The Doctor of Ministry program prepares experienced pastors and Christian leaders to advance their knowledge in effective ministry strategies and tactics in a particular program focus area: Christian Leadership & Strategic Growth.

GCD’s Doctor of Ministry program includes 30 credit hours from the following areas: 12 from D.Min. Foundation Courses, 9 from D.Min. Concentration Courses, and 9 from D.Min. Dissertation Courses. All courses will be offered online.

Students seeking acceptance to this program must have at least three years of ministry experience and hold an appropriate master’s degree plus no less than 15 credit hours in Bible or theology from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. At the culmination of this D.Min. program, each student will write and defend a research-based dissertation that is relevant to the program focus area.

Program Objectives

  • Analyze and evaluate ministry methodologies in context for effectiveness in advancing God’s kingdom to reach and disciple the harvest.
  • Synthesize a theology of ministry consistent with biblical truth and effective kingdom-advancing ministry strategies & tactics.
  • Develop a research-based ministry project that addresses specific ministry objectives and that produces measurable kingdom growth.
  • Create and present a strategic plan detailing implementation of the ministry project.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to lead with integrity grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview and values system.

Doctor of Ministry

2019-2020 Degree Completion Plan

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 700 Foundation for Doctoral Ministry 3
PMIN 701 Minister’s Life & Calling 3
PMIN 702 Advanced Ministry Administration 3
PMIN 703 Ministry Research Methods 3
PMIN 704 Strategic Growth & Leadership 3
PMIN 705 Kingdom & Church Development 3
PMIN 810 High Capacity Leadership 3
PMIN 870 D.Min. Integrative Project 3
PMIN 880 D.Min. Proposal 3
PMIN 890 D.Min. Dissertation 3
Total Credit Hours: 30

Follow this link for a full listing of course descriptions: Doctor of Ministry Program Details


D.Min. courses are 8 weeks in length

Summer A-Term: May 18 – July 12, 2020 Summer B-Term: July 6 – August 30, 2020
Fall A-Term: August 31 – October 25, 2020 Fall B-Term: October 26 – December 20, 2020
Spring A-Term: January 19 – March 14, 2021 Spring B-Term: March 15 – May 9, 2021


Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt.  Our low tuition rates help emerging leaders receive solid biblical training and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 D.Min. Tuition Rate = $325 per credit hour

Courses for the D.Min. program are offered online. This degree require 10 courses (or 30 credit hours) which can be completed in 2 years for full-time students.

Here is an example financial breakdown:

Application Fee: $50  (one-time)

Semester 1 Total Fees: $2,060
Tuition for 2 courses (full-time): $1,950
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100

Semester 2 Total Fees: $2,050
Tuition for 2 courses (full-time): $1,950
Technology fee: $100

Semester 3 Total Fees: $2,050
Tuition for 2 courses (full-time): $1,950
Technology fee: $100

Semester 4 Total Fees: $2,050
Tuition for 2 courses (full-time): $1,950
Technology fee: $100

Semester 5 Total Fees: $2,050
Tuition for 2 courses (full-time): $1,950
Technology fee: $100

Graduation Fee: $100  (for each conferred degree)

TOTAL COST: $10,410

Scholarships are not offered for the D.Min. program.  Follow this link to see information on using VA Education Benefits.

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $300 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of GCD’s Board of Directors.