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. 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.
Learn from faculty with years of ministry experience and perspective who will challenge your own understanding of scripture and theology, while empowering you to lead others through similar experiences in your own future ministry.
Location: St. Paul
This concentration will guide you through basics of congregational systems and styles, and teach you how to capitalize on your leadership traits for the best impacts through relevant, biblical preaching.
Location: St. Paul
In addition to gaining insight into family systems, this concentration will emphasize crucial aspects of pastoral care through transformational leadership, and addresses deeper issues surrounding pain and suffering.
Location: St. Paul
Develop your understanding of missional life with a concentration in Missional Effectiveness. You will be exposed to the growing needs within missional contexts, and develop innovative practices that will inspire people toward healthy, Christ-centered communities of faith.
Location: San Diego
This concentration focuses on the traits of servant leadership and why this style is superior to others. Upon completion, you will have gained insight not only into your own unique leadership qualities, but also the way servant leaders live out their impact within organizations and teams, and among followers.
Location: St. Paul
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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.
students in a typical D.Min. cohort
continents where Doctor of Ministry graduates serve
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. Plus, our unique delivery allows students to learn independently through online work and to meet face-to-face with their peers.
The flexibility of the Doctor of Ministry program allowed me to tailor a unique course of study that met my needs. The courses added to my professional growth and my spiritual depth. God is at work in and through this program.
Current job: retired
The Doctor of Ministry cohort program was an outstanding experience. It gave me unprecedented insight into leadership and personal development, and it allowed me to make new friendships that will last a lifetime.
Current job: Associate Pastor, Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas
The D.Min. program at Bethel was one of the most life-enriching experiences I've ever had. The professors, cohort, class discussions, and experiences came together in a wonderfully transformational dynamic. The program was a catalyst for my worldview, life and ministry!
Current job: Director of Church Planting, International Baptist Convention
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.
Current job: World Evangelist and President at Shince in the World Ministries
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.
Current job: Director of The Good Samaritan Society Way, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
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.
Current job: CEO, Level Up Partners, Inc
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!
Current job: Lead Pastor St. Michael Lutheran Church, Canton, Michigan
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.
The program changed my perspective on leadership. I was linked with scholars who pushed me forward in spiritual transformation and academic excellence. This program impacted my life, family and ministry and continues to challenge my head, heart and hands.
–Wilbur Winborne Sr.
Current job: 19th Street Baptist Church / Cornerstone Chrisitan Academy
After taking the research proposal class, I knew exactly what I needed to do, and my advisor responded to me within a few days. This program did all it could to help me complete my thesis research and graduate!
Current job: Speaker, Author, Teacher
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.
Current job: Lead Pastor
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.
Current job: Executive Pastor, COO for a start-up organization
My studies at Bethel allowed me to fully engage my ministry context with a greater theological understanding and provided me with a set of practical skills to develop and encourage young leaders who will change their world.
Current job: Children & Family Pastor/Adjunct Professor, Bethel Seminary
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.
Current job: Pastor - First Baptist of Minneapolis
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.
Current job: CEO of ImpactLives Inc.
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