The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced theological degree that provides students who are engaged in ministerial leadership the opportunity to enhance and expand their ministerial skills and to reflect on their own theological and spiritual development as men and women of God. It is the capstone professional degree program for individuals who hold the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, providing them with the opportunity for further study and reflection and to develop the advanced skills and knowledge required for ministry in the 21st century.
The program challenges students to: 1) assess their ministerial effectiveness and leadership; 2) reflect on their theological and spiritual development in light of their current ministerial responsibilities; 3) develop greater competency in their ministry; 4) pursue a comprehensive research project that leads to a critical examination of some aspect of their ministry in light of congregational needs, societal changes and theological commitments; and 5) become peers and mentors to their colleagues in the program.
In order to accomplish these purposes, the D.Min. Program needs to be integrated with the actual practice of ministry. All students are expected to be fully engaged in their own ministry—whether it is a congregational ministry, youth ministry, social service ministry or some other form of ministry—while enrolled in the degree program.
To be awarded the degree, a student completes 28 credits of coursework offered in four 2-week Intensive Sessions over two years, plus 6 credits for the doctoral-level Dissertation Project utilizing an action-research model. A student must fulfill the following requirements:
D.Min. Course Requirements: Courses listed are for 3 credits unless otherwise noted.
D.MIN. Seminars (4 courses, 12 credits) The four required courses are:
MIN 8101 Spiritual Formation and Integration
MIN 8102 Theological and Ethical Perspectives of Ministerial Leadership
MIN 8103 The Changing Face of Society: Diversity and Its Impact on Ministry
MIN 8104 Transformational Leadership in a Postmodern World
Research Seminars (4 courses, 1 credit each) The four required Research courses are:
MIN 8802 Dissertation Research Seminar I: Formulating the Question
MIN 8801 Dissertation Research Seminar II: Bibliographic Research and Overview of the D.Min. Dissertation
MIN 8803 Dissertation Research Seminar III: Research Design Strategies
MIN 8804 Dissertation Research Seminar IV: Designing the Project Proposal
Elective Courses (4 courses, 12 credits) Students select a total of four courses from one of the two concentrations offered: Family and Education Ministry, and Peace and Justice Ministry:
Family and Educational Ministry
MIN 8501 Ministry Among Diverse Lifestyles
MIN 8502 Religious Education and Ministry Needs of the Postmodern Family
MIN 8503 Challenges and Possibilities of the Emerging Global Family
MIN 8504 Faith Formation, Spirituality and Counseling in the Contemporary Family
Peace and Justice Ministry
MIN 8701 Multiculturalism, Diversity and Non-violent Conflict Resolution
MIN 8702 Issues in Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
MIN 8703 Faith, Spirituality and Social Justice in the Global Market
MIN 8704 Change Management for Faith Leaders