Program Overview - D.Min. in Congregational Mission and Leadership

This program's curriculum will allows you to lead congregations more effectively. The challenging curriculum combines the flexibility and structure needed to complete the degree in four years. Acknowledging the hectic pace of congregational life, however, the program allows individuals to focus on the particular needs and issues in their congregations.

You complete your work in a seminar-based program. The D.Min. curriculum for the concentration in Congregational Mission and Leadership consists of 7 seminars. Each seminar has a campus residency component.

The program uses a cohort-based peer learning approach in which students meet regularly in an online virtual community and face-to-face every six months. The peer education and support aspect is a powerful, unique component to the program, increasing students' growth and learning.

Luther Seminary and its faculty aspires through its DMin program in Congregational Mission and Leadership to assist its student participants in achieving the following learning outcomes:

  • Participants will have a critical understanding of God’s Trinitarian mission in the world from biblical and theological perspectives.
  • Participants will be able to form and lead communities in visionary and imaginative participation in God’s mission in the world.
  • Participants will have a critical understanding of leadership and the development of one’s own gifts for leadership in particular ministry contexts.
  • Participants will be able to tell the gospel story vibrantly in particular ministry contexts through different practices of ministry
  • Participants will develop the ability to engage social scientific research for interpreting contexts for participation in God’s mission in the world.


View an overview of the four year schedule.


Introductory Seminars

Year One
CL7511 Integration of Theology and Ministry - Theological Reflection

CL7512 Pastoral Identity, Leadership, and Spiritual Life

Concentration Seminars

Year Two
CL7521 Missional Church

CL7522 Missional Leadership

Year Three
CL7531 Congregational Practices and Thesis Proposal

CL7532 Implementation of Thesis Proposal

Thesis SEminars

This yearlong seminar (CL7541) provides students with a structured process to implement the research design of their approved research proposal and to incorporate their findings into their final thesis. The seminar meets during the year for three work sessions in helping all participants finalize the chapters of their theses.

  • July - Overview of thesis, literature review (chapters 1-3) and research design
  • November - Analysis of research (chapter 4)
  • January - Summary findings and theological reflections (chapters 5-6)
  • March/April - Must be present on campus for the thesis defenses

View Doctor of Ministry thesis abstracts.