Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry Program

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.

Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry is a 35-credit hour program that will be delivered through a hybrid approach, involving independent and online study, three residency seminars, three event 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 work.

The 35-hour program consists of the following elements:

  • Three residency seminars (9 credit hours)
  • Three event seminars (9 credit hours)
  • Sermon Colloquia (8 hours)
  • Project Methodology Workshop (2 hours)
  • Ministry Project (7 hours)

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.

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.

Residency Seminars

The on-site portion of the degree consists of three week-long residency seminars, one held each summer. Each seminar requires a substantial amount of preparation, including reading and completion of written assignments, prior to the seminar. The three residency seminars are:

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.
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.
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

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).

The Broadus Lectures on Preaching

The Broadus Lecture series is an event for students and church leaders featuring the nation’s pioneering teachers in preaching. The event will be free to the public.The lectureship is named in honor of John A. Broadus, who was one of the four founding faculty members in 1859 of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Greenville, SC; the seminary moved to Louisville, KY in 1877. He served as professor of preaching and later President of the seminary. His classic book, On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons, was written while teaching in Greenville and was the nation’s preeminent text on the subject for the next century.

“Broadus was the father of modern expository preaching, and today’s great evangelical preachers are his legacy. We are blessed to be able to reclaim this important part of South Carolina’s Christian heritage through recognizing the Broadus name in connection with this significant annual lectureship.”Michael Duduit

Check out the details on the upcoming Broadus Lectures on Preaching and while you are there, you can also watch past lectures from speakers like Rick Warren (pictured), Michael Quicke, and Robert Smith.

The National Conference on Preaching


NCP is a gathering of pastors and church leaders with a focus on the preaching of God’s Word. You’ll hear outstanding addresses linked to the conference theme, challenging messages, and helpful workshops on a variety of preaching-related topics. The National Conference on Preaching began over two decades ago for the purpose of bringing preachers from every denomination together for encouragement, inspiration and the common passion of sharing God’s Word with His people. Founded by Dr. Michael Duduit, Dean of the College of Christian Studies and Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University in Anderson, SC and founder and executive editor of Preaching magazine. The conference has been held in varies locations including most recently in Atlanta, Charlotte, Jacksonville, and Washington, D.C. The National Conference on Preaching features a broad array of the most influential pastors and ministry leaders in the country. Guest speakers have included Andy Stanley, Ed Stetzer, Robert Smith, James Merritt, Ralph Douglas West, Bryant Wright, Charlie Dates (pictured), Mac Brunson, Bryan Chapell, Eung Yul Ryoo, and Dave Stone, along with many others.

Visit NCPNOW.COM to find out about the next upcoming National Conference on Preaching.

Sermon Colloguia

The Sermon Colloquia will provide DMin students with a semester-long, guided lab for honing their skills in preaching. The online course will generate peer and instructor evaluation of the student’s sermons. The evaluations will analyze both content and delivery. This workshop will help students apply the concepts learned in residency and event seminars to the sermons that they preach in their ministry setting.

Project Methodology Workshop

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

The earning of a professional doctorate signifies the highest level of formal academic achievement in one’s field. 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. A director-approved field supervisor to offer guidance and assistance in the ministry project.

Following the completion of the project, the student will prepare and write a dissertation. Upon 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.

Time Limits

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.

For additional information or to apply, contact the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University at 864.328.1809, or send an email to