Doctor of Ministry in Congregation & Family Care
Bethel University – MN

Program Details

The online Doctor of Ministry in Congregation & Family Care program is designed for students who want to further their skills in group, individual, and family pastoral care.  You will learn how to become a transformational leader who is able to address the issues that churches and ministries encounter.  This is a self-directed concentration that emphasizes crucial aspects of pastoral care.  Students will learn to address deeper issues surrounding pain and suffering while exploring the most common spiritual, mental health, and relational issues encountered in ministry.  Courses help students plan appropriate strategies for care and guidance; examine how their own spiritual, emotional, mental, theological, and cultural formation affects their ministries; and practice contextualization and theological reflection.


This program requires a 1-2 week on-campus intensive each year.

  • Have earned a masters degree from a regionally accredited (or internationally recognized as equivalent) institution
  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Statement of purpose

School Accreditation Statement

Higher Learning Commission