The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders for ministry in their particular settings. Through a cohort-based learning model, participants will pursue specialized study in one area, such as educational studies, preaching and worship, leadership and mission, or a non-specialized track, while being guided by experienced faculty mentors through a core curriculum. The goal is to learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships. The program helps participants fully integrate scholarship with practice through seminar settings which offer thought-provoking, in-depth exploration of real-life ministry issues and challenges.
DMin courses are offered in intensive five-day sessions over the course of three years, resulting in a practically oriented DMin dissertation to be completed during the fourth year. This intensive format allows ministry practitioners to participate in the program without lengthy absences from their ministries. The DMin incorporates research into the means of sustaining pastoral excellence as developed by the Seminary’s Center for Ministry Leadership.
The program’s culminating DMin project/dissertation demonstrates the student’s ability to build an adequate bridge between theological scholarship and ministry practice by handling a significant pastoral concern in a creative and meaningful way through a careful integration of exegesis, theological insight, and an understanding of contemporary social contexts.
Though designed for pastors with an MDiv degree who are currently engaged in ministry, the DMin program will also benefit others who serve in a variety of ordained or non-ordained ministry roles, such as worship leaders, leaders of men’s or women’s ministries, leaders of youth or children’s ministries, campus ministers, executive pastors/directors, and others. Men and women who serve in such positions and hold a master’s-level degree but not an MDiv may apply to the program under the MDiv Equivalency Provision (requirements include 72 credit hours of coursework and a two-part portfolio reflecting both the student's non-formal continuing education experiences and experience in ministry practice).
Participation in the DMin program is dependent upon acceptance following an Admissions evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications or MDiv equivalency, the availability of a particular cohort and faculty mentor, and the approval of the DMin committee.