Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Marriage and Family Ministry Cohort

DTS is pleased to offer a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in Christian Education with an emphasis for Marriage and Family Ministry.

This program is formatted as a modified cohort in which the same group of students go through a select portion of the program together. This program utilizes research tools such as PREPARE/ENRICH and the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP).

The Marriage and Family Ministry emphasis is taught by an multi-discplinary team of academicians and ministry practitioners which include Dr. Michael Lawson, Prof. Kurt Bruner, Dr. Gary Barnes, Dr. Chip Dickens and Dr. Scott Barfoot. 

Between the first and second cohort residencies, the members of the group will be required to attend L.E.A.D. (3 credit hours) together with their spouses. L.E.A.D (DM510) is a sponsored by The Howard Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership.

This cohort emphasis will provide students with cutting edge programs, practical ideas and ministry education strategies that can be immediately useful to their ministries. Each student will be required to write a dissertation related to marriage and family ministry topics that will help them be more effective in their place of ministry.

Applicants must possess an accredited MDiv or ThM degree or equivalent. Prospective students with an accredited Masters of Christian Education degree or Masters of Biblical Counseling, without Greek and Hebrew, will be required to take a 3-hour modular computer biblical language tools course.

Degree Breakdown

Required Cohort Classes (18 hours)

First Winter (6 hours) (Lawson, Trent, Bruner)

  • Seminar 1 Surveys biblical and theological foundations, current
    research and numerous cutting edge programs for marriage and family

Second Winter (6 hours) (Barnes, Dickens, Barfoot)

  • Seminar 2, week 1 provides research-based tools for marriage
    and family educators such as Prepare-Enrich and Prevention and
    Relationships Enhancement Program (P.R.E.P.); Week 2 offers the DM102
    Applied Research Project Development Seminar.

Third Winter (6 hours) (Lawson, Trent, Bruner)

  • Seminar 3 will evaluate taxonomies of values education,
    parenting skills and student program designs.

Additional Required Courses (12 hours)

  • DM101 - The Ministry Leader (3 hours)
  • DM510 - Leadership Evaluation and Development (LEAD) (3 hours))
  • DM901 - Independent Study Elective (3 hours)
  • DM103/105 - The Applied Research Project (3 hours)