Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is the highest professional degree for Christian leaders engaged in vocational ministry and is designed to increase ministry effectiveness. The DMin is regarded as a professional degree focusing primarily on the practical outworking of Christian ministry supported by academic research. Faculty members are committed to high academic standards and to building ministry on a solid biblical and theological foundation. Therefore, the degree involves academic research, personal reflection, and practical application.The program offers three areas of concentration:

  1. Strategic Leadership,
  2. Christian Apologetics, and
  3. Expository Communication.

The DMin is an in-service program that allows participants to complete the program while remaining in full-time ministry.

The DMin is normally a 48-hour program, but students may take up to 64 hours to complete the degree.  Although some DMin courses may be taken using distance education DVDs, most courses are offered in a hybrid format involving week-long resident seminars combined with distance education.  A minimum of four courses normally must be taken in residence during the program.

 

The degree is open to applicants who hold an accredited Master of Divinity degree or equivalent. An equivalency degree should demonstrate a minimum of 72 semester or 108 quarter hours of graduate study in Bible, theology, and Christian ministry with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. The applicant also must possess extensive full-time pastoral or other relevant ministry or leadership experience (a minimum of five years), and meet all other admission requirements. Evidential proficiency in Hebrew and Greek is required for the Apologetics and Expository Communication concentrations.

Applicants must have read and signed that they are in agreement with and will uphold the Doctrinal Statement, that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found on the Application for Admission. The DMin Committee reserves the right to make professional judgments regarding all admission or program requirements.

Purpose of the Program

Christian leadership must be developed to the highest degree possible because values-based leaders have the ability to transform the world around them. Therefore, the goal of this program is to encourage transformational leadership through a better understanding of strategic vision, ethics, partnerships, coaching, and discipling based on biblical principles.

Strategic Leadership Curriculum

Required Courses (24 hours)
LE 8546 Foundations of Strategic Leadership
LE 8548 Integrity, Communication, and Decision Making
LE 8549 Strategic Leadership and Care Systems
LE 8553 Managing Organizational Conflict
LE 8562 Organizational Innovation and Change
AT 7563 Research Design and Statistics
Elective Coursework (12 hours)
GL 7547 The Leader’s Inner Journey (unless taken previously)
Leadership or Interdisciplinary Electives (2)
Dissertation (12 hours)
LE 7578 Leadership Research
AT 8597 DMin Prolegomena
AT 8600 DMin Dissertation

Purpose of the Program

The need to defend Christianity against the charges of its critics is as great today as at any other time in its history. Therefore, the goal of this program is to equip Christian leaders with the biblical, historical, scientific, and philosophical knowledge requisite to employing various apologetic methodologies effectively in defense of the Christian faith. Evidential proficiency in Hebrew and Greek is required.

Christian Apologetics Curriculum

Required Courses (24 hours)
TH 8301 Prolegomena of Apologetics
TH 8305 The Historical Jesus
TH 8307 Christianity and the Sciences
TH 8315 Natural Theology
TH 8317 Theodicy: Responses to the Problem of Evil
AT 7563 Research Design and Statistics
Elective Coursework (12 hours)
Apologetics or Interdisciplinary Electives (3)
Dissertation (12 hours)
TH 7358 Apologetics Research
AT 8597 DMin Prolegomena
AT 8600 DMin Dissertation

Purpose of the Program

Expository preaching takes into account the biblical text with regard for the original languages of the Bible, context, literary form, cultural and historical background, and application that flows from the text being preached. The purpose of this program is enrich those in pulpit ministry with expository communication skills making sermons both faithful to the passage being proclaimed and relevant. Evidential proficiency in Hebrew and Greek is required.

Expository Communication Curriculum

Required Courses (24 hours)
AT 7501 Advanced Principles of Expository Preaching
OT or NT Exegesis and Exposition Electives (3)
OT or NT Advanced Preaching Praxis
AT 7563 Research Design and Statistics
Elective Coursework (12 hours)
Expository Communication or Interdisciplinary Electives (3)
Dissertation (12 hours)
AT 7578 Applied Theology Research
AT 8597 DMin Prolegomena
AT 8600 DMin Dissertation

Program Application

Download the Doctoral Programs Application Packet

Note: Before beginning the DMin program, students intending to seek vocational opportunities based on this degree should check with their organization of choice to determine the applicability of the degree to meet hiring requirements.

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