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Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations (DMin)

This Doctor of Ministry track will equip you to be an effective leader in the areas of communication and management. You will focus on further developing public speaking and preaching skills relevant to the contextual needs of Hispanic/Latinx congregations primarily in the United States and enhance your financial and strategic planning skills.
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Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto
In this track, students will develop communication and management skills that will enable them to lead viable, self-sustaining and organizationally healthy local churches. - Rev. Dr. Irving Cotto, Coordinator for the DMin in Preaching as Leadership for Hispanic/Latinx Congregations

Two Renowned Institutions, One Dynamic Program

Through the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations track you 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. Through this unique partnership, the seminars at the Center for Nonprofit Management will teach the necessary financial tools with greater opportunities for DMin students to link their learnings to their ministries. DMin students in this track will get the best of leadership and financial training and theological education from two renowned institutions through a set of prescribed and elective courses.

The Center for Nonprofit seminars will be taught in English, but, thanks to a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., Spanish translations of all written materials will be provided to our DMin in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations students. There will also be a bilingual leader who will attend the seminars and work with students during break outs to process the seminar material for use in the students' ministry sites. Courses taught at Garrett-Evangelical will be taught bilingually, with a focus on being taught in Spanish, to make it possible for students to gain communication skills in the language they use in their ministries.

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 Nonprofit Management at Kellogg School of Management, click here.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Ministry

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has recruited a group of experienced, published, dynamic, and bicultural Hispanic/Latinx professors of homiletics around the country to teach courses in the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations track. They bring strong academic and teaching credentials in the field of preaching, as well as an active preaching ministry in their respective denominations. Their different denominational backgrounds, cultural identities, and international experience will enrich the teaching and learning input in the classroom.

Their understanding of the diverse Hispanic/Latinx communities and churches in the United States and their familiarity with US Latinx theologies and Latin American theologies will help students of this program learn how to preach the Gospel with theological integrity, pastoral relevance, and cultural sensitivity. Finally, their bicultural and bilingual life experience will support students in the program to explore and adapt creatively in preaching to the multiple national and cultural identities, migration experiences, and generational and linguistic differences present in US Hispanic/Latinx churches and communities.

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 and stimulate your pastoral imagination all while making a significant contribution to the church through a guided research project.

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

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.

Affording Your Education

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary recognizes that one of the biggest hurdles to continuing one’s theological education is cost. The traditional structure of a doctor of ministry program, where the majority of tuition costs and fees happen at the beginning of the program, places a greater financial burden on the student in the first year or two of their DMin program. To ease the financial burden of those answering a call to grow their skillsets and enhance their ministry through a DMin degree, Garrett-Evangelical has established a flat-rate for the DMin program which covers the cost of the 30 credit hours required to complete the degree and all required fees.* Students are billed in six (6) equal installments over three years. By knowing the full cost of your tuition and fees upfront and spreading the cost between six equal payments over three years, you will be able to anticipate and plan out your financial needs.

*DISCLAIMER: Tuition and Fees rates are based on the most recent available data. Rates are subject to increase with each new cohort. Extending coursework beyond the recommended period of time will have an impact on final cost.

Degree Requirements

The Doctor of Ministry in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations is a 30-credit hour program.


Now offering 50% scholarships as part of Garrett-Evangelical's "Leading Vibrant Congregations: A Collaboration of Faith and Finance" initiative with support from the Lilly Endowment Inc.

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 that is predominately Spanish-speaking
  • Applicants serve in that ministry setting during their DMin program
  • Applicants must be bilingual in English and Spanish

Admission Process

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

The next cohort for the DMin in Preaching as Leadership in Hispanic/Latinx Congregations will begin in June 2018. Applicants must have their application completed by April 1, 2018 to be considered for the June 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.