Doctor of Ministry in Educational Leadership

VTS is happy to announce that our electronic application for the D.Min. program is now available.  Click here for the application.
Our world needs wise and spiritually-grounded leaders, especially in schools, universities, and indeed all cultures of learning – leaders who can integrate religious perspectives with the insights and best practices of education. Such leaders are better able to make sense of the challenges of education, think on their feet, point to the Greater Good, and open paths of transformation in the lives of students, teachers, parents, and communities.
Since 2005, we have been helping leaders in Christian educational settings be just that, in a program designed to fit with and relate to the ebb and flow of life in educational institutions.
Educational leaders from many denominations come to our Educational Leadership program. The DMin in Educational Leadership is for ordained and lay ministers with at least three years of experience who work full-time as professionals in educational settings – heads of schools, chaplains, campus ministers, rectors and senior pastors, teachers of religion, and judicatory and para-church ministry educational leaders. We particularly seek people with proven skills in teaching, leadership, or religious life, who want to wrestle with new challenges.
This one-of-a-kind doctoral program brings together a focus on theology, education, human development, and organizational leadership. The heart of our work is fostering deep, integral practical wisdom and courage, as we bring our educational contexts into conversation with the finest insights from scripture, theology, and various human sciences and professions. Your educational context of ministry becomes your laboratory of focused learning, testing, and reflection.
  • Focus on questions of God's ultimate purposes and desires for individuals, faith communities, and societies - particularly in relation to the aims and practices of education.
  • Learn best practices pulled from a range of professions including religious mission and ministry, education, business and labor, government and the military.
  • Work with peers on your real-life situations, to gain new insights and develop new habits in your educational ministry and leadership
  • Examine your own actions and assumptions in your ministry and leadership, through theological, behavioral, and organizational lenses.
  • Know and claim afresh what you are trying to achieve in Christ's name, why you are trying to achieve it, and how you can pursue it through transformational ministry, leadership, and mission
  • Improve your capacity to guide, shape, and energize schools, colleges, and other educational contexts around their highest purposes and aims.
  • Work side-by-side with leaders in your educational setting to stimulate change and open doors for transformation.
  • Work with peers in case study groups to develop new habits in your leadership in classroom, administration, worship, and service
  • Use what you learn to conduct little “experiments” in education, ministry and leadership, trying on different approaches in real-life situations.
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
  • A Failure of Nerve, by Edwin Friedman
  • Doing Local Theology, by Clemens Sedmak
  • Theologies of Religion, by Paul F. Knitter

Click here for education requirements.
Course Offerings
Application process

Preparatory readings and assignments

9 total weeks of on-campus residencies at VTS

Daily worship and bible reflection

Reading at home

Self-selected training

Case studies

Community of discourse

Project thesis
Contact Us
Doctor of Ministry Program
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA  22304
Phone: 703-370-6600