DMiss Application Guidelines
Paper/Essay Based on Three Assigned Books
1. Ministry Experience Statement
Please describe your ministry experience.
Provide a resume listing your professional
experience over the last 10 years. Please provide the name of the organization,
title of your position, a brief description of duties, and years of employment.
You must demonstrate that you have at least 5 years of significant ministry experience
and are actively engaged in a leadership role.
Please describe your cross-cultural ministry
If fluent in a language other than English,
please list the language(s), your level of proficiency, and your experience in
using the language(s) in a cross-cultural setting.
2. Focus Statement
The DMiss is a cohort-based doctoral degree
program designed for in-service leaders. The program assists students in
conducting missiological research that will address a problem or opportunity arising
within their context of ministry. Students’ research should be collected from
relevant literature, their communities, and their organizations, and
dissertations designed and written to propose practical and concrete
application steps to accomplish positive change in their respective
organizations, ministries, or churches.
Please provide a 500-word Focus Statement describing what you seek to address through the DMiss program. The Focus
Statement should include the following items:
- Proposed title of your dissertation
- Proposed research issues (arising from a problem or opportunity arising within
the context of the organization, ministry, or church where you have
- Where the doctoral field research would
- Personal and ministerial background
information which addresses how your ministry experience will inform your
doctoral research topic
3. Writing Sample Assignment
Applicants are expected to demonstrate graduate-level writing
competence via a writing sample of English work that is 15-30 pages in length
and demonstrates an applicant’s ability to:
- Write clearly and concisely, in a formal, academic manner, using appropriate citations and
- Sustain an argument or discussion, integrate ideas, critique relevant
literature, and suggest conclusions
- Reflect on the missiological and theological relevance of the
Ideally, the writing sample should reflect current writing and interests. It
may include one of the following:
- MA-level writing project
- MA- or ThM-level thesis
- Published book
- Published articles
- Doctoral dissertation in another field
NOTE: projects written more than 10 years ago will not be
4. Ten-Page Paper/Essay Based on
Three Assigned Books
Bosch, David J. 1991. Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology
of Mission, American Society of Missiology Series, No. 16.
Glasser, F. Arthur, Charles E. Van Engen, Dean S. Gilliland, and
Shawn B. Redford. 2003. Announcing the Kingdom: The Story of God's Mission
in the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic.
Hiebert, Paul G., R. Daniel Shaw,
and Tite Tienou. 1999. Understanding Folk Religion: A Christian Response to
Popular Beliefs and Practices. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker.
NOTE: These titles are currently all available online, in Kindle as well as print versions.
Respond to the below in a 10-page, double-spaced paper, answering
in as complete a manner as your reading, background knowledge of missiology,
and experience enables you.
Include appropriate citations. You may draw on your own missional experience
and/or anticipated doctoral study for examples of missiological principles; however, please note that this paper should demonstrate an applicant’s
- Write clearly and concisely
- Integrate ideas
- Interact with authors; and
interplay the authors ideas with one another
- Make application of the
literature to the applicant’s research interests
- Compare and
contrast how the three texts address the following:
- Biblical theology of mission
- The church’s role in the mission of God
- Contextualizing the gospel
- Discuss how
one or more of these texts address the topic of your proposed project and how
they help shape the understanding on which you base your project.