New Year, New Format for Doctor of Ministry Program

Lexington, Ky., Feb. 4, 2013 – The Doctor of Ministry program at Lexington Theological Seminary returns this year in a flexible, cohort-based model with a mostly online delivery system to meet the needs of those working in ministry today.

The Doctor of Ministry program at LTS is designed to equip pastors to transform congregations for effective ministry in the 21st century.

“Our mission is to prepare faithful leaders for the church of Jesus Christ, and as such we serve as a resource to those who wish to further their theological understanding as well as their preparedness to serve congregations in effective, innovative ways,” said LTS President Dr. Charisse L. Gillett. “We are pleased to be able to offer this program in a way that will allow access to a wider range of students who are unable to leave their current ministries and pursue a terminal degree.”

“The church needs leaders who can help it articulate the Gospel and nurture faith communities in ways that are culturally relevant in the 21st century,” said Dr. Richard Weis, LTS Vice-President and Dean of Academic Affairs. “Our new D.Min. curriculum will engage students in an on-going community of peers who together acquire the knowledge and hone the skills needed for that kind of leadership.”

The focus of the program includes:

  • approaches to interpreting contemporary cultural contexts;
  • integrating advanced work in the classical theological disciplines with the critical interpretation of culture in service to the church’s articulation of the gospel;
  • approaches for re-imagining organizations and institutional practices that are informed by the critical interpretation of cultures; and
  • approaches to leading organizations through adaptive change, especially those relevant to empowering congregations.

The 30-hour program includes a mix of interactive online courses, on-campus, intensive courses offered over a period of a week at a time, and a final research project in the student’s ministry context, arranged on a schedule shaped to fit the pastoral life.

For more about the program, including an overview of courses, tuition structure, admissions information and to apply, please visit:


Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit