"Combining skill-building and academic rigor, along with faculty who have expertise in the field of Christian spirituality and are committed to living deeply spiritual lives, this program helps students deepen their own lives of prayer while learning to help others do the same."
The Rev. Dr. L. Roger Owens, Hugh Thomson Kerr Professor of Pastoral Theology
The next cohort is anticipated to begin in June 2023.
After serving some years of ministry, many people find that not only are their own souls feeling empty but that they never really learned how to help others deepen their lives of prayer, even though this is something they long to do.
The Doctor of Ministry Christian Spirituality Focus is designed to give Christian ministers the opportunity to explore the depth and breadth of Christian spirituality across time periods, cultures, and contexts while providing key skills to equip them to help the people they serve become increasingly open, available, and responsive to the work God is doing in their lives and in the world God so loves. Students will experience the joy of study in a community of learners, the rejuvenation that comes from attending to their own lives of prayer, and the satisfaction of widening the impact of their ministries by receiving a certificate in either Spiritual Direction in Ministry or Leading Spiritual Formation.
All students must be in one-on-one spiritual direction before Intensive II and throughout the remainder of the program and should ideally have experience in one-on-one spiritual direction before the program.
After Intensive II, students seeking a certificate will engage in the ministries of either spiritual direction or spiritual formation with bi-monthly distance peer-supervision sessions.
Students may choose to receive a DMin in Christian Spirituality without receiving a certificate. In this case, students will not engage in peer-supervised ministry, but will engage in all other practices sessions and complete the DMin project/thesis.
Each course will:
During the program, students will take the following courses:
Students will learn from PTS professors Roger Owens, Leanna Fuller, Tucker Ferda, and Ken Woo, and practioners Amy Oden and Shan Overton, among others.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality Focus, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:
In Episode 5 of Doing it Different, Porsha Williams Gates of Porshanality Media facilitates a discussion with the Rev. Ayana Teter, Dr. Edwin van Driel, and Dr. Roger Owens highlighting faithfulness and adaptability as vital to the work of ministry in this moment and as central to the discussion and learning in the Doctor of Ministry program.
Connect with the Doctor of Ministry Office to learn more about our next Christian Spirituality cohort. We'd love to have you join us! Apply now to reserve your space in a future focus. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.