- Participants remain in their ministry while engaged in coursework. Requirements are accomplished primarily through online interactions with minimal on-site expectations (a 4-5 day module twice per year).
- Designed as a cohort learning experience. Cohorts are comprised of individuals from a variety of ministry backgrounds that remain together for the core courses allowing deep and meaningful relationships to be formed.
- The 30-credit program consists of eight 3-credit classes, three 1-credit research seminars, plus the final DMin project (3-credits). Thus, in its entirety, the degree will take approximately three and a half to four years to complete.
- New cohorts begin every fall but participants can enter in any semester. In-person modules are usually February and October.
Applicants for the DMin Program must meet the following requirements:
- Have earned a ministry-related master’s degree or MDiv degree from an accredited graduate school.
- Give evidence of ability to do doctoral level work as indicated by a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in previous, accredited graduate study.
- Demonstrate significant ministry experience.
- Be currently involved in full-time or co-vocational ministry (e.g., pastor, teacher, missionary, denominational or para-church organizational leader, chaplain, evangelist, counselor, etc.).
Coursework Requirements for completion of the DMin Program
The program consists of:
- Core Courses
- Elective Track Courses
- Project Research and Writing
Core 1 – PTH 901 Renewing the Spiritual Leader (3 credits)
Developing into a leader worth following includes self-leadership, other-leadership and Pentecostal spirituality. A critical appraisal of leadership models is presented as the class develops a synthetic model of Christian leadership considered from a Pentecostal perspective and based on foundations of personal development and integrity.
Core 2 – PTH 911 Pentecostal Ministry in the 21st Century (3 credits)
Pentecostalism has reached the centenary mark, an event that would have been unimaginable to its first generation. Not surprisingly, Pentecostals face major challenges related to the cherished theological, spiritual, and liturgical distinctives that once uniquely identified them. This course examines dynamics of the early movement, the nature of the crucial changes that have occurred and what Pentecostalism may look like in its second century of existence.
Core 3 – PTH 902 Biblical Theology of Ministry (3 credits)
This course gives special attention to developing the skills and methods of biblical theology for the study of scripture and equips the participant to successfully complete the biblical-theological component of the DMin Project. The course also explores the role of biblical-theological reflection in leadership, ministry development and preaching.
Core 4 – PTH 905 Leading Christian Organizations (3 credits)
Organizational and strategic leadership of the contemporary church or organization with special consideration given to the integration of biblical values, contemporary leadership theory, and the participant’s ministry context.
(9 HOURS, 3 CREDITS PER COURSE)
Sample of courses:
- Conflict Management
- Spirit-Empowered Leadership
- Relational Leadership and Emotional Intelligence
- Church and Contemporary Moral Issues
Sample of courses:
- Foundations of Spiritual Theology and Formation
- Role of Church Revivals in Individual Transformation and Societal Change
- Skill Development in the Care of Souls
- Spiritual Retreat: Experience and Praxis within Community
- Combination of any offered courses depending on the academic and personal goals of the participant.
- Qualified chaplains may transfer a portion of their officer training into the DMin Program to create an efficient and economical path to complete their degree. Please contact the DMin office at DMin@agts.edu for more information.
Directed Research International Study Abroad Electives
- Bible Lands Study Seminar – Israel
- Spiritual Pilgrimage Study Experience – Various locations
Following completion of the Core courses, a participant may work with the DMin team to construct a combination of courses, directed research and other experiences to produce an educational framework that is a precise fit to his or her specialty and context.
RES 959 Research Seminar (three 1-credit seminars)
A course designed to prepare the developing scholar for critical-analytical writing, advanced research techniques, and planning their professional project. The seminars mentor participants toward selecting and researching the topic of their professional project.
PTH 906 Project Design (3 credits)
A course designed to prepare the participant for presentation of an acceptable project prospectus to the DMin Project Committee. Components of a prospectus, research methodologies and writing strategies are explored and applied.
PTH 999 Project Development and Presentation (3 credits)
Composition and oral presentation of an acceptable written project which integrates theory and praxis and makes a meaningful contribution to the practice of ministry. All participants working on the project phase will maintain a continued registration in the program.
