2016-2017 Student Catalog | Doctor of Ministry Program


Class residencies occur in two consecutive weeks each June and January. A student can take as many as four classes per year. Following this pattern, a student could complete the coursework in two and one half years and (with satisfactory completion of the dissertation) graduate three years after entering the program. Students may adjust the timeline according to individual needs such as ministry commitments and finances. For example, a student may opt to take just one of the two weeks of resident coursework in a given residency. Doing so will lengthen the timeline for completing the D.Min. degree, but may make the program more sustainable for the student. Students choosing to take the program at a slower pace should refer to the “Duration” section of this catalog.


Each class includes required pre-residency and post-residency coursework according to the schedule of the semester. Pre-residency preparation for each one-week period on campus includes approximately 2,000 pages of reading, plus appropriate research, reflection, and writing. Post-residency assignments for each course typically include a substantial integration and application paper. Students must negotiate ministry and family commitments in order to allow for the significant time investment required to complete this program successfully.




Fall 2016: October 3, 2016 – March 10, 2017

      January 2017 Residency:

            January 9-13            Week 1: DMIN 875NE Spirituality for Ministry (Letterman)

            January 16-20          Week 2: DMIN 862NE Critical Issues in Contemp. Church (Gerhardt)


Spring 2017: April 18, 2017 – September 1, 2017

      June 2017 Residency:

            June 13-15                Orientation Retreat: DMIN 852NE Calling and Vocation (Grimm)

            June 12-16                Week 1: DMIN 885NE Transformational Leadership (Anderson)

            June 19-23                Week 2: DMIN 890NE CoM Spiritual Formation & Leadership (Morse) 


Fall 2017: October 2, 2017 – March 2, 2018

      January 2018 Residency:

            January 8-12            Week 1: DMIN 855NE Theological Foundations for Ministry (TBD)

            January 15-19          Week 2: DMIN 882NE Developing Healthy Spiritual Comm. (Grimm)


Spring 2018: April 9 – August 24, 2018

      June 2018 Residency:

            June 12-14                Orientation Retreat: DMIN 852NE Calling and Vocation (Grimm)

            June 11-15                Week 1: DMIN 865NE Scriptural Foundations for Ministry (McCaulley)

            June 18-22                Week 2: (Conference on Ministry Course): DMIN 890NE (TBD)


Fall 2018: October 1, 2018 – March 1, 2019

      January 2019 Residency:

            January 14-18          Week 1: DMIN 875NE Spirituality for Ministry (Letterman)

            January 21-25          Week 2: DMIN 872NE Biblical Theology of Leadership (TBD)


Spring 2019: April 1 - August 23, 2019

      June 2019 Residency:

            June 11-13                Orientation Retreat: DMIN 852NE Calling and Vocation (Grimm)

            June 10-14                Week 1: DMIN 885NE Transformational Leadership (TBD)

            June 17-21                Week 2 (Conference on Ministry Course): DMIN 890NE (TBD)


In addition, *DMIN 860A/B/C Research Methodology I, II, and II are offered every semester. Students register for these one-hour classes in the second, third, and fourth semesters of their D.Min. program. The courses are hybrid in format, meaning they are online but also have a required in-class session – Dissertation Seminar – which is held on Friday afternoon of the DMIN 855/865/875/885NE residency weeks. Attendance at the Friday afternoon Dissertation Seminar is required of all students every semester until the successful defense of the dissertation proposal. (First-semester students taking DMIN 852NE-Calling and Vocation are exempt from Dissertation Seminar attendance.)


DMIN 910 Dissertation is offered each semester as needed.

(May be taken only after completion of all other required courses.)

*Students who wish to move through the program at a slower pace should consult with their advisors about the timing and flow of course work.