Doctor of Ministry in Leadership in the Emerging Culture

Doctor of Ministry in Leadership in the Emerging Culture

Doctor of Ministry (DMin degree)


The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is the highest professional degree for those in parish or related ministries. It is designed for educated, experienced practitioners who desire to stimulate renewal in themselves and in their ministries through the integration of their experience with advanced training, research, and reflection.

The DMin is distinctive from academic doctorates such as the PhD, ThD, and STD in that its primary focus is on the practice of ministry. The DMin is also distinctive from other professional degrees such as the EdD and the PsyD in that it builds on the three-year master of divinity (MDiv) and at least three years of post-MDiv ministry experience.

DMin LEC Program

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Leadership in the Emerging Culture program explores the character and shape of effective Christian leadership in the emerging culture. The program delivery system of includes participation in several seminars, conferences, or field experiences around the country and abroad; personal mentoring by both the lead mentor and select faculty advisors; online interactivity with cohort members and professors; “advance” face-to face experiences; as well as reading, reflection, research, writing, and the completion of a Dissertation. 
Students select one of two available tracks:
  1. Semiotics and Future Studies: This track prepares an advance guard of application-oriented semioticians, leaders adept at seeing signs of Jesus' work in the world--leaders who can proactively guide the church into the future of this era of uncertainty and change.  This approach helps students transition the church from being primarily attractional and propositional, to being missional, relational, image-rich, and participatory.
  2. Leadership and Global Perspectives: This track focuses on equipping Christian leaders in churches and faith-based nonprofit organizations to confidently, constructively, and effectively carry out the mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ in an increasingly interconnected world.