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Program Overview

  • No need to relocate – you need only travel to AGTS three (3) times per year (February, June and October) for one-week modules
  • Designed around the cohort experience, providing opportunities for learning and growth through bonds formed in diverse small group relationships.
  • New cohorts begin every October. Although the program takes approximately four-five years to complete, the benefits begin on the first day!

Coursework Requirements for completion of the DMin Program

The program consists of three phases:
1) Core Courses
2) Elective Courses
3) Professional Project.

1.) CORE COURSES (12 HOURS)

Core 1 – PTH 901 Renewing the Spiritual Leader (3 credits)

Developing into a leader worth following includes self-leadership, other-leadership and Pentecostal spirituality. A critical appraisal of leadership models is presented as the class develops a synthetic model of Christian leadership considered from a Pentecostal perspective and based on foundations of personal development and integrity.

Core 2 – PTH 902 Biblical Theology of Ministry (3 credits)

This course gives special attention to developing the skills and methods of biblical theology for the study of scripture and equips the student to successfully complete the biblical-theological component of the DMin Project. The course also explores the role of biblical-theological reflection in leadership, ministry development and preaching.

Core 3 – PTH 911 Pentecostal Ministry in the 21st Century (3 credits)

Pentecostalism has reached the centenary mark, an event that would have been unimaginable to its first generation. Not surprisingly, Pentecostals face major challenges related to the cherished theological, spiritual, and liturgical distinctives that once uniquely identified them. This course examines dynamics of the early movement, the nature of the crucial changes that have occurred and what Pentecostalism may look like in its second century of existence.

Core 4 – PTH 905 Leading Christian Organizations (3 credits)

Organizational and strategic leadership of the contemporary church or organization with special consideration given to the integration of biblical values, contemporary leadership theory, and the participant’s ministry context.

2.) ELECTIVE HIGHLIGHTS (12 HOURS, 3 CREDITS PER COURSE)

Missional Leadership

  • Conflict Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence and Leadership
  • Church Revitalization

Biblical Preaching

  • Advanced Expository Preaching
  • Bringing the Biblical Story to the 21st Century
  • Preaching that Connects

Engaging Culture

  • Culture Crash
  • The Church and Contemporary Moral Issues
  • Intercultural Ministries in Urban Settings
  • Cultivating Healthy Relationships
  • Crisis Counseling (Today’s culture is wrought with a wide diversity of crisis – how do we as a church effectively intervene without burning bridges.)

Islamic Studies

  • Engaging Islam
  • Stu. In Missions: Shiite Islam
  • Folk Islam and Power Encounter
  • Business and Islam
  • Women in Islam

Self-Design Option

  • Conference-based courses
  • Combination of any of the above noted or otherwise offered courses depending on the academic and personal goals of the participant

Military Chaplaincy Option

  • Combination of any of the above noted or otherwise offered courses depending on the academic and personal goals of the participant

 

3.) PROFESSIONAL PROJECT (6 HOURS)

PTH 906 Project Design (3 credits)

A course designed to prepare the participant for presentation of an acceptable project prospectus to the DMin Project Committee. Components of a prospectus, research methodologies and writing strategies are explored and applied.

PTH 999 Project Development and Presentation (3 credits)

Composition and oral presentation of an acceptable written project which integrates theory and praxis and makes a meaningful contribution to the practice of ministry. All participants working on the project phase will maintain a continued registration in the program.

Concentrations

The DMin experience is flexible, and can be customized to your needs by taking advantage of our many concentrations:

  • Missional Leadership
  • Biblical Preaching
  • Engaging Culture
  • Islamic Studies
  • Military Chaplaincy
  • Self Design Option

Military Chaplaincy Concentration

Qualified chaplains may transfer a portion of their officer training into the DMin Program to create an efficient and economical path to complete their degree. Please contact the DMin office at DMin@agts.edu for more information.

Self-Design Study Option

Following completion of the Core courses, a participant may work with the DMin team to construct a combination of courses, directed research and other experiences to produce an educational framework that is a precise fit to his or her specialty and context.

