Program Overview

Designed to prepare students for careers in guiding and serving others, Bethel University offers a Doctor of Ministry in Family Ministries. Students will study topics such as the practice of family ministry and how to engage in interacting with peers and other students.

The cohort program consists of seven course units. Along with these units, students are required to conduct a thesis project and attend two weeklong training sessions at the St. Paul campus. Some of the courses students would take include Foundations of Family Ministries and Frameworks for Family Ministry. Coursework entails a combination of writing, applied exercises, and research.

The Family Ministry program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to address the challenges and issues that face both the church and the world. Students are provided innovative educational opportunities in order to equip them with the knowledge needed to become a transformational leader.

The curriculum prepares graduates for potential career opportunities such as non-profit directors, denominational executives, mission organization leaders, pastors, and non-governmental organizations leaders. Students will receive education in multiple areas of ministry leadership including how to lead in situations of change and how to effectively communicate with congregations. Interested students can expect the Doctor of Ministry to require dedication and research when fulfilling degree requirements.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Doctorate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    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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