PERTH AMBOY – Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., senior pastor at Cathedral International, is partnering with Drew Theological Seminary and Dr. Lenorard Sweet, president emeritus of United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio to establish a new style of Doctor of Ministry learning.
The Hilliard/Sweet Concentration is the name of the new program requiring participants to work in an academic and mentoring relationship that promises exposure to innovative thinking on preaching and transformation of the church.
The Drew Theological Seminary website describes the first advance of the beginning year as follows:
Post-modernity and globalization are rapidly changing the world and church culture. Today, people attend churches where they can feel and hear God. Many traditional churches are outmoded and fail to attract and reach the iPad, iPhone, iPod generation. This course seeks to prepare pastors for preaching in that iCentury Church.
Additional first year courses will focus on how technology and social media can impact and inform the practice of preaching. Another course will allow participants to engage in consultation that examines their ministry of preaching for the purpose of learning new approaches.
The doctoral journey will begin at The Cathedral in Perth Amboy with both Hilliard and Lenorard serving as faculty.
Hilliard has served as Senior Pastor since 1983; Cathedral International was cited by the American Baptist Churches (USA) as a model for church growth.
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