The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is a professional doctoral degree focused primarily on the practice of ministry. The degree differs significantly from the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in that the latter is primarily a research degree with a lesser focus on practical issues in ministry. The D.Min program guides students in seeking understanding not for its own sake, but rather for practical ends. Therefore, the contribution is primarily to the practice of ministry, specifically the role of preaching in ministry. The degree program will be appropriate for students with experience in ministry who desire to hone their preaching skills.
The educational experiences in the D.Min. program at Anderson University will be delivered through a hybrid approach, involving independent and online study, three week-long seminars (two on campus, one in a selected city), three event-based seminars, and development and implementation of a significant ministry project and subsequent dissertation. The student will be expected to plan, carry out and evaluate the project at a level appropriate for a doctoral degree candidate.
A maximum of 15 students per year will be admitted to the D.Min, in Biblical Preaching, to assure each student of strong guidance and supervision at an appropriate level.
Doctor of Ministry Degree Requirements
The 35-hour program consists of the following elements:
- Three residency seminars (five credit hours per seminar) (15 hours)
- Three event seminars (three credit hours per seminar) (9 hours)
- Project Methodology Workshop (2 hours)
- Ministry Project (9 hours)
The Doctor of Ministry is a 35-credit hour program that includes onsite, online, and destination components. The on-site portion of the degree consists of three week-long residency seminars and two event seminars. The residency seminars are held during the summer. The first and third seminars will be on the AU campus. The second seminar will be held in another setting in order to draw on resources in that area; for example, the seminar might meet in a city such as Dallas or Atlanta, and utilize ministry resources and leaders in those areas. In all, the student can anticipate spending 17 days in residence over the first three years of the program, plus an additional 9-12 days for the event seminars. The Doctor of Ministry student should anticipate spending approximately four years in pursuit of the degree; the student must complete the program within six years.
Explanation of Each Element:
Residency Seminars | 15 hours
The three residency seminars each require one week of classroom study. Each seminar requires a substantial amount of preparation prior to the seminar. The preparation includes a substantial amount of reading and the completion of written assignments. The three residency seminars are:
CHR610 – Historical, Theological and Practical Foundations for Biblical Preaching in the 21st Century
Students will explore the historical and theological framework underlying expositional preaching. Students will be introduced to terminology, concepts, and leading thinkers in the field of expository preaching.
CHR620 – Issues and Trends in Biblical Preaching
Students will explore contemporary issues and trends that impact biblical preaching. The seminar will be held in another city (Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C., etc.) in order to expose students to contemporary preachers and enable students to gain insight from leaders in the field.
CHR630 – Creativity, Culture, and Biblical Preaching
This seminar will consider the influence and impact of culture on the preaching event and will direct students to consider how creative communication can play a role in leadership within the church.
Event Seminars | 9 hours
The three event seminars coincide with a major preaching-related event sponsored by Anderson University’s College of Christian Studies. These events include the annual John A. Broadus Lectures on Preaching (held each fall) and the National Conference on Preaching (held in May). DMIN students will participate in the event and the seminar. The seminar will be facilitated by a professor from the College of Christian Studies, and it will concentrate on the theme of the event.
Project Methodology Workshop | 2 hours
This workshop is aimed at preparing students for their Ministry Project. It is a two-day workshop that communicates to students the expectations for the Ministry Project. The workshop provides students with insight into the kind of research and writing that will be required in the Ministry Project.
Ministry Project | 9 hours
The earning of a professional doctorate signifies the highest level of formal academic achievement in one’s field. The program director will assign a faculty supervisor to work with the student throughout the degree program. In addition, prior to the beginning of the third seminar, the student (with the approval of the faculty supervisor) will enlist a qualified field supervisor to offer guidance and assistance in the ministry project. The program director, faculty supervisor and field supervisor will jointly form the student’s project-dissertation committee. This committee will offer guidance to the student, but should not be considered collaborators or co-authors of the project. During the year following the third residency seminar, the student will plan, implement and evaluate a significant ministry project designed to enhance their understanding and practice of ministry. This will be done in consultation with the student’s project-dissertation committee. Following the completion of the project, the student will prepare and write the dissertation. With the approval of the project-dissertation committee, it may be possible for the student to do the dissertation in an alternate format (such as a book demonstrating the results of the project, a course design, a website, etc.) The final goal of the ministry project is to become a self-directed, self-motivated ministry leader. The project will not only enhance the student’s own ministry skills, but should provide insights that will be useful to other churches and ministers. This process should demand significant personal and professional reflection and analysis.
All program requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree must be completed within six (6) academic years from the time the first course in the D.Min program is begun; any extension of this time must be approved by the Doctor of Ministry admissions committee. If the student does not enroll in the term to which admitted, the student’s admission status is subject to further review at the discretion of the Director of the D.Min. program and/or the admissions committee.
- The successful completion of 35 hours of course work
- The fulfillment of all financial obligations
- The approval of the faculty