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Pastoral Studies, D.Min.


Being a life-long learner should be a high priority for every pastor who wants to grow personally and stay relevant in ministry. The Doctor of Ministry degree is an advanced professional degree program designed for the continuing development of those involved in pastoral ministry.

This program is designed to enhance professional competence by expanding upon an initial foundation of theological studies and ministry experience, to enable those in vocational ministry to enhance current strengths, address areas of weakness, and increase overall effectiveness.


  • PM 8100 The Effective Communicator

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8510 Foundations for Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8260 Current Theological Issues

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8150 Contextualization for Meaningful Ministry

    Credit Hours: 4
  • DI 8280 Methods of Social Research

    Credit Hours: 4
  • PM 8990 Professional Project Pastoral Studies

    Credit Hours: 4
  • Pastoral Studies Electives

    Credit Hours: 12

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for the Doctor of Ministry program, the applicant must fulfill the following prerequisites in addition to the general guidelines for application as described in the regular catalog of the seminary.

  1. An applicant must have obtained a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent* from an approved institution as determined by the D.Min. Committee. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in the applicant’s previous academic work is required. A limited number of students may be admitted under academic restriction by action of the D.Min. Committee, but they must maintain the grade point average required for candidacy (3.0) to continue in the program.*M.Div. equivalency includes:
    • A completed bachelor’s degree.
    • A completed master’s degree.
    • 72 hours of graduate-level theological training. Of the 72 hours of graduate-level theological training, 33 hours must have been earned in the following content areas:
      • Christian Theology – 9 hours
      • Biblical Interpretation – 3 hours
      • Old Testament – 6 hours
      • New Testament – 6 hours
      • Practical Ministry – 6 hours (Choose any two of the following)
        • Counseling
        • Intercultural Ministry
        • Leadership
        • Preaching
      • Biblical Hebrew or Greek – 3 hours

    Evaluation of equivalency for the M.Div. degree is carried out by the D.Min. Committee. A request for evaluation, including transcripts, should be sent to the Seminary Enrollment Office.

  2. Applicants must currently be serving in a vocational ministry with at least three years in full-time professional ministry since completing the M.Div. or its equivalent. Exceptions to this policy will be considered by the D.Min. Committee in the case of applicants who have acquired at least 10 years of full-time professional ministry experience prior to and during their M.Div. or its equivalent.

Admission Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, the student must provide:

  1. Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your master’s degree. If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to
  2. A spiritual life reference
  3. Additionally, international applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

Note: Grace Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admissions, academic and employment

Seminar Schedule

2020 Seminars

PM 8510/PM 7310 Foundations for Ministry
[Required: D.MIN Students]
June 1-5, 2020
Dr. Freddy Cardoza, Dr. Rock LaGioia, Dr. John Teevan

DI 8200 Encountering Islam
July 13-17, 2020
Dr. Tom Stallter

DI 8030 Intercultural Communication
[D.MIN Intercultural Concentration Elective]
September 7-11, 2020
Dr. Tom Stallter

PM 8410 High Impact Expository Preaching Method
[D.MIN Advanced Expository Preaching Elective]
November 2-5, 2020
Dr. Rick Blackwood

PM 8530 Strengthening Spiritual Vitality
[D.MIN Pastoral Studies Elective]
November 2-5, 2020
Dr. Bill Thrasher

PM 8260/TH 7101 Current Theological Issues
[Required Core: D.MIN Students]
November 6-10, 2020
Dr. Rock LaGioia, Dr. Tiberius Rata

Newly-scheduled seminars will be listed here as they are confirmed.


To learn more about our Doctoral Programs, contact Rob Neufer. Current students with questions about the program may contact Dr. Rock LaGioia, Director of Doctoral Studies.