About the Degree

The Doctor of Ministry degree is designed to help you reflect critically about ministry and engage rigorously in theological and missiological dialogue in an advanced learning environment. This is a practical and professional degree program centered on the intersection of culture and theology. This unique opportunity to do theology in your context will deepen your faith, challenge your paradigms, and help you develop personal, ministry, and intellectual habits so you will continue to flourish where God leads you.

Working with a team of mentors, you will:

  • Define areas of mastery in your knowledge base, personal character, and ministry skills.

  • Assess prior learning to determine levels of competency.

  • Identify opportunities for growth in your craft, character, and content.

  • Develop a contextual learning path for you to master.

  • Assess and adjust your path according to your context and vocation.

  • Conduct a master assessment with your mentor team to ensure progress toward your vocational and academic goals.

The Doctor of Ministry is . . .

A transformational journey of discipleship focused on helping you develop vocational excellence in your current or desired context – all on your time and from wherever you are.

  • Affordable

    Only $300 per month.

  • Accessible

    From anywhere in the world.

  • Relevant

    Customized learning for your goals.

  • Faithful

    Rooted in Jesus Christ.

Learning experiences focused on acquiring a new level of ministry expertise

Deepen not simply your knowledge base, but also your proficiency in its application to your ministry through doctoral-level research.

  1. 1
    • Welcome to the Doctor of Ministry

    • Application

    • How to use this LMS player

    • If You Entered the DMin Program Without an MDiv Degree...Read This!!!

    • Revisit the DMin Outcome Descriptions

    • Doctor of Ministry Handbook

    • Before we begin...

  2. 2
    • Instructions

    • Writing Academic Book Reviews

    • Writing a Seminary Paper

    • Resources for Academic Research

    • Writing & Style Guides

  3. 3
    • Instructions for the MDiv Equivalency Learning Experiences

    • The Study of the Ephesian Movement

    • Practices of the Ancient Church

    • Missiological Theology

    • Movemental Ecclesiology

  4. 4
    • Expected Learning Outcome

    • Starting Well

  5. 5
    • Expected Learning Outcome

    • Reading Reflection Report - Sensing

    • Reading Reflection Report - Cameron & Duce

    • Proposal Questionnaire

    • Foundations Seminar

    • What is a Doctor of Ministry project?

    • Project Proposal Template

    • Submit your project proposal document here

    • Directed Learning Experience Proposal Form #1

    • Directed Learning Experience Proposal Form #2

    • Master Assessment

  6. 6
    • Expected Learning Outcome

    • Directed Learning Experience 1

    • Directed Learning Experience 2

    • Master Assessment

  7. 7
    • Expected Learning Outcome

    • Alston and Jarvis, "The Power to Comprehend With All the Saints"

    • Reflections on Alston and Jarvis

    • Stone and Duke, "How to Think Theologically"

    • Reflections on Stone and Duke

    • Biblical and Theological Presentation

    • DM 802 Biblical and Theological Foundations Seminar

    • Master Assessment

  8. 8
    • Expected Learning Outcome

    • Vanhoozer, Anderson, and Sleasman "Everyday Theology"

    • Reflection on Vanhoozer, Anderson, Sleasman

    • Leonora Tubbs Tisdale "Preaching as Local Theology and Folk Art"

    • Reflection on Tisdale

    • Sociological and Cultural Studies Presentation

    • DM 803 Sociological and Cultural Foundations Seminar

    • Master Assessment

  9. 9
    • Expected Learning Outcome

    • Complete Mentor Team Evaluation of MDiv Equivalency

    • Final Project Summary Paper Template

    • Final DMin Project

    • Defense of DMin Project

    • Master Assessment

  10. 10
    • Expected Learning Outcome

    • Continuing Well

  11. 11
    • Program Survey

    • Before you go...

    • Want to go further? Consider ThD, or PhD

Our Educational Philosophy

This is your education and our focus is on you not simply as a student, but as a fellow learner on a journey to develop a proficiency in theological and missiological content, vocational skills that will lead to success, and character motivated by your identity in Christ.

  • Character Development

    ✔️Deepen your faith as you follow Jesus.

    ✔️Participate in a journey of discipleship and formation that invites you to embody the way of Jesus as co-laborer on God’s mission.

    ✔️Learn to integrate your faith and your vocation so that what you do is shaped by who you are as a follower of Jesus.

  • Vocational Excellence

    ✔️Develop skills across a wide array of disciplines (e.g. Bible, theology, missiology, leadership, spirituality, and more).

    ✔️Learn to communicate effectively in your culture and in the world around you.

    ✔️Be equipped for a life-time of service of church planting and training church planters.

  • Proficiency Learning

    ✔️Develop patterns of thinking that reflect biblical, theological, historical, contextual, and vocational realities.

    ✔️Demonstrate your learning through a portfolio of learning that provides evidence of who you are, what you can do, and where you thrive.

    ✔️Learn in the context of real-life situations rather than fabricated classroom experiences.

In partnership with Kairos University

Affordable. Accessible. Relevant. Faithful.

Kairos University is a global system of theological education that provides opportunities for students to build entirely customized educational journeys that are affordable, accessible, relevant, and faithful. The University has a campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with offices throughout the United States and Canada, partnerships with organizations around the world, and students from nearly every continent.

The university is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and The Higher Learning Commission. Learn more by clicking the button below.

