Ministry (D.Min.)

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

For leaders who are ready to go deeper.

  • Strategic Leadership

Why Earn a Doctor of Ministry Degree through Capital?

A Transformative Degree.

Our Doctor of Ministry will do much more than simply adding two letters to the beginning of your name – it will transform the way you do ministry.

If you’re looking for a life-changing education that promotes empirical research, creative reflection and practical application to ministry, this is the program for you. Taught through the lens of scripture and focused on equipping ministers with the tools they need to think critically about the living out scripture and ministry, this D.Min. degree will empower you to lead in a whole new way.

What Makes our Program Different?

Designed for students who have already earned their Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, this program is well-suited for pastors, missionaries, para-church ministry leaders, teachers, and other Christian leaders looking for a way to heighten their professional development. Other benefits include:

  • Doesn’t require full-time residency, allowing students to remain active in their ministries or vocations.
  • Courses are delivered in a unique, blended learning model that combines online and face-to-face classes – and only requires 18 days of residency for the entire program!
  • Earn your degree in as little as two years, focusing on coursework in year one and your applied research in year two.
  • Choose from multiple concentrations.

Concentration Offered:

  • Strategic Leadership – Equips ministry leaders to navigate the complex landscape of organizational leadership.

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Your Journey

Program Credits: 34

Average Completion Time: Students can finish our D.Min. in as little as 2 years.

Program Cost: See current cost. Books and travel expenses related to attending residence weeks are not included.

Application Deadline: July 15, Admission is limited to 12 to 18 applicants per cohort group.

Capstone Requirement: Applied Research Dissertation
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  • Each cohort has 3 residence experiences. Locations vary and are determined for each cohort prior to the program start. The third residence always takes place at the Lancaster campus.

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“Crafting spiritually formed ministry leaders for an interconnected world.”

In This Program Students Will…

  • Gain the ability to think and execute skillfully in a selected field of ministry study.
  • Gain skills in contextualized ministry leadership.
  • Gain skills in doing applied research for the purpose of increased ministry effectiveness.

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Curriculum Plan

D.Min. | Strategic Leadership (34 Credits)
Adv. Ministry Concentration Seminars:16 Credits
Applied Seminars:8 Credits
Research Design and Reporting:10 Credit

Hear from a Student: Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Ministry program graduate.

“Capital really understands how to integrate your study with people who are doing ministry in a high-paced and intensive environment. The combination of being part of a cohort, studying online and doing some intensives together is a really good balance. They really cracked the code in helping to integrate your study and the work with the ministry you are doing daily.”

– Pastor Darren Whitehead ’18, Church of the City, Nashville

Meet the Faculty

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Robert Reyes, Ph.D., CFLE

Director of Doctor of Ministry Program

“The possibility that I could do this work and support the development of leaders for the work of the Church is exciting. As we have seen recently, issues of racism and systemic inequality continue to affect us all in powerful ways. It is vital that we understand these challenges and equip church leaders to serve effectively as agents of reconciliation and peace in our communities.”- Dr. Reyes

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Kevin Gushiken, Ph.D.

Professor, PhD in Leadership Program Director

“My greatest joy is seeing students discover a topic they hope to research that energizes their passions and aims to make a lasting impact on the global church.” — Dr. Gushiken

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Debra Johnson-Cortesi, Ph.D.

Professor, Senior Instructional Designer

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