Photo: Our January 2013 D.Min. Class

Students may be admitted to candidacy for the Doctor of Ministry degree by action of the faculty only after these requirements have been met:

  • Completion of all residence requirements and all independent study courses leading to the degree.
  • Evidence of proven Christian character.
  • Effectiveness in Christian ministry.
  • Adherence to the following doctrines: the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, the Trinity, the full deity and humanity of Christ, the spiritual lostness of the human race, the substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ, salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, and the physical return of Christ.

Students in the Doctor of Ministry program also must provide a written letter from the local church in which the student is serving that endorses the student’s ministry.

Candidates for the Doctor of Ministry degree must have completed 30 semester hours of the DM801 Core Courses; or 18 hours of DM801 Core Courses plus 12 hours of DM802 Independent Study and DM803 Dissertation.

The completion of requirements does not automatically qualify a student for the degree. Diplomas will not be awarded, transcripts issued, or placement assistance provided unless all financial obligations to the Seminary are current.

Application 2009

Syllabus 2010 in pdf

About the Program

This course has five sessions occurring over five succeeding years. Every session is worth 6 credit hours. Every student must take at least 3 sessions of this course, totaling 18 hours. Most students should take 4 or 5 sessions of this course, totaling 24 or 30 hours:

  • 801-5, January 4-15, 2016
  • 801-1, January 2-13, 2017
  • 801-2, January 2-13, 2018 (including Saturday January 13)

Every session of this course has two parts. Part 1 centers on case study original research. This includes theoretical grounding, literature review, biblical-theological foundation, conception, creation, drafting, effective presentation and peer evaluation by work-groups. Case studies in this program will be original field research of current leadership issues, challenges and opportunities in Christian ministry. Part 2 contains guest lectures by leading experts in the world community of scholars and practitioners, speaking on selected vital topics in Christian ministry and leadership:

  • 801-1, Session 1, held in 2007 & 2012
    Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Organizational Elements of Leadership
  • 801-2, Session 2, held in 2008 & 2013
    Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Preaching in the Asian Context
  • 801-3, Session 3, held in 2009 & 2014
    Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Biblical & Theological Issues: Luke
  • 801-4, Session 4, held in 2010 & 2015
    Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on The Heart of the Leader
  • 801-5, Session 5, held in 2011 & 2016
    Part 1 centers on case studies & Part 2 on Biblical & Theological Issues

This course will use case studies as a means to discuss issues of Christian leadership. The background reading in leadership can be used to supplement the case study and class discussion.
Students must understand and agree to the seven principles of the ETS Doctor of Ministry program:

  • Case Study Method—learned and utilized for original research
  • Hone leadership ability and capacity through open dialogue
  • Originality of thought and expression: no rote learning
  • Studious preparation for each concentrated class
  • Free and extensive reading in the area of one’s desired growth
  • Results driven goal—publishable case studies and dissertations
  • Frequent dialogue via e-mail and other electronic mechanisms
  • Course Objectives and Rationale

Case Study Goals

Understand the nature, scope, process, limitations and standards of a case study. Design a Christian leadership case study with a clearly formulated problem, a specific biblical foundation and a defined scope of research. Organize and conduct doctoral-level library and field research. Understand the development and then conduct field research of the case study. Evaluate results of the field research and write the case study. Present the case study in the class next year.

This course will prepare the student for research leading to the D.Min. Applied Research Project. The student will be able to select from among topics of potential interest, those which are suitable for D.Min. research. Locate and read with understanding, published reports of research on topics relevant to an Applied Research Project topic. Appreciate the need for adherence to research design and the creative freedom to resolve issues in personal ministry, both of which are inherent in D.Min. research.

Case Study

    • Two Ways to Examine a Case Study
    • Cases that Lead to a Dissertation
    • Online Research Methodology


    • Dr. Saji P. Thomas, D.Min., Director
    • Dr. David Fletcher, Founding Director
    • Dr. Tie King Tai, 2008 visiting professor
    • Dr. Darrell Bock, 2009 visiting professor
    • Dr. Bill Lawrence, 2010 visiting professor
    • Dr. Gene Getz, 2011 visiting professor
    • Dr. Carlos Pinto, 2012 visiting professor
    • Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla, 2013 visiting professor
    • Dr. Dan Wallace, 2014 visiting professor
    • Dr. Wayne Grudem, 2015 visitng professor
    • Dr. Lee Jagers, 2016 visiting professor

Case Studies by the D.Min. Students

A Pastor as a Church Planter: Hosur Bible Fellowship Centre by Aji Thomas. 2007, 6 pages.
A Case Study presented in the Doctor of Ministry Program of the Evangelical Theolgical Seminary of India. Winner of the Joy M. George Prize, 1st Place.

Francis Foulkes in his book titled, The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, states “Apostles and evangelists had a particular task in planting the church in every place; prophets, for bringing a particular word from God to a situation. Pastors and teachers were gifted to be responsible for the day-to-day building up of the church.” But then what do we have to say if a man of God with a heart and passion of a pastor is instrumental in planting a church? “I don’t have the gift of an evangelist. The capacity in which God has called me to serve Him is as a Pastor-Teacher.” says Pastor Saji Abraham of the Hosur Bible Fellowship Centre.

Independent Baptist Ministries of India, a Church Planting Organization in Kerala by Roy P. Kuruvilla. 2009, 42 pages. 
A Case Study presented in the Doctor of Ministry Program of the Evangelical Theolgical Seminary of India.

Independent Baptist Ministries of India is Church planting Organization. One of the objectives is the transformation and multiplication of the Church. The visionary is to make known the gospel of Christ in word and deed. The gospel is always transforming, it sometimes appears in new forms and shape. Thousands of Indian workers have done tremendous work for the past few decades. The activities of the IBMI are projected in the research through the eyes of an interviewee for a case study from the formation till the present state of transformation through stages of reformation.

A Withered Church in Kerala, India by Shaiju Varghese. 2008, 18 pages.
A Case Study presented in the Doctor of Ministry Program of the Evangelical Theolgical Seminary of India.

The challenges of today, world-wide, emphasize like never before the pressing need to fulfill the “Great Commission” of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is imperative that our churches stay alive and grow to meet this requirement. However, the lack of growth and the failure of many churches pose a great hindrance to this goal. This case study is an example of a church that failed; my purpose in highlighting it is to convey a better sense of awareness to Church leaders. The church under study exposes how a dominating leader can actually choke the growth of a local church.

A Growing Church in Rajasthan, India by Shaiju Varghese. 2009 26 pages.
A Case Study presented in the Doctor of Ministry Program of the Evangelical Theolgical Seminary of India. Winner of the ACA Prize, 2nd Place.

It was a fine Sunday morning, listening to the ministry of the word in the church, when the end of a search of a long enquiry for a growing Brethren Church in a rural area in India came. The preacher mentioned a certain Mr. Darshan Singh from Rajasthan as an example to explain his thoughts on successful evangelism. This was the striking thought that led me to further investigate about him and his church.