DMin Purpose & Goals
Purpose of the Doctor of Ministry Program
The Doctor of Ministry degree program is designed to provide advanced training in the practice of biblically and theologically oriented ministry to those actively involved in vocational or bivocational ministry. The program concentrates on developing expertise in the biblical rationale, sociological strategy, and practical implementation of ministry.
The Doctor of Ministry degree is the highest professional degree for those engaged in local church and parachurch ministries, world missions, and similar ministries. (The PhD degree, by comparison, purposes primarily to equip students to engage in scholarly research and teaching.) The DMin program is offered “in ministry” rather than “in residence,” as it assumes students will remain in ministry throughout the program and does not require them to relocate to Dallas. It normally requires a minimum of three years of meaningful ministry experience. Each course assumes this ministry experience and endeavors to integrate learning with the student’s present context of ministry as well as future goals.
One of the most inviting features of the DMin at DTS is that the curriculum is designed with a high degree of flexibility. Of the 27 hours of course work required for the degree, only six hours are prescribed so that students may tailor their programs to their own ministry goals. Three additional hours are granted for the student’s applied research project, which the student reports in the dissertation.
To enable students to:
- evaluate personal, spiritual, and professional development
- chart a course for lifelong learning and improvement
- assess and construct ministries from a biblical theology applied in a variety of contemporary contexts
- conduct applied research of professional, doctoral-level breadth and depth within their chosen field of study
- articulate and defend evangelical theology in the practice of ministry.
To enable students to manifest a maturing and Spirit-filled character.
To enable students to:
- enhance identified ministerial skills such as preaching, counseling, leadership, administration, vision-casting, educational programming, and communication
- communicate God's Word effectively through preaching, teaching, writing, or other media
- lead and manage a church or ministry organization competently
- work successfully and ethically with people in a variety of ministry situations
- provide the framework for developing a biblical ministry in a culturally and ethnically diverse context
- demonstrate excellence in character and in ministry.