Degree Programs

Doctor of Ministry

Excellence in Praxis.

The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to enhance the practice of ministry for those who have completed a first theological degree and who have been serving in ordained ministry of Word and Sacrament for at least three years. Students establish individualized learning goals and devote intensive study to some task or issue in the practice of ministry.

Mission Statement

The Doctor of Ministry program offers those in leadership positions within the ministries of the church the opportunity to reflect academically and pastorally on their vocation, ministry, public leadership, and transformative praxis.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Unifying – Developing advanced ministerial skills in bringing people together as an engaged learning community in the diverse unity enabled by the Triune God
    1. Actively draws on faith traditions as well as diverse perspectives, including biblical, theological, scientific, ecumenical, and interfaith, when engaging contemporary events
    2. Consistently advocates for the development of a shared vision in groups of diverse learners
    3. Demonstrates an advanced ability to lead and teach with biblical and theological integrity in a particular community of faith in a particular ministerial discipline/focus
    4. Presents a biblically and theologically clear and consistent message when proclaiming and engaging the gospel in a particular context
  • 2. Learning – Developing advanced skills in critical thinking and research and the ability to integrate those skills within the practice of ministry through the lifegiving power of the Holy Spirit
    1. Interprets the Bible through various methodological approaches in light of both historical and contemporary contexts.
    2. Recognizes interrelationships among concepts and commitments, combining them to interpret past and present realities within biblical, historical, theological, sociological, and cultural contexts
    3. Understands one’s rootedness in a living theological tradition, its place in the context of human living, articulates it to others, and cultivates a capacity for self-critique
    4. Draws on contextual experience as a source of continuing critique and ongoing education
  • 3. Serving – Developing advanced ministerial skills and confidence in leading a particular community for outreach and public witness grounded in the risen Christ
    1. Utilizes conflict management, counseling, and pastoral theology effectively in individual and group situations, while also understanding the limits of one’s skills
    2. On the basis of sound theological and biblical understanding, establishes opportunities to accompany those who are marginalized, actively addresses the systems that cause and perpetuate such marginalization, and works to transform the community
    3. Articulates a mature, sound and ethical approach to management of human, cultural, institutional, and financial resources
    4. Celebrates opportunities and challenges in building communities of diverse peoples and the gifts they bring


  1. A bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  2. A Master of Divinity degree or another master’s degree in a theological discipline earned in a program that requires at least 72 semester hours or the equivalent. The granting institution must be fully ATS- or regionally accredited. Normally, a grade point average of 3.0 or better is required.
  3. A minimum of three years in the professional ministry of the Church after receiving the MDiv or its equivalent.
  4. Satisfactory participation in DMin Colloquium I and Colloquium II (non-credit)
  5. Successful completion of at least 24 credits. No more than 9 credits can be earned via transfer credits.
  6. Visit by faculty advisor or seminary designee to student's ministry site
  7. Mid-point Student Candidacy Review
  8. Project in Ministry (non-credit)

See the DMin Manual for details concerning this program.