Doctor of Ministry

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program Constance Simon Assistant Professor of Christian Education

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 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 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 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:

  • The Online Application
  • A non-refundable application fee of $45.00 must be paid at the time of application submission. Your application will not be process until payment has been received.
  • One graduate level research paper. The paper may be on any topic of choice, but it must be theology based. It should be a minimum of 10  pages in length (excluding cover and references pages) and make use of at least 5 sources, which should be fully documented on the reference page.
  • Stepping Stones. A statement about your personal journey to and in ministry of at least 2-3 pages.
  • A chronological listing of three years of ministry leadership experience.
  • A copy of ordination and/or licensing papers.
  • A signed recommendation letter from your ministry context supervisor. This may be your governing body, the board of your church, or your immediate supervisor, depending on your denominational structure and the ministry work in which you are currently engaged. This reference must be submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Three additional signed letters of recommendation, from co-peers, co-workers, professors, etc.). These references must be submitted in sealed envelopes.
  • Official transcripts from all places of previous undergraduate and graduate studies. Transcripts should be mailed directly from the undergraduate and graduate institutions to:Ecumenical Theological Seminary
    ATTN: DMin Admissions
    2930 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48201
  • Student-issued transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelopes.

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.

Classes

CG 100A Colleague Group First Week

An essential component of every DMin Emergent Week are the meetings with your Colleague Group. Colleague Group is the setting for the interactive learning that takes place in your small group of DMin colleagues.

CG 200A Colleague Group Second Week

An essential component of every DMin Emergent Week are the meetings with your Colleague Group. Colleague Group is the setting for the interactive learning that takes place in your small group of DMin colleagues.

CG 300A Colleague Group Third Week

An essential component of every DMin Emergent Week are the meetings with your Colleague Group. Colleague Group is the setting for the interactive learning that takes place in your small group of DMin colleagues.

CG 400A Colleague Group Fourth Week

An essential component of every DMin Emergent Week are the meetings with your Colleague Group. Colleague Group is the setting for the interactive learning that takes place in your small group of DMin colleagues.

CG 500A Colleague Group Fifth Week

An essential component of every DMin Emergent Week are the meetings with your Colleague Group. Colleague Group is the setting for the interactive learning that takes place in your small group of DMin colleagues.

CG 600A Colleague Group Sixth Week

An essential component of every DMin Emergent Week are the meetings with your Colleague Group. Colleague Group is the setting for the interactive learning that takes place in your small group of DMin colleagues.

COR 820 Introduction to the Doctor of Ministry Program I

The purpose of this course is to orient the new students to each other, the seminary, the ETS DMin process, and prepare them for candidacy.

COR 822 Practical Research and Methodology

This required course will introduce some basic theories and accepted practices that are necessary to design an appropriate research study for one’s DMin dissertation.

COR 823 Theoretical Foundations of Ministry Events

This course is designed to aid you, the ministry practitioner, to better evaluate yourself and your ministry setting as you develop your theory for your DMin project.

COR 824 Dissertation Process I

This course assists DMin candidates to finalize their dissertations as well as prepare their presentations.

COR 825 Dissertation Process II

This course helps the DMin candidate consider and pursue the process of publication.

EWT 930 Thematic Course

Each DMin Emergent Week will have its own unique Thematic Course. These themes are designed to challenge your horizons and to enhance your practice of ministry.