Doctor of Ministry Degree
Imagine a Doctor of Ministry degree program that compels leaders to strengthen the practice of ministry and to impact the church in an environment that allows flexibility, peer learning, and intentional reflection on practice of ministry.
The D.Min. at Western Theological Seminary is organized as a formational process with an intellectual product. D.Min participants will refine and develop the following practices and skills:
- Biblical and Theological Reflection
- Personal Leadership Awareness
- Pastoral Wisdom
- Missionary Vision for Cultural Engagement
The D.Min at WTS is designed as an adult learning process oriented to your own context, theological questions, and ministry leadership. Participants develop learning goals, tailor multiple learning modules toward the goal, and design a project to refine and extend the practice of ministry.
What makes Western Distinctive?
Courses and Application Requirements
- Hold a M.Div. degree or its educational equivalent
- Have at least three years of ministry experience since the M.Div. was completed.
- Have at least one year of experience in the current ministry setting.
- Be prepared to participate in seminars for two weeks in May/June in each of the next three years.
- Application must be completed by January 15 (Cohort begins in May).
Sequence of Courses
DM810 Orientation Seminar
Introduces major components of the program. During the seminar, students refine their program of study and work on designing learning units. Meets for two weeks in May; 4 cr
Learning units are primary building blocks of the D.Min. program. A learning unit is a specific action-reflection exercise that furthers the candidate’s knowledge, skill, and personal competence in ministry in a specific discipline with carefully defined objectives related to the overall program goal. Students develop and complete four learning units.
DM820 Candidate Seminar
Begins the second year of the program. This seminar focuses on questions of context in relation to one's program of study.. Meets for two weeks in May; 4 cr
DM830 Project Seminar
Begins the third year and focuses on vocation and the D.Min. project based upon their first two years' work. Meets for two weeks in May; 4 cr
Design and execution of a thesis project is the final stage of the D.Min. program. The D.Min. project consists of an original investigation or activity in ministry and affords students an opportunity to develop a mature practice of ministry characterized by careful scholarship and pastoral wisdom. 12 cr