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3 Key Traits of Modern Doctor of Ministry Programs

by South University
September 6, 2016

The theological landscape is undergoing rapid, even revolutionary, change. Religious communities are increasingly diverse—not just in areas like gender and race, but also in beliefs and world viewpoints.

Just as the religious community has evolved, so have the options for developing your ministry skills. If you’ve ever considered earning your DMin, it’s time to take another look at your options for a degree in ministry.

1. Fully Online Ministry Programs

Technology now enables you to pursue your degree in ministry from anywhere with reliable internet. As a student, you can connect with DMin faculty and staff through web chats, online classroom, tools and phone calls, all without leaving your practice or your family. For example, at South University, online ministry program does not include any residency or on-campus requirements.

Further helping you to learn from anywhere are systems like Logos Bible Software. Logos offers users a vast, library of eBooks, articles, and educational resources accessible via their computers and mobile devices. Plus, everything in the Logos Bible system is searchable, making research faster than ever.

2. Intentional Diversity

Intentional diversity is another signpost of modern Doctor of Ministry programs. With denominational preference at an all-time low, your education can prepare you for a pluralistic society by bringing together individuals from across traditions to discuss, debate, and share perspectives in a safe, supportive environment. Ultimately, this experience can give you access to a diverse demographic likely to mimic the ministry context in which you will serve.

3. Multiple Entry Points - No MDiv Required

Historically, people looking for an advanced degree in ministry could only enter Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programs after earning a Master of Divinity (MDiv). The problem is that an MDiv program alone can take three years, with a DMin taking an additional two years of time and expense. Earning your DMin degree on this path could require five years of your life.

At South University, we have another way. Even if you start with a bachelor’s degree, you can earn your DMin at South University within three years, while building practical skills essential for effective ministry leadership. On the other hand, if you’re already working in the ministry and have a significant amount of coursework or related graduate degree, you may qualify for the Advanced Track in South University’s DMin program. Qualifying students can earn 56 credits worth of Advanced Standard Credit, leaving only 40 credits of ministry study to complete. This track cuts the time needed to earn a DMin by more than half.

Benefits of Earning Your Doctor of Ministry

Ready for the next step in your ministry career? Earning your DMin can equip you to serve and lead more effectively as:

  • Pastor, ministry staff member, and lay minister in local churches/parishes
  • Program staff leader in parachurch organizations
  • Chaplain and spiritual care coordinator in a variety of institutional settings
  • Program staff leader in nonprofit service agencies, community development, advocacy and justice ministries
  • Social entrepreneur pursuing business as mission, and commercial and industrial chaplaincy

Learn More About Pursing A Doctorate Degree in Ministry

At South University, Online Programs, you’ll find both the flexibility of fully online ministry program and educational pathways designed for those with and without a graduate degree. We welcome people of all affiliations, including those working internationally as missionaries or otherwise. Our DMin program is non-denominational and rooted in the Christian tradition. Learn more and request information today!



by South University
September 6, 2016
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Best Apps for Business Students

by South University, Online Programs
October 14, 2014

Students enrolled in business programs have unique needs for study and recreational apps. These days, it's no secret that your smart phone can be your best friend when it comes to note-taking, studying, staying on top of your finances and generally keeping you informed about the wider world of business. The following mobile apps are great tools for any business student.

Using appsEvernote

This app gives note-taking a modern touch. Capture websites, paragraphs, voice-recorded messages and more, and sort through them easily while studying. Evernote and LinkedIn are working together to replace the Card Munch application, allowing you to scan business cards and add new contacts to your LinkedIn profile.

BillMinder

Successful business students know that accounting and financial management are a huge part of their education. BillMinder offers an easy way to track your accounts. View your statements online, set reminders for payments and see all the data compiled in comprehensive charts. You can even sync your accounts with the rest of your household to keep everyone on track.

QFinance Dictionary

Need a little help to keep the financial jargon straight? QFinance Dictionary has compiled more than 9,000 international business, finance and commerce terms for quick reference and study.

Associated Press

The AP is always quick to report on new business, international, political and economic developments. Not only does the AP app make for good reading on the subway or on your lunch break, it will also help you keep in touch with the business world you'll be officially entering come internship or graduation.

Open Table

Whether you need a break from studying or you want to schedule lunch, brunch or dinners for networking purposes, Open Table has you covered. Choose the restaurant, make a reservation and off you go! Book ahead for the weekend or break up the weeklong tedium with a trip to your favorite sushi joint or steak house. Open Table offers the best way to make sure you can eat where and when you like, whether you're rubbing elbows with those in the industry or checking out of the business world for awhile.

Explore South University's College of Business programs today!

by South University, Online Programs
October 14, 2014
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Must-Have Mobile Apps for Nursing Students

by South University
January 9, 2014

Do nurses have time to use mobile apps on the job? They may not have time to go without. Medical mobile apps have grown in popularity, and now, professionals can carry one tool for taking chart notes and measurements as well as taking calls. A recent study showed over 70 percent of nurses use their smartphones for professional management. Join the crowd and improve your efficiency with these handy mobile applications!

