School of Practical Ministry

Trinity Offers Four Degrees at the Doctor of Philosophy level in the School of Practical Ministry:

Program course listings are typical representations of requirements. Course listings, however, may be customized through admissions to meet specific ministry needs.

 Ph.D in Christian Education
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within a Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • CE 788 Assessing and Applying Appropriate Teaching Strategies
      • CE 859 Current Trends and Issues in Christian Higher Education
      • CS 712 Advanced Administration and Leadership in the Christian School

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Christian Education Ph.D program is designed to equip learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and sharpened understanding in the development of education leadership through an interdisciplinary study based on a biblical worldview. Learners will gain advanced experience and increased competence in designing and developing focused programs of study and curriculums for a variety of Christian education venues. Using the acquired skills, learners will be able to analyze the history, philosophy, and current issues in education in order to apply and evaluate the various theories and practices of education and conduct directed research in this area.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Instructor, Private School Teacher, Homeschool Coordinator, Education Pastor, Youth Pastor, Private School Administrator.

 Ph.D in Christian Management and Leadership
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within a Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • AD 805 Historical Development of Management and Leadership Theory
      • AD 850 Theological Analysis of Administration Principles
      • LD 700 Advanced Topics in Strategic Planning for the Church

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Christian Management and Leadership Ph.D program is designed to equip learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and focused understanding of theoretical, theological and practical concepts and issues of management and leadership; apply this study to management and leadership in the church, para-church, or other ministry venues; and promote management, leadership, and ministry effectiveness. Learners will acquire the necessary skills to become effective and biblical leaders in their fields of service and ministry, and conduct directed research in this area.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Associate Pastor, Administration Pastor, Education Pastor, Instructor, Denominational Leader, Church Planter, Ministry Director.

Ph.D in Conflict Management
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (18 Credits)

      • CM 704 Leading Change
      • CM 726 Current Issues in Managing Conflict
      • CM 765 Difficult People: Current Issues and Strategies
      • CM 832 Principles and Practices of Christian Meditation
      • CM 835 Interpersonal Forgiveness: Theological and Psychological Perspectives
      • CM 850 Church Discipline: History and Practice

Electives (3 Credits)

      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The purpose of the Conflict Management Ph.D. is to enable learners to pursue biblical and theological studies with special emphasis on managing conflict in the church and para-church setting. Learners investigate the major issues and theories of conflict management from a Christian perspective, explore current intervention strategies for resolving interpersonal and systemic discord, formulate their own working model of conflict management compatible with Scriptural principles and practices, and explore how their own responses to conflict impact their personal and professional/ministerial relationships.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Associate Pastor, Administration Pastor, Education Pastor, Instructor, Denominational Leader, Church Planter, Ministry Director.

Ph.D in Pastoral Ministry
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • PM 703 Key Leader’s Summit
      • PM 741 Applied Research in Theology of Ministry
      • PM 750 Worship in the Church

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Pastoral Ministry Ph.D program is designed to equip learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and sharpened understanding in order to formulate a philosophy of ministry that addresses biblical and theological foundations; personal assumptions about pastoral care, the work and organization of the church, and pastoral leadership. Learners will acquire increased skills to evaluate various practices in church and ministry as to their effectiveness and biblical soundness, create models of ministry that address current cultures and biblical foundations, apply sound leadership theory and practice to the multiplicity of church experience, and conduct directed research in this area.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Associate Pastor, Education Pastor, Church Planter, Missionary, Youth Pastor, Denominational Leader, Apologist, Ministry Operative, Paid Contributor, Author, Outside Consultant.

Ph.D in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • EP 870 Analyzing the Theological Basis for Expository Preaching
      • EP 872 Methodologies of Evangelistic Preaching
      • EP 890 Theories and Modalities Impacting Today’s Preacher

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching Ph.D program is designed to equip learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and sharpened understanding pertaining to the ministry of preaching the Christian Gospel. Learners will acquire the increased skills in solid hermeneutical foundations for biblical interpretations of Old Testament and New Testament, effective communication in the context of contemporary society, and conduct directed research in this area.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Education Pastor, Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor, Evangelist, Missionary, Author, Paid Contributor, Outside Consultant.



