Doctor of Ministry in Urban Ministry Leadership

Earn Your DMin in Urban Ministry

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.

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 Chicago and Los Angeles, 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.

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.

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. 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.

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Course Schedule

  • Chicago, Year One, June 2018: Race and Ethnicity in the American Urban Context
  • Los Angeles, Year Two, June 2019: Toward a Theology of Urban Mission
  • Chicago, Year Three, June 2020: The Practice of Urban Ministry
  • Year Four: Independent Study Project

Why a DMin in Urban Ministry Leadership?

  • Expand your understanding of the socio-historical development of cities as part of the relationship between the church and the urban context
  • Identify the skills you need to practically engage socio-cultural analysis and contextualized theological reflection as part of your ministry
  • Develop a biblical theology for urban ministry
  • Apply an ethical framework as you consider the role of the church in confronting or interacting with issues that arise in the urban context
  • Understand why and how communal discernment and spiritual reflection lead to healthy urban ministry and congregational leadership