DOCTOR OF MINISTRY


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.

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Reflect

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

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Connect

Build collegial relationships in ministry.

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Refresh

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

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Relate

Learn from each other’s social contexts—the diversity of our students is part of the curriculum.

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Explore

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

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Create

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

Which concentration is right for you?

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

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Focused on the unique dynamics of leadership in communities of faith, courses in this concentration explore current theory in adaptive leadership, organizational change, and spiritual discernment and visioning.

THE PASTOR AS SPIRITUAL LEADER

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Learn to lead from the dynamics of spirituality, spiritual formation, and the practice of spiritual disciplines. This concentration includes courses offered by jointly by our DMin program and our Program in Christian Spirituality.

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES OF MINISTRY

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Explore your own leadership style and ministry context develop skills for critical reflection on ministry-based issues, explore current research in the social sciences, and engage in critical theological reflection to seek creative responses to the challenges of ministry today.

CHAPLAINCY/SPIRITUAL CARE RESEARCH LITERACY

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Designed for clinical pastoral educators, board certified chaplains, and those seeking professional chaplaincy vocations, broaden your understanding of research data collection, quality, and usage, and theological reflection on the history and politics of research.

PASTORAL CARE AND COUNSELING

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Designed for chaplains, pastoral counselors and pastors specializing in pastoral care ministries, the courses in this concentration explore the intersections of theology and psychology.

Important Details about Our Doctor of Ministry Program


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For more information, please contact:

Rev. Dr. Teresa Chavéz Sauceda, Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies, Assistant Professor of Ministry
aps@sfts.edu | 415.451.2865

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For more information, please contact:

Rev. Ruth T. West, Associate Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies
ruth_west@redlands.edu | 415.451.2838