“... real contemplation is the core of social action.”
Henri Nouwen truly understood that effective ministry is based on theologically reflective praxis. We get it at B. H. Carroll! The goal of Carroll’s Doctor of Ministry program is to equip pastors and ministers to practice effective leading-edge ministry in a theologically reflective way. Expert classroom facilitators team with contemporary leading practitioners to help learners to deepen and extend their ministry expertise in an environment of academic excellence. Carroll’s D.Min. program will challenge you to the core of your life and ministry.
Most of the classes required for the M.Div. program are offered Online & In Classroom.
Purpose of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree Program
The Advanced Course of Study in Church Ministry (D.Min.) is a professional doctoral program intended for persons who are in full-time vocational Christian ministry, such as pastors, associate pastors, Christian educators, ministers of worship, missionaries, workers in denominational or parachurch organizations, and evangelists, both domestic and international. The B. H. Carroll Theological Institute D.Min. degree is designed to enhance professional competence in ministry and therefore requires a balance between research and praxis. The D.Min. degree is an in- ministry, non-residential program that enables students to complete a post-graduate course of study in higher education while remaining in full-time ministry.
The D.Min. degree prepares ministers to practice ministry reflectively and meaningfully through the ongoing integration of theory and practice. The program also trains ministers to acquire and develop mature and effective leadership skills and competencies in pastoral research. The program requires students to make a contribution to the understanding and practice of ministry through the design, implementation, evaluation, and completion of a doctoral-level project. The structure of the D.Min. degree arises from specific goals for such programs.
Structure of the D.Min. Program
The central goals (cf. ATS standard F. 1) of the Carroll D.Min. degree, as an advanced program that is oriented toward ministerial leadership, include the following:
- GOAL 1: Doctor of Ministry degree recipients will give evidence of an advanced understanding of the nature and purposes of ministry.
- GOAL 2: Doctor of Ministry degree recipients will give evidence of further development in pastoral analysis and ministry skills.
- GOAL 3: Doctor of Ministry degree recipients will give evidence of integrating new competencies (See Goal 2) into the practice of theologically reflective ministry.
- GOAL 4: Doctor of Ministry degree recipients will give evidence that their professional lives have been enhanced in terms of spiritual maturity.
These core goals are achieved uniquely at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute through specific learner-centered competencies that have their bases in four theologically-oriented Learning Clusters of Carroll’s foundational curriculum.