DMIN in Contextual Leadership

Palmer's Doctor of Ministry program is designed for professional church and parachurch leaders interested in holistic renewal of communities with concentrations: Religion and Public Policy, Personal and Spiritual Transformation, and Prophetic Preaching and Teaching. 


3 yrs 
Average completion time 

Per credit (financial aid available

Hybrid, with both residency and online components 

Locations offered 
St. Davids, PA 
Parchment Valley, WV 

Religion and Public Policy
Personal and Spiritual Transformation
Prophetic Preaching and Teaching

Designed for professional church and parachurch leaders who

  • Desire to deepen their knowledge, skills and personal relationship with God
  • Long for renewal in their ministry setting
  • Treasure the support and mutual learning of fellow leaders
  • Recognize the relationship between the spiritual life of the leader and the renewal of the community
  • Know the benefits of studying with a faculty that is committed to training church leaders for adaptive and transformative ministry
  • Value academic rigor that is directly linked to the practice of ministry
  • Who need to spend minimal time away from work and family

Palmer Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry degree educates Christian leaders to nourish the connection between healthy spiritual life and sustained vitality in ministry. It guides the development of skills for discerning, implementing and assessing contextually relevant ministry within a global framework. On these foundations, the Palmer Doctor of Ministry prepares participants for holistic renewal of communities.

Stressing the church’s role in a world marked by change, Palmer’s Doctor of Ministry degree trains students to examine the connections between local and global realities. With these local-global links in mind, participants assess communities, and conceptualize ministries that promote neighborhood and community health. As they learn to adapt ministries to new realities, students grapple with their understanding of the nature and mission of the church.

Requirements: 36 credits

  • Four one week, two-course hybrid modules (part online, part resident) over a period of two years
  • Held in January and June for Philadelphia students, and in October and March for West Virginia students
  • Two hybrid course modules are followed by independent work on integrative professional papers
  • One colloquium and responding reflection paper 
  • Summative Project significance for the ministry of the student in her or his setting that will benefit others in ministry. The project normally is defended in the third year of studies
  • The oral defense and submission of the Project complete the requirements of the program