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Doctor of Ministry – The Gospel in Church and Culture

Doctor of Ministry–The Gospel in Church and Culture

The Doctor of Ministry: The Gospel in Church and Culture Track is designed to equip pastors in the art of ministering the Gospel in the church and the culture, drawing on the Scriptures and the wisdom of the Christian tradition, exegeting the culture around them, and helping to bring transformation to individuals, communities, and society.

DMin Degree Learning Outcomes

A graduate in the Gospel in Church and Culture Track will be capable of:

  • Articulate the Gospel message of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.

  • Explain the inspiration and authority of all of scripture and its relationship to the Gospel.

  • Articulate the relationship of the gospel to sanctification in the life of the believer.

  • Articulate a Christocentric view of ministry in which theological study, practice, and ethical conduct mutually inform and enhance one other.

  • Demonstrate pastoral, oral, and written skills and competencies that are required for church leadership at its most mature and effective level.

Program Requirements


DM888 Theological Ethics for Ministry 

This doctoral-level class combines a theological and philosophical study of ethical theory with the practical demands of ethical ministry work. By means of a survey of approaches to ethics, secular and theological, the class will approach ethical problems to examine them in the complexities of practical application. Students should expect to be equipped for the usual and expected ethical issues in practical ministry with congregants, with the means to approach the unusual and unexpected when they arise. Furthermore, students will be challenged to consider organizational structures to both define and provide accountability to appropriate ethical standards for themselves personally as ministry leaders and to the ministries to which they are called.

DM825 Doctoral Research and Writing 

The purpose of this course is to develop and refine skills for doctoral research and writing by means of addressing a wide range of topics and issues. Students will increase their abilities in technical matters including structure, format, style, syntax, grammar, and proper citation of sources while also refining skills in logic, biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, and the use of digital resources such as the online library holdings and Logos Bible Software. Particular attention is also given to the requirements for the Doctor of Ministry Major Project and the intersection of academic, theological, and ministerial considerations. Together, these categories work to inform and accomplish the overarching aim of this course, which is to understand how scholarly research and writing is a pastoral vehicle for declaring and demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

DM918 Christ-Centered Preaching 

Moving from theory to practice, this course teaches the student how to read hearers, how to show the relevance of the text to them, how to structure a sermon or lesson for maximum effectiveness, what style to strive for, how best to illustrate and how to tell Scriptural stories effectively.




Final Project

The purpose of the Major Project is to demonstrate the student’s ability to integrate the academic content of the Doctor of Ministry program with the nature and practice of ministry for the purposes of enhancing the personal practice of ministry.

Each project will address a specific ministerial concern and clearly demonstrate—and be assessed according to—the following characteristics:

  • Excellent research including…
  1. an organized, coherent, and effective research methodology.
  2. sufficient resources to demonstrate advanced competency of the depth and breadth of the topic being addressed.
  3. clear, informed, and objective assessment of the research results from a theological and practical point of view.
  • Both a personal and public rationale
  • Both theoretical/theological and practical considerations that are clearly described and integrated
  • Practical application that contributes meaningfully to the personal practice of ministry

These should culminate in a significant contribution to the practice of ministry in the intended community of the church.

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