Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced professional program for those already successfully engaged in Christian ministry. The program is designed to enhance professional competence in the practice of ministry to provide opportunity for the renewal of the minister’s personal and spiritual life and to stimulate growth in ministry. As an in-service professional ministry development program, the minister is able to remain in full-time ministry while engaged in this learning process. The Doctor of Ministry is not a research program, but it does require demonstration of critical thought and the highest academic standards.   

The culmination of the Doctor of Ministry program is the Doctor of Ministry Capstone Project through which the student makes an important and needed contribution to Christian ministry in the Church. 


Messianic Jewish Studies

Whether you desire to lead in the Messianic community or feel called to be a bridge between the Church and the Jewish people, this concentration is designed for you. This program is truly one of a kind. It is accredited, Spirit-filled, and approved by the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) for training rabbis and teachers.

Next cohort launching fall 2023!

Spiritual Formation and Direction

This concentration is geared toward ministers who are looking for new engaging ways to disciple people who are inside and outside of their congregations. Each residency includes an overnight spiritual retreat, and your final residency will be a 10-day pilgrimage to Scotland, Italy, or Rome. Watch the video below to hear from Dr. Dan Call about this unique opportunity.

Next cohort launching fall 2023!

Women in Ministry Leadership

This concentration is geared toward empowering & preparing women to serve in any ministry. TKU’s emphasis on women in ministry leadership has deep roots. “Since its founding through Pastor Jack Hayford in 1997, TKU has been a place where women are released into ministry all over the world,” Each residency includes an overnight spiritual retreat, and there will be a residency to Los Angeles and an overseas residency to Oxford University. Watch the video below to hear from Dr. Rhonda Davis about this unique opportunity.

Next cohort launching fall 2023!

Executive Leadership

This concentration is geared toward leaders who are looking for transformation. Connect with who God made you to be a leader. This concentration will show you how to walk in a spirit of empowerment that will change your church, ministry, organization and the people who partner with you. Your final residency will be a 10-day pilgrimage to Israel. Watch the video below to hear from Dr. Robb Brewer about this unique opportunity.

Next cohort launching summer 2023!

Program Format:

  • Cohort-based (12-15 participants per cohort).
  • Three residencies per year: February/March, June/July, and September/October.

Program Objectives:

The Doctor of Ministry degree 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.

Learning 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 Options
Total Hours 36
  • 16
  • 12
  • 8
  • Core Courses 16 Hours
    • BIBM 8301 Renewing the Spirit-Formed Leader 3
    • BIBM 8311 Theology Design and Practical Ministry 3
    • BIBM 8303 Christ and Culture: Understanding the Times 3
    • BIBM 8321 Leadership Development 3
    • BIBM 8111 Research Fundamentals 1
    • BIBM 8112 Quantitative Research 1
    • BIBM 8113 Qualitative Research 1
    • BIBM 8114 Prospectus Design 1
  • Elective Courses 12 Hours
    • Choose from the following: 12
    • Executive Leadership
    • Messianic Jewish Studies
    • Pastoral Theology in Practice
    • Spiritual Formation and Direction
    • Women in Ministry Leadership

    • *See "Program Options" tab for concentrations

    • Students must take at least three courses from a concentration to satisfy the concentration requirement.
  • Project Development 8 Hours
    • BIBM 8115 DMin Project Foundations 1
    • BIBM 8116 Biblical and Theological Reviews 1
    • BIBM 8117 Literature Reviews 1
    • BIBM 8118 DMin Project Methodologies 1
    • BIBM 8411 Project 4


Messianic Jewish Studies courses:

  • BIBL 8301 Jewish Identity and Continuity
  • BIBL 8303 Messianic Jewish History, Theology, and Practice
  • BIBM 8305 Messianic Jewish Communal Boundaries
  • BIBM 8306 Messianic Jewish Preaching and Teaching

Spiritual Formation and Direction courses:

  • BIBM 8312 Spiritual Formation I: The History, Theology, and Practice of Spiritual Formation
  • BIBM 8313 Spiritual Formation II: Historical Models of Spiritual Formation
  • BIBM 8314 Spiritual Direction I: The History, Theology, and Practice of Soul Care
  • BIBM 8315 Spiritual Direction II: The Development of Core Skills of Soul Care

Non-concentration electives

Leadership courses:

  • BIBM 8307 Leadership and Reconciliation
  • BIBM 8308 Building Healthy Marriages and Families
  • BIBM 8321 Leadership Development
  • BIBM 8324 Toward a Healthy Organizational Climate