Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional program designed for working professionals who are already actively serving in the church or parachurch organizations. The program aims to enhance professional competence in the practice of ministry, to provide opportunities for the renewal of the minister’s personal and spiritual life, and to stimulate growth in one’s leadership capacity.  As an in-service professional ministry development program, the minister can remain in full-time ministry while engaged in this learning process. The Doctor of Ministry is not a research program, but the highest academic standards are set forth.

Program Focus:

  • Cohort based (12-15 participants per cohort)
  • Spiritual Leadership & Messianic Jewish Studies Tracks

Program Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the Doctor of Ministry program, the student will be able to:

  • Engage in Spirit-focused theological reflection and application of scriptural truth to ministry;
  • Develop and practice Spirit-empowered approaches to spiritual formation and leadership development;
  • Demonstrate the ability to foster Spirit-guided communities worldwide and to engage culture and contemporary worldviews;
  • Assess ministry effectiveness by utilizing research methodologies and skills;
  • Evaluate organizational culture in order to bring health and alignment for the accomplishment of mission

Program Format:

  • Three residencies per year
  • February/March, June/July, and October
  • Continuation fees for students who do not complete their projects by the end of the ninth course
Curriculum
Purposes
Total Hours 36
  • 16
  • 12
  • 8
  • Core Courses 16 Hours
    • Renewing the Spirit-Formed Leader 3
    • Theological Design for Transformative Ministry 3
    • Christ and Culture: Understanding the Times 3
    • Dynamic Leadership for Org. Effectiveness 3
    • Research Clinic I 1
    • Research Clinic II 1
    • Research Clinic III 1
    • Research Clinic IV 1
  • Elective Courses 12 Hours
    • Four courses from the following: 12
    • Leadership Development
    • Managing Conflict
    • Ministry & Theology of Christian Proclamation
    • Toward a Healthy Organizational Climate
    • Jewish Identity and Continuity
    • Messianic Jewish Ethics
    • Messianic Jewish Boundaries
    • Messianic Jewish Preaching and Teaching
  • Project Development 8 Hours
    • Project Proposal Development Clinic I 1
    • Project Proposal Development Clinic II 1
    • Project Proposal Development Clinic III 1
    • Project Proposal Development Clinic IV 1
    • BIBM 8401 Project 4

The Doctor of Ministry degree program seeks to:

  • Prepare candidates for advanced roles of leadership within their own particular communities of faith and cultures;
  • Help candidates renew their calling, purpose, and approach to ministry;
  • Resource candidates with advanced research skills that foster critical thought and the ability to make informed decisions impacting their lives, ministries, and organizations;
  • Provide opportunities to build relationships with peers, faculty, and expert practitioners who can help expand their ministry network and cultivate life-long professional relationships;
  • Offer a flexible approach to completing post-graduate education that utilizes innovative educational strategies.