Why not leverage your master’s degree and ministry experience to earn a Doctor of Ministry? The Doctor of Ministry Program (DMin) is designed for current and future leaders who seek a professional degree with opportunities for research, teaching, and even greater ministry impact. This unique degree incorporates intensive academic studies as well as applied courses in which students implement what they learn in a ministry setting. Students in the program also benefit from faculty mentors who offer not only insights from their area of academic expertise but decades of practical field experience as well.
- 32 - Credit hours in the DMin degree at NGU
- 3 - Years to complete your degree
- 2 - Start dates throughout the year
- 2 - Years of post-master's, full-time ministry experience preferred
- 1 - Format for your study: hybrid of online and on campus
The 32-hour Doctor of Ministry program at NGU is designed to develop
trained and skilled ministers who make a difference. The program helps students
like you develop skills to match with the unique passion and calling God has
placed on your life, as well as a kingdom mindset. The degree sets students
apart by integrating theology and practice and providing opportunities for
advanced study in intensive seminars, courses, and field settings. Every class
focuses on the mandate of Christ in Matthew 28, with an emphasis on missions,
evangelism, discipleship, and church revitalization.
- Participate in an interactive peer learning community where experienced ministry practitioners engage each other and world-class scholars to address critical ministry issues.
- Display competence in biblical and theological reflection on ministry as well as reflection on personal, spiritual, and professional development.
- Identify the basic principles of Christian leadership with special application to Christian ministry in both the church and the community.
- Establish a growth initiative within their respective ministries that is biblically sound, measurable, and effective.
- Contribute to the Church and to the fulfillment of the Great Commission through research and practice.
- Complete training for a successful Ministry Project under the supervision of a supervisory committee.
- Complete a written Project Report that analyzes and researches an issue in the Great Commission and describes a ministry implemented to address the issue.
- Associate Pastor
- Camp Minister
- Children’s Minister
- Christian School Teacher
- Church Planter
- Director of Missions
- Discipleship Pastor
- Family Pastor
- Lay Minister
- Parachurch Minister
- Student Pastor
- Worship Leader
To apply to NGU’s DMin program, complete the following steps:
- Review the DMin Application Packet.
- Prepare and send the following documents to NGU’s Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions at 405 Lancaster Ave., Greer, SC 29650:
- Your completed Application for Admission form (See the DMin Application Packet for the form.)
- A recent passport-style photograph of yourself
- A 10-page, three-part essay — double-spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word format or as a PDF — that includes the following:
- Description of your salvation and Christian discipleship experiences, how God called you to ministry, and how you have been able to serve voluntarily and professionally
- Summary of your professional and educational goals
- Response to one of the case studies concerning an actual ministry scenario or problem (See the DMin Application Packet for the case studies.)
- Test scores for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) from within the past five years
- A $50 check for the application fee
- Download, print, fill in, and share the required reference forms:
- Five Character Reference Forms (See the DMin Application Packet for the form.)
- Former professor in your master’s-level studies
- Colleague outside your church or agency
- Denominational leader
- Lay leader in your church or agency
- Community leader outside your church or agency
- One Church / Employer Recommendation Form (See the DMin Application Packet for the form.)
- Contact the registrar for all previous colleges or universities you've attended and have them send your official transcripts directly to the North Greenville University Tigerville Campus, PO Box 1892, Tigerville, SC 29688 or email at Transcripts@ngu.edu.
- Have an intake interview with the dean of the Graduate School of Christian Ministry.
The 32-hour DMin degree at NGU consists of 11 courses. These courses are divided into the categories of doctoral seminars, applied ministry experience, and research project and methodology.
Students begin the program by completing four semesters of courses, which consist of one one-week intensive and an online practicum. During their third semester in the program, DMin students also need to take the course in research methods. The final year, students focus on their dissertation and ministry project.
Students may apply to the Doctor of Ministry program at any time during the academic year; however, classes begin in traditional fall and spring start dates.
Example Course Sequence
If you would like to complete your DMin degree in the suggested timeframe of three years, then we recommend taking a full-time load of courses each term in the following order:
FIRST AND SECOND YEARS
DM 7000 Evangelism and Missions (4 credit hours)
DM 7001 Applied Ministry Experience in Evangelism and Missions (2 credit hours)
DM 7025 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (4 credit hours)
DM 7026 Applied Ministry Experience in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (2 credit hours)
DM 7050 Christian Leadership (4 credit hours)
DM 7051 Applied Ministry Experience in Christian Leadership (2 credit hours)
DM 7075 Church Growth and Revitalization (4 credit hours)
DM 7076 Applied Ministry Experience in Church Growth and Revitalization (2 credit hours)
DM 8000 Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop (2 credit hours)
DM 8100 Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing I (3 credit hours)
DM 8101 Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing II (3 credit hours)
These are the relevant DMin courses offered at NGU and their respective course descriptions, listed alphabetically:
DM 7000 Evangelism and Missions (4 hours) – A study of the theoretical and foundational issues of evangelism and missions with specific focus on their relevance to the practice of these disciplines. Topics defined and examined include current, critical issues facing the church. Also an advanced study of the contextual examination of the biblical and theological basis and nature of evangelism and missions. Attention will be given to the biblical critique of contemporary methodologies.
