Beginning in 2014, Dallas Theological Seminary and Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary will offer a joint Doctor of Ministry degree designed to bring advanced biblical and theological training to a region where it is desperately needed.
The new DMin program, approved by the DTS Board in May, will equip students, pastors, and missionaries already at work ministering and proclaiming the gospel in Arabic-speaking settings. Through a combination of an applied research project and on-site courses in Amman and Dallas, students can complete the degree in four years.
“I look forward to the day when we would all rejoice to see many Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary graduates walk across the stage at a DTS graduation. It is so honoring to the Lord.”
–Dr. Imad Shehadeh, President, Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary
The joint DMin is a product of the vision and faithfulness of Dr. Imad Shehadeh, founder and president of JETS. After completing his ThM (1986) and ThD (1990) at DTS, Dr. Shehadeh and his wife returned to their native country with a clear goal: to give Christian leaders in the Arab world solid seminary training close to home. Established in 1995, JETS now counts graduates serving in twenty-two Middle Eastern countries.
JETS faculty and alumni came to Dr. Shehadeh expressing their need for doctoral-level training that would enable them to stay in their ministry while completing the degree. He approached DTS in 2006 and the proposal was approved by the Board within a year. After laying the administrative groundwork, the DMin Studies department is ready to begin accepting applications.
“This venture provides a tailor-made program that fits the direct needs of ministry in the Middle East,” said Dr. Scott Barfoot, director of DTS's Doctor of Ministry program. “It will benefit not only the JETS MDiv and ThM graduates serving in the Arab world, but also those graduates serving the large Arab communities in western countries.
“This gives DTS a larger footprint and a wider impact in an unprecedented way.”
The joint DMin degree is officially accredited through DTS. After initial approval from JETS, applicants will be required to submit all application and registration information online directly to DTS. Each six-month course includes a one- to three-week residency in Dallas or Amman, for a total of 30 credit hours.
Faculty members teaching in the program include Dr. Bill Lawrence, Dr. Imad Shehadeh, Dr. Scott Barfoot, Dr. Jerry Wofford, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Scott Horrell, Dr. Mike Lawson, Dr. Jim Thames, Dr. Paul Engle, Dr. Andy Seidel, and Dr. Brad Smith.
Dr. Shehadeh expressed gratitude at DTS's decision to offer the degree at a subsidized rate of $13,000 (not including travel costs). Scholarships are available through JETS to further lower the financial burden.
For more information, visit the DTS-JETS DMin page.