Doctor of Ministerial Leadership

The D.Min. (Ministry Leadership) develops your knowledge, theoretical clarity, and competence in ministry through lifelong learning in leadership. It is a popular option for pastors, church staff and para-church workers.

Deepen your understanding of ministry and strengthen your spiritual and moral integrity with the Doctor of Ministry degree. Your progress is observed through a constant mentoring relationship with an assigned member of the CIU Seminary & School of Ministry faculty. You’ll build on previous studies and ministry experiences to attain higher levels of competency. The degree is designed for those who hold the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, and who have significant experience in pastoral or cross-cultural ministry. 


This program will equip you to:

  • Analyze and address current developments and trends in the profession and practice of ministry

  • Use innovative concepts, methods, and approaches in leading change for missional renewal

  • Contribute to the theory and practice of leadership in a variety of ministry contexts


Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  •  Pastoring a local congregation

  •  Leading a multi-staff church team

  • Leading a para-church ministry

  • Leading a marketplace ministry

  • Ministering as an itinerant evangelist

  • Teaching pastoral leadership in a higher education setting

Review our course requirements, view upcoming courses and begin the application process.


Degree Program Faculty

Shirl Schiffman

Shirl Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of Ministry Studies

Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University   


Andre Rogers, Professor of Church Ministry at CIU

Andre Rogers

Professor of Church Ministry

B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary