School of Divinity

Programme description

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) programme will run from June 2021.

Applications are invited to form a cohort of ten students from Scotland who will work with a similar cohort from the States. Applicants must have completed a minimum of three years in active ministry since completing their training, and are expected to be engaged in some recognised ministerial position for the period of the programme.

The Doctor of Ministry Degree is a professional doctoral degree providing space for renewal, growth, companionship among peers, and rich dialogue with members of staff at New College and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

The purpose of the Doctor of Ministry Degree Programme is to engage with the challenges, opportunities, and vocation of ministry through a systematic and sustained curriculum involving disciplined study and reflection over a period of three years. Students undertaking the degree are to develop a habit of reading and study, conversation and reflection, writing and rewriting that provides a pattern of deep theological engagement and invites renewed imagination for work in the student’s ministry setting. 

Please note that Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is the degree-awarding institution for this programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry in Reformed Theology, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Articulate how the central convictions of Reformed theology relate to the practices of ministry, with particular attention to the relationship between divine and human agency
  • Describe with cultural sensitivity the way theological commitments are shaped by diverse cultural and historical circumstances
  • Use appropriate analytical tools to describe how practices take shape in a particular context and reflect theologically on that description, drawing on the distinctive theological contributions of Reformed traditions
  • Exhibit an aptitude for critical theological thinking about the practices of ministry today with reference to the witness of Scripture (is it faithful?) and a pastoral sensitivity to the role of context in making judgments about local theology and practice (is it fitting?).

Each course should:

  • Engage students in biblical and theological reflection
  • Provide opportunities for worship and prayer
  • Invite students to relate the subject matter of the course to their own ministry contexts, considering how it intersects with local theology and practice
  • Attend to how the subject matter of the course intersects with the religious, cultural, historical, and political dynamics of the United States and Scotland.