Doctor of Ministry

DMin Program

The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry Degree is to provide a level of knowledge, theoretical clarity, and competence of practice commensurate with the highest earned degree for the profession and practice of ministry. 

  1. To introduce significant scholarship in specific areas of specialization (Christian Spirituality, Justice and Peacemaking, Leadership and Ministry, Mission and Community Transformation, Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy, Preaching, Scripture and the Life of the Church, and Theology/Christian Worship) that connects to the practice of ministry (Knowing).
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on advanced scholarship related to their particular areas of specialization.
Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to connect readings in their areas of specialization with the practice of ministry.
  1. To develop advanced levels of competency in specific areas of ministry (Being). Spiritual maturity is defined for this purpose as “Receiving and nurturing loving (intimate, honest, genuine) encounters with God which then enhance your ability to express love for your neighbors and yourself.”
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate increased competency in the professional practice of ministry, including ethical standards.
Outcome 2: Graduates will experience personal growth in the area of spiritual maturity.
  1. To integrate theological and pastoral issues with the practice of ministry in particular contexts in ways that reflect growth in ministerial capacity and spiritual maturity (Doing).
Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate within their ministry contexts an enhanced level of institutional strength related to the institutions’ practice of ministry.
Outcome 2: Graduates will demonstrate an enhanced level of pastoral skill related to the practice of ministry in their ministry contexts.


The D.Min. will help you further your skills in ministry and provide you with the kind of learning experience that you will value throughout your lifetime. Students remain in their fields of service for the entire program, coming to McAfee for classes and focused collegial interaction, for individual study at the library, or to engage in consultation with the student's faculty supervisor.

McAfee School of Theology's program invites ministers, denominational leaders, and persons in a variety of ministries to join with colleagues in working for excellence in ministerial leadership by:

  • Manifesting the unity and interrelatedness of theory and practice.
  • Emphasizing collegial learning with professors and peers.
  • Intense study in a variety of subjects designed and taught by experienced faculty.
  • Providing experiential learning with the encouragement of an accomplished minister in an area of your ministry emphasis and interaction with a faculty supervisor.
  • Writing a final project thesis that makes a unique contribution to a particular aspect of ministry and enhancing your practice of ministry, as well as your institution where you carry out your vocation.

McAfee’s approach to the seminary experience is evidenced in our commitment to "changing lives and transforming communities."  Since our inception, our mission has been to engage in the process of integrating essential knowledge with the spiritual development and practical experiences necessary for ministry.  You will find our Mission and Founding Principles and Frequently Asked Questions helpful as well as reviewing the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry courses of study .