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Doctor of Ministry Program

Are you engaged in ministry and looking for ways to equip yourself with the skills needed to continue reaching your community? BTS offers advanced studies that train men and women to become practical, advanced missional leaders in their churches and ministries. Regardless of whether you are in ministry professionally or as a lay leader, our courses will help you obtain a robust knowledge of theology and culture along with the tools to gain the wisdom to become an effective leader.

Whether you are looking to develop a theology of cities based on Scripture, reinvigorate an established church or organization, or learn to interpret Scripture in a way that leads to effective communication, our Doctor of Ministry program offers exciting and challenging courses.

At BTS, all of our courses are geared to incarnate and communicate the story of Jesus with humility and authenticity. We strive to foster an environment where our students will develop the commitment, skills, capacities, and transferable habits to be effective missional leaders.

Overview of the Doctor of Ministry Program

The Doctor of Ministry program is a professional program intended for men and women actively engaged in full-time Christian ministry. The equivalent of the Doctor of Ministry in other professions is, for example, Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD), and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD).

The twenty-four credit program takes a minimum of three years to complete, with most students taking four years to graduate. The program provides an advanced understanding and integration of ministry in relation to missional theology, ecclesiology, and careful study of issues related to culture and context.

Students develop advanced skills and competencies for missional leadership and complete a doctoral-level project that contributes new knowledge and understanding of the practice of ministry.

Earning an advanced professional degree such as the DMin means that the students have prepared themselves to accept new challenges and opportunities for the Kingdom and as the Spirit leads.

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Why Biblical's Doctor of Ministry Degree?

The BTS DMin program offers the following advantages:

  • Week-long residential courses are done in a learning community to maximize holistic personal development.
  • Course calendar fits busy ministry schedules.
  • Program can be completed in as few as 36 months.
  • Applied research project is done in your ministry context.
  • A project team is assigned to each student.
  • Ministry application is immediately possible.
  • Students are other ministry professionals.
  • Faculty are experienced ministry practitioners.

Available Tracks and Curriculum within the Doctor of Ministry Program

This track provides students with the skills and competencies needed to turn around, reinvigorate, and propel established churches and organizations into more effective ministries that are strategically positioned for missional engagement in the 21st century.

Core Courses - 12 Credits

Mission of God - Mission of Christ's Church
Missional Theology
Missional Leadership Formation
Cultural Interpretation and Engagement

Leadership Track Courses - 12 Credits

Change Dynamics: Leading an Organization Through Change
Re-Missioning the Established Church
DMin Leadership Project Modules
DMin Leadership Project Completion Module


Notes regarding the program:

Course Workload and Length of the DMin Program

Residency weeks are scheduled so that students can prepare pre-course work before coming to campus. Typically 1500 pages of assigned reading are required and twenty-five pages of written assignments precede the residency week. The post-residency is typically fifty pages of written assignments and is due within six weeks after the residency week.

Some students may be required to take propaedeutic courses. Contact the program director for details.

Total Required Credits - 24

This track challenges students to develop a theology of cities based on the Scriptures. Students will discover how migration, global technology, and the removal of residential barriers have flattened how we view the world. Students will expand their cultural exegesis as they explore urban communities both locally and globally.

Core Courses - 12 Credits

Mission of God - Mission of Christ's Church
Missional Theology
Missional Leadership Formation
Cultural Interpretation and Engagement

Urban Track Courses - 12 Credits

Mission in Global Cities
The Church and Mission in an Urban Global World
DMin Urban Project Modules
DMin Urban Project Completion Module


Notes regarding the program:

Course Workload and Length of the DMin Program

Residency weeks are scheduled so that students can prepare pre-course work before coming to campus. Typically 1500 pages of assigned reading are required and twenty-five pages of written assignments precede the residency week. The post-residency is typically fifty pages of written assignments and is due within six weeks after the residency week.

Some students may be required to take propaedeutic courses. Contact the program director for details.

Total Required Credits - 24

This track equips students to interpret Scripture in a way that leads to effective and compelling teaching, preaching, and communication to move God's people into God's mission. It focuses on the pastor as a biblical interpreter and communicator, and seeks to empower ministry leaders to envision, interpret, teach, and preach the gospel with clarity and conviction within their cultural contexts.

Core Courses - 12 Credits

Mission of God - Mission of Christ's Church
Missional Theology
Missional Leadership Formation
Cultural Interpretation and Engagement

Urban Track Courses - 12 Credits

Communication in Context
Christotelic Hermeneutic
DMin Exposition Project Modules
DMin Exposition Project Completion Module


Notes regarding the program:

Course Workload and Length of the DMin Program

Residency weeks are scheduled so that students can prepare pre-course work before coming to campus. Typically 1500 pages of assigned reading are required and twenty-five pages of written assignments precede the residency week. The post-residency is typically fifty pages of written assignments and is due within six weeks after the residency week.

Some students may be required to take propaedeutic courses. Contact the program director for details.

Total Required Credits - 24

4 Year Sample DMin Program

  • Start in fall semester
  • Take the first project module in fall of year 2
  • Take 2 courses or project modules per year (except year 2)
  • Complete your project dissertation in year 4

Fall Semester

Year 1 - Track Course

Year 2 - Track Course and Project Proposal Module

Year 3 - Project Research Module

Year 4 - Project Completion Module

Spring Semester

Year 1 - 2 Required Core Courses

Year 2 - Required Core Course

Year 3 - Required Core Course

Year 4 - Submit Pre-Final Dissertation and Oral Review

Am I Eligible to Apply for the DMin Program?

Admission to the DMin degree requires a completed MDiv degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution and three years of ministry experience subsequent to the first theological degree. Students who are interested in the DMin program and who have a graduate degree but do not hold the MDiv degree may qualify for the DMin program by completing a pre-doctoral course of study. MDiv equivalency is defined as broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry and that includes a master’s degree and significant ministerial leadership. Applicants must complete all elements of the application forms and process.

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We are an evangelical seminary with locations in suburban and urban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our focus on missional theology and missional training will help prepare you for ministry no matter where you serve.

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