Using Mobile App

Best Calendar

Jorte is an Android-based personal organizer with an ultra-easy-to-use interface offering Google Calendar and Google Maps integration. The application has a number of helpful widgets invaluable to busy health professionals working on the road or in a traditional setting. Many users report how easy this app makes it to synch their schedules with those of their spouses and children.

Best Medical Calculator

Epocrates/MedMath used to be the forerunner for mobile-based medical calculations available, but a young gun has arrived on the scene with more features and easier usage. MedCalc offers three times the calculations, is searchable by keyword, notifies you of potential errors in your entries, allows you to set favorite calculations and lets you reset your values just by shaking your phone.

Best for Students

With over 100,000 words of learning content and medical information, the Pocket Anatomy app has something to offer novice and experienced nurses alike. This full body app allows you to view nine different layers of anatomical content, from muscoskeletal to neurovascular to internal organ imagery, for both males and females. Better still, you can add your own notes and take quizzes to test your expertise. Plus, all content is contained within the app, so there’s no need to contact to wifi.

One Caveat…

If you work for an older employer or with coworkers who aren’t technologically advanced, make sure they realize what you’re checking on your phone when you’re dealing with work tasks. A simple, “My phone is a life saver, literally. I love this new drug guide,” can prevent office gossip over how often you’re supposedly texting, playing games or checking your social networking pages.

With the number of amazingly helpful health applications available, everyone working in a clinic should know about them. Fortunately, just sharing your experiences can be enough to encourage people to check mobile applications out. Soon you’ll have the whole office benefiting from these affordable and effective resources!

Explore our programs offered in the College of Nursing and Public Health.

by South University
January 9, 2014
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4 of Our Favorite Mobile Apps for Students

by South University
October 14, 2013

Looking for mobile apps that can make your busy life a little easier? Mobile apps can help students like you quickly access online resources while you are on the go. Here are four of our favorite apps for online students.

Mobile Apps1. Get Pocket

Get Pocket is a mobile app that allows you to save websites, blog posts, videos and just about anything else you can think of to your device so that you can access it later. What makes this app so special is that it will save the information to your device, which allows you to access everything whether you are connected to the Internet or not. This is a great way to save research materials or supplemental reading assignments while you are out and about.

2. Dropbox

Dropbox lets you easily save and store all your files from your computer--videos, photos, documents, you name it! You can then quickly share these files or access them from your mobile device no matter where you are. Plus, when you sign up, you get 2GB of free space.

3. Dragon Dictation

Dragon Dictation allows you to create text messages, blog posts, social media posts, notes and more through your own speech. It records whatever you say and converts it into text. It is a great app to use to brainstorm and save your ideas for assignments, no matter where you are.

4. Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is basically Google on steroids. It is a search engine that allows you to search for almost anything and will provide you with precise and comprehensive information. For example, if you ask “What is the unemployment rate in Los Angeles?,” it will give you a correct number and links to other related sources. It allows you to use natural language to find information easily and quickly.

by South University
October 14, 2013
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A Culture of Smartphone Dependence

by South University
July 18, 2013

Do you ever feel dependent on your smartphone? If so, you're by no means alone. With instant access to text messages, emails, social media, games and practically everything else we could want, our obsession with smartphones is starting to resemble an addiction. People use their phones when they’re walking, driving, hanging out with friends, waiting for a bus, standing in line, and even using the restroom!

Man using smartphoneOver half of U.S. adults--56% to be exact--now own a smartphone, according to the Pew Research Center. And according to an IDC Research report, 18 to 44 year olds who own smartphones spend in excess of two hours a day communicating with people via messaging or social media on their phones. Even more staggering is the fact that almost 80% of this group checks their smartphone at least once within 15 minutes after waking up.

So what are the repercussions of this rampant obsession with our phones and should we describe this behavior as addictive?

In extreme cases, it can cause a slew of problems from social anxiety to car accidents. Researcher and clinical psychologist Lisa Merlo says she has observed many problematic behaviors among smartphone users, including aversion to real-life social interactions and general lack of awareness of their external environments and surroundings. Psychology Today also recently reported that smartphone usage may be contributing to a state of existence in which human communication is suffering. Those who constantly look to their smartphones for stimulation and connectedness may eventually lose their skills in face-to-face interactions.

Other studies have found that smartphone users exhibit signs of under stimulation and boredom when separated from their phones. New findings even suggest that technological addiction is just as serious as substance abuse. Though the consequences may not be as threatening to our health, these actions certainly do steal your time and energy with little payback.

Regardless of whether we label this behavior as addictive, psychologists suggest that we at least use smartphones a little more mindfully, taking caution to give ourselves a break—to occasionally unplug from the constant status updates and emails. Keep it out of reach or turn it off for a few hours a day. Little steps like these might help you to combat some of the negative consequences of smartphone overuse.

These researchers may now turn their attention toward the underlying cause of this phenomenon. In other words, instead of thinking about checking your smartphone as an addictive behavior, perhaps they will look more closely at what it is we are checking and what actually drives our need to do so.

Related Link: Learn about the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program at South University.

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by South University
July 18, 2013
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