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Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership

Doctor of Ministry in Leadership

An Invigorating Degree for “times such as these”


Invitation: Palmer Theological Seminary’s pioneering Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Leadership is designed for professional church and para-church leaders who

  • Desire to deepen their knowledge, skills and personal relationship with God
  • Long for renewal in their ministry setting
  • Treasure the support and mutual learning of fellow leaders
  • Recognize the relationship between the spiritual life of the leader and the renewal of the community
  • Know the benefits of studying with a faculty that is committed to training church leaders for adaptive and transformative ministry
  • Value academic rigor that is directly linked to the practice of ministry
  • Who need to spend minimal time away from work and family

Mission: Palmer Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry degree educates Christian leaders to nourish the connection between healthy spiritual life and sustained vitality in ministry. It guides the development of skills for discerning, implementing and assessing contextually relevant ministry within a global framework. On these foundations, the Palmer Doctor of Ministry prepares participants for holistic renewal of communities.

Global Perspective: Stressing the church’s role in a world marked by change, Palmer’s Doctor of Ministry degree trains students to examine the connections between local and global realities. With these local-global links in mind, participants assess communities, and conceptualize ministries that promote neighborhood and community health. As they learn to adapt ministries to new realities, students grapple with their understanding of the nature and mission of the church.

Locations: Courses are offered at or near one of two campuses: Parchment Valley, West Virginia, and King of Prussia/Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Admissions requirements: A Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an ATS accredited institution, a definable context for ministry, and, normally, three years of ministry experience subsequent to completing the M. Div.

Requirements: (36 credits)

  • Four one week, two-course hybrid modules (part online, part resident) over a period of two years
    - These are held in January and June for Philadelphia students, and in October and March for West Virginia students
    - Two hybrid course modules are followed by independent work on integrative professional papers
  • Attend one colloquium and write a reflection and response to the speaker and subsequent discussion.
  • A Summative Project of significance for the ministry of the student in her or his setting that also will benefit others in ministry. The project normally is defended in the third year of studies
    - The oral defense and submission of the Project complete the requirements of the program

For more information, please contact semdmin@eastern.edu.