Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry

Professional doctorate focused on spiritual renewal and effective relational ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry is a practice-oriented professional degree for pastors and ministry leaders. The program’s emphasis on relational ministry development is designed to facilitate spiritual renewal and stimulate increasingly effective ministry in the Church and contemporary world.

Participants are challenged to refine and enhance their ministerial skills, beginning with their personal relationship with the Lord and continuing with their ability to bring His transforming life into church and culture.

In addition, participants study, share, and learn through interaction with cohort groups under the leadership of faculty mentors.

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The Doctor of Ministry Program Seeks To

  • An opportunity for spiritual renewal and advancement.
  • An advanced understanding and integration of ministry in relation to biblical, historical-theological, and pastoral disciplines.
  • A relational view of ministry and undergirding theology and practice.
  • Skills and competencies that are required for the practice of ministry at its most mature and effective level.

Upon Successful Completion, You Will Be Able To

  • Formulate identity formation and renewal for ministry.
  • Assess the practice and theology of ministry from a relational perspective.
  • Develop a philosophy of leadership that informs the practice of ministry.
  • Develop a personal approach to ministry through critical thinking, prayerful reflection, and application.
  • Creatively utilize biblical and theological resources to enhance competence in ministerial analysis and skills.
  • Conduct applied research of professional doctoral-level breadth and depth within their chosen area of ministry.
  • Make a professional, informed contribution to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a doctoral level project.

Course of Study

The Doctor of Ministry degree is a three-year program consisting of 36 units. It includes the completion of nine seminars (courses) and two research clinics to be completed in two academic years. In the third year, candidates specialize by designing, implementing, and writing a field-based ministry research project related to their current ministry.

All seminars are offered in an online format without residency requirements. The program is a minimum of three years in length and must be completed within five years. See Admissions section regarding transfer of credits toward degree requirements.

First-Year Seminars (18 units)
DM 701Identity Formation 
DM 711Relational Theology
DM 722Proclaiming God’s Goodness Across Cultures
DM 751Contemporary Trends in Worship
DM 761Spiritual and Personal Formation
DM 791Research Clinic 1
Second-Year Seminars (15 units)
DM 721The American Church in Crisis 
DM 723Ministry of Healing and Reconciliation
DM 756Creative Conflict Management
DM 766The Pastor as a Change Agent
DM 792Research Clinic 2

Ministry Research Project – 3 units
DM 796Ministry Research Project 

The Professional Ministry Research Project involves a Biblical-theological base, a review of related literature, solid research, responsible use of resources, and appropriate methodologies. The project is a significant component of, and makes a worthwhile contribution to, the Doctor of Ministry as a professional degree because:

  • ministers themselves are personally involved with their congregations or with people in their places of ministry.
  • the problem or area of ministry addressed grows out of an important aspect of actual ministry practice.
  • the growth and continuing education of the minister is essential in the development of the project.

The final report of the research project is to number between 200 and 250 pages (including appendices). The project will include an oral presentation (in-person or through other means) and evaluation. The written project may be accessioned in the University library.

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Doctoral degree courses typically require from 10 to 12 hours per week for a 3-unit course. Some students may require more (or less) study time depending on the subject being studied.

Comprehensive Exam (pass/fail)

A written comprehensive examination will follow the completion of the third year. This integrative examination is designed to give the participant an opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the subjects studied in the degree program and show how concepts grasped in the seminars and the applied ministry project have been, or could be, integrated into ministry activities.


Here are a few of the faculty members teaching in the Doctor of Ministry program. View all faculty bios.

Faculty: Wesley Pinkham Ed.D (ABD)
Wesley Pinkham
B.A. in Philosophy and Biblical Literature, Seattle Pacific University
M.A. in Educational Ministries, Wheaton College
M.Ed., University of British Columbia
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
M.Th., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
D.Min., McCormick Theological Seminary
Ed.D. (ABD), University of British Columbia
Faculty: Ana Isabel Wood D.Min.
Ana Isabel Wood
B.A. in Management, Our Lady of the Lake University
M.Div., The King’s University
D.Min., The King’s University

Faculty: Marty Folsom Ph.D.
Marty Folsom
B.A. in Youth Ministry, Northwest University
Th.B. in Theology, Northwest University
M.A. in Biblical Literature, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
M.A. in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. in Theology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Postdoctorate studies, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
Faculty: James Girdlestone D.Min.
James Girdlestone
B.A. in Christian Studies, Master’s College
M.Div, The King’s University
D.Min., The King’s University

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with the Doctor of Ministry degree the participant will:

  • Complete the minimum number of units required.
  • Complete and pass all of the seminars in the degree program.
  • Complete professional ministry research project and oral defense.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Fulfill any outstanding school financial obligations.