Back to the Doctor of Philosophy Degrees

 

From Our Students

"In 1991, I received my Doctor of ministry from Trinity. It opened up a new area of ministry for me. My dissertation was on church and state and after my degree I continued to pursue the topic. As a result of the work I began at the school, I have been invited to speak at several engagements and have written for several national and local newspapers, magazines and web sites. Thanks Trinity."


Dr. Don S. Wilkey
First Baptist Church
Onalaska, Texas

2015-06-11T13:22:05+00:00

Dr. Don S. Wilkey
First Baptist Church
Onalaska, Texas

"In 1991, I received my Doctor of ministry from Trinity. It opened up a new area of ministry for me. My dissertation was on church and state and after my degree I continued to pursue the topic. As a result of the work I began at the school, I have been invited to speak at several engagements and have written for several national and local newspapers, magazines and web sites. Thanks Trinity."

"In 2015 I graduated with a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. I felt prepared for the graduate work from my undergraduate degree at Trinity, and more so the admissions committee favored my past education. Trinity's state of accreditation did not impact my ability to attend a top ranked graduate level university."

-Jenn Menn,
BA in Biblical Counseling 2011

2016-03-17T12:09:34+00:00

-Jenn Menn,
BA in Biblical Counseling 2011

"In 2015 I graduated with a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. I felt prepared for the graduate work from my undergraduate degree at Trinity, and more so the admissions committee favored my past education. Trinity's state of accreditation did not impact my ability to attend a top ranked graduate level university."
Rick Beard Trinity Student Testimonial

"I originally began studies at Trinity with the purpose of being trained to encourage others in ministry. But I enjoyed the studies so much I continued on. What I appreciate most is how Trinity taught me to be a better student of Scripture. The education I received prepared me for the ministry I am now in. I only wish I would have started sooner. Because of their commitment to excellence in each field of study, I have no hesitation recommending Trinity to prospective students and especially to those who cannot afford the time or cost to attend seminary. I will always be thankful God led me to Trinity."


Rick Beard, 
2013 Graduate
2015-06-11T16:18:51+00:00
Rick Beard, 
2013 Graduate
Rick Beard Trinity Student Testimonial
"I originally began studies at Trinity with the purpose of being trained to encourage others in ministry. But I enjoyed the studies so much I continued on. What I appreciate most is how Trinity taught me to be a better student of Scripture. The education I received prepared me for the ministry I am now in. I only wish I would have started sooner. Because of their commitment to excellence in each field of study, I have no hesitation recommending Trinity to prospective students and especially to those who cannot afford the time or cost to attend seminary. I will always be thankful God led me to Trinity."

"Throughout my 57 years of life, the Lord has opened many doors for me for which I am most thankful and grateful. For the last several years I had pondered working on my doctoral degree, not out of any career necessity, but to enhance my educational and research skills. Trinity has provided for me a program of study which I feel will exceed my original educational objectives. I have found everyone on Trinity's staff to be very helpful, courteous, and possessing an attitude of genuine caring. This is indeed rare in today's world. "


Rev. Vince Kern, CPA
(Ph.D. student in Ministry Leadership)

2015-06-11T16:03:14+00:00

Rev. Vince Kern, CPA
(Ph.D. student in Ministry Leadership)

"Throughout my 57 years of life, the Lord has opened many doors for me for which I am most thankful and grateful. For the last several years I had pondered working on my doctoral degree, not out of any career necessity, but to enhance my educational and research skills. Trinity has provided for me a program of study which I feel will exceed my original educational objectives. I have found everyone on Trinity's staff to be very helpful, courteous, and possessing an attitude of genuine caring. This is indeed rare in today's world. "
James Roy Dykes Trinity Student Testimonial

"As a recent graduate of Trinity Theological Seminary (August, 2014), with a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling, I feel a responsibility and obligation to heartily recommend Trinity to any aspiring Christian of any age interested in formal education, training and continued preparation to battle for the truths of God’s Word."


