Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program Overview
The goal of the Global Ministries University Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program is to equip ministers and people in ministry to serve others more fully and effectively. Students will have the opportunity to custom design their ministerial degree program and experience courses, programs, seminars, and workshops that foster intellectual, emotional and spiritual development in their ministry environment. Students may earn the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree completely online.
This unique program aims to equip individuals,, ordained, professional, and lay ministers with the knowledge, understanding, creativity, innovative imagination they need to serve the people of God with the confidence and competence that a professional degree in ministry gives in order to serve 21st century in a changing, multi-religious, multi- cultural world.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program also encourages students to examine their innovative ideas and respond to present challenges in ministry. It offers resources to think theologically and creatively about the impact of a minister in a multi-cultural world and fosters an understanding of organizational and cultural context of ministry. This fosters spiritual growth and professional development in the practice of ministry, stresses the reflective practice of ministry, and examines the ministerial dynamics in a multi-faith world. Application Process To enroll in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) Degree Program, complete application and submit with $100 application fee.
Eligibility The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program is open to individuals who have completed a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies, Theology, Education, Spirituality, or equivalent. Equivalency would be determined by the Global Ministries University Curriculum Council through an assessment of individual's background and experience in ministry, pastoral care, spirituality, and/or human development. Since our Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program is rooted in a ministerial concrete practice, students need to be involved in ministry and/or preparing for a new ministry during the program.
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Core Requirements: Coursework for the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program is completely online, In consultation with the Dean, students will have the opportunity to custom design their program by selecting the focus of their ministry project and choosing four online graduate level theology courses from the Global Ministries University catalog, which apply to that ministerial focus. The aim of these courses is to reflect on one's ministry from a spiritual, theological, organizational and cultural perspective.
Given the opportunity to custom design the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program, students then have the capacity to deepen the understanding of their own ministry, to enhance their ministerial skills, and to articulate their spirituality and/or theology of ministry. Another way the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program may be custom designed, students have the option to take one course, workshop, seminar, and/or pilgrimage offered by another university/seminary/organization beyond those provided by the Global Ministries University.* Credit may be given for attendance at seminars held in conjunction with regional and national assemblies of affiliated groups. Upon completion of such a program, an integrative paper will be required as well as verification that the student completed the course.
*Approval of Dean of Program is required.
TH990 The Ministry Project The Ministry Project may also be custom designed, allowing student to choose a primary focus of ministry that is related to their practice of ministry as the topic of the Doctoral Ministry Project. The written reflection on this Doctoral Project should state the goals of the selected ministry actions. The reflection paper should clearly demonstrate the student's skills in the practice of ministry, the context of ministerial action and integrate the learning from course work and readings in the Doctor of Ministry program. The reflection paper should describe the participation of people/faith community in the project and include an annotated bibliography of sources used in the ministry project. The student should work closely with a mentor during this phase of the program.
Some ministry preferences that could be selected for a custom-designed Ministry Project are:
o Arts and Environment o Community Development o Developmental/Life Stages o Eco-Justice o Homiletics o Justice Issues o Liturgy o Pastoral Care o Religious Education o Spirituality o Urban Ministry o Women's Issues/Spirituality o Workplace
If an area in which you are interested is not mentioned here, consult with the Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program.