Unprecedented Distinctives and Learning Outcomes

Distinctives

  • Convenient, flexible schedule
  • FasTrak Option to earn MDiv Equivalency in half the time
  • Personalized customer care
  • Academic Coaching
  • Targeting 21st Century Trends and Challenges
  • Incomparable journey of personal transformation
  • Cultivate a renewed professional and vocational identity
  • Life-giving networks and support systems
  • Access to extensive resources and world class leaders
  • Writing Clinics to ensure Academic Success
  • Pentecostal Perspective emphasizing Spirit Empowered Ministry

Learning Outcomes

Grow in Spiritual Maturity
Deepen one’s theological appreciation of the Pentecostal tradition
Cultivate disciplines of self-leadership

Demonstrate
Leadership Competency
Effectively apply new knowledge and skills to ministry practice
Become a catalyst for transformation

Exhibit
Scholarly Integration
Utilize insights of biblical and practical theology including the social-behavioral sciences to enhance ministry effectiveness
Develop professional writing skills to contribute to the church at large

Utilize Ministry Networks
Develop relational health through mutually beneficial, long-term personal connections
Create support systems for sustained impact

Admission Requirements

There are four basic criteria that define eligibility for the program:

  • Degree: an accredited M.Div. or its equivalent (*72 accredited graduate hours within specific category requirements).

*Note: See below Extended DMin for optional path.

  • Grades: a minimum cumulative GPA in accredited graduate study of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Experience: at least three years of full-time ministry following completion of the first professional master’s degree
  • Vocation: currently involved in full-time ministry context (e.g., pastor, missionary, teacher, denominational or para-church leader, chaplain, evangelist, counselor, etc.) The DMin program is designed so that leaders can earn their degrees while continuing to serve in their ministry context.

Which Path do you Qualify For?

Students with an MDiv degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution will qualify for the 30 credit hour program.

4 Core Courses (12 credits)

  • Core 1—Renewing the Spiritual Leader
  • Core 2—Biblical Theology of Ministry
  • Core 3—Pentecostal Ministry in the 21st Century
  • Core 4—Leading Christian Organizations

4 Elective Courses (12 credits)

Professional Project (6 credits)

  • Project Design Course
  • Project Development and Presentation

         Total = 30 credit hour DMin

Extended (up to 48 Credit Hour) DMin

*I do not have an MDiv but I have an MA with at least 48 credits = 48 credit hr. DMin

Students who hold an MA with at least 48 credits from an accredited institution may qualify for the 48 credit hour program (upon approval from the DMin Committee):

4 Core Courses (12 credits)

  • Core 1—Renewing the Spiritual Leader
  • Core 2—Biblical Theology of Ministry
  • Core 3—Pentecostal Ministry in the 21st Century
  • Core 4—Leading Christian Organizations

10 Elective Courses (or less depending on your MA)

Professional Project (6 credits)

  • Project Design Course
  • Project Development and Presentation

         Total = 48 credit hour DMin

*Note: If you have a master’s degree other than an M.Div. please contact the DMin Office at DMin@agts.edu for a transcript evaluation to determine the best path for you. Some applicants may qualify for additional transfer credit based on other coursework completed.

Master of Divinity Equivalency

A M.Div. from an accredited institution or M.Div. Equivalency is required for entry into the Doctor of Ministry program. M.Div. Equivalency is the completion of 72 credits of graduate study in categories parallel to the M.Div. curriculum at AGTS. M.Div. Equivalency is not a degree program.

Equivalency Evaluation: Before taking any course for M.Div. Equivalency, be sure to contact the DMin Office for an “equivalency evaluation.” This free evaluation service requires sending us your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Address them to the DMin Office, AGTS, 1435 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO 65802 or scan and email them to DMin@agts.edu for a quicker response. We will provide a report explaining how many credits you will need and in what subject areas these credits should be earned including options for moving forward. No credit for life experience will be granted.

FasTrak Option Exclusively at AGTS

A specially designed course delivery system for pre-doctoral students, FasTrak offers M.A. holders the opportunity to earn M.Div. Equivalency at an accelerated pace. Courses are taken in a six-credit format (rather than the standard 3 credit option) by simply completing additional reading and writing assignments. FasTrak is a very flexible experience. The DMin office will assist participants in their selection of classes that are offered in the FasTrak venue.

