Next Doctor of Ministry Course:
PTS 732N (June 3-6, 2013- Menucha Retreat Center)
This course will explore how the gospel of grace,
revealed throughout Scripture, motivates and empowers
both preaching and the Christian life.
The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) offers a solution to pastors who need the advanced tools that
will help them exert a radical, redemptive influence upon a world of increasing migration and urbanization.
This in-service, professional degree is designed for ministers who are already proven in ministry
and seek to enhance their leadership by training with the foremost Christian leaders and thinkers
from around the world. Interactive class sessions are partnered with extensive reading and research
to produce a dissertation that explores the elevation of ministry practice within an area of the
student’s choice. All this combines for the most advanced degree in pastoral training.
What makes the Western Seminary Doctor of Ministry unique?
- An emphasis in core pastoral disciplines—leadership, preaching, pastoral care, spirituality
- Renowned practitioners like Alan Hirsch, Mark DeYmaz, Andy Crouch, D.A. Carson, and Gordon MacDonald
provide a diverse, relevant, and intellectually stimulating environment
- Students may also choose from intercultural studies courses taught in the Doctor of Missiology
- Working with a director who understands the pastoral role—who is both a professor of pastoral
theology and a lead pastor
- A partnership with Phoenix Seminary allows students to enroll
in D.Min. courses offered at both schools with just one application for admission
Doctor of Ministry Curriculum
View program curriculum and course descriptions
The Doctor of Ministry program may be completed in three years’ time by enrolling in week-long
intensive seminars offered at the Portland campuses. This unique scheduling design
means students can complete their studies without leaving family, career, or ministry behind. This
level of academic research will require that students have ready access to a theological library
in their region.
- A Master of Divinity degree or a two year Master of Arts degree in Ministry Leadership consisting of at least 72 semester credits from an ATS-accredited seminary
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 higher in graduate studies
- At least three years of full-time experience in a significant ministry leadership role after seminary graduation
- Continuing significant leadership role during period of doctoral studies
- A completed application for admission and all admission materials by the deadline
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment
counselor to explore alternative admission options.
“The Western D.Min. sharpened my skills in pastoral ministry. The variety
and strength of their seminar faculty has been an outstanding experience. Coming from a Methodist
heritage I thought it might be a narrow box at Western, but I was wrong. It's been a great learning
experience with some of the leading ministry professors and practitioners of the church.”