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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.

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Program is a professional and terminal degree designed to equip experienced pastors and Christian leaders to advance their understanding and develop and implement effective strategies in their perspective ministry contexts. Students in this 100% online program learn through a cohort model designed to provide practical and moral support in the learning experience. Peer level relationships enhance the learning experience, which develops collaborative relationships that last beyond degree completion.

The D.Min. journey is a pivotal point in your spiritual formation and professional development. Students in the Manna University D.Min. program learn from a cadre of highly qualified and experienced scholar-practitioners. In this program you’ll learn how to strategically diagnose and address issues in ministry and various organizational contexts – all from a biblical and Holy Spirit empowered and informed perspective. You’ll explore leadership development, spiritual formation and renewal, and put it all together in a practical culminating project designed for real-world application.

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. Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2023 - 2024 Doctoral Tuition Rate

$325 per credit hour

Fees

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.

Courses

Full details can be found in the 2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog.

Core Courses

All D.Min. students, regardless of Concentration, take these 18 credit hours of coursework.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MENG 500 Graduate Student Orientation 0
PMIN 700 Foundation for Doctoral Ministry 3
PMIN 703 Ministry Research Methods 3
PMIN 704 Ministry Research Analysis 3
PMIN 870 D.Min. Ministry Project Proposal 3
PMIN 880 D.Min. Ministry Project 3
PMIN 890 D.Min. Culminating Project Report 3
Total Credit Hours: 18

Biblical Studies Concentration Courses

D.Min. students in the Biblical Studies Concentration must take all 9 credit hours of coursework.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 720 Advanced Hebrew Scriptures 3
PMIN 721 Advanced Christian Scriptures 3
PMIN 820 Applied Exegetical Studies 3
Total Credit Hours: 9

 

Additionally, D.Min. students in the Biblical Studies Concentration must take 3 credit hours from the following elective group.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 701 Minister’s Life and Calling 3
PMIN 702 Advanced Ministry Administration 3
PMIN 705 Kingdom and Church Development 3
PMIN 799 Self Study I 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

Church Leadership Concentration Courses

D.Min. students in the Church Leadership Concentration must take all 12 hours of coursework.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 701 Minister’s Life and Calling 3
PMIN 702 Advanced Ministry Administration 3
PMIN 705 Kingdom and Church Development 3
PMIN 810 High Capacity Leadership 3
Total Credit Hours: 12

Organizational Leadership Concentration Courses

D.Min. students in the Organizational Leadership Concentration must take all 9 credit hours of coursework.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 730 Advanced Global Leadership 3
PMIN 731 Organizational Behavior 3
PMIN 830 Group Behavior 3
Total Credit Hours: 9

 

Additionally, D.Min. students in the Organizational Leadership Concentration must take three credit hours from the following elective group.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 701 Minister’s Life and Calling 3
PMIN 702 Advanced Ministry Administration 3
PMIN 705 Kingdom and Church Development 3
PMIN 799 Self Study I 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

Preaching Concentration Courses

D.Min. students in the Preaching Concentration must take all 9 credit hours of coursework.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 710 Historical and Theological Foundations of Preaching and Teaching 3
PMIN 740 Modern Homiletics 3
PMIN 850 Applied Homiletics Lab 3
Total Credit Hours: 9

 

Additionally, D.Min. students in the Preaching Concentration must take three credit hours from the following elective group.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
PMIN 701 Minister’s Life and Calling 3
PMIN 702 Advanced Ministry Administration 3
PMIN 705 Kingdom and Church Development 3
PMIN 799 Self Study I 3
Total Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite Courses

D.Min. students who are admitted to the program, but do not yet have the prerequisite 15-credit hours in Graduate-level Bible or Theology courses, must take this courses or approved substitutions.

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
MBIB 501 New Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 502 Old Testament Introduction 3
MBIB 503 Advanced Hermeneutics 3
MBIB 504 Advanced Theology I 3
MBIB 505 Advanced Theology II 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Admissions

To become a student at Manna U, 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@manna.edu, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. 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.

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Student Story

Carlos's Story

“I knew I had a call on my life to ministry, but I was not sure what that looked like exactly. After I earned a graduate degree at Liberty University, I thought I was finished with school. I quickly got involved in ministry, particularly with small groups and chaplaincy, but I was still uncertain about what exact ministry to pursue. God led me to apply for the D.Min. at Manna University. My professors have taught me, coached me, mentored me, and prayed for me throughout the entire program. Throughout the program my call to ministry has become clearer and there is no doubt that God uses the D.Min. program at Manna University in the lives of believers called to ministry.”

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 Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.

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