A typical student

Participants in the DMin degree are not simply students enrolled in a self-paced course. They join a learning community of like-minded experts and other explorers. We would love to welcome you into a creative and innovative global community.

Our typical student is . . .

  • A church or lay leader desiring to fulfill their passion to start new churches

  • A prospective missionary preparing to go to the field

  • A deployed missionary looking to sharpen cross-cultural effectiveness to successfully plant indigenous churches

  • A co-vocational pastor focused on equipping others to multiplying disciples

  • A lead pastor preparing his church for reproducing healthy churches

Tuition and Fees

Our unique subscription plan gives you financial options for your seminary education!

$350 gets you started with the application fee and first month's tuition. Then, $300 per month keeps you enrolled in the degree.
The DMin degree is a total of 36 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 12-18 months. The more diligently you progress through the program the less you pay in tuition. We do this to incentivize your hard work and help you steward the financial resources God has given you. If life gets in the way, simply cancel your subscription and re-subscribe when your calendar permits.

Degree Benefits

  • Affordable

    Get high quality, and academically rigorous seminary classes for a fraction of the cost.

  • Doctor of Ministry

    Graduate in 24 months or less with a degree that positions you with the skills and expertise needed for effective engagement of culture.

  • Dynamic

    Dynamic video lectures with practical demonstrations and supplemental resources.

  • Engaging

    Engaging interaction connected to a global network of learners doing theology and ministry collaboratively.

  • 24/7 Access

    All day and all night access from wherever in the world you are doing ministry. You do not have to move to a seminary campus.

  • Accredited

    Kairos University is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

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We do not just simply fill your heads, but your hearts so that your hands are motivated and equipped to lead movements.

Our Doctor of Ministry Faculty

Our faculty bring decades of practical theological education to your learning experience.

Professor of Missiological Theology

Michael T. Cooper

Dr. Cooper earned a PhD in Intercultural Studies with a focus on religious movements and a minor in theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He currently serves as a missiologist for a missions agency where he focuses on missiological research and equipping missionaries for effective cultural engagement. He has thirty years of missions experience, including ten years as a pioneer church planter in Romania after the fall of communism and has equipped church planters and leaders in Africa, Europe, North America, South America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. He is a guest faculty at Torch Trinity Graduate University, adjunct faculty at Mission India Theological Seminary, Asia Graduate School of Theology Nepal, and Ebenezer Bible College in Katmandu, and affiliate faculty at Kairos University. He has written and contributed to more than 30 books and academic articles and has presented conference lectures at the London School of Economics, University of Bordeaux, Loyola University, Baylor University, and many others. His recent book, Ephesiology: A Study of the Ephesian Movement is a best seller at William Carey Publishing.

Professor of Spiritual Formation

Donald Patrick Harris

Don is, first and foremost, a Christian thinker and practitioner. But he is also a spiritual friend-director and missiologist. Don and his wife, Ellen, invested twenty-five years of their lives as missionaries—most of them in the former Czechoslovakia. While living there his primary focus was facilitative church planting, functioning as a trainer, coach and mentor with Czech church planters. He also provided spiritual friendship and direction for expatriate missionaries and other spiritual leaders. Don earned a professional doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, specializing in Spiritual Formation for Ministry Leaders. However, his highest academic credential is the Th.M. in New Testament. He continues to bring his experience and education to bear on his ministry passion: Christian ministry leaders, congregations and organizations who struggle and seek help. Don and Ellen make their home in Palm City on South Florida’s Treasure Coast.

Senior Fellow, C.S. Lewis Institute

Randy Newman

Dr. Newman is the Senior Fellow for Evangelism and Apologetics at The C. S. Lewis Institute in the Washington, DC area. He has also taught at numerous theological seminaries and colleges. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written a number of books and articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He is also the host of Questions That Matter, a podcast of the C. S. Lewis Institute. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and are grateful for their children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Professor of New Testament

Sylvie Raquel

Dr. Raquel has twenty-five years of academic experience in teaching biblical studies. She is committed to using her knowledge for building the Kingdom of God. Her heart is for missions. She is fluent in three spoken languages (English, French, and Spanish) besides the biblical languages (Koine Greek, Hebrew) and has a working knowledge of German and Latin. She also has ministerial experience. She worked in three different international churches in the area of youth ministry, discipleship ministry, prison ministry, and ESL ministry. She participated to or led missions’ trips to Kazakhstan, France, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Zambia, and India, as well as within the U.S.A. She is now looking into teaching online English, Spanish, and French theological studies.

President and CEO, To Every Tribe

Stephen Leston

Dr. Stephen Leston is the President of To Every Tribe, a mission training and sending agency. Prior to this role, Stephen served as the pastor of Kishwaukee Bible Church in DeKalb Illinois. He has been involved in ministry for over 20 years. He loves preaching, teaching, and equipping the next generation of leaders how to do the same. In addition to being the Author of The Bible in World History, He is also the author of The Illustrated Guide to Bible Battles and has contributed to several volumes of the Layman's Commentary Series. Steve's heart is to see people understand how to read, understand and apply the Christian Bible to their lives.

Senior Pastor, Round Hill EPC

David D. Feiser

A graduate of Penn State, Pastor Dave earned a Master of Theological Studies at Palmer Theological Seminary outside of Philadelphia, and then to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he received a Ph.D. in Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology. His dissertation was a theology of proclamation, aiming to help the local church use not only preaching, but the sacraments and living out one's faith in the world as means of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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