Doctor of Ministry in Ministry Development

VTS is pleased to offer an electronic application form for the D.Min. program which you can complete on-line as the first step in the application process.  Click here for the application.
Our world needs wise Christian leaders who can use a variety of perspectives and tools to read and understand challenging situations, think on their feet, point to the Holy, and open paths of transformation in peoples lives.
Since 1975 we have been helping religious leaders do just that.
Pastoral leaders from many denominations come to our Ministry Development program
  • people who serve in churches, hospitals, the military, mission fields, and public sectors
  • people with 3 – 30 years of experience in religious leadership
  • people with proven skills and leadership, who want to wrestle with new challenges
Students in Ministry Development focus on the building and strengthening of Christian communities, and on the bridge-building and connecting of Christian communities with their surrounding neighborhoods, towns, and cities for the sake of common mission, the Common Good, and a living witness of God’s Good News.
Core courses include:
  • Foundations of Christian Mission and Community Formation
  • Ministry in Context
  • Building Evangelizing Communities
  • Moral and Ethical Leadership
  • Governance and Mission
Students will also find a wide array of topical courses including “Leading from the Pulpit,” “Liturgical Theology for Congregational Mission,” “Dynamics of Conflict and Change,” “Intentional Missional Leadership,” “Human Emotions and Ministry,” “Holistic Environments of Integrated Faith and Learning,” “Fostering Cultures of Spiritual Guidance,” and other topical courses related to the building and bridging of communities.
Campus residency schedule:
  • January, year I: 2 weeks residency
  • January, year II: 1 week residency
  • Summer, year II: 3 weeks residency
  • Summer, year III: 3 weeks residency
In order to prepare for the program, accepted students are expected to read the following books before the first residency:
  • The Practice of Adaptive Leadership, by Ronald Heifetz (and also The Work of Leadership, available as an online book)
  • A Failure of Nerve, by Edwin Friedman
  • Doing Local Theology, by Clemens Sedmak
  • Practical Theology:  An Introduction, by Richard Osmer

Course Offerings
Requirements to apply

Preparatory readings and assignments

9 total weeks of on-campus residencies at VTS

Daily worship and bible reflection

Study of place of ministry

Reading at home

Self-selected training

Case studies

Community of discourse

Project thesis
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Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA  22304
Phone: 703-461-1753