• Program Overview
  • Program Overview
  • Program Overview
  • Program Overview
  • Program Overview

Program Overview

Two great challenges face leaders today: teaching the truth of God to a Christian public that is shaped more by culture than Scripture, and defending Christianity against the charges of a multitude of critics. To meet these challenges, this program equips leaders with the biblical, historical, scientific and philosophical knowledge necessary to effectively engage our world with the Christian faith.

Foundational to Christian ministry is an in-depth knowledge of the teachings of the Bible and the ability to state and defend biblical truth. The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Theology and Apologetics at Corban University builds on the Bible and theology learned in a master’s degree program as students teach and preach the Word in a biblically faithful and transformational way (2 Tim. 4:1).

Who It's For

Those looking for more academic work than a traditional D.Min. offers will appreciate the in-depth theological study and academic rigor of this program:

  • Senior pastors
  • Professors
  • Teaching pastors

The Christian Theology and Apologetics cohort builds on master’s-level knowledge in theology and ministry and advances your academic theological competency. Before beginning this advanced program, students are expected to have sufficient proficiency in hermeneutics, theology and biblical languages.

  • Scholar Mentor

Scholar Mentor

Dr. Wayne House has dedicated more than 40 years to the study of theology and apologetics. As scholar mentor of the Doctor of Ministry in Christian Theology and Apologetics, he walks with students through the three years of this program, challenging you to deeply study the truths of God’s Word.

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Year One – The Foundations of Christian Theology (9 credits)

Week One - Philosophic Foundations of Christian Theology

Before approaching the systematic study of the Christian faith, there is need to first examine certain philosophical questions that underpin theology. Among these issues are the nature of theology and doctrine, the possibility of developing a systematic theology from the biblical text, the nature of theological language, the possibility of knowing truth, and if so, how to do this, the nature of theological meaning and interpretation, and the relationship of faith to reason. Often known as prolegomena (what is studied or said first), this course examines these fundamental questions to build a solid biblical foundation for Christian theology. Students will be expected to develop a short paper on each of these topics and explain how these relate to developing theology.

Week Two – Central Issues in Systematic Theology

The Christian Church holds to myriad doctrines within its many branches. Some of those doctrines are central to the Christian religion while others are extensions of these essential teachings. Secondary and tertiary theological concerns also exist. The central beliefs are firmly rooted in Scripture and have been articulated in creeds and confessions throughout history. This course seeks to explore in depth the necessary beliefs of Christianity that should unite us as well as those that are non-essential, which should not divide us. One of the essential doctrines of the student’s choosing will be developed in a paper, as well as a comparison of one of the secondary doctrines among Christian denominations and branches.

Year Two – Theology and the Local Church (9 credits)

Week One – Contemporary Expressions of Theology: Worship, Mission and Proclamation

The local expression of the Christian Church has been given necessary elements that make it the Church of Christ. Calvin said that the Church is wherever the Scriptures are preached and the sacraments are practiced. At the minimum these elements are not arbitrary or optional components of what it means to be a true church versus some artificial alternative. This course addresses the biblical nature and function of the church in relation to its contemporary expressions in worship, mission, and proclamation of the Word. This course will examine how to truly incorporate the work of Scripture and the Holy Spirit within the life of the church as envisioned by the apostolic church and its Head, Jesus Christ. The student will be expected to develop a theology of worship, preaching, and mission from the biblical text, and how to implement it in a local church by means of a major paper.

Week Two – Personal Expressions of Theology: Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy

Knowing theology is a necessary, yet inadequate, responsibility for the Christian. The New Testament author, James, exhorts believers to be doers of the Word rather than hearers only. Embracing biblical teaching (orthodoxy) must be demonstrated by practicing its truths (orthopraxy). This course will discuss how to faithfully practice the teachings of Scripture marked by righteousness rather than using them to support personal preferences. Students, then, will be assisted in understanding and teaching others how to apply the Word of God accurately to life in order to lead and serve a transformed people (Rom 12:1-3). A project will be handed in that measures how the goal of this course has been met.

Year Three – Exploring Apologetics (9 credits)

Week One – Apologetics and Christian Evidences

Often it has been said that apologetics is not needed because the truth does not need defending, or that it is an improper substitute for Gospel proclamation. This course will examine how Christian ministry practitioners can use apologetics to strengthen the faith of believers and remove roadblocks to the reception of the Gospel. Various apologetic methods will be examined and compared with their usage in the Bible. As part of the course, students are expected to engage in two apologetic episodes, one with a Christian and one with a non-Christian. A project paper will be handed in to demonstrate how this course goal has been met.

Week Two – Apologetics and the Person and Work of Christ

The D.Min curriculum addresses a number of apologetic topics that are met when studying Scripture or encountering challenges to the truth by Christians and non-Christians, including matters of science, history and philosophy in relation to the Christian faith, as to its veracity. These areas of study will be brought to bear, through a substantial paper on setting forth an apology of the nature and person of Christ in His incarnation, life, death and resurrection.

Years Four and Five – Thesis-Project (3 credits)

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The thesis-project is the capstone assignment of the D.Min. program, similar to a Ph.D. dissertation, with a scholarly paper and professional ministry presentation. Upon completion of the program coursework, students focus on an involved research-oriented project that addresses a challenge within their ministry context and experience. Students are required to:

  • Identify a challenge in their ministry that deserves to be addressed.
  • Pose a researchable question.
  • Create a hypothesis that proposes a feasible answer to the challenge being addressed.
  • Develop a biblical and theological foundation for the project.
  • Interact meaningfully with literature that informs our understanding of the central theme(s) of the project.
  • Develop a methodology to test the hypothesis.
  • Conduct the research methodology in an objective, informed manner.
  • Evaluate and report the results through whatever statistical analysis is required.
  • Draw concise and accurate conclusions from the project that contribute to an understanding and practice of ministry.
  • Submit a scholarly paper that presents the preceding points in a manner that meets high academic standards.
  • Present the thesis-project before their peers in a professional setting and manner.

A thesis committee will be organized consisting of the thesis-project mentor and reader to help guide the participant through the writing process, approving each aspect of the thesis-project from the initial proposal through to the final draft.

H. Wayne

H. Wayne House

Primary Instructor, Doctor of Ministry in Christian Theology and Apologetics


Dr. H. Wayne House brings more than forty years of dedicated theological study to his role as the primary instructor for Corban’s Doctor of Ministry in Christian Theology and Apologetics. His extensive professional background includes serving as a professor of theology and law at such distinguished schools as Dallas Theological Seminary, Faith Evangelical Seminary, Trinity Law School and Northwestern College, among others. He has also been a pastor, international speaker and teacher, member of numerous boards, and president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Dr. House is well known for his myriad talks, nearly forty books and more than one hundred articles on theology and apologetics. Some of his work includes: Handbook on Biblical Archaeology; Dictionary of Heresies and Heretics of Early Christianity; Answers to Common Questions series; Faithful Preaching: Preparing and Delivering Transformational Sermons; Intelligent Design 101; Reasons for Our Hope: An Introduction to Apologetics; and contributions to multiple study Bibles and commentaries.


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