Doctor of Ministry

Designed for experienced ministry practitioners, our Doctorate of Ministry is a flexible program designed to increase the effectiveness of those already engaged in church, para-church, local and global ministry.

Phoenix Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry degree program is a learning environment in which your ministry experience is leveraged to attain mentor-level wisdom and expertise. Doctoral work in ministry is about reflective practice in a collegial setting.

Our Doctor of Ministry program allows you to remain in the location where you are ministering. One-week intensive courses are the core of the course curriculum making travel requirements minimal. Through a consortial arrangement with Western Seminary (Portland, OR), you will be able to take classes from Phoenix Seminary or Western Seminary toward your DMin in order to take advantage of specialized courses.

The combination of study and research, 4-5 day intensive residencies, and post-residency assignments allow currently serving leaders to not only continue their work, but to integrate it into their Doctoral program.

The uniqueness of our DMin program includes flexibility to stay connected in ministry. Professors engaged in current ministry bring life experience to the classroom. Finally, intentional mentoring by world-renowned faculty and local church leaders.

30 credits hours required for graduation.

Admission Requirements include ATS-approved MDiv degree or its equivalent, including at least three semester hours of both Greek and Hebrew, with a grade point average of 3.0 from an accredited institution.

At least three years of ministry experience completed after receiving the MDiv and evidence of capacity for an advanced level of competence and reflection.

Typical Courses

Growing and Multiplying Missional Churches

Cultivating a Healthy Multi-Ethic Church Community

Precision Preaching: Sharpening Momentum and Rhetorical Power

The Greco-Roman Context of the New Testament in Your Bible Teaching

Counseling in Contemporary Culture

Counseling Dysfunctional Families

Spiritual Replenishment for the Experienced Ministry Leader

Renewing and Revitalizing the Static Church

DMin Project Research and Design

Conflict Management

Degree Purpose

The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry degree is to prepare students currently in vocational ministry with the highest level of expertise in the biblical and theological application of God’s truth to their contextual ministry setting in the church and parachurch. The Doctor of Ministry degree is the highest professional degree for those engaged in local church ministries, parachurch ministries, world missions and other similar ministries. The traditional PhD degree, by comparison, purposes primarily to equip students to engage in scholarly research and teaching.

The Doctor of Ministry program allows students to remain in the location where they are ministering. Each course builds on prior academic and ministry experience, and endeavors to integrate learning with the student’s present ministry as well as his or her future goals.

Phoenix Seminary and Western Seminary have a formal agreement to allow their Doctor of Ministry students to take courses from either institution. Courses will be taught primarily on campus in Phoenix, Arizona and Portland, Oregon, but courses may also be offered at the Western Seminary extensions in San Jose and Sacramento, CA, or in Seattle, WA. Students may be admitted to the respective DMin program at one school and will be free to take courses at either institution. The required core courses will remain distinct to each school and each school maintains the right to modify or change core courses as its mission and needs may dictate. For a list of courses offered at Western Seminary, see

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Doctor of Ministry degree program should be able to:

  1. Produce biblical and theological solutions to challenges in ministry culture;
  2. Demonstrate advanced ministry knowledge in at least one of four areas of ministry:
  3. Preaching and Teaching, Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Care and Christian Formation;
  4. Exercise library and research skills appropriate for increasing ministerial competence.

Our courses are designed to challenge and enrich students both personally and professionally. This happens in several ways:

  • Interaction with outstanding resident and adjunct faculty mentors who have proven track records in ministry
  • Exposure to contemporary resources designed to help students keep their ministry both biblically accurate and culturally relevant
  • Camaraderie with ministry peers that will encourage the student’s heart and stimulate the student’s mind
  • Involvement in practical ministry projects that will enhance the student’s current ministry