Goals of the Program
- Engage in ethical, substantive, and culturally relevant research processes
- Develop theoretical knowledge, analytical skills, and contextual awareness that enables and advances the study and practice of leadership
- Refine competencies and self-awareness within the contexts of culturally diverse congregations, denominations, and communities of intersectional identities and institutional cultures
The DMin degree offers an opportunity for leaders with practical ministry experience to research an area or issue of concern in modern ministry to create change in the profession, their communities, and the world. Students must meet the requirements as specified in the Doctoral Student Handbook of their year of matriculation.
- Seminar in Foundations of Prophetic Leadership
- Seminar in Advanced Practical Theological Research
- Research Methods & Ethics in Lived Religion/Practical Theology
- Advanced Library Research Methods
The D.Min culminates with a final research project that is designed for experienced professionals with practical experience in their ministry contexts. The project includes research related to an issue of concern and identifies theological reflection and recommendations for leadership practice. The research project should have the construction of a viable research model and the analysis of its results that connects existing theories with practice.
Flexibility for Your Busy Schedule
The D.Min program is offered through Iliff’s hybrid Journey format – an integrated cohort-based model offering a dynamic learning experience. Students meet online and on campus for short intensives during Gathering Days at Iliff. Held in Denver, Colorado, Gathering Days allows students to travel to the Iliff School of Theology campus and attend classes with their peers.
Journey is designed to enhance community building and engagement. This is accomplished through our engaging online platform, as well as through intentional community formation on campus. Courses include text discussion, blog posts, video and audio lectures, slide presentations, video conversations, live and recorded presentations, and a variety of other engaging activities. We intentionally limit the class size in online courses to ensure relationship building with other students and your instructor.
Example Elective Classes in the DMin Program
- Liberation Theologies
- Leadership and Organizational Development
- Queering Early Christianity
- Decolonizing Congregational Leadership
- Moral Stress, Resilience, and Integration
- Liberal and Evangelical Protestantism in the U.S.
- Lectionary Preaching and Christian Doctrine
- Jesus for Christians and Non-Christians
- Ethics in an Age of Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics
- More information – Doctoral Student Handbook