Doctor of Ministry.


Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree is an advanced research degree in the practice of ministry. It is intended for:

  • Accomplished pastors who want to reflect rigorously and creatively about their next steps in ministry.
  • Leaders of faith-based institutions seeking to strengthen and deepen their practice of leadership.
  • Religious leaders seeking to renew their vocation in ministry through advanced theological training.
  • Ecumenical or denominational executives who want to develop new ideas and practices about what it means to be a vital and engaged church in a rapidly changing world.

The DMin is a 30-credit degree designed to empower ministerial leaders within their theologically and contextually vibrant ministries. Its purpose is to develop critically reflective practitioners who will boldly shape the future landscape of the church and other faith-based contexts.


The DMin consists of 21 credits of coursework and 9 credits for the professional project.

The 21 credits of coursework emerge from three distinct themes:

Place courses: Interpret the culture and context of your ministry and leadership through historical, social, biblical and theological analysis.

Process courses: Enhance proclamation and ministry practices by gathering your faith community’s stories and discerning opportunities for transformation and renewed purpose.

Future courses: Enable a future that ensures social justice, personal and societal wholeness, and individual spiritual vitality by learning to measure growth and change and to respond with coherent, creative leadership.

In the 9-credit project phase of the program, DMin candidates develop and implement a collaborative ministry practice project conducted in their chosen context.

Featured Faculty

Angella Son

Associate Professor of Psychology and Religion

“I just published Spirituality of Joy: Moving Beyond Dread and Duties and am now working on a book project on a theology of shame. I recently led a group of Drew students and others on a cross-cultural trip to the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea. Everyone was challenged and inspired!”

Angella Son is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She has been involved in both church and pastoral counseling in order to engage her theoretical work with practice. Within the fields of psychology of religion, pastoral care and counseling, pastoral theology and spirituality, her main scholarly interest focuses on the research on the formation of the psychological self and transformation of the spiritual self. She is a member and past president of the Society for Pastoral Theology and serves on the editorial boards for several scholarly juried journals, including the Journal of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Psychology.

Featured Alumnus

William J. Barber II T'03

Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, NC | National Board Member and President of the North Carolina Chapter, NAACP | Founder, Moral Mondays Protest Movement

In the Bible he carries, Barber has marked 2,000 passages in which God calls for justice and compassion for the poor, oppressed, and marginalized. That message, the pastor fears, has gone unheeded by North Carolina lawmakers, who have rolled back programs for the poor, cut spending on schools, and enacted restrictive voting regulations.

Unwilling to stand by silently, Barber launched Moral Mondays in April 2013, leading weekly protests at the state legislative building that have resulted in more than 900 arrests—including his own. The movement has sparked similar efforts in Georgia and South Carolina, raising hopes of a new national progressive movement. “Having studied at Drew,” says Barber, whose doctoral studies focused on public policy and pastoral care, “I don’t know how to be a theologically sound Christian without being engaged in social justice.”

Featured Alumnus

Paul Rock T'11

Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, MO

"My DMin has opened doors of opportunity both professionally and relationally. My DMin class at Drew was a diverse group of women and men who were all committed to growing in our understanding of God’s work in the world, analyzing our ministry contexts and improving our craft. That combination of diversity and shared spiritual and intellectual curiosity created important bonds, which remain. Drew faculty, who are PhDs with years of practical experience, treated us as partners and were curious about our ministries. They helped us find a focus, provided coaching and feedback, collaborated with us and challenged us to critically examine our calling. The analytical methods and tools I learned are now a default lens through which I view my ministry and the larger cultural context in which God has called me to serve."