Doctor of Ministry

Purpose

The Doctor of Ministry is designed to prepare qualified candidates already trained and involved in ministry to render spiritual, ecclesiastical, and vocational Christian leadership at the highest level of competence consistent with the mission statement of the Divinity School.

The objectives of the program are to provide opportunities for ministers:

  • to increase analytical and professional competence in ministry;
  • to increase knowledge and skills in vocational ministry, preaching, Christian education and other chosen specialization disciplines;
  • to understand the congregations and ministries in which they serve;
  • to experience personal growth and spiritual renewal through study, interactions with professors and peers, and time apart from one’s ministry setting.

Program of Study

The Doctor of Ministry consists of thirty credit hours, including core courses, electives in a selected area of vocational emphasis, and an approved ministry research project and written project report. A maximum of six hours of elective credit may be considered for transfer from other approved educational programs.

Vocational Emphasis

  • Christian Education
  • Congregational Leadership
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Preaching
  • Specialized Ministries
  • Worship

This degree is designed for the person who already holds the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent. Enrollment in the program presupposes at least three years in the practice of ministry and the continued practice of ministry during the course of study. Campbell Divinity School is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) which requires that “applicants to the DMin degree program should have at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree, and, as part of the program goal, show evidence of capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection in the practice of ministry beyond that of the master’s level.” The DMin program is highly contextual, as one’s coursework through the duration of the program derives specifically from one’s ministry context. The three years of experience requirement allows an individual to use the skills and knowledge gained from the Master of Divinity degree previously achieved and apply it to the individual’s specific ministry setting, creating a solid foundation to build upon in the DMin program.

The Doctor of Ministry degree program consists of thirty credit hours, including core courses, electives in a selected area of vocational emphasis, and an approved ministry research project and written project report. A maximum of six hours of elective credit may be considered for transfer from other approved educational programs.

Doctor of Ministry Curriculum

Course Credit Hours
Core Curriculum (Seminars) 12 hrs.
DMIN101 Theological Reflection on Ministry in Context 3 hrs.
DMIN102 Research in Ministry 3 hrs.
DMIN204 Classical Resources for Contemporary Ministry 3 hrs.
DMIN205 The Social Context of Ministry in Today’s World 3 hrs.
Advanced Research Electives 9 hrs.
Students will select at least 3 advanced research electives  
Doctor of Ministry Project 9 hrs.
DMIN301 Designing the Project 3 hrs.
DMIN302 Conducting and Evaluating the Project 3 hrs.
DMIN303 Writing and Presenting the Project 3 hrs.
Total 30 hrs.

Format of Program

For the first three semesters of the Doctor of Ministry program, students will come to the main campus in Buies Creek for required seminars. Seminars will take place during Thursday afternoon/all-day Friday segments. During the first semester, students will attend seminars 8 times in a semester – coming to campus for Thursday/Friday classes every other week. The second and third semesters, students will come to campus a total of four times each semester for seminars taking place in the same Thursday/Friday format. The remaining curriculum will be completed independently by the student, with the assistance of a faculty adviser.

Doctor Of Ministry Handbook

 

For More Information

Campbell University Divinity School
Office of Admissions
(800) 334-4111, ext. 1830
divinityadmissions@campbell.edu

Requirements for Doctor of Ministry

 

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