Program Overview

Offered by Bethel University is a hybrid Doctor of Ministry in Congregation and Family Care. Students will have the opportunity to further their skills in dealing with group, individuals, and family pastoral care.

Consisting of seven course units, the program typically takes three years to complete. During that time, students will complete a thesis project taking, on average, an additional year. The Congregation and Family Care program combines on-campus and online learning, requiring students to attend weeklong resident intensives during the months of July and January at the St. Paul location.

Examples of courses students would take include Understanding Family Systems, Current Issues in Pastoral Care, and The Theology of Evil and Suffering. Individuals in the program will study how to deal with and respond to the increasing weakness of both families and society. Bethel University seeks to train its students to be able to act in both preventative and therapeutic ways. The Doctor of Ministry allows students to accommodate their degree through the choosing of a track that aligns best with their individual interests. The Congregation and Family Care track offers four concentrations consisting of Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Care, Marriage and Family Studies, and a Generalist option combining the three aforementioned concentrations.

Through coursework and research, graduates of the program will be educated on how to become transformational leaders to address issues that churches and ministries encounter. Obtained though the self-directed program, individuals should be prepared to serve in various outreaches such as global mission, church leadership, or family ministry.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    In 1871, John Alexis Edgren began Baptist Union Theological Seminary in Chicago to prepare pastors for the ministry of Swedish Baptist immigrants. After the turn of the century, the school relocated to St. Paul and expanded to offer four-year degrees, becoming Bethel College and Seminary. As the school progressed forward, new programs and campus locations were established. In 2004, the school transitioned into Bethel University. Today, retaining its Christian-based vision, the private, not-for-profit Bethel University main campus is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, with additional facilities at San Diego and along the East Coast.

    Bethel University supports goals of adult students seeking associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, in addition to certificate programs. In order to accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, accelerated programs are offered online, in the evenings, or on weekends. The Graduate School at Bethel University awards master’s and doctorate degrees, along with certificate and license programs. Students progress through accelerated formats that incorporate faith values. Classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends in addition to other campus locations and online. 


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