The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Ministries (D. Min.) degree program models holistic ministry. Worship, the encounter with God and offering of self to God, provides the foundation on which all else is based. The care of the self and care for the community of faith is the natural extension of the experience of God's love and care. 

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The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Ministries degree at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity is an advanced professional degree that immerses you in scholarship, focused faith formation, and the development of educational strategies needed to sustain a commitment to ministry as life-long learning.

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The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Ministries is an advanced professional degree for ministers. The thirty (30) hour degree program addresses ministry issues developing naturally from the global community, and it seeks to enhance the capacity of the minister to engage in theological reflection in the real world in the service of the church. With seminars offered on Thursdays and Fridays, the degree may be completed in three years.

Program Objectives:

  1. The student will understand ministry as a commitment to life-long learning.
  2. The student will develop appropriate educational strategies within the ministry setting to realize the commitment to life-long learning.
  3. The student will develop an appropriate biblical hermeneutic which incorporates both Old and New Testament studies and fosters meaningful biblical and theological reflection.
  4. The student will develop an understanding of the church, and her/his role in it, within the global context, and the capacity to reflect theologically on the implications of that global context for the nature and ministry of the church.
  5. The student will demonstrate the ability to reflect upon the nature of one’s ministry by conceptualizing and executing an original project in ministry, reflecting theologically on that project, and defending the project to a committee of faculty and other ministry professionals.

The School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275. Phone: 412-788-6505.

The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Ministries is a degree program comprised of three components: seminars, supervision, and a ministry project. Five seminars are required for which eighteen (18) credit hours will be awarded. Two of the five seminars are required for all students in the Doctor of Ministry in Christian Ministries curriculum. The remaining three seminars may be chosen at the discretion of the student and her/his faculty advisor.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific concentrations and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

We invite you to apply for admission to the Doctor of Ministry in Christian Ministries program. Requirements for admission to either doctoral program are as follows:

  1. The completion of the bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. The completion of the Master of Divinity (or its educational equivalent) from an ATS- accredited institution.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 in Master of Divinity studies.
  4. Completion of three years of significant ministry experience beyond the first graduate theological degree and placement in a full-time ministry setting.

The Application Process involves the submission of the online or paper application, official transcripts, the Ministry Essay, the three references, the Church Approval Form, the statewide criminal background check, and the Immunization History Form.

The M.Div. prerequisite for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program requires a minimum of one semester of Biblical Greek and one semester of Biblical Hebrew.  If all requirements except the language are met, probationary admission may be allowed with the understanding that the applicant will complete an approved course in Biblical Greek and Biblical Hebrew within the first 18 months after admission.

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