Doctor of Ministry, D.Min.
The Doctor of Ministry program (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional, theological degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry for pastors, ministry staff, and those carrying leadership responsibilities in other Christian organizations.
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specialize in the areas of Scripture, Spirituality, and Leadership
faithfully interpret and communicate God's Word in the context of God's world
equip yourself to nurture your own spiritual formation and those you are called to serve
champion transformation in your organization and community through servant leadership
Specialize Your Doctor of Ministry
Created to serve and advance the church, the Doctor of Ministry program provides an environment in which experienced church and para-church leaders engage the issues that confront the faith community, re-tool themselves with strengthened skills, and revitalize their spiritual life. With a flexible course load, you may remain in your current ministry as you learn from nationally recognized scholars and practitioners.
“After thirty years as a pastor, I continue to find myself challenged by the demands of this wonderful vocation. Northeastern’s Doctor of Ministry program has provided for me a refreshing and valuable opportunity to not only to hone my skills as a pastor but to think more deeply on the nature of my calling at this stage of life and ministry. The interaction with fellow practitioners of the pastoral craft, as well as the rich resources of the Northeastern’s faculty, have stimulated and quickened my thinking and passion for ministry.” ~Wally Fleming, Doctor of Ministry, D.Min. ’18
Learn From Nationally Recognized Scholars and Practitioners
In addition to the Seminary's esteemed faculty, Doctor of Ministry students at Northeastern Seminary have the opportunity to take a course with a renowned speaker every spring. Visiting instructors have included:
- Dallas Willard
- Soong-Chan Rah
- Christena Cleveland
- Phyllis Tickle
- MaryKate Morse
- Mandy Smith
- Brian Zahnd
- Andy Crouch
- Ruth Haley Barton
- David Fitch
Bishop T. Anthony Bronner '14
Founder and Senior Pastor, Elim Christian Fellowship
Kwok Chung '15
Adjunct Faculty, Capital Seminary and Graduate School
Esther Gillie '16
Dean of Library, Regent University
Rev. Marlowe V.N. Washington '16
Pastor, The Historic Parsells Church
Nathan Sanders '16
Resident Life Director, Elim Bible Institute and College
Roberta Mosier-Peterson '16
Pastor, Gerry Free Methodist Church
Anthony Bonds '13
Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church
Rev. Sherri Rood '08
District Superintendent, United Methodist Church
Founding/Senior Pastor, RiverRock Church
Upcoming Class Starts
- Monday, September 30, 2019 | Fall Session
Who will I meet?
Josef Sykora, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Director of Doctor of Ministry Program
Dr. Josef Sykora has served in senior and assistant pastoral roles, in leading spiritual retreats, and as an educator for missionaries. His research interests include violence in the Scriptures, theological interpretation, election in the Old Testament, and the books of Genesis and Samuel.
What makes a D.Min. different from a Ph.D.?
The D.Min. is the highest professional degree for ordained persons in the parish or related ministries. The primary emphasis of the D.Min. is the practice of ministry, which distinguishes it from the Ph.D. and other degrees that are focused more narrowly on scholarly research alone. The D.Min. degree builds on the M.Div. degree and a minimum of three years of professional practice in ministry (both of which are prerequisites).
Through the Doctor of Ministry Program, you will:
- Acquire an advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of pastoral ministry.
- Develop enhanced competencies in pastoral and cultural analysis and ministerial leadership skills.
- Enrich your ability to think biblically and theologically about all aspects of ministry.
- Integrate understanding and competencies into a theologically reflective practice of ministry.
The Doctor of Ministry program culminates in your dissertation, a publishable document that utilizes theoretical and theological resources to address both the nature and practice of ministry. Guided by a committee, including the faculty chair, program director, a representative from your ministry site, and additional professional consultants, you will select a research topic related to your ministry context with the intention of enhancing and strengthening your personal ministry and that of your ministry site. Watch as recent graduates share the findings from their dissertations.