Doctor of Theology

Program Objectives

Graduates will achieve the following objectives through a dynamic and systematic interaction with their Faculty Mentor(s) and peers.

Graduates will demonstrate the acquisition of knowledge that results in a mastery of skills that are dependent upon faith-based in this new knowledge of the ways of God and the gracelets of God. Each degree involves a mentoring relationship with one supervisor guiding the student through course work, the mastery checklist, and thesis or dissertation writing.

Grow
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in biblical, theological, historical, and practical studies from the third-wave renewal perspective.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply biblical, historical, and theological research in specific spiritual and cultural contexts reflecting renewal from third-wave theology and practices.
Build
  • Identify, live, and serve in Christ-like character in biblical truth, the fruit, and gifts of the Spirit, with a commitment to learning, spiritual formation, and personal and professional growth.
  • Commit to the vocation of Renewal scholarship in the dimensions of teaching, learning, research, and practical ministry application.
  • Commit to building the Church quantitatively and qualitatively by emphasizing the importance of the Holy Spirit’s filling(s), gifts charismata, and the doma gifts of Jesus in Ephesians 4:11-16.
  • Demonstrate the ability to disciple, Mentor, train other leaders, and develop advanced, innovative, exceptional, and leading-edge skills as practitioners and apologists to address complex issues within their ministry contexts.
Influence
  • Defend, critique, and contribute to scholarly work in the discipline of Renewal studies for the benefit of the broader academy.
  • Defend and articulate the Continuationist position in the fields of biblical, systematic, historical, and practical theology.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in the academic conversation of research and writing and contribute to the advancement of Renewal studies and supernatural ministry for either the academy or the Church.
  • Exhibit the ability to cast vision, strategize, and utilize advanced ministerial skills for spiritual renewal, transformation, and leadership within churches, movements, and denominations to impact culture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in the anointing of God, an understanding of the ways of God, and growing in the faith in God and the faith of God.

ThD Program at a Glance

This doctoral degree provides scholars an opportunity to explore theological truth, identity, and practice from the perspective of continuationist renewal studies. Scholars in the program will apply applied research or academic research that makes an original contribution to the Renewal Theology movement.
Semesters
Courses for the Doctor of Theology (Thd) Degree
Hours
1st
Theological renewal studies
6 Hours
Research Design 1
1 Hour
2nd
Biblical renewal studies
6 Hours
Research Design 2
1 Hour
3rd
Historical renewal studies
6 Hours
Research Design 3
1 Hour
4th
Equipping renewal studies or Reading Courses (x2) OR Reading Course and an Interdisciplinary Seminar (History of Biblical Interpretation)
6 Hours
5th to 8th
Reading Courses
9 Hours
Comprehensive Exams
3 Hours
Dissertation Work
9 Hours
Total
48 Hours

Intensive Seminars

Each semester of the Doctoral program follows the regular semester as
posted on the GATS website and official calendar.

The first face-to-face meeting of each semester of the Doctoral program is the Intensive Seminar
(colloquially called “the Intensive”) held midway through the semester. The five-day, mandatory
Intensives introduce students to methods and resources that will be useful in each subsequent
step of their Doctoral Program. The Intensive weeks include the following:

Modules and Seminars for Core Curriculum
Mentor Meetings
Impartation/Personal Ministry

Admissions Process and Requirements

Step 1 – Submit Electronic Application, Transcripts, and Personal Essay

  • Electronic application.
  • A resume.
  • Academic and personal references.
  • Official transcripts of all baccalaureate and graduate-level work.
  • A personal essay detailing the understanding of their calling.
  • International students for whom English is not their first language must submit a TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 (lower scores will require an interview).

Step 2 – Confirm Completion of Academic Prerequisites

The DMin Program Applicant must have completed an accredited Master’s degree in Theology, Bible, or Religion, or a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) with a GPA of at least 3.50 (or as low as 3.25 with probationary acceptance). OR a student with accredited Masters in a secular field could complete the following pre-doctoral program courses:

Pre-doctoral Program Curriculum (Two Years) = Master of Ministry Degree
Class Hours
Introduction to the Old Testament (BTHE 5003) 3 hours
Introduction to the New Testament (BTHE 5013) 3 hours
Systematic Theology 1 and 2 (BTHE 5243 and BTHE 5253) 6 hours
Hermeneutics 3 hours
Old Testament elective 3 hours
New Testament elective 3 hours
Physical Healing 1 (HEAL 500) 3 hours
Ministry Elective (we recommend one that focusses on Renewal Theology) 3 hours
History of Christianity (we recommend one that focuses on Revival History,
such as Azusa Street to the Present, REVL 5033)
3 hours
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 30 Hours

Step 3 – Demonstrate involvement in Renewal Practical Theology

Applicants should demonstrate their level of involvement and/or experience in the practice of Renewal Theology. There are many ways this can be demonstrated. One could submit a resume’ reflecting several years of ministry practice which includes physical healing, emotional/inner healing, and deliverance. A resume’ may also include participation in training schools, ministry trips or other opportunities that contributed to one’s ministry model. Transcripts could include coursework from Global Awakening Theological Seminary graduate programs or Global Awakening College of Ministry (formerly CHCP).

Global Awakening College of Ministry/CHCP Global Awakening Theological Seminary

Levels 1 and 2 of Physical Healing,
Levels 1 and 2 of Inner Healing, and
Levels 1 and 2 of Deliverance.
HEAL 5003 Physical Healing 1,
HEAL 5023 Inner Healing 1, and
HEAL 5043 Deliverance 1.FFCU – GATS Doctoral Programs

Step 4 – Complete and Submit Doctoral Application Field Essay

Doctoral Application Field Essay

To display your writing ability, please submit a paper you wrote during your masters program. The paper should be at least 10 pages long and written within the last 10 years. The paper should show a clear thesis, persuasive argumentation, proper use of grammar, research and citation skills that demonstrate your abilities in these areas. Please let us know if you do not have a paper that meets the above qualifications, and we will send you some different guidelines to follow.

Tuition and Fees Per Semester

Tuition
$3,885
Intensive Fee
$400
Library Fee
$235
Technology Fee
$135
Student Services
$80

Other Fees (as applicable)

Candidacy Review
$300
Comprehensive Exam
$500
Graduation Fee
$75
Studying the WORD of God
To gain the HEART of God,
To demonstrate the POWER of God