Overview

Bethel Seminary’s self-directed Doctor of Ministry program is nationally recognized, setting new standards in post-graduate theological education. It is dedicated to producing transformed, godly leaders ready for 21st century ministry and is convenient, relevant, progressive, focused, and empathetic. In the self-directed program, students are free to choose between Church Leadership, Congregation and Family Care, or Biblical and Theological Engagement, as well as pursue a more specific concentration within the track. Courses are offered in the summer and winter on the St. Paul campus, and occasionally on the San Diego campus. They also utilize online technology.

Doctor of Ministry in Biblical and Theological Engagement

The Doctor of Ministry in Biblical and Theological Engagement program is designed for pastors and ministry staff of churches as well as for those with other responsibilities in Christian organizations that focus on critical aspects of ministry practice from a place of thoughtful biblical and theological engagement.

Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership 

The Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership program is designed for pastors and ministry staff of churches as well as for those carrying leadership responsibilities in other Christian organizations.

Doctor of Ministry in Congregation and Family Care

The Doctor of Ministry in Congregation and Family Care program is designed for pastors and ministry staff of churches as well as for those carrying specific responsibilities in the areas of pastoral care and spiritual formation.

 

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Ministry: Self Directed Programs

Doctor of Ministry students are required to complete 7 Class Units (3 credit course plus a 3 credit course project) and a Thesis Project.

Core Requirements
GS801
801P
Integral Research & Writing
and Integral Research & Writing: Project
6
ML810
810P
Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness
and Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness: Project
6
GS901
GS902
Thesis Proposal Foundations
and Thesis Proposal Workshop
6
Concentration, Theology, and Elective Courses See Footnote: "Conc. Notes" for more details
Concentration Course6
& Concentration Course Project
Concentration Course6
& Concentration Course Project
Bible/Theology Course6
& Bible/Theology Course Project
Elective Course (from any concentration)6
& Elective Course Project
Thesis Project Courses and Requirements See Footnote: "Thesis Notes" for more details
GS991Thesis Project A Pass/Fail3
GS992Thesis Project B Pass/Fail3
GS993Thesis Project C3
Oral Defense, Final Editorial Revisions, & Colloquium 10
Mid-Career Assessments
TL005Doctor of Ministry Assessments 10
Total Credits51
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 Fees Apply

Conc. Notes
  • These courses are student’s choice based on course offerings and personal interest. Generalists can take any course within their track to meet the two concentration class unit requirement.
  • Students are encouraged, but not required, to take at least one fully distance (DI) online content course.
  • Students can waive only one project course for any concentration, theology, or elective class unit.
  • Students may not waive project courses for core required class units.
  • Students are allowed to take only one independent study for any concentration, theology, or elective class unit. Students may not do an independent study for core required class units. Additional fees apply and additional paperwork is needed.
  • If a student fails to complete a project course in a succeeding term of the Content/Intensive course, they will follow the same process as an independent study, subject to fees, as the faculty may not be available at a later date.
  • Students must attend the intensive portion of intensive courses to receive a passing grade.
Thesis Notes
  • The student must meet all of the thesis deadline submissions and requirements, as listed in the current version of the student manual (section 6). 
  • Students who want to work on their thesis longer than 3 terms, can remain in extension status for up to a total of 6 years in the program
  • All M.Div. Equivalency courses (if required at admission) must be complete by the student’s oral defense the year of intended graduation. All official transcripts must be sent to the D.Min. office.
  • Students will automatically be registered for Thesis Project courses once they complete Thesis Proposal Workshop. They will also automatically be registered in extension status once they have completed 9 Thesis project credits until graduation.

48 semester credits are required for graduation in the DMIN program.  The student is responsible to meet all graduation deadlines and requirements.