Doctor of Ministry

Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so that they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministries.  The purpose of the program is to help ministers grow in their understandings and interpretations of the Church's ministry in relation to biblical, theological, historical, ethical and practical areas.  Students are challenged to develop their ministerial skills and to refine and articulate a theology of ministry while in a setting of ministry.  A distinctive of the doctoral program is the attempt to enable students to understand both the positive and the problematic aspects of the charismatic dimensions of ministry.

Classes are taught in a modular format so that students may maintain their existing ministry positions while pursuing the degree.  Students meet on campus for a total of six weeks over a two-year period for seminars, workshops and research clinics.  However, most of the study/work is done individually in the setting of the local parish or other field of service. 

I chose the Doctor of Ministry degree at Oral Roberts University for a variety of reasons. Since I am local pastor, it was convenient for me especially with the week-long formats. Not to mention the fact that the faculty at Oral Roberts University are some of the best scholars in the Charismatic/Pentecostal world.

I think one of the most enjoyable aspects of the DMin program is the cohorts. When you begin the program, you become part of a cohort or family of sorts. You begin your journey with this group and you end it with this group. It is so refreshing to come to class and have this camaraderie of people that work together and care for each other. I think the best word to describe it would be family.

Student: Steven 
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma

A feature of the degree is that students remain in a cohort group of classmates throughout the entire classroom experience. The cohort is maintained while allowing some separate classes for the two specializations--church ministry and leadership and pastoral care and counseling. Students in the two specializations have several classes in common and some classes in their separate areas of study. In each session, time is spent with the cohort group.

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Program Objectives

This degree is designed to:

  • Broaden students' understanding of charismatic theology
  • Further develop ministerial identity and vision
  • Strengthen leadership, administration and pastoral counseling skills
  • Teach on topics including pneumatology, healing, church health and leadership 

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Specialization in Church Ministries and Leadership

Students may choose to focus on the leadership of church and para-church ministries. Students in this track are pastors, staff members, chaplains, missionaries, denominational leaders, campus pastors and faculty and staff in Bible colleges. The D.Min. is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers. This specialized track is designed to assist ministers to be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their ministries.

The purpose of the program is to help ministers grow in their understanding and interpretation of the church biblically, theologically, historically, culturally and practically. Students are expected to further develop their skills at exegeting the changing world in which ministry takes place. Continued work is done in refining and articulating a theology and philosophy of ministry while in a setting of ministry.

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Specialization in Pastoral Care and Counseling

Students for this track are pastors, staff members in churches or para-church organizations, missionaries, chaplains and those serving in various counseling and therapy settings.

There are many reasons for seeking this specialization track. Professional and clinical reasons include:

  • To enhance qualifications for entry into the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • To pursue certification as a Certified Pastoral Counselor
  • To enhance qualification for entry into the Association of Professional Chaplains
  • To reduce supervision requirements for LPC licensure
  • To pursue a career in college or Bible college/institute teaching
  • Increased knowledge and professionalism
  • Entry into a specialized field of counseling
  • Possible employment opportunities in pastoral counseling centers
  • Work in health care centers

This specialization is designed to:

  • Prepare students for successful ministry in a local church as a pastoral counselor or chaplain
  • Enhance pastoral skills in local churches and ministries
  • Provide students with advanced counseling and care-giving skills
  • Enable students to develop a whole-person orientation for the healing ministry
  • Develop students' abilities to think and reflect theologically and effectively evaluate ministry endeavors

DMIN PC&C Fact Sheet


Doctor of Ministry Curriculum (course descriptions)

Doctor of Ministry Scholarships and Financial Information with Estimated Budget


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Michael Thomas, Graduate Theology Enrollment Counselor
Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
Phone:  918.495.6618    Toll free: 800.643.7976 x2
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