Degree Programs / Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program offers training in ministry beyond the initial experiences of pastoral commitment. It intends renewal for the minister and the congregation. As an academic and practical program, the ETS D.Min. program has been developed to emphasize ministers' specific needs. Interpreting the meanings of theological symbols in the lived experience of ministry brings the whole context of faith to bear on immediate existential challenges of ministry. Worship, prayer, and meditation are explored as basic ways of understanding and living ministry.

Program Information

The Doctor of Ministry Program offers training in ministry beyond the initial experiences of pastoral commitment. It intends renewal for the minister and the congregation as well as those with four units of CPE working in professional settings other than the congregation. As an academic and practical program, the ETS D.Min. program has been developed to emphasize ministers’ specific needs. Interpreting the meanings of theological symbols in the lived experience of ministry brings the whole context of faith to bear on immediate existential challenges of ministry. Worship, prayer, and meditation are explored as basic ways of understanding and living ministry.

The Professional Education and Leadership Concentrate within the D.Min. focuses on students with four units of CPE.  It is intended for those who are Certified ACPE Educators, those in the Certification Process and those in Professional Spiritual Care.

The program of study is developed within the experience of a colleague group. Intensive experiential colleague groups provide the setting in which students and faculty will learn, teach, and pray together. The theory and praxis of ministry grow together through personal vulnerability and mutual support and confrontation, thus modeling faithful and effective ministerial leadership.

The ETS Doctor of Ministry program is a three-year process of personal and professional growth. The Professional Education and Leadership concentrate for those with four units of CPE is designed as a two-year program. The program involves two “Emergent Weeks” of study per year, one of which occurs in August and one in January. Each week includes worship, a theme course, core courses, and group interaction.

Application Information

A Master of Divinity or an equivalent Masters degree in a theological field is required for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program.  If your Masters degree is not the equivalent of a Master of Divinity degree, you may be required to take courses at the Masters level before beginning the Doctor of Ministry Program.

To apply for the program, please prepare and submit the following:

  • Complete Application

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

  • Resume, or Biographical Sketch

  • Official transcripts - undergraduate and graduate

  • Letter of approval from ministry setting supervisor or governing body

  • Stepping Stones essay - Two (2) page statement regarding journey into ministry, responding to the following writing prompt:  Offer a brief narration of your journey into ministry.  Please write about your ministry leadership expounding on the books and theologians that inform your call to further education

  • Copy of ordination papers

  • Documented ministry experience, entailing at least three (3) years of full-time ministerial leadership

  • Sample graduate research paper

  • Resume

  • Email directly to Aarti Ahuja

​All documentation for application to the Doctor of Ministry Program must be received at least two months prior to the beginning of the term for which you are applying. Once the application materials have been received, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Program Director to evaluate your admission file.  A final decision of acceptance will be made by the Admissions Committee on a rolling basis.

Requirements

Participants are required to complete six theme courses, six core courses, and attend colleague groups. Colleague group participation is an essential context for community support and accountability, for consultation on issues in the individual ministry setting, for integrating the learning of the program and for receiving feedback on writing. A total of six summary papers are required, following each Emergent Week, as well as six Dissertation Component papers. Culmination of the program is the ministry event, which will demonstrate the participant’s growth and excellence in ministry. For more information on this program please consult the ETS Academic Catalog.

DMin Courses
  • CG 100A Colleague Group First Week

  • CG 200A Colleague Group Second Week

  • CG 300A Colleague Group Third Week

  • CG 400A Colleague Group Fourth Week

  • CG 500A Colleague Group Fifth Week

  • CG 600A Colleague Group Sixth Week

  • COR 820 Introduction to the Doctor of Ministry Program I

  • COR 821 Introduction to the Doctor of        Ministry Program II: Clarifying the Call

  • COR 822 Practical Research and Methodology

  • COR 823 Theoretical Foundations of Ministry Events

  • COR 824 Dissertation Process I

  • COR 825 Dissertation Process II

  • EWT 930 Thematic Course

Registration Deadlines

UMD/Masters Registration Deadline

November 29, 2021

Admissions Deadline

December 1, 2021

Last Day to Drop Classes (without financial penalty)

January 11, 2021

DMin Registration Deadline

January 26, 2021

Constance Simon

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Assistant Professor of Christian Education

csimon@etseminary.edu