Dr. John Nissley, Director
The purpose of the course of study leading to the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree is to enhance the practice of ministry for persons holding the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or its equivalent, and who are currently engaged in positions of Christian ministerial leadership. The program is practical in nature and is designed to increase professional competency. Students will be equipped at a more advanced level of theological reflection, critical thinking, communication skills, and leadership formation than that achieved in the foundational work of the M.Div. A program assumption is that the ministry of a local congregation or Christian ministry setting will provide the context for the course of study.
As a four-year, in-service degree, the WTS Doctor of Ministry degree program affords students the opportunity to complete the program while remaining in full-time ministry. The program consists of 32 credit hours composed of seminar content, personal and professional development, and research and writing for the research project report. A distinctive feature of this D.Min. program begins with the initial one-week seminar as the student designs a prospectus to guide his or her research project, instead of waiting until midway through the program to begin the research process. These intensive one-week seminars are held twice annually, in January and July, on the seminary’s campus located in Findlay, Ohio.
The focus of a WTS doctoral candidate’s research project is not constrained by a specific program track or other institutional parameters. The design and intent of this degree program is to provide an opportunity for students to be engaged in prolonged research for the duration of the four-year degree program. The research process is a unique feature of the WTS doctoral program that affords a venue for in-depth research, reflection, and review with feedback from peers, mentors, and professors in the student’s specific area of research emphasis. The parameter for research emphasis is to be within the broad scope of kingdom ministry.