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Rev. Dr. Mark Teasdale,
DMin Program Director and E. Stanley Jones Associate Professor of Evangelism

In the Garrett-Evangelical DMin program, we honor the church and ministry done on the local level. Our faculty are all scholar practitioners who bring together the best of scholarship with their personal ministry experience. Our goal is to strengthen the church by equipping self-aware, reflective ministers so they can guide the church through whatever internal and external changes it may face. In this way we hope not only to be a blessing to our students, but to the church as a whole.

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In April 2013, The Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME) selected Rev. Steven Trefz (G-ETS 2005 and 2013), as the recipient of The Journal of Christian Ministry Award of Excellence for his DMin project. Trefz's thesis was chosen from hundreds of DMin theses from 55 ADME represented schools across the United States and Canada.

The faculty and staff at Garrett-Evangelical made this project possible. For them and for the D.Min. program I give thanks to God. This award speaks to the faculty's leadership as well as to my cohort of fellow students who supported my studies along the way.

-Rev. Steven Trefz


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has long been committed to education for the church, academy, and world. The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced degree inviting pastors to become highly skilled practitioners in specific practices of ministry. As a DMin student, you will be part of a stimulating cohort of mature colleagues in ministry engaging the best of the church and academy, brought together to enhance your skill, stimulate your pastoral imagination, and attend to ongoing spiritual and vocational formation.

Tailored to Fit Your Needs

Students who hold a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or its equivalent from an approved school can complete the required 30 units in the DMin program in as little as three years or as many as six. Classes for DMin students are offered in a hybrid model of on-campus and online courses to give students high quality theological education in a flexible format. Pending your needs and the rotation of the courses, other course options may be available. Once the coursework is completed the research project follows. This research project is tailored specifically to your ministry context and you will be supported by an on-site advisory team and the DMin faculty.

Five Areas of Concentration (Tracks)

To meet your specific vocational goals and needs, Garrett-Evangelical offers five areas of concentration for DMin students. Through a diverse curriculum taught by our distinguished faculty and prominent practitioners, you will be stretched theologically and exposed to new models of of ministry.



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Congregational Leadership

The church always stands in need of leaders who recognize the challenges the church faces and are equipped to guide the church through those challenges effectively. This track is dedicated to preparing these kinds of leaders, offering students the best secular and theological insights on the practice of leadership.


Congregational Leadership

Recognizing the critical need for excellence in all church leadership, this track emphasizes the distinctive history and culture of the African-American Church. Along with providing students the best education in general leadership, it will also address administrative, theological, and cultural issues from an African-American perspective.

Through the Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership and African American Congregational Leadership tracks students will earn both a certificate in non-profit management from the Kellogg School of Management through its Executive Scholars program and a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical. The Kellogg Executive Scholars program provides a practical, flexible, yet academically rigorous way to achieve your specific professional goals. Through a set of prescribed and elective courses, DMin students in the Congregational Leadership and African American Congregational Leadership tracks will get the best of leadership training and theological education from two renowned institutions. For a current listing of courses through the Center for Non-Profit Management at Kellogg School of Management, click here.


 Mission in the
Contemporary U.S.

Our newest track focuses on congregations in the United States which are best understood as a mission outpost. You will analyze the Church through the lens of a missionary to effectively lead your congregation through the changing dynamics both urban and rural churches are experiencing in our current context.


Spiritual Direction

Through this track you will learn how to ground the spiritual disciplines in the mission of redemption, reconciliation, and healing. You will also learn how to utilize spiritual disciplines to strengthen your leadership in your ministry, bringing spiritual formation to bear on issues of pastoral care, worship, and administration. As a part of your regular coursework you will be able to complete a certificate in spiritual spiritual direction.


ACTS DMin in Preaching

Garrett-Evangelical is one of seven seminaries who have joined to offer the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) DMin in Preaching. This ecumenical program focuses exclusively on enhancing your preaching skills through study with leading preachers and in-depth mentoring. To apply or learn more, go to


Bold Leaders for the Church, the Academy and the World

Founded in 1853, Garrett-Evangelical is a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church with an ecumenical outreach. Faithfully embracing the future, we are committed to preparing skilled, bold and articulate leaders for ministry in the 21st century. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.


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students from a wide range of faith traditions.