- No need to relocate – you need only travel to AGTS three (3) times per year (February, June and October) for one-week modules.
- Designed around the cohort experience, providing opportunities for learning and growth through bonds formed in diverse small group relationships.
- New cohorts begin every October but participants can enter in October, February, or June. Although the program takes approximately four-five years to complete, the benefits begin on the first day!
Coursework Requirements for completion of the DMin Program
The program consists of three phases:
- Core Courses
- Elective Track Courses
- Professional Project
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 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 student 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 3 – 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 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.
(12 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.
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.
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
Applicants for the DMin Program must meet the following requirements:
- Have earned MDiv degree or a ministry-related master’s 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 ministry (e.g., pastor, teacher, missionary, denominational or para-church organizational leader, chaplain, evangelist, counselor, etc.).
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.
- Student 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?
Classes are offered in one-week modules three times per year: February, June and October. There are nine courses plus the DMin project.
Do you offer tracks within the DMin program?
Yes. We offer a variety of tracks including Contextual Leadership, Spiritual Formation, Military Chaplaincy, and a Self-Design track that allows you to customize your experience to fit your interests and ministry context. On occasion, we offer additional tracks that allow a cohort to focus on a specialty such as Biblical Preaching.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition: Tuition for this program is $630* per credit hour ($1,890 for a 3-credit course) making a typical 30 hour program $18,900. The tuition charges cover the courses, project, and graduation fees. The tuition charge does not cover the application fee, textbooks, cost of travel, housing and meals, editing, directed research fees, continuation fees, extension fees, late project fees, if applicable, or tuition costs for courses taken at other institutions and transferred into the AGTS program.
Financial Aid:DMin participants are eligible for loan deferment. The program does qualify for VA benefits, private, and Title IV student loans (Alternative Loan Options). Grants are normally not available for Doctor of Ministry study but there are limited scholarships available. Contact the Evangel University Student Financial Services Office for more information at (417) 815-5362.
*Applicable for the 2020-21 academic year and subject to change each year thereafter.
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, 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 October of each year but participants can begin taking classes in October, February, or June once approved for admission.
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.