Virginia Seminary Launches Doctor of Ministry Program in Christian Spirituality


Media Contact: Curtis Prather
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Alexandria, VA – The Virginia Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the new Doctor of Ministry track in Christian Spirituality.  This D.Min concentration can enhance a wide variety of ministries – congregational leadership, education, health care, faith formation, retreat settings – by rooting those ministries in our Christian spiritual traditions and addressing the contemporary hunger for spiritual deepening. The program will explore a range of spiritual traditions, contemplative to apostolic, Biblical to contemporary.  These traditions will be brought into conversation with developmental, organizational, and missional perspectives on formation, pastoral care, ministry, and leadership.

"The Spirituality track complements the Seminary’s current ecumenical D.Min. offerings of Ministry Development, a track focused on increased excellence in organizational and spiritual leadership in congregations and missions, and Educational Leadership, a track focused on organizational and spiritual leadership in schools, universities, and other educational settings," said the Rev. David Gortner, Ph.D., director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership. "All three tracks intersect to create a dynamic environment of learning that deepens and enriches leaders’ theologies, philosophies, and best practices of the transformation of communities, culture and individuals."

For the January 2014 cohort, all applications received by September 15 will be considered. The application deadline for early admissions is June 15.  Due to the high level of interest in the program, early application is strongly encouraged.  The first cohort will begin in January 2014.  

The D.Min. program at VTS is led by the Rev. David Gortner, Ph.D., director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership, and Dr. Kathy Brown, acting associate director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.  Application forms and details about the program can be found on our website, www.vts.edu/doctor.  

Founded in 1823, Virginia Theological Seminary is the largest of the 11 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church. The school prepares men and women for service in the Church worldwide, both as ordained and lay ministers, and offers a number of professional degree programs and diplomas. Currently, the Seminary represents more than 42 different dioceses and 5 different countries, for service in the Church.