Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Expository Preaching and Teaching Online Degree Program

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Expository Preaching Online Degree Program

Admission Requirements  |  Program Format  |  Degree Requirements  |  Potential Careers  

Create Powerful Sermons and Lessons with a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Expository Preaching and Teaching

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.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Expository Preaching and Teaching?

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.

What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)?

  • Unlike many online bible colleges or online seminary programs, students who complete the online Doctor of Ministry will receive a degree fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Completing our online Doctor of Ministry will offer you a practice-focused degree that emphasizes solving real-world ministry problems with advanced practice and research.
  • The customizable content of our online D.Min. degree allows you to choose courses that directly relate to your ministry, and the thesis provides an opportunity to dig into research and scholarship under the mentorship of Liberty’s Christian scholars to better equip you for your ministry.
  • If you choose to take advantage of the optional on-campus intensives, you will have additional hands-on training and meet directly with your peers and professors.
  • Complete an integrated thesis project that will demonstrate your expertise and ability to apply advanced theology and Christian scholarship to practical ministry problems.

What Will You Learn in our Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)?

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.

Featured Courses

Program Highlights

  • By earning your online D.Min. Degree from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • Students can complete this online D.Min. Degree in as little as two years.
  • Liberty University’s Online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced Christian counselors and ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Learn from renowned Christian scholars and ministry professionals in the Liberty University School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop practical ministry skills that will help you ensure that individuals and families in your ministry are connected and growing in the church.
  • Create powerful sermons and teaching that will help your congregation and ministry grow in their faith with an understanding of scripture and deep theological truths.

Similar Online Degree Programs

Program Format

  • 100% Online with optional Intensives
  • 33 total hours
  • Up to six credit hours of eligible doctoral credit can be transferred into the online D.Min. Degree.
  • A nine-credit-hour thesis is required to graduate with the online D.Min. Degree.

Degree Information and Requirements


Apply Now Request Info

Potential Career Options

  • Senior Church Administrator
  • Senior Pastor
  • Lead/Associate Pastor
  • Christian Scholar
  • Evangelist
  • Preaching Pastor
  • Seminary Professor

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.