San Francisco Theological Seminary Students

How can I engage with my community to nurture a vital congregation?

As religious professionals and faith leaders, we are all asking the same question: How do I stay on the pulse of what’s meaningful to my community? The Doctor of Ministry program at SFTS brings together a wide variety of active ministries to learn, explore and envision creative approaches to community growth and spiritual connection.

Throughout its 50 year history, the program’s hallmark has been the ecumenical and international character of the student body and faculty, and its engagement with forward-looking scholarship at the intersection of spirituality and social justice. The Seminary’s collaborative environment is an incubator for the research and development of alternative understandings, new tools, and novel resources for ministry in a rapidly-changing world.

Interested in the DMin Program?


Reflect independently, critically and theologically upon the issues in society, mission, and ministry today.


Build collegial relationships in ministry.


Use interdisciplinary research skills to develop innovative approaches to ministry and pastoral work.


Learn form each others’ social contexts—the diversity of our students is part of the curriculum.


Foster the intersectionality of social justice and spirituality, and go deeper into community context.


Personalize your learning path with 5 unique concentrations and a flexible curriculum.