Doctor of Ministry

Doctor in Ministry

The highest professional degree for those in church or related ministries is the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree. This particular program is geared toward educated, experienced practitioners who desire to stimulate renewal in themselves and their ministries through the integration of their experience with advanced training, research, and reflection.
With a focus on forming leaders who are interested in the integration of Christian spirituality, the D.Min. in Spirit-filled Global Leadership in the African Diaspora program offers such while expanding upon the richness of African culture in a global, ecclesial context.

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Additionally, the Spirit-filled Global Leadership in the African Diaspora D.Min. program is organized around the foci of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ life and ministry and reinforces cultivation in the following areas:

  • Leadership development: Students develop a plan over four semesters that details their ministry philosophy and interest in cultural diversity.
    Communication techniques: Students analyze and practice the Bishop T.D. Jakes method of preaching to enhance their own art of communication.
  • Innovative ministry experience: Students pursue research topics under the supervision of a faculty advisor in subjects arising from their ministry context
  • Expanded perspective: Students will be required to participate in four Advances. Advances are face-to-face intensives, during which, they will be challenged with core readings and supplemental materials:One African Advance during their enrollment in the D.Min. program, in locations such as Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, or Nigeria.
  • Attend two of the annual International Leadership Summits (ILS), to participate in sessions with guest lecturers from a wide variety of disciplinary, theological, and demographic perspectives.
  • Attend one of the annual Jakes Divinity School Symposiums in Dallas, TX.
As with all of the JDS degree programs, students will not need to relocate to Dallas, TX, to pursue the D.Min. program. The delivery system of the Spirit-filled Global Leadership in the African Diaspora D.Min. degree includes participation in several seminars, conferences, and ‘field research’ experiences both domestically and abroad; coursework with faculty specialists, personal academic mentoring by select faculty advisors; online interactivity with cohort members and professors; as well as reading, reflection, research, and writing.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the D.Min. program must hold an ATS-accredited M.Div. degree or meet the seminary’s M.Div. equivalency requirements†, with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

†Equivalency Procedures

An applicant who holds a master’s degree but does not hold the M.Div. degree from an ATS-accredited seminary may qualify for admission to the D.Min. program by meeting the ATS-requirements of a 72-graduate-semester-hour educational equivalent in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry from an accredited institution.
The tuition includes instructional expenses. It also includes 1 international advance and 1 national advance with related lodging, ground transportation, and food). It does not include airfare for international and national advances.

Tuition Fee Total
Year 1 $9,216 $6,000 $15,216
Year 2 $9,216 $4,000 $13,216
Year 3 $2,304 $0 $2,304
$20,736 $10,000 $30,736

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Doctor of Ministry FAQs

The Doctor of Ministry in Spirit-filled Global Leadership in the African Diaspora at Jakes Divinity School is powered by Portland Seminary at George Fox University. The Doctor of Ministry program is geared toward educated, experienced practitioners who desire to stimulate renewal in themselves and their ministries through the integration of their experience with advanced training, research, and reflection.

Graduates Become:

  • Organizational Leader
  • Ministry Professionals
  • Theology Professors
  • Missionaries
  • Journalists
  • Pastors
Tuition Fee Total
Year 1 $9,216 $6,000 $15,216
Year 2 $9,216 $4,000 $13,216
Year 3 $2,304 $0 $2,304
$20,736 $10,000 $30,736

This degree is offered in an online hybrid format. However, DMIN students are required to participate in four face-to-face intensives.

The program takes at least three (3) years to complete with 36 semester hours: 16 hours are prescribed in taught courses and 20 hours are in the research sequence.

There are limited merit-based scholarships available for the DMIN program. Upon acceptance, students will be given information on merit-based scholarships as amounts do vary.

A Master of Divinity degree is preferred but not required. Prospects without a Master of Divinity degree will need to establish MDIV equivalency through the portfolio process.

Yes. Please refer to the financial registration deadline and academic registration dates made available through your JDS Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator.

Yes. You have the option of applying for federal loans, grants and/or scholarships.

Complete a FAFSA application and use School Code: 003194 George Fox University.
Click here to complete a Spanish FAFSA application.

The link to the online application will be provided to you by the Enrollment and Student Services Coordinator. Complete the DMIN Inquiry Questionnaire for more information.

Steps for applicants with accredited Master of Divinity degree:

  • Online application
  • Official high school and college transcripts 
    • All official transcripts should be submitted as follows:
      • Physical transcripts can be sent to the address below and must be in a sealed envelope from the school remitting the transcript to be accepted:
        Office of Admissions
        George Fox University
        414 N. Meridian Street #6089
        Newberg, OR 97132
      • Electronic transcripts can be sent to: admissions@georgefox.edu (must be sent from a third-party Safe Sender, such as eScrip or Parchment to be accepted).
  • Academic Writing Sample
    • The academic writing sample must be from a previous educational experience or be academic in nature of any subject matter.
  • Character References
    • This form should be completed by a ministry supervisor and two personal references.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Please provide a detailed resume and email it to aolds@jakesdivinity.org. “JDS Applicant Resume – (Your first and last name here)”.
    • Include professional background and ministry experience in terms of role, length of time, responsibilities, etc.

Steps for applicants without accredited Master of Divinity degree:

Prospective students without an earned Master of Divinity degree from an accredited educational institution will have to establish M.Div. equivalency by submitting a portfolio. It is an internal courtesy service that Jakes Divinity School offers to prospective D.Min. students to determine whether or not the prospect is qualified to apply for admission to the D.Min. program.

Portfolio items include:

  • Unofficial or Official Transcripts
    • All unofficial transcripts can be sent to: aolds@jakesdivinity.org.
    • All official transcripts should be submitted as follows:
      • Physical transcripts can be sent to the address below and must be in a sealed envelope from the school remitting the transcript to be accepted:
        Office of Admissions
        George Fox University
        414 N. Meridian Street #6089
        Newberg, OR 97132
    • Electronic transcripts can be sent to: admissions@georgefox.edu (must be sent from a third-party Safe Sender, such as eScrip or Parchment to be accepted).
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Please provide a detailed resume and email it to aolds@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “JDS Applicant Resume – (Your first and last name here)”.
    • Include professional background and ministry experience in terms of role, length of time, responsibilities, etc.
  • Statement of Purpose
    • The statement of purpose is a 250-word rationale that describes your purpose for pursuing the Doctor of Ministry.
    • Please email your completed essay (in Word document or pdf format) to aolds@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “JDS Statement of Purpose – (Your first and last name here)”.
  • Documentation of Ministry Experience
    • Please email your ordination certificate or ministry certifications to aolds@jakesdivinity.org with the subject “JDS Documentation of Ministry Experience – (Your first and last name here)”.

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