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DMinUrbanMinistry
Earn Your DMin

The doctor of ministry in urban ministry leadership is designed for current ministers with a heart for God’s work in the city. You’ll be challenged to think critically about the historical and sociological development of urban environments and the role of the church in that continuing story. Along with a peer group of urban ministers, you’ll grow to understand why and how communal discernment and spiritual reflection lead to healthy urban ministry, and you’ll explore the unique ways that God is active in and through urban churches. This doctoral program will not only add to your biblical and theological knowledge, it will give you practical training to help you lead your congregation as a partner in God’s transformation of the city.

Dr. Soong Chan-Rah interacting with student.

Why North Park?

Program director Dr. Soong-Chan Rah has been a part of defining North Park Theological Seminary’s identity as an institution that trains leaders to seek the will of God in urban areas. The resources of both North Park and Fuller Theological Seminary, including their proximity to different kinds of urban landscapes, give students with a passion for transforming the lives of city-dwellers an opportunity to explore the challenges unique to their social context. Students will come from around the country, completing much of the program online, adding their own experience and insight into the movement of God in their neighborhoods.

Online and Across the U.S.

This DMin program is designed for the demanding schedule of an active minister. You will complete online coursework from wherever you live, and participate in three one-week residencies in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta, highlighting the challenges unique to these urban contexts.

Study in Community

Learn from professors and peers through a cohort model of study. You’ll begin and continue with the same group of students, completing both online seminars and intensive residencies together. In this way, you’ll be able to engage the issues facing urban ministers and exchange ideas in a community of diverse opinions.

Course Schedule

Students will progress through key theological concepts and practical experiences:

  • Toward a Theology of Urban Mission
  • Race and Ethnicity in the American Urban Context
  • The Practice of Urban Ministry
  • Independent Study Project
Doctoral Project

Following the core coursework, you will begin a doctoral research project focusing on your ministry passion and interests. Over the course of two-to-three years, your research and experience will culminate in a paper that represents your learning and theological reflection, and responds to a significant issue in ministry.

Explore the full curriculum and program requirements.

Meet the Faculty: Soong-Chan Rah

Dr. Soong-Chan Rah brings his extensive experience and scholarship in urban and multicultural ministry to lead this doctor of ministry program. He will challenge students to dig deeply into the theology of the urban environment and build lasting ties from faith to practice.

Read more about Dr. Rah and the Seminary faculty.

Soong-Chan Rah
Admission Requirements

March 15 is the deadline to apply for the DMin in urban ministry leadership program.

Follow these steps to complete an application or contact the North Park's Office of Seminary Admissions with any questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

North Park Theological Seminary offers options to help you afford the investment in a doctoral program, including Church Matching Grants and payment plans.

Learn more about tuition costs and financial aid opportunities.