James Roy Dykes, Jr.
Founder and Director, Biblical Counseling of Greater Atlanta
2014 Graduate
2015-06-11T16:51:47+00:00
James Roy Dykes, Jr.
Founder and Director, Biblical Counseling of Greater Atlanta
2014 Graduate
James Roy Dykes Trinity Student Testimonial
"As a recent graduate of Trinity Theological Seminary (August, 2014), with a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling, I feel a responsibility and obligation to heartily recommend Trinity to any aspiring Christian of any age interested in formal education, training and continued preparation to battle for the truths of God’s Word."
Preston Cave Trinity Student Testimonial

"My time at Trinity has been both informative and rewarding. I feel more equipped for ministry than ever before. Trinity formats their class schedule to enhance, not hinder, your ministry. I have never had to neglect my church responsibilities in order to finish my degree. It seems strange for someone to NEGLECT their calling in order to be educated FOR their calling. Trinity understands this and has done a great job of helping pastors reach their educational goals without breaking the bank or slowing down the ministry to the local church."


Preston Cave, 2012 Graduate
BA/MA Christian Education
2015-06-11T16:40:27+00:00
Preston Cave, 2012 Graduate
BA/MA Christian Education
Preston Cave Trinity Student Testimonial
"My time at Trinity has been both informative and rewarding. I feel more equipped for ministry than ever before. Trinity formats their class schedule to enhance, not hinder, your ministry. I have never had to neglect my church responsibilities in order to finish my degree. It seems strange for someone to NEGLECT their calling in order to be educated FOR their calling. Trinity understands this and has done a great job of helping pastors reach their educational goals without breaking the bank or slowing down the ministry to the local church."

"God gave me the wonderful opportunity to study for the ministry through Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary from which I received five earned degrees. From the very beginning, the Word of God was exalted and my confidence in the Word of God grew stronger. President Dr. Harold Hunter is a dear friend and brother in the Lord. My heart is thrilled to know him personally and that he is leading Trinity to even higher ground!"


Danny Burnley, D. Min.
West Gantt Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina

2015-06-11T13:22:38+00:00

Danny Burnley, D. Min.
West Gantt Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina

"God gave me the wonderful opportunity to study for the ministry through Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary from which I received five earned degrees. From the very beginning, the Word of God was exalted and my confidence in the Word of God grew stronger. President Dr. Harold Hunter is a dear friend and brother in the Lord. My heart is thrilled to know him personally and that he is leading Trinity to even higher ground!"

"As a result of studying under the Trinity program, my knowledge and revelations about God and His Word increased tremendously. I believe that this program equipped me to be more effective in my ability to minister in the field of Christian Education. I look forward to implementing many of the truths, methods and ideas which I have learned into my own ministry setting where I serve."


Venandee L. Hennington, Minister
Tarrant, AL

2015-06-11T16:01:20+00:00

Venandee L. Hennington, Minister
Tarrant, AL

"As a result of studying under the Trinity program, my knowledge and revelations about God and His Word increased tremendously. I believe that this program equipped me to be more effective in my ability to minister in the field of Christian Education. I look forward to implementing many of the truths, methods and ideas which I have learned into my own ministry setting where I serve."

"I fully advocate Trinity as a university for those who prefer to study by distance and online, whether in the Unite States or abroad. Trinity's courses are demanding, but extremely rewarding in terms of what they teach you and the breadth and depth of understanding that you reach. What you learn will prepare you for ministry and service within the Body of Christ. Trinity is a well-run seminary that is efficient in helping students finish their degree programmes and is kindly flexible with those who may run into difficulties that prevent them from studying as much as they would like. This is truly a Christian college within the great tradition of Christian universities in the United States."


Peter Harris, 2014 Graduate
MA in Christian Theology

2015-06-11T16:45:32+00:00

Peter Harris, 2014 Graduate
MA in Christian Theology

"I fully advocate Trinity as a university for those who prefer to study by distance and online, whether in the Unite States or abroad. Trinity's courses are demanding, but extremely rewarding in terms of what they teach you and the breadth and depth of understanding that you reach. What you learn will prepare you for ministry and service within the Body of Christ. Trinity is a well-run seminary that is efficient in helping students finish their degree programmes and is kindly flexible with those who may run into difficulties that prevent them from studying as much as they would like. This is truly a Christian college within the great tradition of Christian universities in the United States."

