Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry program at St Stephen’s College welcomes persons from all world views, faith traditions and spiritual expressions and understands “ministry” with a very broad and inclusive perspective.

Owing to the accelerated blurring of lines between the “sacred” and the “secular” in contemporary society, today’s professionals are continually pressed to craft a redefinition of the nature and role of their work within this matrix of convergence, in a way which takes account of both personal value-oriented service and public responsibility. The St Stephen’s College Doctor of Ministry program chooses to define “ministry,” within specific faith communities and the broader society, as the work of those persons involved in human service in which the practitioner is self-reflectively aware of the nurturing quality of that activity. Persons who define their work activity as being committed to the improvement and nurture of society and the world community, including such fields as education, faith/religious community assignments, chaplaincy, mediation, management, media services, the arts, health care, counseling, Intercultural relationships, and care of the earth are recognized by St Stephen’s College as being in ministry. (adopted 17 February 2010)

Persons interested in advanced and graduate level work in a variety of professional fields associated with “ministry” or in the practical interface between the arts, humanities, sciences, ecology, learning theory, and psychology, on the one hand,  and spirituality, religion or theology, on the other, will find the St Stephen’s College Doctor of Ministry program ideally suited for them.

The DMin program is for active practitioners who wish to pursue intensive, specialized studies in their area of interest. The program is committed to an adult learning model, guided by an individualized learning covenant, and to a balanced emphasis on theory and practice. Thus, learners may use the program to develop themselves in a way that takes into account their personal and professional needs and interests.

Focus Options:

  • Ministry in Congregations and Judicatories
  • Education
  • Research on Spiritually Informed Care
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Institutional Spiritual Care
  • Spiritually-Informed (Pastoral) Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Leadership in Societal Change
  • Spirituality and the Ecosystem
  • Spirituality and Science
  • Other (to be negotiated)