Doctor of Ministry, D.Min.

The Doctor of Ministry program (D.Min.) is an advanced, professional, theological degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry for pastors, ministry staff, and those carrying leadership responsibilities in other Christian organizations.


graduates have gone on to serve in higher education, executive church leadership, and non-profit and denominational leadership

“After thirty years as a pastor, I continue to find myself challenged by the demands of this wonderful vocation. Northeastern’s Doctor of Ministry program has provided for me a refreshing and valuable opportunity to not only to hone my skills as a pastor but to think more deeply on the nature of my calling at this stage of life and ministry. The interaction with fellow practitioners of the pastoral craft, as well as the rich resources of the Northeastern’s faculty, have stimulated and quickened my thinking and passion for ministry.” ~Wally Fleming, Doctor of Ministry, D.Min. ’18

Program Highlights


that are designed as encounters with God to strengthen the soul of your leadership


extend interactive learning beyond the residency among faculty and doctoral candidates


such as Craig and Médine Keener, Christena Cleveland, Soong-Chan Rah, Andy Crouch, Ruth Haley Barton, and Leith Anderson


build collegial and professional networks


extensive personal and professional assessment of a formative nature


remain in full-time ministry and self-adjust load according to personal needs


utilize theoretical and theological resources to address both the nature and practice of ministry

Created to serve and advance the church, the Doctor of Ministry program provides an environment in which experienced church and para-church leaders engage the issues that confront the faith community, re-tool themselves with strengthened skills, and revitalize their spiritual life. With a flexible course load, you may remain in your current ministry as you learn from nationally recognized scholars and practitioners.

Alumni Success

Bishop T. Anthony Bronner

Bishop T. Anthony Bronner '14
Founder and Senior Pastor, Elim Christian Fellowship

Kwok Chung

Kwok Chung '15
Adjunct Faculty, Capital Seminary and Graduate School

Esther Gillie

Esther Gillie '16
Dean of Library, Regent University

Marlowe Washington

Rev. Marlowe V.N. Washington '16
Pastor, The Historic Parsells Church

Nathan Sanders

Nathan Sanders '16
Resident Life Director, Elim Bible Institute and College

Roberta Mosier-Peterson

Roberta Mosier-Peterson '16
Pastor, Oakdale Free Methodist Church

Weldon Thomas

Rev. Weldon Thomas '13
Pastor, New Bethel CME Church

Anthony Bonds

Anthony Bonds '13
Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Sherri Rood

Rev. Sherri Rood '08
District Superintendent, United Methodist Church

Bob Tice

Bob Tice
Founding/Senior Pastor, RiverRock Church

Upcoming Class Starts

  • Monday, April 1, 2019 | Spring Session
  • Monday, September 30, 2019 | Fall Session

Apply by March 1 to receive priority consideration for admission and financial aid.

Ready to Learn More?

Who will I meet?

Dr. Josef Sykora

Josef Sykora, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Director of Doctor of Ministry Program

Dr. Josef Sykora has served in senior and assistant pastoral roles, in leading spiritual retreats, and as an educator for missionaries. His research interests include violence in the Scripture, theological interpretation, election in the Old Testament, and the books of Genesis and Samuel. 

What makes a D.Min. different from a Ph.D.?

The D.Min. is the highest professional degree for ordained persons in the parish or related ministries. The primary emphasis of the D.Min. is the practice of ministry, which distinguishes it from the Ph.D. and other degrees that are focused more narrowly on scholarly research alone. The D.Min. degree builds on the M.Div. degree and a minimum of three years professional practice in ministry (both of which are prerequisites).

Through the Doctor of Ministry Program, you will:

  • Acquire an advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of pastoral ministry.
  • Develop enhanced competencies in pastoral and cultural analysis and ministerial leadership skills.
  • Enrich your ability to think biblically and theologically about all aspects of ministry.
  • Integrate their understanding and competencies into a theologically reflective practice of ministry.


Dissertation Project

The Doctor of Ministry program culminates in your dissertation, a publishable document that utilizes theoretical and theological resources to address both the nature and practice of ministry. Guided by a committee, including the faculty chair, program director, a representative from your ministry site, and additional professional consultants, you will select a research topic related to your ministry context with the intention of enhancing and strengthening your personal ministry and that of your ministry site.


Between Scripture, Spirituality, and Christian Leadership, you find ministry growth.