"It has been one of the highest privileges of my life to have studied at Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary. I studied at Trinity because the theological stance held there has been that which I have held to for most of my life. It was discovered to me that the courses which I studied were both informative and rigorous. The persons who marked my work were exacting in what was required and yet at the same time I was given guidance on any matter that it was felt needed further attention. It has taken me three years to complete the first of my degrees (Doc. R. St.) and a further five years to complete the second (P. D.) During the time of study, even though I lived a hemisphere away from Trinity at all time I was kept in close contact by Trinity and it staff. Its programme of distance and on line study helped me consistently and enabled speedy solution to any problems that I was encountering."


Graham Harris; CRK. Dip.Th. (Lond), Dip.Th. (Melb), B.A., M. Litt.St.(Qld), M.A. Ph.D. (Col. Pac), M.Phil. (Syd), Doc. R. St, Ph.D.(Trinity)
2015-06-11T16:10:10+00:00
Graham Harris; CRK. Dip.Th. (Lond), Dip.Th. (Melb), B.A., M. Litt.St.(Qld), M.A. Ph.D. (Col. Pac), M.Phil. (Syd), Doc. R. St, Ph.D.(Trinity)
"It has been one of the highest privileges of my life to have studied at Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary. I studied at Trinity because the theological stance held there has been that which I have held to for most of my life. It was discovered to me that the courses which I studied were both informative and rigorous. The persons who marked my work were exacting in what was required and yet at the same time I was given guidance on any matter that it was felt needed further attention. It has taken me three years to complete the first of my degrees (Doc. R. St.) and a further five years to complete the second (P. D.) During the time of study, even though I lived a hemisphere away from Trinity at all time I was kept in close contact by Trinity and it staff. Its programme of distance and on line study helped me consistently and enabled speedy solution to any problems that I was encountering."

"I believe the school and the president are doing fine work.  I believe he has a vision for moving Trinity to new levels.  The school has always delivered quality theological education at very low prices.  In fact, some might say that it should be raised.  But I'm on-board for whatever the school leadership thinks is right.  If the president continues to allow his  steps to be ordered by God, I'm convinced it all work out for the good  of those who love the Lord. He should probably just continue  to keep doing the fine job he's doing."


John Ward

2015-06-11T16:07:23+00:00

John Ward

"I believe the school and the president are doing fine work.  I believe he has a vision for moving Trinity to new levels.  The school has always delivered quality theological education at very low prices.  In fact, some might say that it should be raised.  But I'm on-board for whatever the school leadership thinks is right.  If the president continues to allow his  steps to be ordered by God, I'm convinced it all work out for the good  of those who love the Lord. He should probably just continue  to keep doing the fine job he's doing."
Mike Trinity Student Testimonial

"My school’s ethos is centered on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This includes the curriculum, teaching, learning and everything the school does. This has been consistent over the past decade and is still going strong. Every single course is aimed at dealing with the realities that occur in the 21st century church and the communities. The courses are tailor-made to prepare ministry leadership to both teach the word of Jesus Christ effectively and also to tackle 21st century church issues."


Dr. Michael Andam,
2014 Graduate
2015-06-18T14:34:03+00:00
Dr. Michael Andam,
2014 Graduate
Mike Trinity Student Testimonial
"My school’s ethos is centered on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This includes the curriculum, teaching, learning and everything the school does. This has been consistent over the past decade and is still going strong. Every single course is aimed at dealing with the realities that occur in the 21st century church and the communities. The courses are tailor-made to prepare ministry leadership to both teach the word of Jesus Christ effectively and also to tackle 21st century church issues."

"As a graduate, I got a world class administration degree at a master level education. The quality of information, the one day webinars, or independent study classes were great and worked out well for me a working dad and minister."


Jon Krause, 
2013 Graduate
2015-06-11T16:15:38+00:00
Jon Krause, 
2013 Graduate
"As a graduate, I got a world class administration degree at a master level education. The quality of information, the one day webinars, or independent study classes were great and worked out well for me a working dad and minister."
Jeffrey Thompson Trinity Student Testimonial

"I am grateful to God for the good people at Trinity! I was able to complete my degree with much help from the staff and faculty ! Online education has worked well for me simply because of the hustle and bustle of being a Pastor. This experience has allowed me to continue in full time ministry while finishing this degree. As a graduate I would like to encourage each alumni to give back to our school monthly to help them continue to facilitate an awesome quality distance education."