DM 7001 Applied Ministry Experience in Evangelism and Missions (2 hours) – The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to evangelism and missions. (Co-requisite: DM 7000)
DM 7025 Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (4 hours) – A study of the nature, theology, purpose, and practice of biblical discipleship and spirituality. This seminar will engage the life-giving resources of discipleship and spiritual formation, the seasons and stages of the maturing spiritual journey, ministries of guiding others in groups and individuals on the spiritual path with spiritual disciplines, and the implementation of Christian formation for the local church and other ministries. Attention is given to understanding contemporary issues in discipleship and spirituality and evaluating popular trends and practices.
DM 7026 Applied Ministry Experience in Discipleship and Spiritual Formation (2 hours) – The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to discipleship and spirituality. (Co-requisite: DM 7025)
DM 7050 Christian Leadership (4 hours) – The objective of this course is to help the Christian leader examine the biblical and theological basis and nature of leadership as well as to understand the theory and develop the skills necessary for effective leadership in the church. Group dynamics, principles of change, planning, organizational development, and other concepts are considered. Varieties of learning experiences related to the Christian leader's current ministerial situation are provided.
DM 7051 Applied Ministry Experience in Christian Leadership (2 hours) – The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to leadership. (Co-requisite: DM 7050)
DM 7075 Church Growth and Revitalization (4 hours) – A study of church growth and renewal dynamics from a biblical, theological, historical, and cultural perspective. Topics include church growth and renewal principles, typologies, and methodologies, with attention to the roles of prayer, worship, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and evangelism in church growth and renewal.
DM 7076 Applied Ministry Experience in Church Growth and Revitalization (2 hours) – The utilization of field experience in the student's ministry setting to test theory and methodology in the practice of ministry, with specific attention given to church revitalization. (Prerequisite: DM 7075)
DM 8000 Research Methods and Project Proposal Workshop (2 hours) – A practicum designed to equip the student with the appropriate methods of research leading to a valid project proposal. Attention will be given to research and assessment tools as well as ministry project paradigms.
DM 8100 Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing I (3 hours) – A practicum designed to provide interaction between the student, faculty chair and field mentor during the writing phase of the project.
DM 8101 Doctor of Ministry Project and Project Report Writing II (3 hours) – A continuation of DN 8100. (Prerequisite: DM 8100)
All Graduate School of Christian Ministry faculty members at NGU hold doctoral degrees in various biblical, theological, or ministry areas. Additionally, faculty members are experienced ministers who are seasoned leaders in many areas of Christian ministry.
Students in NGU’s M.Div. program are taught and mentored by these highly credentialed faculty, who not only possess years of experience in their respective fields of study, but also enable students to think critically and develop into more effective and impactful ministers.
Larry S. McDonald, D.Min., Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Programs
Dean of the Graduate School of Christian Ministry
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Studies
Professor of Christian Spirituality
Dr. Larry McDonald has served North Greenville University since 2008. McDonald holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to almost 20 years of pastoral ministry, McDonald previously served as a Christian studies professor at Truett-McConnell College, adjunct professor at Southeastern Seminary, and a visiting professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Netherlands) and Uganda Baptist Seminary. A native Mississippian, McDonald was recognized for his leadership abilities by Leadership Jackson of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mississippi of the Mississippi Economic Council. He and his wife have three adult children and two granddaughters.
William "Bill" Cashion, D.Min.
Professor of Missions and Evangelism
Dr. Bill Cashion, a veteran missionary and pastor, served almost 20 years with the International Mission Board as a missionary in Venezuela and as missions administrator, overseeing volunteers in missions, world hunger emphasis, and crisis management procedures. He also served as a pastor for 20 years, most recently at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville, Ga.; taught at Truett-McConnell College as visiting professor of missions for six years; and served as a visiting missions professor at seven Baptist seminaries. Cashion holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in missiology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Cashion truly seeks to live out his belief that “a disciple should never allow his world to be smaller than the one Jesus died to save.”
If you’re a prospective student who’s interested in this degree at NGU, then you can contact our Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions directly to learn more:
Maria A. Kithcart, ABD
Associate Director of Adult and Graduate Admissions Counselor
Toll Free: 1-844-333-4566