We would like all the pastors out there to know more about ILT’s Doctor of Ministry program in Apologetics and Evangelism, therefore we asked a few of the people in it to write about their experience in it so far. Rev. Chuck Huckaby, First Protestant Church of New Braunfels, Texas, is in the second cohort and here, in his own words, he explains what it means to be part of the DMin program:
As the graduate of a Baptist seminary who has served in several Presbyterian and Reformed contexts, I was seeking a seminary that was faithful to the Scriptures and Protestant Reformation while not simply rehashing familiar perspectives. ILT has admirably provided the fresh approach I was seeking.
Since graduating from seminary in 1984 I'd observed a variety of DMin programs but none ever seemed to "fit" for one reason or another. In fact they all seemed to blur together after a while.
The day I saw the outline for ILT's Doctor of Ministry on a friend's Facebook feed, I knew it was the program for me: people who would understand my passion for the historic reformation church I love and serve.
Furthermore, it was on the very topic that is crucial for the life of every congregation I know: how to do effective outreach with integrity in secularized North America.
The content matter has been stimulating and challenging theologically and practically. The professors have been both scholarly, yet friendly and accessible. The distance learning format and cohort system have been user-friendly and fostered both a sense of learning and community as the program progressed.
Learn how to engage our increasingly secularized culture with the Good News of Jesus Christ. We will give you the tools to reflect intelligently on the changes we are going through and how to apply what you are learning to your own context. The Doctor of Ministry degree should have its emphasis in practical, parish ministry, and ILT makes sure what you learn will be effective in what your heart longs for, reaching people for Jesus.