Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching is a professional terminal degree program designed to provide the graduate with enhanced exegetical, theological, and communication skills for the purpose of serving the church most effectively through the means of expository preaching. The 34 credit-hour curriculum consists of seven 4 credit-hour courses delivered in module format, and culminates in a 6 credit-hour final project. The DMin is intended for experienced pastors, missionaries, and others whose primary calling is the ministry of preaching God’s Word. The first class is free.

The following courses are offered in the Doctor of Ministry program.
Click on each course to learn about its content, professor, requirements, and textbooks.

Christian Ministry & Communication
4 credit hours
Biblical Theology & Exegesis
16 credit hours
Historical & Systematic Theology
8 credit hours
Final Project
  • Capstone Research Project
    Click HERE to view a complete description of the Capstone Research Project in the Postgraduate Handbook.
6 credit hours

34 credit hours

The prerequisites for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program are the following:
In addition to the general admission requirements for all applicants to VBTS, individuals seeking acceptance to the D.Min. program must:

1. Articulate intent to serve in a vocational teaching or preaching ministry.
2. Commit to finish the program within 6 years.
3. Fulfill the qualifications for ministry as described in 1 Timothy 3.
4. Have at least three years of teaching or preaching ministry experience
5. Hold an MDiv or its equivalent (at least 80 graduate credit hours, of which at least 6 credit hours reflect Greek language study, 6 credit hours reflect Hebrew language study, and 9 credit hours reflect the study of Systematic Theology.)

For a complete explanation of DMin admissions requirements, click here to view the VBTS Postgraduate Handbook. 

The graduating Doctor of Ministry student will be able to:

Demonstrate exegetical skills in various genres of the biblical text.
2. Articulate theological expressions that are clear, coherent, historically informed, and readily applicable.
3. Correlate the results of exegetical and theological studies in expository sermons which are relevant to ministry and global mission.The following courses are offered in the Doctor of Ministry program. 

The projected schedule for the DMin modules can be seen in the table below (click on the image for an expanded view):

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