Doctorate of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced professional degree that equips graduates to be effective contextual leaders in their ministry settings.  Through the lens of Bowen Family Systems theory, you will integrate leadership principles from theological, sociological, and practical disciplines and apply your learning to the practice of ministry in your context.

Can I really complete a degree while I’m working full-time?   
Yes! Our D.Min. is designed for busy ministers. Core seminars begin online and culminate with a one-week residential intensive twice a year. Elective courses can be taken on campus, online, or as independent studies.

As a graduate of the Doctor of Ministry program, you will be able to:

  • Minister with an increased understanding of your personal calling and giftedness in ministerial leadership, demonstrating a high level of self-awareness about your spiritual growth and personal development.
  • Approach ministry practices with a better understanding of the nature of the congregational context. This will require you to acquire an explicit theory of the congregation as an authentic and viable expression of Church and clarity about the congregation’s purpose and mission.
  • Understand the function of ministerial leadership related to your calling and position in the congregational setting. This will require you to assess the effectiveness of your practice of leadership as a critical dimension of the practice of ministry.

Program Components:  The program consists of 36 semester hours and takes a minimum of three years to complete.  You must be engaged in full-time ministry during the program and the degree must be completed within six years.


For more details regarding the D.Min program of study, consult the current BTSR Catalog.

Applications for the next cohort are now being accepted. Limited scholarship opportunities are available for early applicants!

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