Our Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance your practice as a ministerial leader. We offer tools to sharpen your leadership skills, refine your theological reflection, and nurture the deep spiritual formation necessary to sustain a God-shaped ministry in diverse cultural contexts.
Quick D.Min. Resources
Here you can access the current D.Min. course schedule and sample completion schedules. Approximately 3-4 months before each residency period, we will ask you to sign up for classes through our office. We will email you the appropriate syllabi approximately 3 months before the residency begins, allowing plenty of time to purchase textbooks and complete pre-residency requirements.
ACU D.Min. alumni are also welcome to audit D.Min. courses at any time. We seek to promote lifelong learning and would love to welcome you back into the classroom! Contact our office for details.
The D.Min. project/thesis is the final integrative demonstration of the competency and skill achieved through participation in the program. It allows you to engage in structured research methods which will result in an effective ministry intervention in your specific setting along with a thesis that demonstrates the integration of theology and practice.
You will receive a wealth of information in Project/Thesis Seminar I and II. Here are a few quick reference resources.
- Advisor Guidelines
- Committee Selection Criteria
- Institutional Review Board
- Thesis Guide
- Writing Resources
Completed D.Min. project/theses are available for full-text download from Digital Commons.
Additionally, we encourage our students and alumni to extend the reach of their project/thesis work by submitting essays to peer-reviewed journals such as Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry. Published by ACU’s Siburt Institute for Church Ministry and edited by alumnus Dr. Ron Bruner (‘10), Discernment encourages effective ministerial practice by making practical theology accessible to the church. It does so through publishing essays that engage rigorous theoretical and theological reflection with contextually sensitive ministerial action.