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.


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.

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 your prior theological education and your 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.
Explore the Curriculum

Upcoming Class Starts

  • Monday, October 5, 2020 | Fall Session
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 | Spring Session
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Visiting Instructors

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:

  • Frank Thomas
  • Dallas Willard
  • Soong-Chan Rah
  • Christena Cleveland
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • MaryKate Morse
  • Mandy Smith
  • Brian Zahnd
  • Andy Crouch
  • Ruth Haley Barton
  • David Fitch

Meet a Faculty Member

Josef Sykora, Ph.D.

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. Read more...

Alumni Success

Bishop T. Anthony Bronner

Bishop T. Anthony Bronner '14
Founder and Senior Pastor, Elim Christian Fellowship

Kwok Chung

Kwok Chung '15
Adjunct Faculty, Capital Seminary and Graduate School

Esther Gillie

Esther Gillie '16
Dean of Library, Regent University

Marlowe Washington

Rev. Marlowe V.N. Washington '16
Pastor, The Historic Parsells Church

Nathan Sanders

Nathan Sanders '16
Resident Life Director, Elim Bible Institute and College

Roberta Mosier-Peterson

Roberta Mosier-Peterson '16
Pastor, Gerry Free Methodist Church

Anthony Bonds

Anthony Bonds '13
Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Sherri Rood

Rev. Sherri Rood '08
District Superintendent, United Methodist Church

Bob Tice

Bob Tice
Founding/Senior Pastor, RiverRock Church

“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

What Doctor of Ministry Graduates Say





Between Scripture, Spirituality, and Christian Leadership, you find ministry growth.

Dissertation Project

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.

Dr. Marlowe Washington presents his dissertation “Urban Poverty and the Role of Inner-city Congregations”

Class Space is Limited

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Tools for Success

You will find support to achieve your vocational and academic goals throughout your Seminary journey.

Seminary Learning Center

Learning Center

writing assistance, disability services, individualized academic support

Seminary I.T. Helpdesk

I.T. Helpdesk

available 24 hrs/day

Seminary Advising

Academic Advising

course schedule planning for graduation, vocational placement and mentoring

Seminary Library

Golisano Library

research and classroom resources


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