The Doctor of Ministry program is a professional degree intended for women and men who are actively engaged in full-time Christian ministry.
The primary purpose of the program is to enhance the participants’ professional competence in the particular area of their gifts and calling. The program aims to be practical in nature while at the same time is committed to maintaining high academic standards and providing a sound biblical and theological base for the practice of ministry. The program seeks to integrate learning into the context of each participant’s ministry and is shaped to meet personal needs.

Opportunities for personal and spiritual growth are woven into the fabric of the entire program. One dynamic element of the program is involvement in a Doctor of Ministry cohort (batch). Each cohort is comprised of select individuals from a variety of ministry backgrounds. The cohort remains together for the first three years of the program allowing deep and meaningful relationships to be formed. As iron sharpens iron, the group experience provides an incredible peer learning environment – one that will challenge and motivate participants to take their spirituality and ministries to the next level of growth and influence.

The program focuses on developing strong Christian leadership. In contemporary society, vital and growing churches will demand Spirit-anointed, effective leadership. If leaders expect to remain on the cutting edge of complex, demanding, and ever changing ministry, they must prepare themselves now. SABC’s D. Min. program is designed to expand the influence of its participants by equipping them to be leaders worth following.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry program must meet the following requirements:

1.   The applicant must have earned a Master of Divinity degree or its academic equivalent with a high second class.
2.  The applicant must give evidence of ability to do doctoral level work.
3.  The applicant must have had at least five years of full-time ministry experience following the completion of the first graduate theological degree.
4.  The applicant must currently be involved in a full-time ministry context (pastor, teacher, missionary, denominational or para-church organizational leader, chaplain, evangelist, counselor, etc.).

Academic Policies and Procedures

Master of Divinity Equivalency

Applicants who have completed a masters degree other than Master of Divinity may apply for admission to D.Min. and be considered for admission provided they meet the criteria for Master of Divinity Equivalency.

Master of Divinity equivalency is defined as the completion of 90 credit hours of graduate studies in categories closely parallel to SABC’s Master of Divinity curriculum.

At the request of the applicant, an equivalency evaluation may be completed by the Doctor of Ministry Office upon receipt of the requisite transcripts. Applicants who hold a masters degree other than M. Div., may satisfy equivalency by taking supplementary courses as part of the pre-doctoral program specifically designed to move to D. Min. eligibility as quickly as possible. Such courses fulfill equivalency requirements only, and will not count toward the requirements of the Doctor of Ministry degree itself. They must be completed prior to admittance into the Doctor of Ministry program.

Ministry Requirement

It is expected that each participant will remain actively involved in full-time ministry throughout the duration of the program. Any participant who leaves the ministry for any reason while pursuing the Doctor of Ministry degree must petition the Doctor of Ministry Committee for continuation in the program.

For more details, please click here for the D.Min. Prospectus. Please email sabcdmin@cgld.org for a complete application packet.