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.


  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Bible Exposition
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Missions
  • Discipleship/Christian Education
  • Interdisciplinary






Admissions Requirements

Specific Requirements for Admission
Master of Divinity or its equivalent of 72 seminary or university 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.

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).




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

MIN700   The Strategic Ministry Leader     3 hours

MIN710   Philosophy and Practice of Ministry    3 hours

MIN740   Challenges to the Christian World View    3 hours

RES885  Project Research Design and Procedures    3 hours  (one week modular on campus)
RES888  Doctoral Ministry Project I   3 hours
RES889  Doctoral Ministry Project II   3 hours
Choose one of seven concentrations

  • Leadership
  • Bible Exposition*
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Military Chaplaincy
  • Missions
  • Discipleship/Christian Education
  • Interdisciplinary


MIN810   Leadership: Teams, Transition, and Conflict    3 hours

MIN820   Biblical Preaching or Teaching   3 hours

MIN830   Biblical Counseling     3 hours

MIN890   Professional Development    3 hours


Bible Exposition  *(requires prerequisites for selection)

MIN822   Preaching and Teaching the Old Testament     3 hours

MIN824   Preaching and Teaching the New Testament    3 hours

MIN825   Developing Relevant Expository Messages      3 hours

MIN890   Professional Development    3 hours


Biblical Counseling

MIN830   Biblical Counseling    3 hours

MIN834   Counseling Ethics and Administration    3 hours

MIN838   Marriage and Family Counseling    3 hours

MIN890   Professional Development     3 hours


Military Chaplaincy

CHA800   Introduction to Military Chaplaincy     3 hours

CHA840   Military Chaplaincy Ministry - Garrison Operations     3 hours

CHA842   Military Chaplaincy Ministry - Transition to War     3 hours          

CHA844   Military Chaplaincy Ministry - Combat/Re-deploy.   3 hours



MIN841   Contemporary Theological Issues in Missions   3 hours

MIN842   Contemporary Strategic Issues in Missions    3 hours

MIN872   Current Impact of World Religions    3 hours

MIN890    Professional Development    3 hours


Discipleship/Christian Education

MIN860   Christian Education Curriculum    3 hours

MIN864   Innovations in Church Ministries    3 hours

MIN868   The Christian Ed. Director in the Local Church   3 hours

MIN890   Professional Development      3 hours


Total Required Hours                    30

Student Must Pass:

Project Defense

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 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:

Ministry Research
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
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.

Case Studies
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.