Thank you for stopping in for today’s very special blog. Drum roll please! After many weeks of careful, prayerful, and highly intensive negotiations, I am very pleased to make the following historical announcement:
On Thursday afternoon, I became an official AUTHOR of Destiny Image Publishers!
The contract we signed is unheard of for a first time author. I’m promised a release date of no later than August and as early as April!
Here are just a few of my many Destiny Image fellow authors: Please visit their websites!
Thank you God, for making me far-fetched promises… and keeping every one of them! Thank you for loving me, even when I was not lovable. Thank you for saving me from an empty, sinful, and hopeless life. Thank you for giving me the gift of salvation, the presence of your Holy Spirit, and 20 years of unmerited blessing! You have blown my mind again, for the millionth time! I love my relationship with You more than anything else in this entire universe!
As you may know, I’ve accumulated 204 college credit hours over the past 8 years! This week, I am sending my 107,000 word manuscript (doctoral dissertation) to Life Christian University. They tell me the grading process takes several months… and when it’s over, I will receive my Doctorate of Ministry!
According to Wikipedia, the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree is, according to The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS), a doctoral level degree oriented toward ministerial leadership often in an area of applied theology, such as missions, evangelism, church leadership, pastoral psychology or the psychology of religion, church growth, church administration, homiletics, or spiritual formation.
Under Association of Theological Schools (ATS) guidelines, one needs to have completed the equivalent of 3 years of full-time ministry after the initial theological degree, normally the Master of Divinity (M.Div.). If the initial theological degree is not equivalent to the M.Div., preliminary coursework may be required before entering a D.Min. program.
The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry degree is to enhance the practice of ministry for persons who hold the M.Div. degree and have engaged in ministerial leadership.
The D.Min. program requires the equivalent of usually one full year of academic study and the completion of the doctoral dissertation or project. Normally, the degree requires from three to six years to complete.
This is a very exciting time for my family, and for our church family and friends! Thank you all for believing in us, praying for us, and serving with us. Together, we are on the brink of changing the world!
Here’s a great song for this moment: Desperation Band, Overcome
I just finished praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. Please leave your comments here on this blog site so that we will always have a record of your beautiful additions.
Make this a most triumphant Monday! Do something FUN, it’s the Christmas season, remember?
With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!