Doctor of Ministry Specializing in Preaching

The Doctor of Ministry degree with a specialization in preaching is designed for pastors who are committed to enhancing their ministries with a demanding program, academic study and preaching practice.  The D.Min. degree with a preaching specialization at McAfee emphasizes collegial learning with professors and peers.  You will experience intense study designed and taught specifically for Doctor of Ministry students, including a three-unit program of readings on preaching and presentation of sermons within one’s ministry setting with a Preaching Consultant and Faculty Supervisor (See program structure on right). 

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Brief Overview

The Doctor of Ministry degree is the highest professional degree offered by a theological school. The Doctor of Ministry degree presupposes the M.Div. degree and constitutes an advanced professional degree at the doctoral level available to those seeking to enhance their ministry. Thus, it is the purpose of the D.Min. degree to provide the level of knowledge, theoretical clarity, and competence of practice commensurate with the highest earned degree for the profession and practice of ministry.

The McAfee Doctor of Ministry challenges a person in ministry to seek his or her best in response to God's calling in Jesus Christ. The student will be assigned a Preaching Consultant in consultation with the chosen Faculty Supervisor from the preaching faculty: Dr. Peter Rhea Jones or Dr. Brett Younger.


The focus of this program is to prepare pastors to preach more effectively for leadership of significant pulpits and potentially to teach in the Ministry Studies programs of colleges and seminaries willing to employ a Doctor of Ministry graduate with specialized preaching skills. [learn more]

Dr. Brett Younger,
Professor of Preaching

Program Structure:

    • 3 On-Campus Seminars (12 + 6 hours of credit)
    • Preaching Specialization  (6 hours off-campus)
    • Project Thesis Workshops   (2 hours) The D.Min.
    • Project Thesis (6 hours of credit)
    • Oral Examination (1 hour credit)


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