Focus your effort. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Lincoln Christian Seminary helps you build your ministry in two ways. First, it strengthens your mind and soul for ministry through core courses in Bible, theology, and leadership studies. Secondly, it provides five different specialization options for focusing your skills:
- Church and Parachurch Leadership: Equip yourself with Biblically-critiqued leadership theory and exposure to current best practices necessary to lead well.
- Preaching: Learn from preaching faculty who share current theory, decades of experience, and challenging assignments to help you lead and engage your audience with God’s Word.
- Spiritual Formation: Ranging from individual spiritual direction to leading an entire congregation in spiritual formation, both old paths and new insights help you disciple those in your ministry.
- Congregational Ministry: If your ministry requires a broad range of skills, this specialization combines the most congregationally-focused courses from the Leadership, Preaching, and Spiritual Formation tracks.
- Pastor Care: This unique program in pastoral counseling targeted specifically toward pastors facing difficult issues in their personal and professional lives, is designed to provide theoretical and clinical skills for those who minister to the ministers.
Your experience is capped-off with a major project that brings classroom learning to bear on your unique ministry context — which serves as your classroom and laboratory, as course assignments require you to apply what you’re learning to your ministry in real time. The program is not something you do along with ministry. It is something you do in ministry. Our program respects the busy schedule of your professional and family life by offering three courses a year. Each course requires four months of study, but only one week on campus.
Plan, implement, and evaluate ministry solutions for your context by linking classroom learning with the people you serve. Engage with your peers — both professors and classmates — in deep theological reflection, theoretical construction, and practice-based evaluation of ministry.
Grow in your abilities as a servant leader, loving God with all your mind and seeking to serve the Kingdom in all you do—in your church, your workplace and the world.