The D.Min. degree is structured on a cohort model organized around short-term (generally one-week) intensive residential seminars in conjunction with group interaction facilitated by online tools. Each residential seminar will be followed by structured distance learning during which students will engage one another and faculty on a weekly basis.
The Leadership in the Christian Tradition cohort is designed for persons who wish to pursue rigorous and imaginative reflection on the topic of Christian leadership through the study of Scripture, church history, and contemporary theology, as well as engagement with the fields of leadership and management studies. Generally, the degree serves people who have earned the M.Div. degree (or its equivalent), are ordained, and are currently serving as associate or senior pastors, or as executives of church-related or other Christian institutions.
Students will be required both to integrate course material with the ecclesial practices that are part of their daily work, and to do so in conversation with the community of peers formed during the residential intensives and sustained through online communication. The five terms of coursework span approximately two academic years. D.Min. study concludes with a period of independent research, normally one year in length, culminating in a substantial written thesis.
The five intensives will take place on the campus of Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C.