Jeffery Thompson,
2014 Graduate
2015-06-18T14:40:23+00:00
Jeffery Thompson,
2014 Graduate
Jeffrey Thompson Trinity Student Testimonial
"I am grateful to God for the good people at Trinity! I was able to complete my degree with much help from the staff and faculty ! Online education has worked well for me simply because of the hustle and bustle of being a Pastor. This experience has allowed me to continue in full time ministry while finishing this degree. As a graduate I would like to encourage each alumni to give back to our school monthly to help them continue to facilitate an awesome quality distance education."
Trinity Student Testimonial

“I want to take a moment to thank the faculty and staff of Trinity College and Seminary as well for their assistance in training several key staff people at my church, myself included. I was personally able to gain valuable knowledge and spiritual wisdom that has enabled me to become a more effective leader. Regardless of your denominational background, Trinity can help train you for a lifetime of ministry. I wholeheartedly recommend Trinity College and Seminary for everyone.”

Dr. Ted Denny
Senior Pastor
Bethel Baptist Church
Palrnyra, Tennessee

2015-06-11T15:58:18+00:00

Dr. Ted Denny
Senior Pastor
Bethel Baptist Church
Palrnyra, Tennessee

Trinity Student Testimonial
“I want to take a moment to thank the faculty and staff of Trinity College and Seminary as well for their assistance in training several key staff people at my church, myself included. I was personally able to gain valuable knowledge and spiritual wisdom that has enabled me to become a more effective leader. Regardless of your denominational background, Trinity can help train you for a lifetime of ministry. I wholeheartedly recommend Trinity College and Seminary for everyone.”
Paul Robinson Trinity Student Testimonial

"The opportunities at Trinity are world class. Excellent teachers, wise course disciplines, and virtual fellowship with students. An enjoyable and enriching experience which becomes humbling when those you serve testify to recognizing growth in you as a person and as a teacher of the Word. I chose Trinity because of their Christian worldview and their financial options that gave me a truly wonderful education. I notice that when I read God's Word or am preparing a biblical message, my thinking has been deepened and my mind sharpened. I realize now how much more there is to learn, and enjoy taking further studies through Trinity."


Paul Robinson
2014 Graduate

2015-06-18T14:43:45+00:00

Paul Robinson
2014 Graduate

Paul Robinson Trinity Student Testimonial
"The opportunities at Trinity are world class. Excellent teachers, wise course disciplines, and virtual fellowship with students. An enjoyable and enriching experience which becomes humbling when those you serve testify to recognizing growth in you as a person and as a teacher of the Word. I chose Trinity because of their Christian worldview and their financial options that gave me a truly wonderful education. I notice that when I read God's Word or am preparing a biblical message, my thinking has been deepened and my mind sharpened. I realize now how much more there is to learn, and enjoy taking further studies through Trinity."

"Highly personal and highly spiritual describe my experience in my studies through Trinity Theological Seminary. I found their leadership devoted to God's leadership in expanding the Kingdom. The encouragement and practical application of years of experience on the "front lines" make Trinity a great building block in fulfilling one’s call. I recommend your consideration!"

Brent Lay, D. Min.
Associate Pastor
Englewood Baptist Church
Jackson, Tennessee

2015-06-11T13:21:06+00:00

Brent Lay, D. Min.
Associate Pastor
Englewood Baptist Church
Jackson, Tennessee

"Highly personal and highly spiritual describe my experience in my studies through Trinity Theological Seminary. I found their leadership devoted to God's leadership in expanding the Kingdom. The encouragement and practical application of years of experience on the "front lines" make Trinity a great building block in fulfilling one’s call. I recommend your consideration!"

"The Trinity program enabled me to complete my theological seminary training while in ministry. It also opened the door for a new ministry in the educational field. I found the Trinity program to be academically sound, ministry driven and relevant in application."


James Clark, Pastor,
Grace Baptist Church (Grandview, MO)

2015-06-11T15:59:26+00:00

James Clark, Pastor,
Grace Baptist Church (Grandview, MO)

"The Trinity program enabled me to complete my theological seminary training while in ministry. It also opened the door for a new ministry in the educational field. I found the Trinity program to be academically sound, ministry driven and relevant in application."