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DMin Degree – Major in Pastoral Ministry

The major in the DMin degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.


Purpose of the Major

To provide persons in ministry with opportunities for advanced, professional studies in theological reflection on pastoral ministry in order to enhance their service through the local church or church-related ministries.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will enhance critical thinking skills in Bible studies, theological reflection and ministry practices.
  2. Learners will develop new abilities in synthesizing and formulating models for ministry.
  3. Learners will increase confidence for new ministry opportunities where specialized skills are needed.

Major Core Studies – 18 Credits

Major Core Studies form 18 credits of the 30 credits minimum for the DMin degree Major in Pastoral Ministry. Major Core Studies are from Expository Preaching, Christian Education, and Pastoral Ministry subject areas.

  • EP 725 Doctrinal Preaching: Case Studies in Preaching on Hope
  • CE 735 Devotion to Christ
  • PM 742 Mentoring in Today’s Culture
  • PM 704 Leading Change
  • CE 788 Assessing and Applying Appropriate Teaching Strategies
  • PM 749 Survey and Research of Small Group Dynamics

Program Structure – 30 Credits Minimum

  • RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Major Core Studies – 18 credits
  • D.Min. Common Core – 6 credits
  • D.Min. Capstone Research Project – 6 credits

A minimum of 21 credits must be earned through Trinity. A maximum of 9 credits may be satisfied via transfer credit. The transfer must be relevant to the student's program of study and equivalent in both content and degree level of doctoral courses. Transfer (grades of "B" or above) must satisfy the requirements of the program. Awarding degree credit for experiential learning is not available at the doctoral level.

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