The Doctor of Ministry is designed for pastors and church workers with a minimum of two years of ministry experience. The program schedule accommodates those in full-time ministry.
A student must have an M.Div. or its equivalent to be admitted to the Doctor of Ministry program. Equivalency is defined as at least 96 semester hours of master’s level work (excluding the bachelor’s degree) in the various fields of religious studies. The subjects studied include systematic theology, approximately equal emphasis on New Testament and Old Testament studies, six hours of graduate Greek, six hours of graduate Hebrew, New Testament and Old Testament introductions, Bible exposition, church history or related studies, and courses in pastoral theology. IBCS examines each applicant’s program individually, and applicants must make up deficiencies prior to degree candidacy. In addition, according to the New Testament, pastoral leadership is the responsibility of men. Since IBCS designs the Doctor of Ministry program to develop men in the pastoral ministry or positions of equivalent leadership in Christian Service, the Doctor of Ministry program is open only to male students.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry, the successful student will:
- Value the communication of Biblical truth and the commitment to Biblically based separation,
- Evidence the ability to research, write, preach, and counsel from a Biblical perspective,
- Integrate effective philosophies and procedures that facilitate both worship and discipleship within a local church, and
- Apply effective solutions for addressing complex issues within the realm of church administration and management.