Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry program distinguishes itself by the diversity of its participants. Students of varied professional background, cultural origin, and faith tradition together provide a rich and stimulating learning environment. Thus we live out the College’s mission statement: To be an interfaith community that offers sacred spaces for learning and transformation.
Who is the program for:
Students enter the program with considerable experience in ministry, which is defined from a broad and inclusive perspective as the work of those persons involved in human service in which the practitioner is self-reflectively aware of the nurturing quality of that activity. Thus, persons who define their work activity as being committed to the improvement and nurture of society and the world community, including such fields as education, faith/religious community assignments, chaplaincy, mediation, management, media services, the arts, health care, counseling, Intercultural relationships, and care of the earth are recognized by St Stephen’s College as being in ministry. (adopted 17 February 2010)
What can students expect:
A personalized curriculum creatively adapts to student interests and desire for innovation while maintaining high academic standards.
On-line courses and learning communities offer flexible program participation from afar, while three annual intensive courses ensure personal relationship building with faculty and colleagues.
The program knows two streams of enquiry:
• Model Ministry seeks to design, test and evaluate new practices in one’s field of ministry.
• Research in Ministry allows for in depth study of observed phenomena or situations.
Over the years Students have brought deeply reflective as well as practical questions about topics such as end of life care, sexual abuse, PTSD, ministry with the bereaved, the incarcerated – and in their dissertations wrote of courage and resilience, art and dance, symbol and ritual, hope…
Graduates typically return to their field of ministry better equipped, with new knowledge and experience, ready to inspire others, and prepared to take on roles of greater responsibility and leadership.