After years in vocational ministry, you know what you do well and what needs sharpening. You know that good preaching requires both exegetical skill and years of practice. You know that shepherding God’s flock involves many different facets and that correct theology must be practically applied as well as carefully defended. You want to sharpen and hone your ministry skills but don’t wish to leave your ministry. If you find yourself in this situation, Central Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program may be for you. Central Seminary’s D.Min. brings you into a fellowship of learning without requiring you to abandon your present ministry. It gives you the tools to strengthen your competency in core abilities while sharpening your skills for preaching, shepherding, and teaching. D.Min. classes are taught by Central’s faculty along with visiting professors, all of whom are experts in their fields and qualified in their respective ministries. A current handbook for the D.Min. program can be found here.
The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry program is to enable students to increase their theological and exegetical skills for delivering God's Word effectively to others.
Applicants must have a recognized M.Div. degree or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B). A limited number of students with an average grade lower than B may be admitted on a probationary basis, if otherwise acceptable.
The applicant must normally have completed four years of significant vocational ministry subsequent to receiving the M.Div. degree. In exceptional instances, applicants may be considered who have fewer than four years of post-M.Div. experience, but never those with fewer than two years.
The applicant must demonstrate growth and competence in church ministry and leadership. He must give evidence of the potential to minister effectively while successfully completing doctoral studies. The applicant must be engaged in vocational ministry when he enters the program. If at any time he leaves vocational ministry, he may be suspended from the program. The applicant must secure the endorsement of his church or other ministry to pursue the D.Min. degree. References from others who know his ministry will also be required.
The applicant may be required to pass an entrance interview with a faculty committee. In some cases, the student may be granted provisional acceptance and the interview may be held in connection with the student's first seminar. Other academic, psychological, or spiritual examinations may be required at the discretion of the seminary.
Central Seminary is not obligated to grant admission to any student, even if he possesses all of the above qualifications. Enrollment in the program is a privilege and not a right. The decision of the seminary will be influenced by several factors, including the number of openings available in the program and the likelihood that the student will contribute to the aims of Central Seminary and the intellectual and spiritual advancement of his fellow students.
Course Abbreviation/Course Name/(Credit Value)
DM 822 Hermeneutics and Homiletics (4)
DM 858 Shepherding the People of God (4)
DM 882 Public Defense of the Faith (4)
DM 813 Preaching Narrative (4)
DM 811 Preaching Poetry and Wisdom (4)
DM 814 Preaching Prophetic Literature (4)
DM 818 Doing Church—Theory and Practice of Public Worship (4)
DM 895 Major Project (4)
Steve Thomas; January 24-27, 2017
Shepherding the People of God
Greg Stiekes; July 11-14, 2017
Doing Church—Theory and Practice of Public Worship
Scott Aniol; July 10-13, 2018