The Doctor of Ministry in Integrated Theological Education (D.Min.I.T.E.) is the highest professional qualification in the practice of Christian ministry, signifying strategic leadership in a specialized field. It is for people who have professional experience in Christian ministry and who wish to prepare for strategic leadership.

Students will be able to give strategic leadership in Integrated Leadership Development (ILD), being able to plan and implement a major strategic change in an area of VCI. This involves demonstrating leadership and initiative, and managing local implementation.

Suitable kinds of major strategic changes include:

  • pioneer VCI in a new country or region
  • pioneer a strategic change in or through the VCI program in a region or VCI church college
  • analyze and resolve a significant problem in ILD.

Local implementation may include:

  • legal structures,
  • consideration of social, cultural, and church contexts
  • finance and budgeting
  • governance
  • logistics
  • communication and
  • adaptation of the ILD model.

The Doctor of Ministry degree is earned on the basis of the successful completion of prescribed advanced coursework and a significant project of applied research. Students must be able to:

  • identify a significant, complex need in a ministry training context
  • systematically address the need with an original project of applied research that reflects the highest level of professional practice in ILD
  • provide evidence of initiative and independent thought
  • contribute significantly to professional practice in ILD
  • show proficiency in methods and techniques of applied research
  • present formal written work using scholarly style and presentation appropriate to a publishable manuscript.

See the latest catalog for prerequisites for admission and unit descriptions.