Welcome to the RTS-Charlotte Doctor of Ministry Program
The Doctor of Ministry degree is a second professional degree designed for persons in full-time Christian ministry.
What are the options for taking courses?
Students may take all their course work in Charlotte or they may also choose to take classes at RTS-Jackson or RTS-Orlando. Of the eight courses (4 required/ 4 electives) at least 4 must be taken in Charlotte.
What is the Schedule for the D.Min. Degree?
Classroom times are set up to meet the realistic needs of persons who already have full ministry schedules. One-week intensive courses (required and elective courses) are offered in January and July of every year (see schedule here) Students have four years to complete the eight courses - most students take one course per term but are free to take two courses in a term if time allows. Two additional years are allowed for finishing the final D.Min. project after the course work is completed.
The total time allotted to complete the degree is six years - students may finish in less time than this and may receive up to three one-year extensions to complete the degree.
Historical-Theological Studies at RTS-Charlotte
The Charlotte campus of RTS allows students to do work in the Historical-Theological field as well as in Practical Theology. Each year we offer elective courses in the areas of Church History and Theology due to significant student interest in these fields. While the D.Min. is an advanced degree in Practical Theology, it is an integrative degree like the M.Div. program. Students may take electives and write the doctoral project in Historical-Theological Studies.
Financial Aid for Pastors
One of the key challenges pastors face in considering further education is the cost of pursuing another degree. A pastor may not have the discretionary income to fully fund additional theological education. Often churches desire to support the pastor’s continuing study, but are unable to pay the entire tuition. RTS-Charlotte has a plan for addressing the situation. We offer a scholarship program which allows the student, local church and seminary to partner together in funding D.Min. tuition.
Whatever the level of church support available, the RTS Church Partnership Program can make the D.Min. degree at RTS-Charlotte financially possible. The Church Partnership Program is simple. Provided the student can demonstrate financial need, Reformed theological Seminary-Charlotte will match the donation of the pastor’s congregation with scholarship funds, up to one-third of annual D.Min. tuition costs. This plan can provide two-thirds of the expense of tuition, thus relieving the student of a large portion of the financial costs.
For further information, contact RTS-Charlotte D.Min Office:
Director: Dr. Don Fortson
Contact: Tari Williamson