Overview

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree. It is designed for ministry professionals who desire to excel in the practice of ministry. Participants are afforded the opportunity for advanced education while remaining active in their local ministries. Potential ministry options include senior pastor, executive pastor, associate pastor, pastoral counseling, youth pastor, missionary, evangelist, college/seminary professor, military chaplain, hospital chaplain, law enforcement chaplain, and discipleship pastor.

Concentrations

  • Bible Exposition
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Church Revitalization
  • Discipleship/Christian Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Leadership

*Chaplains desiring doctoral training can select one of these concentrations or a combination of these concentrations in the Interdisciplinary Studies.

 
Specific requirements for admission

Master of Divinity or its equivalent (see below) of 72 seminary or university graduate credit hours from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.00 is required. Additionally, an applicant must have:

  • Current ministry involvement
  • Previous ministry experience
  • Statement of call to ministry
  • Writing sample: a book review or a scholarly, graded paper written for a seminary course.

Qualified students with deficiencies up to nine hours may be admitted into the D.Min. program with deficiencies. Those with deficiencies exceeding nine hours may be accepted as non-program students until the deficiencies are reduced to nine hours with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Deficiency courses must be taken prior to or concurrent with the D.Min. courses.

For the complete policy on D.Min. admission based on M.Div. equivalency, please see the Temple Baptist Seminary D.Min. Handbook.

Requirements to Pursue the Bible Exposition Concentration

This concentration requires an appropriate course selection background at the student’s prior Master’s level work. Six prerequisite areas are required (PIU course equivalencies given in parenthesis): (1) Hebrew Language or word studies (BLH601 or BSO601), (2) Greek language or word studies (BLG501 or BSN601), (3) one course in an OT Bible book (any BSO focused on a Bible book), (4) one course in a NT Bible book (any BSN focused on a Bible book), (5) Hermeneutics (BIN500), and (6) Homiletics (MIN520).

 

Objectives

Upon completion of the requirements, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in assessing and analyzing the effectiveness of a ministry to meet the determined Biblical goals
  • Develop a strategy to initiate and lead a growing ministry in a pluralistic contemporary culture
  • Demonstrate skill in high-level applied biblical research in a significant area of ministry and present it in a professional format
  • Chart a course for lifelong learning and ministry development

Summary of Required Hours

Ministry Core 9
Area of Concentration 12
Research 9
Total 30

Degree Completion Plan

DMin Concentration — 12 hours (choose one of six concentrations)
  • Bible Exposition
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Church Revitalization
  • Discipleship/Christian Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Leadership

Bible Exposition*

(requires prerequisites for selection)

MIN822 Preaching and Teaching the Old Testament 3
MIN824 Preaching and Teaching the New Testament 3
MIN825 Developing Relevant Expository Messages or 3
MPC805 Communication of Biblical Truths 3
MIN890 Professional Development 3
  Total 12

 

Biblical Counseling

MIN830 Biblical Counseling 3
MIN834 Counseling Ethics and Administration 3
MIN838 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
MIN890 Professional Development 3
  Total 12

 

Church Revitalization

MIN850 Biblical Foundations of Church Revitalization & Health 3
MIN854 Principles and Strategies for Church Revitalization 3
MIN858 Addressing Challenges in Church Revitalization 3
MIN890 Professional Development 3
  Total 12

 

Discipleship/Christian Education

MIN860 Christian Education Curriculum 3
MIN864 Innovations in Church Ministries 3
MIN868 The Christian Ed. Director in the Local Church 3
MIN890 Professional Development 3
  Total 12

 

Interdisciplinary Studies

The student may choose any four courses from the other five concentrations to create a concentration that fits his or her needs.

  Total 12

 

Leadership

MIN810 Leadership: Teams, Transition, and Conflict 3
MIN820 Biblical Preaching or Teaching or 3
MPC805 Communication of Biblical Truths  
MIN830 Biblical Counseling 3
MIN890 Professional Development 3
  Total 12
Maximum time limit to complete program

Five years

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 an acceptable D.Min. Project.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University;
  5. Shall have satisfactorily completed the Christian Service requirements;
  6. Shall have given evidence of high Christian character and conduct in accord with University standards. He/she shall also manifest essential agreement with the Statement of Faith;
  7. Shall have paid in full his/her account with the University;
  8. Must have received a decision of eligibility for graduation from the Faculty.

In order to become a candidate for graduation a student

  1. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours at PIU;
  2. Shall have maintained a minimum academic average of C (higher for some programs);
  3. Shall have passed all courses in his/her curriculum and made a C or better in key courses designated as essential in each program;
  4. Shall have completed at least 24 of the final 30 hours with Piedmont International University.