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 Doctor of Ministry program also has a concentration in Messianic Jewish studies. Students in this concentration must take at least three courses from a concentration to satisfy the concentration requirement. 

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. 


Program Format:

  • Cohort-based (12-15 participants per cohort).
  • Three residencies per year: February/March, June/July, and October.
  • Locked-in tuition rate, to include additional fees for students who do not complete their projects by the end of the ninth course.

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.

Doctor of Ministry

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 8304 Dynamic Leadership for Organizational Effectiveness 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
    • BIBM 8307 Leadership and Reconciliation
    • BIBM 8308 Building Healthy Marriages and Families
    • BIBM 8321 Leadership Development
    • BIBM 8324 Toward a Healthy Organizational Climate
    • 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
    • *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