Western Seminary Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

A ministry of lasting influence demands a preoccupation with a message of eternal significance: the transformational gospel of Jesus Christ. This conviction defines the emphasis of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program: a course of study aimed at achieving the most advanced degree in pastoral training. It encompasses three areas of concentrated study—Christ-Centered Preaching, Gospel Spirituality, and Pastoral Leadership—delivered by a distinctive faculty that includes internationally-recognized ministry leaders. Interactive classes, chosen by the student, are combined with extensive reading and research to produce a dissertation that seeks to make a unique and significant contribution to the field of pastoral ministry. All this combines in the most advanced degree in pastoral training, developing pastors who share Christ's deep love for the Church.




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What Sets Our Doctor of Ministry Apart?

  • An emphasis in core pastoral disciplines: Gospel Spirituality, Pastoral Leadership, and Christ-centered preaching
  • Renowned practitioners like D.A. Carson, Bryan Chapell, Bruce Ware, Bruce Ware, Scotty Smith, Timothy Witmer, and Carl Trueman provide an exceptional mix of academic credibility and pastoral experience
  • Program direction and personal mentoring by Dr. Art Azurdia—a professor of pastoral theology and a lead pastor
  • A partnership with Phoenix Seminary allows D.Min. students to enroll in courses at both schools



Accessible Scheduling

The Doctor of Ministry program may be completed in three years’ time by enrolling in week-long intensive seminars offered at the Portland campus. 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 D.Min. students have ready access to a theological or seminary library in their region.

Admission Requirements

  • A Master of Divinity degree or a two year M.A. degree in ministry leadership consisting of at least 72 semester credits from an ATS-accredited seminary
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 higher, as well as a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 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

If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative Doctor of Ministry admission options.

Next D.Min. Course

Bruce-Ware“Friendly Fire: Issues in Contemporary Evangelical Theology"

Dr. Bruce Ware

PTS 738B (November 10-13, 2014 at the Portland Campus)

The past few decades have witnessed a growing division within evangelical theology on a number of issues.  Renewed questions over the inerrancy of Scripture, the debate over the historicity of Adam, questions regarding the nature both of the atoning death of Christ and the doctrine of justification, the development of evangelical feminism, the increased advocacy for soteriological inclusivism, the rise of open theism that reconceived the nature of divine providence, and conflicting understandings of Trinitarian relations, constitute the issues that will be addressed in this seminar.

The Western Doctor of Ministry 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.

Dr. Victor M. RodriguezPastor of Marysville Free Methodist ChurchDoctor of Ministry (D.Min.) GraduateMarysville, Washington