The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors. 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. Cohorts meet for two-week intensive periods over the course of three years, resulting in a practically oriented DMin dissertation the final year. The DMin incorporates research into the means of sustaining pastoral excellence as developed by the Seminary’s Center for Ministry Leadership.
Cohorts are formed around specific ministry themes or topics based on the interests of participants and the areas of expertise of particular faculty mentors. Standing cohorts—groups focused on topics of perennial interest—are usually offered on a three-year rotating basis and include such themes as preaching, worship, counseling, and advanced ministry practice. Currently in development are groups with emphases on leadership, spiritual formation, church and culture, and the Korean-American pastorate. It is possible to start a new cohort if none exists to address the topic that interests you. However, this requires careful planning, coordination, and the development of a detailed cohort proposal. Please talk with the DMin Director for more information.
Preparation for DMin residencies include completing assigned readings ahead of time so that you arrive on campus ready to interact in a meaningful way with the material and your fellow cohort members and facilitator(s). Following each residency, you will complete a ministry project that integrates classroom learning with ministry practice, resulting in a 35–60-page report due six months after the residency. The program culminates in a DMin project/dissertation that demonstrates your 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.
The DMin is designed primarily for pastors currently engaged in ministry and who hold an MDiv degree. The program can 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, 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.
- Advanced Ministry Practice Cohort -- Meets July 28-August 8, 2014
- Worship Cohort -- Forming for 2015
- City Mission and Ministry Cohort-- Dates pending for 2014
- Leadership Cohort -- Meets April 28 - May 9, 2014
- Preaching Cohort -- Meets May 27-June 6, 2014