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Why consider a DMin Degree?

Entering a doctoral program of study is serious business, and costly in terms of time, energy, and money. At NTS, we appreciate these realities and encourage you to carefully and prayerfully discern whether this might be the right program for you and the right time to begin.

There are many reasons to enter a Doctor of Ministry program. According to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the organization that accredits DMin programs in the U.S. and Canada, the purpose of the DMin degree is to provide an advanced understanding of the nature and purpose of ministry, enhanced competencies in pastoral analysis and ministerial leadership, the integration of these dimensions into the theologically reflective practice of ministry, new knowledge about the practice of ministry, and continued growth in spiritual maturity. (1996 Standards of Accreditation, Bulletin 42, ATS)

Read through the list below and notice the factors in your life that may point to the DMin Degree as something for you to seriously consider:

  • You sense the need to update your theological and practical resources for ministry from what you gained through your Master’s level studies
  • Your current ministry situation challenges you beyond what you feel capable of giving
  • You need to be re-energized and renewed mentally and spiritually
  • You need help with relating Christian doctrine to Church practice
  • You desire to think, read, and reflect to a greater degree but lack the disciplined structure for doing it consistently
  • You have a ministry project you would like to lead, but lack the resources and support to do this project well
  • You have opportunity to teach in a program of ministerial study and desire stronger credentials
  • You feel somewhat isolated in ministry and could benefit from joining a cohort of fellow students
  • You are ready for a new level of integration of personal spiritual formation with professional ministry practice

 For more information, contact the DMin Coordinator in the Office of the Dean at 816.268.5413 or at dmin@nts.edu.