The Doctor of Ministry program at Christian Theological Seminary, now in its seventh year since a 2015 reboot, has many reasons to celebrate. The program now includes 28 enrolled students and has graduated 15 students in the last 3 years.
Recent graduates are committed, resilient, and imaginative leaders. Their study in the DMin program has enhanced their effectiveness in ministry, whether in congregations, chaplaincy positions, educational institutions, or not-for-profit organizations.
The Doctor of Ministry in Church and Community Leadership (DMin) degree program at CTS is an advanced course of study that provides leaders with an opportunity to integrate their experience in ministry with advanced academic study. Program participants develop new skills for more effective ministry. The program consists of 33 credit hours: 9 in required cohort-based seminars, 18 in electives of the student’s choosing, and 6 in dissertation research and writing. Courses are offered in hybrid format with week-long intensives and independent study. Students complete a culminating Project in Ministry (PIM) and dissertation under the direction of a CTS faculty member. Graduates go on to have significant impact in the Indianapolis community and beyond, and their ranks continue to grow.
Program Director Rev. Dr. Scott Seay is particularly proud of the program’s impressive 83.3% persistence to graduation rate, which is more than twice the average for ATS-accredited DMin programs. “The cohort-based model of the program and the strong support from our faculty, especially during the Project in Ministry and dissertation phases of the program, account for its success,” shares Seay.