ACU’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance your competency and skill in performing the essential tasks of ministry. But a D.Min. from ACU is not merely about being a better minister; this program is designed to develop your theological skills and leadership awareness.
Our program is flexible: Earn your D.Min. wherever you live. Travel to Abilene or Dallas twice a year for residencies - one week in January and two weeks in June.
Our program is committed to spiritual formation, mentoring, contextualized courses held in live and dynamic ministry contexts, and ways of fostering collegiality and peer-learning through networks and online tools. This commitment begins with your initial summer residency - which will introduce you to the social, academic, spiritual, and communal dimensions of our D.Min. program - and continues throughout your D.Min. studies and beyond.
The capacity of any person to lead and sustain a ministry rests not in some technique or skill. Intellectual prowess, academic rigor, and advanced people skills are no substitute for the real catalyst for ministerial leadership. Before one can lead others, one must learn to follow. That is why the heart of our program beats with a commitment to the spiritual formation of the student.
This commitment takes shape through a mentoring program that connects students with D.Min. alumni who understand the rigors of ministry, scholarship, and a vibrant life with God. Additionally, D.Min. students gather each year for a retreat designed specifically for persons who are engaged in ministerial leadership.
Download the D.Min. brochure for more information about program format, degree plan, accreditation, and distinctive aspects that set ACU’s D.Min. program apart. See also this information about Graduate School of Theology affordability and scholarships.
Are you ready to be a part of a dynamic, flexible, challenging program that will take your ministry to the next level? Apply today or request information.
|Degree||Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)|
|Program length||3 years; Sample Completion Schedule|
|Application Deadline||January 31|
You will take courses such as:
Integrative Reflection: Advanced synthesis of biblical and theological foundations that inform Christian ministry through the practice of integrative theological reflection.
Contexts: Increased competence in reading, assessing, and interpreting varied cultural contexts of ministry.
Leadership Skills: Advanced leadership skills for missional renewal and transformation within ministry contexts.
Formation: Maturation in professional development, self-care, and spiritual formation.
See full ACU graduate admissions requirements here.
If accepted into the D.Min. program, students may begin classes that summer or defer their enrollment for one year. All application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or ACU Box 29405, Abilene, TX 79699-9405.