Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to continue the education of ministers so they may be spiritually renewed and increasingly effective in their world ministries. The purpose of the program is to help ministers grow in their understanding and interpretation 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.

Cohort Groups and Selecting an Area of Specialization
A hallmark 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, at which time students choose between two areas of specializations/concentrations: Church Ministry and Leadership, or 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.

Program Objectives
The D.Min. degree program 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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Doctor of Ministry students choose between two areas of specialization/concentrations. Degree concentrations include:

Church Ministries and Leadership Concentration (CMLC)
This area of specialization focuses on the leadership of churches 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.

DMIN CM&L Fact Sheet

Pastoral Care and Counseling Concentration (PCCC)
Students pursuing this track are pastors, staff members in churches or para-church organizations, missionaries, chaplains and those serving in various counseling and therapy settings.

This concentration will help prepare you for:

  • Entry into the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
  • Certification as a Certified Pastoral Counselor.
  • Entrance into the Association of Professional Chaplains.
  • LPC licensure with reduced supervision requirements.
  • Career in college or Bible college/institute teaching.
  • A specialized field of counseling.

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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