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Doctor of Ministry in Community Organizing (DMin)

The DMin in Community Organizing provides you with the knowledge and skills to help direct and focus the physical, theological, spiritual, and moral energies of ordinary people to do community organizing. In this track, you will learn about theories of social change and ethnographic research methods and be taught by experienced community organizers to help you strengthen your work and ministry.
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Working collaboratively in the Community Organizing track, students will test current knowledge, create new practices, advance the scholarship of community organizing, and learn skills and ways of thinking and doing that can and will transform ministry. - Dr. Angela Cowser, Coordinator for the DMin in Community Organizing

Community Organizing

Community organizing is the practice of forging relationships among diverse peoples in order to create long-term strategic and systemic change involving access to power and resources. Beyond organizing for immediate change, the hope of community organizing is to create permanent networks of people that are always ready and able to take action proactively around issues important to them and the broader community. These networks become a moral conscience for the community with the political will and organized power to bring about social, political, and economic change.

Taught by our distinguished scholar practitioners with strong backgrounds in community organizing, students in the DMin in Community Organizing will be trained to:

  • organize and reorganize people inside a congregation
  • organize and reorganize people in a community
  • win on issues important to both church and community
  • do relational meetings
  • undertake a power analysis
  • understand the motivating self-interest different groups have
  • engage in exegesis of biblical texts using community organizing principles

Tailored to Fit Your Needs

Students who hold a Master of Divinity (MDiv) 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 you 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.

About the DMin at Garrett-Evangelical

The DMin program is an advanced degree focusing on best practices in church leadership relevant to your specific context. As a DMin student, you will enhance your ministry skills all while making a significant contribution to the church through a guided research project. Through a diverse curriculum taught by our distinguished faculty and prominent practitioners, you will be stretched theologically and exposed to new models of ministry.

To meet your specific vocational goals and needs, Garrett-Evangelical offers five tracks for DMin students:

The Purpose of a Doctor of Ministry

The Cost of a Doctor of Ministry

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

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. On the campus of Northwestern University, upon the shores of Lake Michigan and on the outskirts of Chicago, Garrett-Evangelical is a place to nurture mind, body, and spirit. The seminary serves more than 500 students from many denominations and various backgrounds and its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry in Community Organizing is a 30-credit hour program.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or its equivalent
  • At least three years of full-time ministry following the awarding of that degree
  • Applicants must be serving in a ministry setting during their DMin program

Admission Process

Detailed information for the application requirements can be found on the online application.

The next cohort for the DMin in Community Organizing will begin in January 2018. Applicants must have their application completed by October 1, 2017 to be considered for the following January term. The Doctor of Ministry committee reserves the right to determine in its sole judgment whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific concentration in the DMin program.

International Student Applicants
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.