A doctoral degree is about more than gaining knowledge. It’s about using everything you’ve learned to become a transformational ministry leader.
Our Doctor of Ministry program provides innovative education to equip Christian leaders and scholars. We also offer one of the first ATS-accredited, fully online Doctor of Ministry programs. In your courses, you’ll tackle today’s problems head-on and address the burning issues facing the church and the world. While going deeper in your walk with God, you’ll immerse yourself in research to find practical answers to pressing questions. And you’ll be prepared as a world-changer, ready to make significant contributions that result in lasting change.
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Building Leaders to Serve a World That Needs Transformational Change
The Doctor of Ministry at Bethel will be one of the ultimate challenges in your academic life. Academically rigorous and downright practical, our program is designed to enhance the leadership of existing leaders and develop a new generation of transformational leaders who are committed to changing their life, their ministry, and their society. We’re not interested in merely helping you put “doctor” in front of your name, but rather graduating leaders with a higher level of visioning, leadership, and engagement within their ministry setting.
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We offer one of the first ATS-accredited, fully online Doctor of Ministry programs. You can also choose the online with intensives option for most of our concentrations, which includes opportunities to meet with students on campus.
Useful social research
Students conduct research that impacts the church and the world it serves with innovative solutions to the many burning issues faced by the church today.
We develop ministry practitioners who leave the program with tangible skills that change the way they do ministry.
Not only do students become more effective leaders, but also they’re transformed in the process—learning a style of leadership that transforms those they encounter through their ministry and day-to-day life.
Our professors are specialists in their fields. They teach from a perspective that allows students to apply what they learn directly to their ministry context.
Flexibility in content and delivery
Students can tailor their studies to their interests through our self-directed program. The cohort program also gives students a range of options for specialized study along with the opportunity to study with a program mentor.
The D.Min. program gave me tools to transform leadership at my local church. It is stronger, more effective, and service to the community has a greater impact. The credential is leading to other opportunities to help nonprofit leaders and organizations.Judy Austin '14
Current job: Executive Pastor, COO for a start-up organization
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program supercharged my understanding of God's mission for His Church. Now Mosaic Ministry's service to the inner city, marginalized and middle class is Christ-centered and culturally relevant. The rigorous academic research and writing I did in the program also served foundational to my new book.Troy Williams '12
Current job: Pastor of Mosaic Ministry
Going through Bethel Seminary's doctoral program was one of the most transformational experiences of my life. The process was engaging, thorough, and provided many opportunities to learn from high caliber leaders from all around the world within their leadership contexts.Sammy Wanyonyi '14
Current job: World Evangelist and President at Shince in the World Ministries
Bethel Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program helped me refine my skills, discover new ways to effectively reach and disciple my mission field, and set aside intentional time to learn and connect with God and His mission.Eric Bryant '10
Current job: Gateway Church Austin
This program is geared toward equipping the student to complete a meaningful and scholarly Thesis project. I was able to do research that mattered to me and my ministry, making me a better servant leader for God's people. Thanks, Bethel!David Denzer '14
Current job: Lead Pastor St. Michael Lutheran Church, Canton, Michigan
To put it plain and simple, the Bethel Doctor of Ministry program equipped me to be a better leader. The courses were relevant, engaging, and empowering. The cohort model fit my schedule, blessed me, and blessed our growing church.John Braland '13
Current job: Lead Pastor
Rarely does a week go by when I don't draw upon, or pass along to others, something I learned from my professors at Bethel. The foundation I received in Bible, theology, history and practical ministry continually blesses me.Tim Morey '98
Current job: Pastor/Professor/Author
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry in Servant Leadership was the perfect fit for me as someone who is an ordained clergy serving in a large non-profit organization. I loved integrating my studies with my work, and the cohort model encouraged building lasting relationships.Julie Berndt '12
Current job: Director of The Good Samaritan Society Way, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
The Bethel DMin program in Servant Leadership not only helped me to be a more effective leader, it helped me to be a better thinker. And the cohort model served as a wonderful community for the journey.Mike McNeff '12
Current job: Lead Pastor
Bethel has been intentional in helping me think about a dissertation from the beginning. The D.Min faculty are great, and Bethel does a fabulous job prepping students for success with their dissertation.Spencer Click '17
The D.Min program was an introspective journey of self-discovery and transformation that awakened a new reality about the social fields in which I live, and my role within them. It prepared me to identify and remove different socio-cultural structural barriers.Ramon Pastrano '13
Current job: CEO of ImpactLives Inc.
The D.Min program is a catalytic force enabling students to effectively serve the kingdom through the local church while producing evident and eternal results.Mercidieu Phillips '11
Current job: CEO, Level Up Partners, Inc
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program led me to do the kind of research that expanded my understanding, aided my leadership and benefited my ministry context.Matthew Clausen '14
Current job: Pastor - First Baptist of Minneapolis
This was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The professors and program exceeded my expectations. What I gained from the classroom, conversations, and curriculum has helped me go to the next level in life and leadership.Kevin Queen '11
Current job: Campus Pastor at 12Stone Church
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program in Servant Leadership prepared me for the highest levels of organizational leadership. I enjoyed building lifetime friendships through the cohort approach. It was a fantastic investment.Ken Cochrum '12
Current job: Vice President of Global Digital Strategies, Cru
The Doctor of Ministry will prepare you to be a transformational leader ready to make significant contributions to your church, your community, and our world.
Learn how to:
- Serve your community and find innovative solutions to the pressing issues the church faces by engaging in useful social research
- Change the way you do ministry through practical learning and tangible new skills
- Integrate intellectual growth, personal and spiritual formation, character development, and leadership skills as you pursue follow God’s call on your life
- Apply what you’re learning to your ministry context through mentorship by expert faculty who are specialists in their fields
The Doctor of Ministry is about increasing your effectiveness in your ministry context. The program is popular among:
- Non-profit directors
- Denominational executives
- Mission organization leaders
- Pastors and other church leaders
- Non-governmental organizational leaders