I am excited to start my Doctor of Ministry program at Acadia Divinity College next month. Some people have wondered why I am doing a D.Min. rather than a Ph.D. That is a good question. The fact is that there are a lot of Ph.D.’s out there ready to take the few teaching positions available. My passion is equipping Christians to articulate and defend the Christian faith in a rational and relevant way. While part of that takes place in teaching, I do not want to write only for other scholars or to teach only graduate students. I want to bring this stuff to the local church so that the average Christian will receive the training and encouragement they need.
Why would I pick Acadia Divinity College? I have checked out a number of D.Min. programs and have not been impressed. Acadia’s program is the first one that I really have liked. I like Acadia’s focus on biblical and theological courses, even within a ministry context. Acadia also has a partnership with Arrow Leadership, of which I am a graduate. Acadia has some top notch professors, such as Craig Evans, and some great guest teachers, such as James Dunn. I have gotten to know some of the professors such as Glenn Wooden and know others such as Bill Brackney from my time at McMaster Divinity College. I look forward to this experience and all that I will learn to bring back to the local church.