Doctor of Ministry in Leadership for Social Transformation

Understanding social movements and religious movements as partners in transformation


The DMin track in Leadership for Social Transformation draws together practitioners from across a diversity of vocational ministry contexts who share a commitment to rethinking and advancing religious leadership in the public square. This program track equips faith leaders to understand social movements and religious movements as partners, growing skills for mobilizing faith communities to respond to systemic injustices in specific situations and contexts, including such concerns as racism, migration, climate change, gender justice, social justice advocacy, and decolonial leadership.


Leadership for Social Transformation students are religious professionals who devote time to honing their knowledge, competencies, research, and interdisciplinary skillsets to broaden their leadership frameworks and styles for change-making work. In this program, leadership is engaged with attention to multiple contexts. Local pastors will learn alongside chaplains, community organizers next to counselors and non-profit leaders. These diverse callings, alongside the rich diversity of our faculty and student body, reflect the future of the church and a deeply collaborative approach to DMin studies at Garrett. This track invites leaders to imagine and equip themselves to lead communities in new and transformative ways.

Degree Requirements


The DMin in Leadership for Social Transformation is a 30-credit hour degree program.


3 Foundational Courses (9-credit hours)

    • Hermeneutics of Race, Class, Gender, and Age
    • Research Design and Methodology
    • Biblical and Theological Foundations for Practical Ministry


5 Track Courses (15-credit hours)

    • Prophetic Leadership for Social Transformation
    • Trauma-Informed Leadership
    • Prophetic Proclamation for Social Transformation
    • Decolonizing Spirituality
    • Theories and Practices of Non-Violent Social Change


Proposal Research and Writing (3-credit hours)


Project Research and Writing (3-credit hours)

Learn from skilled scholar practitioners

Each DMin track has a unique group of faculty members whose strengths and gifts fit the needs of that particular track to provide the best educational experience and leadership preparation for its students. All of our scholar practitioners join students in a collegial atmosphere of teaching and learning in which each has a particular role to play in enriching the program.

Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart

Degree Goals


Graduates of the Doctor of Ministry program will be able to:


    • Develop cultural awareness and sensitivity that informs the work of ministry in their particular context
    • Engage in critical biblical and theological reflection on the practice of ministry utilizing methodology appropriate to the specific area of practical ministry
    • Use appropriate research tools to gather data relevant to the ministry area
    • Analyze findings and derive results and conclusions that are compelling and usable for the sake of the ministry
    • Engage critically with key texts that inform the work of the particular area of ministry

Next Steps


Garrett accepts applications from students who have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent; have at least three years of full-time ministry experience following the awarding of that degree; and who will be serving in a ministry setting during their DMin program.


The DMin Program offers coursework in intensive sessions twice a year. This schedule has implications for international students and visa applications. Therefore, we are unable to offer F-1 visas for Doctor of Ministry students.


The next cohort for the DMin in Leadership for Social Transformation begins in Summer 2024. Applications are due by March 31, 2024.