Theology & Ministry
Engage in theological reflection & research, develop new understandings of theological content, and generate new understandings of the craft of ministry.
A Doctor in Theology and Ministry degree is a professional research doctorate.
An academic alternative to the Ph.D. degree, the DThM is directed and examined in the same way as a Ph.D. course of study.
The DThM requires 36 credit hours of systematic study and original research leading to a doctoral dissertation and oral defense.
This degree is ideal for those who desire independent research, supervised by doctoral faculty, connected to the core discipline of theology, with direct application to the practice of ministry.
If you're looking for an academic alternative to a Ph.D. degree in the field of Theology and Ministry, a Doctor in Theology and Ministry (DThM) degree may be the right choice for you. This professional research doctorate program is structured and examined in a similar way to a Ph.D. course of study, but offers a unique opportunity for independent research, supervised by doctoral faculty.
To complete the DThM program, you'll need to complete 36 credit hours of systematic study and original research, which will culminate in a doctoral dissertation and oral defense. The program is ideal for those who want to focus on the core discipline of theology and its applications to the practice of ministry.
There are three different concentrations available for the DThM program:
Open & Relational Theology with Tom Oord, Ph.D.
Romantic Theology with Michael Christensen, Ph.D.
Semiotics with Len Sweet, Ph.D.
Online | 36 Credits | Two Years
With a focus on rich theological reflection on ministry practice, the Doctor in Theology & Ministry will help you develop and deepen your knowledge of theological content, be more fully formed in Christian character, and generate new understandings of the meaning of ministry. Through the program, you will develop and demonstrate proficiency in the following outcomes: Narrative Research Methodology, Specialized Ministry, Contextualized Ministry, Cultural Competency, and Biblical Integration,
As part of the Doctor in Theology & Ministry program, you will be invited to generate for dissemination high-level scholarly research within a specialized theological field of inquiry toward the improvement of ministry praxis. You will work alongside a mentor team that’s crafted around your specialized field of inquiry, and your entire learning experience may be individualized and contextualized as much as possible toward the exploration of your degree concentration and research focus.
Customized Learning Experiences
Northwind uses Guided Education as the foundation of an academic journey exploring specific specialization in ministry. As a Doctor of Theology & Ministry student, you will have the opportunity to engage in individualized and guided learning experiences that encourage deep theological reflection on ministry practice within your own context and tradition. Faculty Mentors serve as your guides on this journey.