Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program offers a solution to pastors who need the advanced tools that will help them exert a radical, gospel-centered 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 seasoned and published pastors from around the world. Interactive class sessions are partnered with extensive research, with the expectation that students produce a dissertation that will be published to advance the Church. 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, Ray Ortlund, Jr., Scotty Smith, Dan Doriani, and Robert Smith, Jr. provide an exceptional mix of academic credibility and pastoral experience
  • Students may also choose from intercultural studies courses taught in the Doctor of Intercultural Studies program
  • 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.