Maximum Time Limit to Complete Program
Minimum Hours to be Completed at Piedmont
15 credit hours
Transfer of Credits and Advanced Standing
Transfer credits are not to exceed 50% of the degree requirements. No Advanced Standing is available.
Length of Program and Graduation
The program is 30 semester hours, with graduation upon completion of the prescribed courses (including Transfer) with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 (with no more than one C, allowed only in the Core), and passing the oral defense upon completion of the D.Min. Project, along with submitting an acceptable D.Min. Project.
D.Min. Project and Oral Defense
The Doctor of Ministry project combines research and ministry. The research document will describe the nature of the problem explored, the literature available to address the problem, the methodology of the project, and the conclusions reached. The project brings theological reflection to bear on the findings of the research in order to enhance the ministry of the student. The project may involve one of the following models:
The ministry research project is designed for Christian leaders, who recognize the need for a new approach to ministry which has no precedents in their ministry contexts. The student researches the applicable field of study in order to develop a workshop, conference, module, etc. The implementation of one of these forums is not included in the scope of the project.
Ministry Skill Development
The student, who undertakes a ministry skill development project, recognizes the need to improve a particular ministry skill. He or she identifies the particular skill that is lacking and implements the use of this skill in ministry.
Program development research involves Christian leaders identifying the need for a particular program in their ministry context. The researcher establishes the theoretical and theological foundations of the project, lists the objectives, designs the program or curriculum, implements it, and evaluates its results.
In a case study Christian leaders seek to understand a ministry effort, person, or situation related to ministry beginning with its history and up to the end of the particular case. The project report is a narrative of the case and an explanation of how the lessons can be applied in the future.
Other types of research may be suggested by the student or student’s advisor, such as church planting projects or people group projects.
To graduate the student must pass the project defense and D.Min. comprehensive exam