DMin Next Generation Ministry Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
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Influence the Next Generation of Christian Leaders by Earning a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree in Next Generation Ministry

You cannot effectively grow your ministry without providing discipleship to the next generation of spiritual leaders. Through Liberty University’s 100% online D.Min. in Next Generation Ministry, you will gain an in-depth understanding of how to communicate the gospel and nurture spiritual growth in children, youth, college students, and young adults.

Our professors will help you develop comprehensive discipleship strategies and facilitate the design of a strategy that is customized for your particular ministry setting. They will teach you how to create a community that thrives by focusing on a holistic approach to ministry from birth to young adulthood. Help fulfill the Great Commission by earning your doctoral degree in next-generation ministry from Liberty University.


Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Next Generation Ministry Online Program?

Our professors are committed to helping you create a successful next-generation ministry in your church or organization. As you learn about next-gen ministry from a biblical perspective, you’ll also receive the advanced training you need to serve well in a ministry-related role. With a calling to share the word of Jesus Christ and make disciples who are growing in their knowledge of Jesus, our online ministry degree will ensure that you are fully prepared for the challenges of reaching children and young adults with the message of the gospel. Additionally, our D.Min. degrees are part of our online seminary, which allows you to remain active in your family, church, and community. 

What Are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry?

  • Unlike many online Bible colleges and seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Completing our online Doctor of Ministry degree will offer practice-focused training that emphasizes solving real-world ministry problems with advanced practice and research.
  • The variety of specializations in our online D.Min. degree allows you to choose a track that directly relates to your ministry.
  • You will choose to complete either an integrated thesis or a portfolio project that will challenge you to demonstrate your expertise and ability to apply advanced theology and Christian scholarship to practical ministry problems.

Military Tuition Discount

Lead your field with the doctoral degree you want — at a price you’ve earned. As a thank-you for your military service, Liberty University offers current and former service members like you or your spouse multiple pathways to earn a doctoral degree for only $300/credit hour. Find out how you can take advantage of this unique opportunity and reach the pinnacle of your profession — for less.

What Will You Learn in the Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Next Generation Ministry Degree?

Our online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree provides an in-depth, well-rounded exploration of biblical principles and the opportunity to enhance your communication skills. This degree will improve upon your understanding and application of the gospel so you can develop a successful ministry. Your next-generation ministry can be fruitful if you learn how to develop the leaders of future churches and ministries into effective teachers of the gospel.

Throughout this degree, you can look forward to strengthening your theological and biblical knowledge so you can effectively carry out the Great Commission.

  • Through classes like Foundational Leadership Models for Next Generation Ministry, experienced professors will help you explore the necessary skills and competencies for leading next-generation ministry. This course will introduce current and developing models in response to current cultural issues in the context of local church ministry.
  • Our Issues and Trends in Next Generation Ministry course examines the cultural trends and issues affecting the current generation of children, adolescents, and their families.
  • Through our Making Disciples for the Next Generation course, you can learn how to develop effective and insightful models for making disciples among children and adolescents in partnership with their families.

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Our Online D.Min. in Next Generation Ministry Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Doctor of Ministry degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • You’re pursuing your degree because you want to serve God and others with excellence. We want to honor that goal by making your degree as affordable as possible. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have a set block rate of $2,750 per semester if you take 7 to 15 credit hours. This can save you up to $6,000 a semester!

  • We have replaced nearly all School of Divinity textbooks with no-cost electronic resources through the Inclusive Access initiative. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!
  • You can complete our Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Next Generation Ministry in as little as 2 years.
  • Develop practical ministry skills that will help you ensure that individuals and families in your ministry are connected and growing in the church.

Degree Information for Our Online D.Min. in Next Generation Ministry

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Potential Career Options

  • Director of youth/next generation ministries
  • Discipleship pastor
  • Lead/associate pastor
  • Student pastor
  • Youth pastor

Admission Requirements for Our Online D.Min.

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Divinity Questionnaire
  • Official transcripts
  • Previous education showing at least 18 graduate hours of Bible/Theology or ministry-related courses
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Professional Vita
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.