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Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership (DMin)

The DMin in Congregational Leadership offers the best possible mix of theological education and leadership training. As a DMin student, you will be part of a cohort brought together to stimulate your pastoral imagination and develop the necessary skills to help you understand your own leadership style and effectively lead your congregation so that they may be an influence in their community.
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Our goal is to strengthen the church by equipping self-aware, reflective ministers so they can guide the church through whatever 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. - Dr. Mark Teasdale, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Two Renowned Institutions, One Dynamic Program

Through the Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Leadership track students will earn both a Doctor of Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical and a certificate in nonprofit management from the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. DMin students in the Congregational Leadership track will get the best of leadership training and theological education from two renowned institutions through a set of prescribed and elective courses.

The Kellogg Executive Scholars program provides a practical, flexible, yet academically rigorous way to achieve your specific professional goals. For a current listing of courses through the Center for Non-Profit Management at Kellogg School of Management, click here.

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 Congregational Leadership 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 Congregational Leadership 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.