Unprecedented Distinctives and Learning Outcomes
- Convenient, flexible schedule
- Cohort format for meaningful relationships
- Personalized customer care
- Academic Coaching
- Targeting 21st Century Trends and Challenges
- Incomparable journey of personal transformation
- Cultivate a renewed professional and vocational identity
- Life-giving networks and support systems
- Access to extensive resources and world class leaders
- Writing Clinics to ensure Academic Success
- Mentored doctoral project
- Pentecostal Perspective emphasizing Spirit Empowered Ministry
Grow in Spiritual Maturity
Deepen one’s theological appreciation of the Pentecostal tradition. Cultivate disciplines of self-leadership
Demonstrate Leadership Competency
Effectively apply new knowledge and skills to ministry practice. Become a catalyst for transformation
Exhibit Scholarly Integration
Utilize insights of biblical and practical theology including the social-behavioral sciences to enhance ministry effectiveness. Develop professional writing skills to contribute to the church at large
Utilize Ministry Networks
Develop relational health through mutually beneficial, long-term personal connections. Create support systems for sustained impact
Course Credit Transfer
An individual may transfer a total of six advanced standing doctoral credits into the DMin program. Individual applications for the transfer of credits will be evaluated based upon the following considerations:
- Credits must have been earned from ATS/CHEA–accredited institutions or those recognized by an approved foreign accrediting body.
- Participants must have earned a grade of “B” or higher in transfer courses.
- Transfer credits must be relevant to the DMin degree.
Transfer of Doctoral Credits for Clinical Pastoral Education
AGTS will accept up to 6 doctoral credits for valid/supervised clinical pastoral education provided the CPE units were not used to fulfill the master’s ministerial degree. The institution and credit must be recognized by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. accreditation commission.
To request transfer credit, official transcripts must be received by the Office of Seminary Registration before consideration for doctoral credit will be given. (Any exceptions to the standard policy must be recommended by the DMin Committee and approved by the Seminary Academic Council).
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to leave my ministry and move to Springfield?
No. One of the requirements of a DMin is participation in full-time ministry. You will need your ministry context to apply/process the things you are learning in the program.
How often do I come to Springfield?
Participants can expect to be in Springfield twice per year (Fall and Spring semesters) for a 4–5-day course module (usually in October and February). Summer semester course are online.
Do you offer tracks within the DMin program?
Yes. We offer a variety of tracks including Contextual Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Biblical Preaching, Military Chaplaincy, and a Self-Design track that allows you to customize your experience to fit your interests and ministry context.
How much does the program cost?
Are scholarships available?
Grants are normally not available for Doctor of Ministry study but there are limited scholarships available. DMin participants are eligible for loan deferment. The program does qualify for VA benefits, private, and Title IV student loans (Alternative Loan Options). Contact the Evangel University Office of Financial Aid for more information at (417) 865-2815 ext. 7300.
How long does the program take to complete?
Generally, three and a half to four years (three years of course work and one year for the project). There is as eight-year time limit.
When can I start?
New cohorts begin in the Fall semester of each year but participants can begin taking classes in any semester once approved for admission (Fall, Spring, Summer).
What is a cohort?
A cohort is the group with whom you will take each of the core courses. The cohort-based style of learning offers several advantages, including the building of relationships that are vital to the DMin experience, as well as creating a lifetime network of friends and colleagues.
What is the difference between a PhD and a DMin?
Both are terminal degrees. A Ph.D. is a research-oriented degree suited to the person who expects to teach in a particular academic specialty (e.g. New Testament). A DMin is a professional degree designed to enhance the abilities of a minister in his or her context. It will also equip a person to teach in the area of practical theology.
Is the workload manageable for someone with a busy life and ministry?
Yes! The DMin program is designed to complement, not compete with, your ministry. Course assignments are allotted sufficient lead times, and the benefits of the learning begin on the first day. Many participants simply transfer some of the time they currently spend on reading and conferences into program studies.
When can I start calling myself “Doctor”?
After completing all DMin coursework, and with an approved prospectus in hand, you may use the designation “DMin (cand.)” on your resume and other documents. You may start using “D.Min.” and the title “Doctor” when your degree has been recorded on your transcript. However, you must take part in the Project Symposium to complete the requirements for the D.Min.
Does admission to the DMin program require that I have taken Greek or Hebrew?
No, it is not a requirement.
Will I need to take Greek or Hebrew during the DMin program?
Is the DMin just a “lite” doctorate without the academic weight of a Ph.D.?
The Doctor of Ministry is a substantial degree based on an education model quite distinct from the Ph.D. because the purposes of the two programs are very different. Ph.D. programs prepare students for a career in an academic specialty. D.Min. participants are full-time, vocational ministers seeking to enhance their competence to serve the Church and the world. They enter the program only after taking graduate study which, when added to 30 hours of doctoral work, makes the academic achievement represented by the DMin comparable to the coursework required for a Ph.D. degree. Doctor of Ministry projects normally are shorter than Ph.D. dissertations because of their practical focus and their action research paradigm.