Doctor of Ministry Degree

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The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional degree designed for persons in the ordained ministry of the Church. It presupposes both the completion of a first graduate degree in Ministry, Counseling/Therapy or theology and experience in a field of full-time ministry. It provides a discipline through which active pastors can reflect critically on their ministries and further develop professional skills. Because of the professional nature of the program, the active partnership of supporting Church Conferences, synods or other judicatories is valued.


The candidate for this degree is expected to demonstrate achievement at a level significantly in beyond the expectations of first-degree programs with respect to four goals:


To develop an advanced understanding and integration of ministry in relation to theological disciplines;


To formulate a comprehensive and critical understanding of ministry in which theory and practice inform and enhance each other;


To develop skills and competencies and appropriate research methods that are required for pastoral leadership at the most mature and effective level;


To contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a doctoral-level project in ministry.




In addition to the standard application elements listed in the catalog, admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program requires the following:


Master of Ministry degree or another master’s degree in a theological or counseling/therapy discipline earned in a program that requires at least 40 semester hours or the equivalent.


A cumulative grade-point average in the master’s level program of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


A minimum of three years in the professional ministry of the Church after receiving the MDiv degree or its equivalent




The DMin program is different than any degree of ITCT as it is constituted by a learning contract negotiated between the candidate and the Seminary. This contract varies according to the context and the goals of each candidate. A supervisory committee, appointed by the Faculty, made up of peers and associates of the candidate, assists and directs the candidate in preparing the contract and fulfilling it. The following elements are part of the contract:


(a) 24 hours in colloquia with peers and faculty members; made up of 8 meetings of three hours each with the peer group. – 8 Credit Hours


The Pastor as Person. You will rediscover your self in the company of professional peers, come to terms with depersonalizing factors in ministry, review professional and vocational choices and build deep levels of trust and cooperation among colleagues.

The Theology of Ministry. Objectives include examining, understanding and critiquing the ministry of each student, helping to build more coherent theories of ministry and reflecting upon ministry from Biblical and theological perspectives.

The Cultural Milieu and Mission of the Church. You will develop skills for identifying, researching and understanding a major social issue in the local culture of your collegium group. You also will prepare and analyze mission strategies.


(b) six courses;


            1. Research Methods course – 3 Credit hours


2.  Five courses in the area of concentration of the selected discipline; Theology, Counseling/Therapy, Practical Ministry, Preaching. – 15 Credit hours


(c) supervised training and other learning situations, created by interaction with the candidate and the faculty; - 4 Credit Hours, and


(d) an independent project in which the candidate devotes intensive study to some task or issue in his/her ministry. – 10 Credit Hours


The final doctoral project is to demonstrate the candidate's ability to apply the general methodology of D.Min. Study. The subject matter must represent ministerial research or work that is needed in the church today. Ordinarily the project is to be undertaken in the setting where the candidate is carrying on his or her own ministry. The dissertation is to be a 125-175 page analytical paper complete with a sustained argument in an area that has broader applications than an individual ministry.


To be in good standing, a student must maintain an overall grade-point average of not less than 3.0.


The programs are usually in the fields of Theology, Practical Ministry, Preaching, Counseling or Therapy, but can be modified to other fields of study as each student may request.