The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced professional program for those persons already successfully engaged in Christian ministry. The program is designed to enhance professional competence in the practice of ministry, to provide opportunity for the renewal of the minister’s personal and spiritual life, and to stimulate growth in ministry.
The Doctor of Ministry program is the signature degree of the University and draws students into a learning environment that includes global and cultural diversity of the student body, faculty, and course locations. Anchored by teaching from a historically rooted, whole Bible narrative theology, students receive direct exposure to the new realities of a global world in the midst of economic, social, environmental, and spiritual transformation.
The DMin. is distinct from the PhD. or ThD. in that its primary focus is on implementing and strengthening effective arenas. TNIU follows the medical model of preparing doctors for surgery in the operating room. Many seminary educators have chosen the DMin. Degree program to enhance their ability to provide training relevant to practical issues in Christian ministry The Doctor of Ministry does require demonstration of critical thought and the highest academic standards.
The first part of the program consists of one online course, which is then followed by an opportunity for the “immersion” course that will consist of a “deep dive” into a culture from different countries around the globe each year. In this experience, students will be practicing methods for penetrating local cultures to uncover potential ministry opportunities.
The next step in the educational process is the coaching and research course that helps students identify and clarify their project topic. After which, the students will design a customized elective track to build their research and experience for their final Ministry Project. Students can select project topics that explore new interests; have immediate practical benefit to their current work; or build toward a publishable work.
TNIU’s DMin. program is unique in many ways. We ask students to write every assignment, including the Project, in ways that benefit the wider context in which they are live and work. Once the student has completed his/her degree both the institution and the student will have been strengthened.
Provide experienced Christian leaders the opportunity to increase professional effectiveness.
Encourage candidates in the process of self-examination and spiritual renewal.
Allow candidates the opportunity to explore significant Biblical, theological, and ministry themes as issues relative to current ministry.
Assist candidates in their professional development by enabling them to apply Biblical and theological concepts to their personal ministries.
Facilitate candidates in developing increased leadership effectiveness.
Assist candidates in examining the distinctiveness of Spirit-filled ministry and the release of such ministry in the local church.
Examine contemporary trends in ministry and worship.
Allow candidates the opportunity to develop significant comprehension in a chosen area through the process of the Doctor of Ministry Capstone Project.
Doctor of Ministry and (Extended DMin) Learning Outcomes
The DMin. Degree focuses on practical aspects of professional and lay ministry. Upon completion of the DMin. Degree, students will be able to:
Articulate a mature Biblical theology of pastoral ministry and leadership.
Denote mature knowledge and understanding in daily church ministry tasks.
Articulate one’s ministry identification with a realistic understanding of one’s own strengths and weaknesses in ministry.
Demonstrate the ability to think, write, and speak analytically on Biblical, theological, and practical ministry issues.
Demonstrate proficiency in directing people and programs for effective ministry.
Articulate the distinctive of a Spirit-led ministry in the local Church.
Articulate a broad knowledge of contemporary trends in ministry.
Demonstrate a mature and comprehensive knowledge of the area of ministry examined and implemented.
Develop and write a project, which makes an important contribution to Christian ministry in the Church and/or advances understanding of the practices of ministry within the Church.
Doctor of Ministry (and Extended DMin) Graduation Requirements Participants working toward the typical Doctor of Ministry degree shall complete 40 semester credit hours by completing all course work and a Project with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. No course grade under the minimum grade of “C” will be accepted for credit toward the DMin. Degree. Participants working toward the Extended DMin. shall complete an additional 20 credits, or a total of 60 credit hours.
Participants who have approximately three-quarters of their degree program completed may apply for candidacy. Before actual candidacy is received, participants are allowed and encouraged to submit final project proposals early in their degree program in order to allow sufficient time to complete specialized work related to their concentration.
Academic Dean will oversee the qualifying of participants for candidacy. Candidates must have filed their application for graduation by the preceding February, fulfilled their financial obligations to the school, and participated in the graduation ceremonies. Request for candidacy includes the following procedures:
Fulfill all entrance deficiencies and other conditions stipulated at the time of admission into the program.
Demonstrate a capacity for individual research indicated by the quality of written work submitted in conjunction with coursework.
Submit a Request for Candidacy form to the Academic Dean’s Office.
Submit a final Project Proposal to the Academic Dean for approval. A sample proposal is available from the Registrar.
Pay the project fee for eight credits; the first half is due with the project proposal, and the remainder is due when the final Project is submitted. Please see the Project Handbook for details on this process.
An oral defense of the Project must be completed before the final recommendation for candidacy is approved.