Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Dissertation

The DMin program includes the design and completion of a dissertation. The DMin dissertation addresses both the nature and the practice of ministry by applying theological research skills to a significant real-world ministry challenge.

Once complete, Portland Seminary DMin dissertations are accessible digitally to the public through George Fox University's 'Digital Commons'. As pieces of applied research, they support and extend the knowledge and practice of ministry for thousands of people worldwide in topics such as:

  • Church revitalization
  • Christian leadership
  • Reaching millenials
  • Evangelisim
  • Communicating the gospel the contemporary culture
  • Generational ministry
  • Innovation
  • Multicultural ministry, gender and diversity
  • Intercultural communications
  • Spiritual formation
  • Self-assessment
  • Pastoral care and burnout
  • Discipleship
  • Organizational transformation
  • Technology and ministry
  • Impact of contemporary trends on ministry
  • Youth ministry
  • Global ministry trends in church and nonprofit sectors

Dissertation track options

Students are given two options for completing their dissertations:

  • Track 1: This approach allows students to write a "traditional-style" dissertation, comprised of 6-7 chapters and 40,000-50,000 words, that addresses a ministry problem.
  • Track 2: This approach allows students to pursue the development of a practical resource to a ministry problem. The Track 2 Dissertation includes two elements:
    • Written Statement: The Written Statement is 20,000-25,000 words in length. It delineates the biblical, theological and theoretical framework that underpins the artifact.
    • Artifact: Students develop and impliment an artifact utilizing one or more various media forms as a practical resource to the stated ministry problem. Possible media forms may include print, image, audio, and web.

Dissertation options