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Doctor of Ministry
New cohort groups begin every two to three years. Applications are now being accepted for the following focus groups.
Eastern Christian Focus, May 2013
Science & Theology Focus, June 2013
Reformed Focus, August 2014
Reformed Christian Spirituality Focus, June 2014
Parish Focus - Pittsburgh, 2015
Applications for the Doctor of Ministry degree are submitted to the director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. A Master of Divinity from an accredited seminary or divinity school is required for admission to the program along with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are required to have completed a minimum of three years in active ministry following the receipt of the M.Div. Applications are accepted for all programs on a continuing basis.
PARISH FOCUS At the invitation of a number of pastors, the program has been shaped to be a collaborative model of what pastors are searching for in an advanced degree. Faculty from the seminary will come to Charleston for this purpose with one seminar taking place in Pittsburgh and one seminar as an online opportunity. As we peer into the future and in many ways trust in ways we thought not possible—there remains a present reality that pastors and ministry is vital and necessary. God continues to call women and men to this unique vocation—what, how and when and why questions—will guide the shared work of both student and faculty. Come join in!
EASTERN CHRISTIAN FOCUS/PITTSBURGH will begin in May 2013. The DMin program has a long-standing collaborative partnership with the Antiochian House of Studies. Seminars take place both at the seminary and at the Village near Ligonier, PA. Coming from all over the nation and internationally, this focus welcomes those within the Orthodox traditions.
SCIENCE AND THEOLOGY FOCUS will begin in June 2013, draws on professors who have a depth of knowledge about theology and ministry. Some are scientists, some serve in other capacities-and all have ably demonstrated their ability to bridge the two disciplines of faith and science; the narratives of science and theology which intertwine and weave a most interesting pattern. There is a great deal of confusion about science and faith I believe leaving most people in a reactive mode, and unable to consciously decipher what they think in relation to what they practice. The goal of the science focus is one of providing space for pastors to consider these issues directly, to be in conversation with one another and with scholars and then to return to their contexts of ministry able to provide leadership on these issues and to reclaim the conversation that has become so fraught with hyperbole and tension.
Managing Change in a Changing World
Pastoral ministry remains a vital and necessary vocation in a changing church and in a changing world. The Doctor of Ministry program is designed to advance the general practice of ministry in its many forms or to advance expertise in a specialized area of ministerial practice.
The goals of the Doctor of Ministry course of study include:
- growth in understanding the nature and purpose of ministry;
- the ability to integrate theological insights and ministerial practices in relation to contemporary cultural contexts; and
- the ability to engage in a research methodology appropriate to the context of ministry and pastoral leadership.
The Doctor of Ministry Program offers five focus areas with new cohort groups beginning every two to three years:
Candidates who enroll in a focus during a particular term remain together for the required courses of the program. This assures a high level of collegiality and trust and facilitates the peer learning which is essential to the program. Seminars normally meet for two week sessions. Depending on the focus, these sessions are most often in January and June, January and August, or May and August.
Thirty (36) credit hours of course work are required for graduation, including a doctoral project.
D.Min. in Pictures
Photo Gallery: Reformed Christian Spirituality Cohort
For more information, please contact the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program:
Director, Doctor of Ministry Program
616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206