Today’s Christian leaders cannot afford to stop growing and learning. Advanced, professional training for enhanced ministry effectiveness is no longer a luxury — it’s a necessity!

The Doctor of Ministry is a second professional degree designed for those in full-time Christian ministry, especially those serving in the local church, to further equip you for faithful ministry. The Doctor of Ministry degree program will help you successfully manage the demands of ministry and provide you with spiritual renewal, sharpen your ministry skills, and deepen your understanding of Scripture and the historic Reformed tradition. It is built upon the biblical, theological, and professional foundations of the Master of Divinity degree. The program is designed to be flexible enough to meet individual needs while seeking to encourage increased competence in the areas of most importance, such as preaching, teaching, shepherding, leading, etc.

The purpose of the RTS Doctor of Ministry (D .Min .) program is to equip Christian leaders to be more effective in their ministries through advanced study and training (beyond the M .Div . degree) in the theory and practice of a biblically integrated ministry. It is built upon the biblical, theological, and professional foundations of the Master of Divinity degree.

The goal of the RTS D.Min. program is to help produce “theologically reflective practitioners” who learn to think theologically about ministry as a result of taking D.Min. courses while simultaneously serving in ministry. The process of disciplined in-depth reading, integrative writing, and periodic campus interaction, with both RTS faculty and ministry peers, is designed to help bring positive growth in both the Christian leader’s personal life and public ministry.

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Church Partnership Program

The Church Partnership Program (CPP) fosters significant involvement of the student’s home church with the student and with the seminary. The CPP is a matching program which matches dollar for dollar up to 1/3 of the student’s tuition cost. Most commonly this means the student pays for 1/3 of their tuition, the church contributes 1/3 toward the student’s tuition, and RTS contributes 1/3 toward the student’s tuition. To learn more, visit the CPP page.

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