Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Planting Online Degree Program

Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism and Church Planting Online Degree Program

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Prepare to Share the Gospel and Lead People to Christ with an Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Evangelism and Church Planting Degree

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 professors. 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 Evangelism and Church Planting area of study for the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program adds to the core content of the program to more fully equip students to engage with communities and individuals to share the Gospel and help plant seeds of salvation. The techniques and methods taught in the Evangelism and Church Planting courses are real-world tested by ministers and pastors with active ministry experience and will help make students more effective in their outreach ministries. With the administrative and ministry leadership skills of the online D.Min. Degree, students will be equipped for missions and church planting leadership.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Evangelism and Church Planting?

Liberty University’s online Doctor of Ministry program is focused on practical ministry so that you can develop 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 studies, 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.

While students entering the doctoral level in ministry programs will likely have experience sharing the gospel and may even be experienced in leading new churches, students who complete the area of study in Evangelism and Church Planting will receive additional training in engaging with communities of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to find and meet their needs through ministry. Our Evangelism and Church Planting area of study will help ministry professionals learn not only how to start a church, but how to use effective strategic evangelism to help those small communities of believers grow into thriving witnesses for the Gospel.

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 (SACS).
  • Completing the online Doctor of Ministry will offer a practice-focused degree that emphasizes solving real-world ministry problems with advanced practice and research.
  • The customizable content of the 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 counseling theories to practical problems

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

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 sermon writing. You will 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 Evangelism and Church Planting area of study for the online D.Min. Degree provides advanced training in effective evangelism techniques and church leadership. You will study the essentials of leading healthy churches, whether newly planted or established congregations, and will build on your ministry experience by examining effective evangelism strategies and community development. Once you have completed the Evangelism and Church Planting area of study, you should be well versed in the latest movements in church planting and will be able to identify the most effective approaches to communities for gospel missions.

All of these courses are designed and delivered in a way to help you develop your research for the final Thesis project, which will be focused on a ministry topic of your choice.

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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.
  • Be equipped to handle challenges in church growth, no matter the size of the ministry.

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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 an online D.Min. Degree.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

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Potential Career Options

  • Senior Church Administrator
  • Senior Pastor
  • Lead/Associate Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Evangelist
  • Church Planter
  • Discipleship Pastor
  • Missionary

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 Evangelism and Church Planting area of study will be equipped for full-time gospel ministry and outreach and will be equipped to help new churches grow. These skills may lead to church and para-church administrative roles in developing and maintaining church plants, overseas missions leadership, or hands-on missions’ ministry roles.