Track: Ministry Skills

Next Available Track: Spring 2017

Application Deadlines

December 1, 2016  (Openings available)

Residency Dates

  • Winter Track (Closed to new students)
    • January 9-20, 2017
    • January 2-12, 2018
  • Summer Track
    • May 31-June 10, 2016 
    • May 30-June 9, 2017
    • May 29-June 8, 2018 

The Goal

We know the challenges you face as a pastor. Even after receiving a solid and sound seminary education, you may still find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the unrelenting demands of actual day-to-day ministry. It does not take long to realize you need more--more knowledge, more training, more coaching. Talbot can help.

Our Doctor of Ministry program is designed to provide advanced ministerial training in a format that allows you to continue your ministry while you are in the program. We have assembled a team of seasoned scholar-practitioners who are committed to helping you to hone your abilities in three essential ministry skills--discipleship, preaching, and leadership.

In the Ministry Skills Track, you will spend a year on discipleship--moving from a coherent theology of discipleship to developing strategies for making disciples in your own ministry context. You will also spend a year on preaching--learning how to preach biblical sermons that are faithful to the text and relevant to your particular audience. And you will spend a year on leadership--not just gathering information but learning how to lead your congregation in a way that is effective, practical and biblical. If you want to be the best minister you can be, join us.


The Strategy


Bill Hull will lead you through three stages of understanding and living out what Jesus meant when he commanded his followers to “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). The first stage deals with how the gospel you believe determines the kind of disciples you make. The second stage deals with the exegesis of key biblical texts to understand the kind of disciples God wants to send into the world. The third stage addresses the challenge of developing a disciple-making plan. Bill says, “If you don’t have a plan, you don’t intend to do it.” Together, you will work on a plan that is biblical and practical and fits your ministry.


Brandon Cash will provide a complete overview of the process of preparing biblical sermons. You will hone your skills in moving from the text to the sermon, developing outlines that reflect the biblical author’s flow of thought and shaping your sermons for maximum impact. Each student will have the opportunity to prepare and deliver a didactic/epistolary sermon as well as a narrative sermon and receive feedback on both from Professor Cash and the class.


Ben Shin passionately believes that Christian leadership means leading God’s people towards God’s agenda. This requires that leadership be done according to his will as found in God’s Word. This residency will focus on what God expects of leaders, how to develop as a servant leader, and how to lead others in a godly manner. You will learn from seasoned scholars, practitioners, and pastors on how to do this effectively and consistently for the glory of God.

The Faculty Mentors

Bill Hull

Bill Hull

Bill Hull has devoted his adult life to pastoring, teaching, and writing about Christ’s command to make disciples. Bill has been pastoring for twenty years, teaching and training in over fifty countries, and has authored more than twenty books, including some best-sellers like Jesus Christ Disciple Maker, The Disciple Making Pastor, The Disciple Making Church, The Complete Book of Discipleship, and more recently, Conversion & Discipleship. He is the leader of The Bonhoeffer Project, which is devoted to the creation of disciple-making leaders.

Brandon Cash

Brandon Cash

Brandon Cash is Director of Biola’s undergraduate Preaching and Pastoral Ministry Program. Preaching and teaching have always been a passion for Brandon, primarily because of the way God has used preachers and teachers in his life. He is particularly interested in the relationship between hermeneutics and homiletics. He is finishing his PhD at Fuller and has co-authored a commentary on Daniel that will be released later this year in Kregel’s new commentary series Kerux. He has been teaching preaching classes as an adjunct professor since 2001. Brandon has been pastoring at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo, California since 1998. Brandon is also entering his sixth season as chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Benjamin C Shin

Ben Shin

Benjamin Shin is the Associate Professor of Bible Exposition at Talbot, and has ministered as a pastor, parachurch leader, and professor for the last 20 years. He is a graduate of UCLA, Talbot School of Theology, and Dallas Theological Seminary. His vision and passion includes mentoring leaders, re-building churches, and teaching the Word of God.


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