The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree is an ideal professional and terminal degree for those who serve the church in congregational or pulpit ministries, institutional or military chaplaincies, counseling ministries, missions agencies, parachurch organizations, or other ministry settings where advanced leadership skills are essential. You will be renewed spiritually and professionally as you gain new critical and analytical thinking tools to address your greatest areas of need in ministry.
Length: 36 credit hours. Students typically complete this doctorate-level seminary program in three to five years.
Format: The D.Min. program is offered through an online cohort model with semester residencies. Students enter the program in the fall semester and complete courses with their cohort. Students attend an on-campus seminar of 1 to 1.5 weeks for each core course, while completing substantial pre- and post-session assignments at home.
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Features: The online Doctor of Ministry degree program is available in five concentrations.
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Graduates of this program will:
Realize personal formation and spiritual maturity, and align your calling with your core values and best gifts.
Build advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of ministry.
Retool your purpose through visioneering, leadership and management skills for greater impact.
Enhance competencies in ministerial analysis and skills.
Explore and present new knowledge about the practice of ministry, with a Spirit-led global and prophetic focus on reaching the lost.
The program begins each fall with modular courses that build upon one another sequentially throughout the year. Students prepare for modular courses by completing pre-session assignments including readings, reflection exercises and ministry audits. The on-campus sessions for modular courses are retreat-like seminars designed to foster spiritual refreshment, personal growth and new learning. They feature small-group interaction, student presentations, guest experts, time for self-reflection and field trips. Following the on-campus modular courses, students complete post-reading assignments and exercises designed to integrate and apply what they have learned.
Once all seminar coursework is completed, students synthesize their learning experience in a required integrative essay that forms the basis of an oral examination conducted by a faculty committee. After passing this examination, students enter the doctoral candidacy phase. In this status, they develop and complete the D.Min. project and dissertation, generally a one-year experience. This portion of the program requires no campus visits for coursework—only for the dissertation defense and graduation.
|DCOR 700 D.Min. Leadership Profile (Orientation)||2 credits|
|DCOR 701 Leader's Life & Values||4 credits|
|DCOR 702 Vision, Mobilization & Management||4 credits|
|DCOR 703 Leading, Spiritual Formation & Renewal (Retreat)||4 credits|
|DCOR 704 Prophetic Leadership & Redemptive Focus||4 credits|
|Concentration Courses||9 credits|
|Integrative Examination/Ministry Project Proposal||3 credits|
|The integrative examination is a culminating exercise in which students demonstrate scholarly, professional, practical and spiritual integration of the D.Min. experience. To fulfill this requirement, students prepare a five to seven page reflective exercise based on a series of questions provided. Students also submit a ministry project/dissertation proposal. The proposal is equal to chapter one of the dissertation.|
|D.Min. Project||3 credits|
|Students identify a problem in ministry and propose solutions. The ministry project is a specialized application of the curriculum to the student's ministry context. The project may be scheduled to occur over several months after the student's coursework is completed.|
|D.Min. Dissertation||3 credits|
|After students have collected, interpreted and evaluated the ministry project sufficiently, they begin writing the dissertation. Using the skills and materials provided in the prerequisite research component of the D.Min. orientation course, students write and defend a publishable dissertation about their ministry project.|
|Read course descriptions and more detailed program information in Regent's academic catalog.|