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Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is designed to equip ministry professionals and pastors to advance their ministry through gospel-centered, accessible, and practical ministry skills. As one of the leading Christian colleges in the world, Liberty University’s online seminary, The Rawlings School of Divinity, was founded by leading Christian scholars and prolific theologians who deliver the advanced doctoral studies of the D.Min. Degree. For additional hands-on ministry experience, you can take advantage of optional intensives that will connect you with peers and teachers. This flexibility allows you to remain engaged full-time in the ministry God has placed you in, while still pursuing advanced doctoral studies online.
The Expository Preaching and Teaching area of study for the online D.Min. degree provides advanced study in the art and practice of sound biblical teaching through impactful sermon writing and deeper scriptural exposition. If you are a current church leader and need advanced assistance in writing sermons as well as preaching preparation or want to move into a speaking and teaching role in your current ministry, the Expository Preaching and Teaching area of study will equip you for more effective ministry. The Expository Preaching and Teaching track may also make you eligible for college-level biblical studies teaching at an accredited seminary or bible college.
Liberty University’s online Doctor of Ministry programs are focused on practical ministry so that you can be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to better serve in your specific ministry context. The online D.Min. Degree uniquely combines three distinct and necessary components for today's engaged Christian leader: our program is gospel-centered, accessible, and practical. During your online Doctor of Ministry program, you will focus on practical solutions rather than theoretical research, ensuring that you will be able to use the skills and knowledge you gain from this program to solve real-world problems.
The Expository Preaching and Teaching area of study for the online D.Min. degree provides detailed and in-depth teaching for students who want to become more effective teachers and preachers of the Word. While most students entering doctoral-level ministry studies will have experience with preaching or teaching from scripture, students in the Expository Preaching and Teaching track will have advanced preaching training with detailed methods and mentorship from experienced Christian scholars and sermon writers.
The core content in the online Doctor of Ministry degree provides the basis for advanced doctoral-level academic research and writing that will carry into the rest of the ministry-specific course content and thesis project. This will ensure that you are well equipped for the research and writing aspects of the degree, while also assisting you in your publishing and writing sermons. You will also study fundamental Spiritual Factors of Growing Churches and the Growth and Development of the Contemporary Minister to give you a guided perspective on the important elements of ministry practice. You will be able to choose two doctoral-level electives in many areas including Discipleship Ministry and Worship Studies to equip you for your ministry.
The Expository Preaching and Teaching area of study for the online D.Min. degree will build on your previous preaching and teaching experience as well as your core training in research and writing to give you advanced techniques and skills in sermon writing and teaching from the Bible. In the Expository Preaching and Teaching area of study, you will learn how to integrate biblical truths into timely and relevant messages, as well as identify and defend against errors in doctrine. You will also be taught how to discern different biblical genres and structure sermons accordingly so that you can develop your message according to the best, most engaging teaching methods. These skills all come together to help you create the best, most engaging lessons that will help your congregation learn and grow in their faith.
All of these courses are delivered in a way to help you think through and develop your research for the final Thesis project, which will be focused on a ministry topic of your choice.
Graduates of the online Doctor of Ministry Degree will have a terminal doctorate credential that may provide opportunities to publish academic research and pursue college-level teaching, as well as serve in a senior ministry leadership role. Students who complete the Expository Preaching and Teaching area of study will be prepared for advanced, effective preaching and teaching that will make them effective teaching pastors and senior pastors. These skills may also make Expository Preaching and Teaching track students eligible for university-level and seminary teaching.