Is This Just What Your Pastor Is Looking For?

from Nov 17, 2010 Category: Ligonier Academy

Does your pastor desire to reach new levels of fruitfulness in his ministry? 

Here’s a suggestion: Be sure he knows about Ligonier Academy’s Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program. It may be just what he is looking for. Whether he enrolls as a degree-seeking student or as a special student in a course or two, the program at Ligonier Academy offers a professional degree and coursework for ordained men serving in pastorates, mission fields, and other full-time ministries who desire. The Ligonier Academy program combines practical and theological courses, placing a strong emphasis on the application of theology and the means of grace to ministry. The strength of the D.Min. program at Ligonier Academy is found in its faculty and coursework.

The Faculty

The faculty of the Ligonier Academy D.Min. program consists of some of the most well-respected Reformed pastors and scholars in the United States. In addition to Dr. R.C. Sproul, our distinguished visiting faculty includes Ligonier’s Teaching Fellows, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, and R.C. Sproul, Jr. These men are joined by D.A. Carson, Michael Horton, Derek Thomas, Mark Ross, Archie Parrish, Robert Letham, Ron Gleason, Dennis Johnson, Fowler White, Keith Mathison, and Michael Morales.

The Program

The Ligonier Academy D.Min. program consists of eight one-week course modules (3 credit hours each) and a major written project (6 credit hours). The program is designed to be completed in a minimum of 3 years or a maximum of 5 years, depending on the number of courses the student takes each year. 

All courses in the program are required. There are five Practical Theology courses: Reformed Philosophy of Ministry, Missions and Evangelism, Preaching, Pastoral Care, and Worship. Three Biblical and Theological courses are also offered: The Doctrine of Justification, Issues in Theological Studies, and Issues in Biblical StudiesThe subject matter of the latter two courses varies each time it is offered to give special attention to trends in fields of study that impact pastoral ministry. The major writing project follows completion of the eight seminars, and an oral evaluation of the project is required.

The 2011 Summer course schedule features Dr. R.C. Sproul and Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. teaching The Doctrine of Justification, July 11–15, and Dr. Dennis Johnson teaching Preaching, July 18–22.

Application for Admission

To apply for admission as a degree-seeking student or as a special student, application documents must be received by the Admissions Office of Ligonier Academy no later than the following dates: March 1 for Summer courses or September 1 for Winter courses.

To download a copy (.pdf format) of the Application for the D.Min. program, click here.

Because the D.Min. program serves the educational goals of pastors, missionaries, and others in full-time ministry, admission is granted only to ordained men who possess a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent and three years of ministry experience. Exceptions to these admission requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis, and in such cases admission may be granted only on a provisional basis. 

Course Registration and Tuition

A course registration form will be mailed to the student upon his admission to the program. Registration (including tuition payment) must be completed before the first day of class. Because of the seminar nature of the program’s courses, maximum enrollment in each course is twenty students.

Tuition for courses in the D.Min. program is $350 per credit hour.

For More Information

Please have your pastor contact us about the D.Min. program: 


USPS: Ligonier Academy Admissions Office
             400 Technology Park
             Lake Mary, FL  32746

Phone: 407-333-4244

Fax: 407-333-4233