the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Doctor of Ministry

Why a D.Min. from Southern Seminary?

Cohort Learning

Our D.Min. courses allow you to study with a cohort of other pastors, staff members, or missionaries who are often facing the same issues you are. Not only does the cohort system promote collegiality and friendships that may last a lifetime, but it also provides a ready-made base for prayer support.

Convenient Scheduling

Courses are offered in manageable, one-week segments (M-F) that allow you to complete the degree with just over twenty days on campus over the length of the degree. We offer a solid academic and practical program that does not sacrifice your on-the-field time in the process.

Internet Interaction

Between on-campus classes, you will interact with your cohort and professors via the Internet.

Faculty Expertise & Experience

Our professors are practitioners as well as scholars. Our faculty members are experts in their fields, having earned a doctoral degree and having significant experience in the local church or on the mission field.

Guest Lecturers

In our D.Min. program, you will learn not only from our on-campus faculty, but also from other practitioners in the field. Guests in the past have included Jerry Vines, Thom Rainer, James Merritt, Lee Strobel, Lance Quinn, Robert Coleman, Gary McIntosh, Buddy Gray, and other gifted church leaders.

Faculty Guidance & Mentoring

You will be assigned a supervisor who will give support throughout the program.

Practical Application

The Applied Ministry Experience in each program allows you to apply what you learn in the classroom to your specific ministry context. We provide assignments and projects that help you to do your ministry—not complicate it.

Proven Track Record

Our D.Min. graduates serve as pastors, staff members, missionaries, state convention and denominational employees, and adjunct professors.

Intentional Evaluation

We evaluate our programs after every seminar and make necessary changes based on student critiques. Our goal is to be the finest D.Min. program in the country.

“The D.Min. program at Southern Seminary exceeded my expectations. The flexible schedule, academic excellence, and personal touch of the professors produce a Doctor of Ministry program that is second to none.” – Kevin Hamm, D.Min. Graduate, Pastor

“My experience in the evangelism/church growth D.Min. program was the highlight of my experience as a college and seminary student. While every class was academically challenging, each one was highly practical and had an immediate application in my ministry context. I would recommend the program to anyone who desires to be more effective in living out God’s calling on his life.”– Steve Holt, D.Min. Graduate, Ministry Strategist Tennessee Baptist Convention


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding and integration of ministry into various theological disciplines.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate applied knowledge & skills pertinent to his/her vocational ministry.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to use standard research tools and methods in the chosen field of study.
  • Students will be able to research, plan, and implement a project relevant to his/her vocational ministry and to communicate the plan and its results effectively.
  • Students will be able to contribute to the understanding and practice of ministry through the completion of a written project report suitable for inclusion in the seminary library.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.