Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Apologetics

As a minister in today’s society, you are constantly facing new challenges and tough questions.

As you engage with the men and women you serve, do you find it increasingly difficult to provide in-depth responses to their questions? 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.

The 36 hour Doctor of Ministry 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.

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 provides a rich community of faculty mentors, colleagues, and other professionals to learn alongside while you continue to serve your congregation.

In the program, you will:

  • Deepen your understanding of the Bible and doctrines of the historic Christian faith.
  • Enhance your own Christian worldview and ability to defend truth
  • Evaluate contemporary theological and moral issues from a biblical perspective
  • Develop an awareness of and involvement in evangelism and world missions
  • Train for church–related, counter–cult, and apologetic ministries
  • Increase your effectiveness in a variety of areas required for Christian ministry, including apologetics, evangelism, historical inquiry and contemporary application, theological reflection and ethical understanding, ministry analysis, and application.

The D.Min is a three-year program completed primarily online. Students are currently required to attend four Doctor of Ministry seminars on campus in Charlotte, NC.

Courses of Interest

Christian Apologetics and Culture 

Learn to defend the Christian faith and address challenges to it expressed in contemporary culture, including education, media, and the arts.

Developing a Christian Worldview

Compare the major worldviews and explore the development of a consistently Christian worldview using both general and special revelation.

Christian Apologetic Communication

Study both biblical and classical communication theories and their application to the tasks of contemporary apologetics.

Tailored Education to Help Fulfill Your Unique Calling

Whether you are pursuing full-time vocational leadership or personal ministry growth, this program is designed to provide a path for your success.

Full-Time Ministry

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.

Personal Ministry

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.

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“With the perspective of time, I can affirm that Southern Evangelical Seminary is the strongest and most Scriptural seminary education on offer in the world today. And I have taught and led seminaries in Europe, the United Kingdom, China, and the United States. After 50+ years of teaching ministry, I believe Southern Evangelical Seminary is the best!”

Wayne Detzler, Former Professor

Admissions & Tuition

Southern Evangelical Seminary offers a simple, four-step application process. Prospective students can apply online, submit a personal statement, provide official transcripts, and pay a nonrefundable application fee to be considered for admission. Read more about our application process, deadlines, and tuition.

D.Min. Admission Requirements
For general admission standards, see the section on General Information. In addition, the following specific requirements are necessary for admissions to the D.Min. program:

  1. Completion of a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent. SES defines M.Div. equivalency as an accredited seminary graduate degree of 60 hours or more relevant to the field of study. Students with a seminary graduate degree of 60 hours or more but not relevant to the field of study will need to take twelve (12) additional hours that includes course work in Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, Apologetic and Ministry related electives as recommended after an assessment of prior work.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or above.
  3. Three years of ministry experience.

Provisional D.Min. Degree Admission
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.

Ministry Project
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).

Why Southern Evangelical Seminary?

Individuals who enroll at Southern Evangelical Seminary have many different goals, but one thing in common: a desire to strengthen their grounding in core issues to glorify God. If you are looking to more clearly articulate truth and teach others with confidence, you’ll find invaluable community at SES. Our faculty and staff invest in each student’s journey, and like-minded peers help sharpen each other along the way. These meaningful relationships will be critical to your personal growth and ability to defend your faith in an ever-changing world.

AP801 Introduction to Christian Apologetics (3)*
AP802 New Religious Movements* or AP804 World Religions (3)*
AP911 Apologetic Systems (3)
AP800–900 Electives (9)

AP, CE, ME, or PT 900 level (12)

MP901 Ministry Project (3)
MP902 Ministry Project Defense (3)
TOTAL HOURS: 36 hours
*Required course if not previously completed

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