Summer Residencies & Online Seminars
VTS Doctoral Programs emply a hybrid learning model of intensive Summer residencies and online seminars.
Each summer, VTS’s doctoral students gather for three weeks of study and reflection. The beautiful 80-acre campus of VTS provides a place set apart from the demands of full-time ministry to focus on learning and enrichment. The summer residencies have three core aspects, consistent with VTS’s ethos: learning, worshipping, and living in a community. Students form lasting relationships with fellow students in their cohort and across varying doctoral tracks.
Throughout the year, students engage in online integrative courses which entail specific engagement with a ministry context, in conversation with both theology and social sciences.
Doctor in Ministry
Students in D.Min. tracks complete pre-thesis coursework in two years over three summer residencies. Classes consist of two basic types: Seminar courses and integrative courses. Seminar courses follow a hybrid learning model, combining online education with in-class time during summer residencies. Online integrative courses entail specific engagement with a ministry context, in conversation with both theology and social sciences. The capstone of all our doctoral programs is the thesis, a substantive work of action-reflection scholarship based upon rigorous examination of a ministry context and robust engagement with academic disciplines.