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Doctor of Ministry


The Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min) is an advanced professional degree designed for the spiritual and academic replenishment of professional ministers or workers currently serving in Christian ministry. The program will provide a challenging and practical environment in which the student can learn, understand, apply, examine, synthesize, and assess religious, educational, and practical experiences. 

What can I do with this degree?

With a D.Min, you will have the necessary skills and training to preach and teach the bible on various platforms. Whether it be in a church context, outdoor setting, our on the mission field. You will also develop techniques for the art of ministry that will enable you for the work in ministry with career paths such as,

  • Church leadership consultant or coaching

  • Lead pastor

  • Leadership in Christian organizations

What are the degree outcomes?

As a consequence of the D.Min program, the participant will:

  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of ministry in which theory and practice interactively inform and enhance each other;

  • Learn and practice biblical and leadership principles of managing disagreements between persons and within Christian organizations;

  • Gain an advanced understanding and integration of ministry in relation to spiritual formation and discipleship;

  • Become conscious of particular personal issues that have an effect on ministry leadership;

  • Learn the process of empirical inquiry and data analysis;

  • Utilize cohort learning and assessment through the distance-learning milieu and on-site residency periods;

  • Explain biblical and theological truths with sensitivity to the needs of a global society;

  • Renew the personal life of faith and servanthood of the participant;

  • Discover how to take action as a servant-leader to issues of personal and interpersonal crisis;

  • Contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through writing a Doctor of Ministry Project.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have? 

  • Developing well-balanced spirituality

  • Experiencing different ministerial contexts

  • Research project contextualized for your own ministry

  • Connecting with different ministry leaders

What kind of courses will I take?

  • Theological Spiritual Integration

    • BCDM 800   Spiritual Formation Seminar

    • BCDM 803   Foundation and Growth of Pentecostalism

    • BCDM 811   Integrating of Ministry and Spiritual Life of the Pastor                 

  • Ministry Skills

    • BCDM 820   Team Building and Discipleship

    • BCDM 821   Leading Christian Organizations and Cultivating Leadership 

    • BCDM 823   Preaching & Communication Skills

  • Missional Strategy                        

    • BCDM 807   Developing Missional Church for the World

    • BCDM 809   Development of Contemporary Evangelism Strategies

Course Catalogs

For course descriptions, requirements, focus areas, options, and other program details see our full course catalog.

Program Review

For more details, please click program review.


Prof.Sangjoon Choi
Chair of D.Min Program

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Nam Kyun Kim
D.Min Student, A Missionary
Principle of Young San Mission Center
Principal of Full Gospel Theology School

"I love the D.Min program at Bethesda. All of my classmates are passionate about the kingdom of God, and they come from different ministerial backgrounds, such as a local church, family ministry, and medical and foreign mission fields. This diversity enhances our learning experience. I believe that Bethesda is a school established by God to help spiritual leaders who feel overwhelmed by the postmodern era's challenges and nurture disciples of the Lord to carry out the world missions in the power of the Holy Spirit. The online classes allow ministers to study without leaving the mission field. I’m happy with my experience here at Bethesda."

3 Years
Standard Duration

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.

Total Program Credits

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.


Bethesda University is accredited by TRACS and ABHE

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