Transfer Credit

Course Credit Transfer

An individual may transfer a total of six advanced standing doctoral credits into the DMin program. Individual applications for the transfer of credits will be evaluated based upon the following considerations:

  • Credits must have been earned from ATS/CHEA–accredited institutions or those recognized by a foreign accrediting body.
  • Student must have earned a grade of “B” or higher in transfer courses.

Transfer of Doctoral Credits for Clinical Pastoral Education

AGTS will accept up to six doctoral credits for valid/supervised pastoral clinical education. The institution and credit must be recognized by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., accreditation commission.

Official transcripts must be received by the AGTS Admissions and Records Office before consideration for doctoral credit will be given. Any exceptions to the standard policy must be recommended by the DMin Committee and approved by the Academic Affairs Committee.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. One of the requirements of a DMin is participation in full-time ministry. You will need your ministry context to apply/process the things you are learning in the program.

Classes are offered in one-week modules three times per year: February, June and October. There are nine courses plus the DMin project.

Yes. We offer a variety of concentrations including Missional Leadership, Biblical Preaching, Military Chaplaincy, Engaging Culture, Islamic Studies, and Self-Design Study. Your experience can easily be customized to fit your interests and ministry context.

Program Fee: Each participant pays a fee of $18,900 for the entire Doctor of Ministry program.* Qualified participants in the Military Chaplaincy concentration pay a reduced program fee.

Predictability: The program fee is locked in at the time of admission, sheltering the participant from tuition increases and covering tuition costs for 30 credits, project fees and graduation fees.**

Budgeting: The program fee is normally payable in three installments per year for approximately three and one-half years (11 payments). If a participant extends the program into the fifth year, a $500 continuation fee per year will be assessed. Additional fees apply if the program is extended further.

Financial Aid: The program does qualify for VA benefits and private student loans, but does not qualify for Title IV federal aid (Alternative Loan Options). DMin participants are eligible for loan deferment. Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Grants and scholarships for Doctor of Ministry study are normally not available.

* Fee is subject to change.
** Note: The program fee does not cover the Application Fee of $75, textbooks, travel costs, housing and meals incurred while on campus, editing, directed research fees, continuation fees, extension fee or tuition for courses taken at other institutions.

Scholarships and grants are not normally available. The program is eligible for VA benefits and private student loans, some of which offer deferred payment schedules. Please contact the Financial Aid office at (417) 865-2815, for more helpful information.

Generally, four years (three years of course work and one year for the project). There is a six-year time limit.

New cohorts begin in October of each year. Participants should begin taking classes at this time. Of course, you must meet admission requirements (M.Div. or M.Div. equivalency; GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate work; three years of full-time ministry since earning your first master’s degree; and currently involved in full-time ministry) and be approved for admission.

A cohort is the group with whom you will take each of the core courses. The cohort-based style of learning offers several advantages, including the building of relationships that are vital to the DMin experience, as well as creating a lifetime network of friends and colleagues.

Both are terminal degrees. A Ph.D. is a research-oriented degree suited to the person who expects to teach in a particular academic specialty (e.g. New Testament). A DMin is a professional degree designed to enhance the abilities of a minister in his or her context. It will also equip a person to teach in the area of practical theology.

Yes! The DMin program is designed to complement, not compete with, your ministry. Course assignments are allotted sufficient lead times, and the benefits of the learning begin on the first day. Many participants simply transfer some of the time they currently spend on reading and conferences into program studies.

After completing all DMin coursework, and with an approved prospectus in hand, you may use the designation “DMin (cand.)” on your resume and other documents. You may start using “D.Min.” and the title “Doctor” when your degree has been recorded on your transcript. However, you must take part in the Project Symposium to complete the requirements for the D.Min.

No. Equivalency is an eligibility standard, not a degree.

The Doctor of Ministry is a substantial degree based on an education model quite distinct from the Ph.D. because the purposes of the two programs are very different. Ph.D. programs prepare students for a career in an academic specialty. D.Min. participants are full-time, vocational ministers seeking to enhance their competence to serve the Church and the world. They enter the program only after taking at least 72 hours of graduate study which, when added to 30 hours of doctoral work, makes the academic achievement represented by the DMin comparable to the coursework required for a Ph.D. degree. Doctor of Ministry projects normally are shorter than Ph.D. dissertations because of their practical focus and their action research paradigm.