School of Divinity


Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Dr. Stephen Vandegriff


Dream Builder, Dreams Deferred, Establishing, M7, Oasis, Women


Christianity | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Ethics in Religion | Other Religion | Practical Theology


One of the long standing problems of Christ-Centered pastoral care in the local church is the need for a practical innovative pastoral care ministry for women whose dreams have been deferred that not only provides healing, hope, and encouragement, but also incorporates the discipling culture of the Great Commission. Based on Matthew 28:19-20, Proverbs 13:12, and supported by surveys, development of an M7 network will culminate in an annual women’s conference. The establishment of the women’s center will consist of a three-part program utilizing a methodology of pastoral care developed specifically for women-by-women. It will include: 1) radical Christ-Centered programs combining woman's deferred dreams, passion and talent with discipleship, 2) Christ-centered spiritual formation programs uniquely designed to integrate into each woman's daily life, and 3) Christ-centered spiritual exploration which will provide recovery and healing opportunities to connect and apply biblical lessons learned with talents and passions through creative arts in ministry.