Doctor of Ministry Innovative Leadership & Changing Cultures

Doctor of Ministry in Innovative Leadership


The Innovative Leadership in Changing Cultures track brings together leaders from diverse contexts to learn to live into the mission of God. Students will develop an awareness of the complexities of a changing culture from other faithful leaders in these contexts. The Innovative Leadership track is cohort-based and online, with three, one-week, face-to-face site visits in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Costa Rica.

The student who completes the Doctor of Ministry will demonstrate the following:

  • Integration of academic abilities, research methods, and advanced ministry skills to develop creative forms and modes of engagement in mission in the Wesleyan spirit.
  • Growth in self-understanding, self-evaluation, and self-direction in regard to lifelong study, increased knowledge and skills in human relationships, spiritual growth, and leadership potential in various ministry contexts.
  • Growth in understanding of and appreciation for the integration of Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience that characterizes the Wesleyan tradition.
  • Formation of a theology of ministry grounded in understanding of and participation in the mission of God in the world.

Program Faculty

Program Advisors

  • Program Advisor Kathy Mowry

    Kathy Mowry

  • Alexia-Salvatierra-Nazarene-Theological-Seminary-Kansas-City2

    Alexia Salvatierra

  • Program Advisor Antonio Settles

    Antonio Settles

  • Program Advisor Linda Settles

    Linda Settles

  • Faculty Advisor Mario Zani

    Mario Zani

  • Study is completed online and residency requirements are met through three, one-week on-site colloquies in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Costa Rica.
  • Expected completion: 3 years
  • Includes three course types:
    • Core Courses:
      Six courses that make up 15 credit hours of the program. Each of the three primary professors will facilitate two of these courses.
    • Customized Courses:
      Four courses that make up 12 credit hours of the program. These create space for specialization within the track.
    • Research Courses:
      Four courses that make up 5 credit hours of the program and prepare the student for successful completion of the final research project.
  • Students develop a final research project (4 credit hours) as the capstone to the DMin program
  • The DMin is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools
  1. MDiv equivalency of 72 credit hours.
    • An earned MDiv Degree from an accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    • A master’s degree plus comparable graduate credits in other systems that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry. Significant ministerial leadership can be considered, but ministerial experience alone is not considered the equivalent of or a substitute for the master’s degree.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduate degrees, transcripts of all degrees will be evaluated by the DMin Coordinator to determine what extra course work would be required to achieve MDiv equivalency. MDiv equivalency at NTS consists of 72 credit hours. In cases where the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, additional written work and corroborating documentation may be required for evaluation.
    • If you have 12 credit hours or less remaining to reach MDiv equivalency, it is possible to be provisionally admitted into the DMin program. In such cases, remaining coursework to achieve MDiv equivalency will need to be completed during the first calendar year (three semesters) of the DMin program. The student may enroll in available NTS master’s level courses to complete their MDiv equivalency.
  2. A minimum of 3 years ministerial experience following the awarding of the first graduate theological degree. Exceptions may be made in cases where graduate degrees were earned while the applicant was serving in a full-time ministerial role.
  3. Written work may be able to be completed in Spanish. However, students must be capable of conversational English in spoken and written form for the purposes of classroom engagement. Contact the program director for questions.

All financial information is the estimated cost for the entire program. It is subject to change due to travel variances and site-specific details:

Total Tuition* and Fees (Including housing for three site visits): $23,010**
Books, flights, and food will vary by track

*36 hours at $530/credit hour
**Estimated cost. Does not include books or travel expenses.

The office of financial aid is committed to coming alongside students to resource and help them make graduate-level education an affordable reality. The general scholarship application is embedded in the NTS application. View more about program costs, fees and additional financial aid options here.

For admission to the Doctor of Ministry program, prepare to submit the following during the application process:

  • Three references: academic, pastoral, personal
    NOTE: Army Chaplains may submit the last two Officer Efficiency Reports (OERs) in lieu of the Ecclesial Employer/Supervisor and Lay Person references.
  • Transcripts: Have official transcripts of all previous academic work sent directly to Nazarene Theological Seminary: Enrollment Services (Unofficial transcripts are sufficient until official ones arrive). If GPA is less than 3.0, an additional paper is required.
  • Personal and Professional Identity Paper:
    • An overview of your personal spiritual and leadership journey with reference to all ministry experience, including your current ministry context (500 words)
    • An articulation of the theology that undergirds your ministry, with references to thinkers and writers who shape your theological understanding and framework (750 words)
    • An evaluation of your current professional and educational competence and goals (250 words)
    • The Paper should demonstrate your ability to: organize your written thoughts clearly and coherently, using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., as well as appropriate and consistent form and style. Citations of sources should include full bibliographic information.
  • Research Statement:
    • This document indicates your research interest for the appropriate Doctor of Ministry track. Specifically, how you envision narrowing your research focus based on your theological interests and the contextual challenge/problem you hope to address (300 words)
    • A rationale for pursuing the Doctor of Ministry program, i.e., your vision for how the Program will contribute to your personal and professional development in your current ministry context (200 words)

Please be prepared to provide the following additional items:

For more information, please consult the International Student Handbook.

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