Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


The Doctor of Ministry, or "DMin", degree is a 30 credit-hour program that provides an opportunity for ordained pastors and ministry leaders to increase their effectiveness in a variety of practical disciplines.  Students utilize the DMin program for focused studies in current spiritual or ecclesiastical trends, to enhance their spiritual maturation, to contribute to the overall health and direction of the Church, to develop relationships and network with other pastors and ministry leaders, and for spiritual refreshment and encouragement.

We're pleased to enable you to remain in full-time ministry while completing your doctoral studies through convenient and flexible course scheduling.

The foundation of the DMin rests upon four core courses, listed below, as well as two courses oriented toward your doctoral project.  The remainder of the program consists of four elective courses you may choose according to your interests and passions. 

DM801 Theology of Ministry: This course provides students the opportunity to discuss contemporary challenges to pastoral ministry, new developments in hermeneutics, recent cultural developments in the West, and to renew interest in prayer as a part of ministry.

DM802 Applied Theology: A theological approach to moral problems and social issues in contemporary society and/or to personal spiritual growth and renewal.

DM803 Leadership: This course helps pastors understand the theory and develop the skills necesssary for effective leadership in the church.  Group dynamics, principles of change, organizational development, and other concepts are considered.

DM804 Church Growth: A survey of church growth and renwal dynamics from a biblical, theological, historical, and cultural perspective.

Popular elective courses in the past have included:

DM811 Pastoral Counseling
DM814 Expository Preaching
DM817 Church Planting and Development
DM818 Preaching for Revitalization
DM828 Globalization and Contextualization
DM829 Next Generation Discipleship
DM834 Ethno-hermeneutics
DM851 Preaching the Gospel in a Postmodern World
DM869 Jonathan Edwards
DM873 Evangelicalism in America

If you're considering pursuing a DMin, we invite you to contact our Admissions Office for more information.