Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership (DMIN)

Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership (DMIN)

Program Highlights:  

  • 30 credits beyond MDiv or equivalent
  • Coursework completed on campus in convenient January and July terms
  • Immerse yourself in a community of Anglican worship that prays the Office and celebrates the Eucharist daily
  • Take advantage of our unique 2-week Doctoral Seminar, introducing you to research methodology and designed to help active ministers craft and complete meaningful DMin projects
  • Draw on our strengths in Ascetical Theology, Liturgics, Formation and Catechesis

Learning for Leadership

A Nashotah House DMin is designed around lives engaged in full-time, fruitful ministry in the church. Whether you’ve been living your ordained or professional vocation for three years or thirty, our program is for those who are ready to combine theory with reflective practice and become the best leader that you can be, wherever God has called you to serve.

Our Doctor of Ministry is for those ready to push themselves into deeper engagement with the Bible, Christian Theology, Ascetical Theology (Christian Spirituality), and the study of Liturgy with an eye to direct and practical application to the lives of those in your spiritual care through your teaching and preaching.

The DMin Project, supervised by resident and affiliate faculty, calls you to creatively engage contemporary culture, discovering new visions and innovative tools to share the Good News in our ever-changing world. Imagine a program where today’s leaders come together to worship, pray, study, and produce the tools for the church of tomorrow.

That’s Real Presence. That’s Real Preparation.

Retreat from your day-to-day life of ministry and take up residence on our quiet, park-like wooded campus on a private lake, yet only 10 minutes from coffee shops and shopping and 40 minutes from the Milwaukee airport.

As your mind is refreshed in the classroom, you’ll find your body and spirit renewed by the majestic surroundings and the life of daily workshop, exemplifying the transcendent liturgy, practical catechesis, and solid exegesis that typified the Oxford Movement of Anglicanism. The refreshing fellowship that takes place on campus, whether chatting in the classroom eating meals in the refectory, or relaxing with an evening in the Common Room... it is a great opportunity to connect and engage with other people active in a variety of ministry contexts leading to deep and lasting friendships among colleagues in the field. Some students even bring their families along and stay on campus an extra week, taking advantage of the on-site playground and beach.

The DMin program is designed chiefly for ecclesial practitioners (priests, pastors, chaplains, catechists, Christian educators, etc.) rather than scholars. The degree equips you to think theologically and critically about practical ministry, guiding you as you craft new and visionary programs and ministries for the rest of you ministerial career.

Degree Plan - Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership (30 Credits)

Core Courses - 700 or 800 Level:

  • 3 Credits - the Doctoral Seminar (Methodology)
  • 3 Credits - Approved Liturgy Course
  • 3 Credits - Approved Ascetical Theology Course
  • 3 Credits - Approved Leadership of Family Systems Course

Doctoral Electives - 700 or 800 Level:

  • 9 Credits - Free Electives - Regular elective offerings include: Catechesis, Biblical Hermeneutics/Exegesis, and Homiletics, with othe rspecial topics from time-to-time.

DMin Project:

  • 3 Credits - Supervised Project Proposal
  • 3 Credits - DMin Project Research
  • 3 Credits - Dmin Project Writing - DMin Oral Examination / Project Defense

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry degree program will normally hold a 72-credit MDiv degree from a theological seminary accredited by the Association of Theological School with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a four-point scale. Applicants will be in good standing in an ongoing ordained or professional ministry in the church body of their affiliation and have at least three years of full-time service in that ministry.

For students lacking the MDiv, the educational equivalent for admission consists of the following graduate level credits: 15 credits of Biblical studies, 12 credits of Church History and/or Historical Theology, 12 credit hours of Systemic and/or Moral Theology, 12 credits in practical, ministry-related skills (Pastoral Theology, Liturgics, Homiletics, Christian Spirituality, Supervised Ministry, Clinical Pastoral Education, etc), plus 21 additional credits in any of the categories above.

Do you have doctoral-level credits earned at another accredited seminary in the past 10 years? These may be transferable. Contact us for your individualized transcript audit.

Contact: Kristen Olver, Admissions Counselor, at or call 262-646-6519.






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