Director, Doctor of Ministry Program: Dr. Carson Reed
The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced program oriented toward ministerial leadership. Its purpose is to enhance the practice of ministry for persons who hold the Master of Divinity degree and have engaged in ministerial leadership in non-profits or congregational contexts. The program requires 30 credit hours of curricular work. Those hours include eight seminars (24 hours) and a thesis (6 hours). The thesis allows the student to engage in structured research methods which will result in an effective ministry intervention in a specific setting, a thesis which demonstrates the integration of theology and practice, and an oral examination.
Distinguished from academic research programs such as the Ph.D. or Th.D., the primary emphasis of the Doctor of Ministry program is on excellence in the practice of ministry and is not intended to be an academic research degree. Rather, the aim of the Doctor of Ministry program is develop advanced skills and capacity to practice the deep wisdom of integrating informed theological reflection with practice in churches, non-profits, and other ministry-related contexts.
The aim of ACU's D.Min. degree is provide the context for deepened spiritual formation for ministerial leaders, to advance skill development for leadership in faith communities, and to promote critical theological reflection that informs mission and practice. With ACU's history in doctoral level education for ministry and the many skilled practitioners who are linked to the program, D.Min. students enter into a collegial community of learners that will foster formation and learning throughout the program and beyond.