This is the term when my DMin students turn in their DMin thesis proposals. All I can say is, “Wow!”
First, the projects are rooted in Bible and its historical contexts: some are anchoring their work in Jewish sources, others more in Old Testament narrative, and others in the broader context of the apostle Paul.Second, the projects are creative: how better to read the Old Testament, how narrative can be reshape local church theology, how the Jewish wisdom tradition can help establish wisdom cultures in our churches, how to form multi-ethnic churches, how table fellowship in local churches reframes the idea of fellowship, how lamenting in the Bible can help us heal, and how learning about siblingship in the 1st Century can reframe how we see one another in our local churches. That’s just a sampling but I decided not to include all!
Third, each of these projects is deeply shaped by local church ministry and pastoral theology. While I am teaching these DMin cohorts I become deeply aware of how much pastoral theology I am learning from these students.