DMin in Preaching
Earn a DMin in Preaching

Explore your call to proclaim God’s word in this doctoral program that combines classroom education and practical experience in your ministry context. No matter where you serve, preaching is a vital element of congregational ministry. A doctor of ministry (DMin) in preaching will help you discover your own pulpit hermeneutic, nurture your preaching voice, and consider the task of preaching within a variety of contexts. This degree will provide valuable experience and further training in bringing God’s word to the church, whether you choose to remain in your current position or find God calling you to a different place.

Dmin in Preaching

Why North Park?

In collaboration with five other theological schools in Chicago, North Park Theological Seminary offers this ATS-accredited doctoral program designed for ministers serving in parishes across the country. You’ll be able to develop your own set of unique learning goals, considering the needs of the people you serve, while being mentored by preachers and master teachers of international reputation. North Park’s tight-knit community and close relationship with the denomination of the Evangelical Covenant Church will provide you with the support and personal attention you need to successfully complete this degree and apply your experience to your local ministry.


This DMin program is structured around a series of core and elective courses taken during three summer residencies in Chicago. The core courses examine preaching as interpretation, performance, and social transformation, and are followed each summer by a variety of elective options taught by renowned preachers and scholars. Learn more.

Preaching Project

You will personalize your DMin experience through completing a unique preaching project in collaboration with members from your own ministry. Through this, you’ll integrate coursework into your local ministry practice while exploring an issue facing the preaching ministry at your church. Learn more.

Cohort Learning Model

Each year, 32 students are accepted into a new cohort for the DMin in preaching program. Students are both women and men and represent each of the partner schools, bringing a wide range of tradition and perspective to the group. You’ll study with this cohort throughout your DMin program, providing peer review and support to each other as you all grow in your practice.

Meet the Faculty:
Paul Koptak

Dr. Paul Koptak serves as an advisor for North Park students in the DMin in preaching program. He enjoys helping students discover and develop their gifts for preaching, building into their character and vocational call.

Learn more about Dr. Koptak and the Seminary faculty.

Paul Koptak
Admission Requirements

In order to be accepted into the DMin in preaching program, you must hold a master of divinity degree (or its equivalent), have at least three years of post-MDiv parish ministry experience, and have an identified support/sending group from your current ministry. Applications are due January 31 each year for coursework to begin in the subsequent summer. Learn more.


The tuition cost of this DMin program is currently between $10,000 and $11,000 from start to finish. Books, room and board during summer residencies, and other incidental costs will vary and are in addition to tuition. Contact Seminary Admissions for more details on payment options.