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Two Degrees, Three Tracks
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.

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n both our low-residency degree programs, the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and the Doctor of Educational Ministry (D.Ed.Min.), students choose on of these tracks: Ministry Development, Educational Leadership, and Christian Spirituality.



     
Doctor of Ministry
Students in D.Min. tracks complete pre-thesis coursework in three years. Classes consist of two basic types: Seminar courses and online 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.
Doctor of Educational Ministry
The Doctor of Educational Ministry in Educational Leadership empowers Christian educators in both churches and religious school settings to equip, strengthen, and deepen their ministry. It is oriented toward professionals who hold a master’s degree in a discipline related to D.Ed.Min. studies rather than a Master of Divinity.
 
The D.Ed.Min. requires four years of pre-thesis coursework across four summer residencies. Courses follow a hybrid learning model, combining online education with in-class time during summer residencies. 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.

Ministry Development

The Ministry Development track focuses on the building and strengthening of Christian communities, and on the bridge-building and connecting of Christian communities with surrounding neighborhoods, towns, and cities for the sake of common mission, the Common Good, and a living witness of God’s Good News.
 
 

Christian Spirituality

The Christian Spirituality track can enhance a wide variety of ministries – congregational leadership, education, healthcare, faith formation, retreat settings – by rooting those ministries in our Christian spiritual traditions and addressing the contemporary hunger for spiritual deepening.

Students in Christian Spirituality explore an array of Christian spiritual traditions—contemplative and apostolic, Biblical to contemporary—and bring them into conversation with developmental, organizational, and missional perspectives on formation, pastoral care, and leadership.

Educational Leadership

The  Educational Leadership track was launched in 2005 to strengthen educational, organizational, and spiritual leadership in independent and religiously affiliated schools, universities, and education-oriented institutions—places where the formation of mind and culture are at the heart of ministry and mission. The program helps educational leaders hone their capacities to form and transform young lives, and to work creatively with parents, peers, and public to shape cultures committed to God’s transforming work in the world.
Core Courses for Ministry Development
Foundations of Christian Mission and Community Formation
Ministry in Context
Building Evangelizing Communities
Moral and Ethical Leadership
Governance and Mission
Core courses for Christian Spirituality
Biblical Foundations of Christian Spirituality
Christian Spiritual Traditions I (contemplative)
Christian Spiritual Traditions II (apostolic)
Contemporary Spirituality
Psychology and Theology of Human Development



Core courses for Educational Leadership
History of Philosophy of Education in America
Sacred Texts in Education
Moral and Ethical Leadership
Governance and Mission
Theology and Psychology of Human Development
Topical courses for Ministry Development
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.
 
Topical courses for Christian Spirituality
Students will also find a range of topical courses including 

   Spirituality and Healthcare
   Fostering Cultures of Spiritual Guidance 
   Human Emotions and Ministry
   Spirituality, Leadership and Mission
   Dynamics of Conflict and Change 
   Spirituality, Liturgy, and the Arts
   Spirituality and Interreligious Dialogue

and other courses related to spiritual development.
Topical courses for Educational Leadership
Students will also find a wide array of topical courses including 

   Religious Diversity in Schools and Colleges 
   Fostering Cultures of Spiritual Guidance 
   Dynamics of Conflict and Change
   Information Technology in Classroom and Chapel
   Holistic Environments of Integrated Faith and Learning
   Spirituality, Liturgy, and the Arts

and other courses on curriculum and other education-related topics.
     
"The Doctor of Ministry Program is a transformative opportunity to work collegially toward strengthening of skills and scholarship, and deepening of passion and perspective. The benefits to ministry are many and the personal growth is significant."
~Lisa Barrowclough (’09), School Chaplain,
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and School,
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
     

Summer 2020 Residency
June 22 - July 10, 2020

Applications Available for Summer 2021 Residency
October 15, 2020

Application Deadline for Summer 2021 Residency
January 10, 2021

Summer 2021 Residency
June 21- July 9 
 
Applications Available for Summer 20222 Residency
October 15, 2021

Contact Us


Program Questions? 
703-461-1863
dmin@vts.edu

Application Questions?
703-461-1705
admissions@vts.edu

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