Program will ‘build bridges’ in several ways: overcoming geographical distance for interested students; providing a pathway to a new level of pastoral training and academic research; and, best of all, connecting colleagues in ministry,” concluded Fr. Sergius.
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