The Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership is designed for pastors and ministry staff of churches as well as for those carrying leadership responsibilities in other Christian organizations. For persons in the program, it will develop personal and spiritual well-being for ministry effectiveness and satisfaction; increase capacities for understanding congregations and leading effectively in situations of change; and, provide opportunity for development of understandings and skills in one or more of the major strategic areas of ministry leadership.

Earning the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership degree requires completion of 48 semester credits and the completion of the Mid-Career Assessment Process. In addition to the thesis process, concentration courses, and elective courses, all persons in the program will take 18 credits of required courses: Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness; Integral Research and Writing; Thesis Proposal Foundations; and Thesis Proposal Workshop. The remaining work in the program can be spread over a number of ministry areas or may be focused in a concentration.



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
GS 001Graduate Research Seminar0
GS 801
GS 801P
Integral Research & Writing
and Integral Research & Writing: Project
ML 810
ML 810P
Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness
and Personal Well-Being and Ministry Effectiveness: Project
GS 901
GS 902
Thesis Proposal Foundations
and Thesis Proposal Workshop
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
GS 991Thesis Project A Pass/Fail3
GS 992Thesis Project B Pass/Fail3
GS 993Thesis Project C3
Oral Defense, Final Editorial Revisions, & Colloquium 10
Mid-Career Assessments
TL 005Doctor of Ministry Assessments 10
Total Credits 248-51