If so, you’re not alone. Even the most seasoned pastors are realizing that they need to be better equipped to speak authoritatively on prominent cultural issues and help people grow in their faith. Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 36 hour Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Apologetics enhances your credibility while giving you confidence and competence to address the unique issues of 21st-century pastoral leadership. This program will help you cast a vision for the future of your ministry in a complex and increasingly secular world.
Our professors are world-class scholars in their particular area of study. The same instructors guiding our Ph.D. candidates and many master’s students will be mentoring you and bringing all their advanced teaching expertise to your class experience. You will also have a rich community of faculty mentors, colleagues, and other professionals to learn alongside while you continue to serve your congregation. Iron truly sharpens iron throughout this hands-on D.Min. program.
How do you measure the quality of a school and its degrees? Academic rigor is the core standard. At SES, you will find an exceptional commitment to academic standards. The depth of content in each course is self-evident, and expectations are clear, ensuring a higher quality experience for each student. In addition, your ministry project, and project feedback, will prove invaluable as you continue to fulfill God’s call on your life to proclaim and defend the Gospel.
We recognize that stepping away from your position may not be an option. The D.Min. program is designed with a flexible format that allows students to set their own pace with regards to the number of classes they take each semester. It is a practical continuation of your seminary education that can be completed partially through our digital campus. The D.Min. program does require a four week-long on-campus intensives (exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis).
We aren’t catching up with the distance learning trend — SES has been breaking ground and pioneering an immersive digital campus experience for years. As a student, you'll enjoy a flexible, compelling, connected, environment for your studies. All of the easy-to-use technology you’ll need to thrive in seminary is housed in one place and accessed through a single, secure log-in.
Learn to defend the Christian faith and address challenges to it expressed in contemporary culture, including education, media, and the arts.
Compare the major worldviews and explore the development of a consistently Christian worldview using both general and special revelation.
Study both biblical and classical communication theories and their application to the tasks of contemporary apologetics.
AP801 Introduction to Christian Apologetics (3)*
AP802 New Religious Movements* or AP804 World Religions (3)*
AP911 Apologetic Systems (3)
AP800–900 Electives (9)
*Required course if not previously completed
AP, CE, ME, or PT 900 level (12)
MP901 Ministry Project (3)
MP902 Ministry Project Defense (3)
Three years of ministry experience
Students with an accredited graduate degree relevant to the field, which lacks the required equivalency hours, may under provisional acceptance complete all coursework leading to the degree except for the ministry project. Admission as a Provisional D.Min. Degree Credit student does not guarantee future admission to the D.Min. program.
The ministry project is the student’s culminating work toward the degree program. The ministry project will involve the practical application of Apologetics into the particular ministry of each student. Details on the subject, length, procedure, and deadlines are available in the Doctor of Ministry Handbook. Students must maintain continuous enrollment each semester until the Ministry Project is completed and defended (see catalog for details).
Prospective students are almost always surprised to learn how affordable we keep our degree programs at Southern Evangelical Seminary.
You need effective training for ministry — not a crippling load of student loan debt. The value of a degree here pays off through your entire career and truly has an eternal value as well.
The D.Min equips men and women in full-time ministry with a high level of competence in apologetics, evangelism, and outreach. Students in the program are prepared for church leadership in a culture where members are being influenced by secular perspectives more than ever before.
While pursuing this degree, students grow in their relationship with God through intense Bible study, prayer, and worship. A primary objective of the program is each student’s maturing personal qualities of Christian character and levels of ministerial excellence. The combination of theory and practice fosters a greater impact in personal ministry.
Start the admission process today. You can begin in just a few minutes by filling out our initial application and it will open the door for us to have an exploratory conversation about your educational priorities and hopes for ministry. We have an entire team at SES who is ready to help you in the process of discerning your gifts and calling to ministry so you can engage our culture in the conversations that matter the most.