The Doctor of Ministry program is offered to candidates that are in the ministry or have three or more years ministry experience. The program is structured to develop a good rationale for biblical belief, study social factors that affect ministry, advanced biblical studies, methods of evangelism, church planting, and discipleship. The program is available in residence and in ministry modes.
- Applicant must have a Master of Divinity degree or the equivalent and have at least two years of experience in the ministry.
- Those with an M.A. Degree and at least five years of experience may be admitted by special provision. Some credits may be granted for pastoral and Christian education courses because of the applicant's experience to make up for M. Div. equivalence. Typical M. Div. academic classes will be assigned to make up the pre-requisite.
- In some cases reading and/or projects may be assigned to be completed either prior to the course or following it.
- All applicants are provisionally admitted to the program and are on evaluation for the first year. The applicant's eligibility for candidacy in the second year depends upon the collective evaluation report of the faculty handling the classes.
Candidates with Advanced Standing
- Candidates with advanced standing can qualify for the D.Min. degree without leaving the ministry, by doing independent study and writing a thesis. Transfer of a maximum of16 credits from post M.Div programs can be allowed. All such candidates, however, will be required to take, Course GEST: 911 and some core courses in residence for the completion of the program. All requests for advanced candidacy status should be directed to the Office of the President.
- Candidates must have ten or more years experience in significant ministry.
- Candidates must posses educational qualifications beyond M.Div.
- Candidates with more than ten years of experience, but without post M.Div. education may also qualify by earning necessary credits.
- Candidates must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in oral and written English.
- Candidates should demonstrate aptitude and ability for doing independent research and study.
- Candidates must return to SIBBC&S four months before graduation, with all data collected to write the thesis.