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Doctor of Ministry

This program of study prepares experienced pastors and Christian leaders to advance their knowledge in effective ministry strategies and tactics.

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Overview

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

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. D.Min. students choose a particular program focus area: Christian Leadership or Strategic Growth.  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.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The D.Min. degree requires 10 courses (or 30 credit hours), which can be completed within 2 years for full-time students. All courses are offered online. GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

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

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

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

Total Fees: $2,060

Semesters 2 - 5

Tuition for 2 courses (full-time): $1,950
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,050

* This is per semester.

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $10,410

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.

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

Courses

All Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
PMIN 700Foundation for Doctoral Ministry3
PMIN 701Minister’s Life & Calling3
PMIN 702Advanced Ministry Administration3
PMIN 703Ministry Research Methods3
PMIN 704Strategic Growth & Leadership3
PMIN 705Kingdom & Church Development3
PMIN 810High Capacity Leadership3
PMIN 870D.Min. Integrative Project3
PMIN 880D.Min. Proposal3
PMIN 890D.Min. Dissertation3
Total Credit Hours:30

Admissions

Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@gcd.edu, or by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to the D.Min. 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. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Thomas’ Story

Like most of today’s college students, Thomas leads a busy life. Finding time for studies while serving in full-time vocational ministry at his local church was not easy, but he sensed the need to sharpen his leadership for effective Kingdom impact.

“GCD has been an absolute gem of educational, professional, and spiritual growth in my life. The staff and curriculum have challenged and guided me to operate at new levels of leadership and effectiveness. It was an easy decision to pursue not just a masters through them, but now also the doctorate of ministry, which I know will best prepare me to equip God’s saints for ministry.”

Take Your Next Step

Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of GCD students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of GCD’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at GCD can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.