Doctor of Ministry in Liberative Preaching and Proclamation

Understanding proclamation and religious movements as partners in transformation


The DMin track in Liberative Preaching and Proclamation exists to serve and advance the mission of the Church and ultimately to transform the world to become fully the redeemed people of God. This is accomplished by equipping leaders charged with proclamation of the gospel to observe and analyze the contexts of their proclamation in order to mitigate the influences of colonialism, racism, white supremacy, and the elements of social and cultural discrimination that have influenced the church’s preaching to the detriment of individuals, cultures and the community as a whole.


Liberative Preaching and Proclamation students are Christian leaders who are intentional in developing their knowledge, competencies, rhetorical and practical skill sets to facilitate the engagement and practice of gospel proclamation in a way that recognizes the total breadth of human identities, that seeks just outcomes and that fosters liberation in the multiple contexts that comprise the ecumenical church community and beyond into the world. Local pastors with the responsibility for preaching as a major function of their work will learn alongside chaplains, community organizers, non-profit leaders and lay ministers for whom proclamation is embedded in the work they do. The breadth of the student body is reflective of the leadership that exists and that is necessary for advancing the meaning, shape and influence of the community that constitutes the church in its new iteration that is far beyond its current definition.

Degree Requirements


The DMin in Liberative Preaching and Proclamation 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)

    • Preaching Transformative Good News for Human Liberation
    • Hermeneutics and Contextual Exegesis for Inclusive Proclamation
    • Prophetic Proclamation for Social Transformation
    • Decolonizing the Biblical Text for Preaching
    • Trauma-Informed Preaching and Proclamation


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.

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 those who have earned a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree or other theological master’s degree, for this particular track, students must have previously completed a course in Preaching; those who 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 Liberative Preaching and Proclamation begins in Summer 2024. Applications are due by March 31, 2024.