Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is the highest degree awarded by the Seminary. Students have the option of pursuing a general Doctor of Ministry degree or specializing in Pastoral Theology and Care, Leadership Ministry, or Community Advocacy and Social Justice Ministry (more details here). All options are a thirty-three hour program comprised of three major components: seminars, supervision, and a ministry project. The DMin degree is awarded upon the satisfactory completion of 33 credit hours. Promotion to candidacy comes on the successful completion of three seminars and six electives, including one elective in either the Area of Biblical Studies or the Area of Theology and Social Ethics and an elective course in research methodology. The DMin degree is designed to be completed in a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.
The purpose of Hood‘s Doctor of Ministry Program is to provide a post-MDiv educational experience in which Christian maturity and ministerial preparation take place together and to prepare for the church people committed to the witness of the gospel in whatever sphere of ministry or service God calls them. With that in mind the program is designed to equip students with
- an enhanced understanding of the nature and purposes of Christian ministry, including a deeper foundation in the core disciplines of biblical studies, church history, and theology;
- new practical strategies for conducting Christian ministry in light of the students’ specific cultural setting;
- the ability to self-assess their effectiveness and capacities as ministers as part of their continued spiritual development; and
- the ability to evaluate the theological and ethical soundness and the effectiveness of their current ministerial practices, to reformulate those practices as necessary, and to implement new practices when appropriate.