Doctor of Ministry
Taught and Research Components
3-5 Years

Doctor of Ministry


Learning Outcomes

Program Features


Course Description/Components

Core Courses

Specialized Courses


Learning Outcomes


  1. Growing in personal spirituality by learning from the historical and theological insights of the Pentecostal-Charismatic tradition.
  2. Cultivating disciplines of self-leadership by developing habits and practices that help you lead yourself and others that will effectively produce holistic health and integrity as a leader.
  3. Integrating Pentecostal spirituality into the practice of the leadership.


  1. Integrating missional leadership into their ministries through strategically implementing purpose, vision, and values.
  2. Effectively applying new knowledge and skills to the practice of ministry.
  3. Becoming catalysts for transformation in individuals, organizations, and communities.
  4. Creating an expanded awareness of the implications of globalization within the overall ministry of the Church.


  1. Integrating insights of both biblical and practical theology, as well as disciplines to enhance ministry effectiveness.
  2. Writing high-quality academic papers that demonstrate the ability to integrate scholarship with the practice of ministry.
  3. Developing professional research and writing skills to provide an enduring service to the larger Church through the publication of a professional Project, and further written contributions to the scholarly world.


FBC DMin is designed to be completed in 3 to 4 years while continuing in ministry. Each component of the program unit is an integrated whole and includes 8 required courses culminating in a research project, oral presentation (viva voce), and hearing. Requirements are accomplished primarily through online interactions with minimal residential expectations.


The DMin is a cohort-based program. Students will enter with a group of 9-15 other students. The cohort will follow a prescribed sequence of courses together. Because cohort learning involves a group of students who start and finish their degree together, students experience several educational advantages. As part of a cohort group, doctoral level students will have rich and deep relationships with peers and expect to exhibit a posture of collaboration.


Students begin the program with one of the two annual intensives at Filadelfia Bible College Campus. The schedule is designed to build community between cohort members before students begin the online portion of the program.


The degree, including the project, will normally require three to four years to complete. This schedule is set to avoid unnecessary pressure on the candidates’ responsibilities to family and ministry. The candidate is allowed an extension up to 5 years with a fee for extension. However, if the student takes more than five years, the registration expires, and the student has to re-register for the program.



Each module has four credits and will be ten weeks long, incorporating Google Meeting sessions (synchronous) and FBC Global Classroom LMS based learning (asynchronous). Each credit requires 34 hours of learning a four-credit module will need 120-140 learning hours.

The thesis writing begins in the second year. The DMin thesis must be 40000 to 50000 words (excluding bibliography, footnotes, appendices). The thesis project will constitute 15 credits (500 – 520 learning hours).

No. Courses Modules Credits
Core Courses
Thesis Research/Writing/Defense



Program Details

Taught Component

2 Years

8 Modules
10 Weeks/Module
2 Classroom/6 Online

Module Requirements

Of the 8 modules taken in first and second years, two are delivered in the classroom and the rest, online. Online modules are a set of 6 modules administered over first and second years. The module sequence is made up according to the interest of the cohort of students in each year.

Each module runs for ten weeks and is hosted on FBC Global Classroom LMS. Of each module, the student are involved in two weeks of pre-reading, six weeks of online asynchronic engagement (usually from a given Monday to Friday) and one day a week synchronic Google meet with the mentor. This is followed by two weeks of post-module research and writing papers that apply course materials to participants’ ministries.

In each module, the student expects to find:

  1. And introductory video to the module
  2. The Course outline
  3. The ten week course schedule. The online segment of the module will be delivered as six-unit weeks. On Monday to Friday
    • A short lesson podcasts/videos for each day/week (about 8 to 10 minutes each) in the Lesson page of Global Classroom LMS.
    • Reading section in the Material Section of Global Classroom LMS for either for each day or for the week.
  1. The Course expects that every week the student will:
    • Complete reading provided.
    • Participate in the online discussion forum every week (open Monday 5 pm to Friday 10 pm)
    • Submit assignments (Journals, Response papers, Book Reviews, Research papers) as per the requirements of each course.
  2. Each module is led by a faculty with expertise in the subject area. S/he will participate online one’s a week and will evaluate and give the student feedback on submitted assignments.
  3. Assignments are to be generated in the required FBC academic writing format as per the FBC style guide.
Research Component
Four Member Panel
3-5 Years

Research Defence

DMin Candidates will defend their thesis against a panel consisting of four members as follows:

  • The Principal, Academic Dean or a senior member of the Faculty appointed by the Doctoral Program Committee who is the Chairperson.
  • One FBC faculty who is a subject expert appointed by the Doctoral Committee.
  • One subject expert external to FBC, also appointed by the Doctoral Program Committee.
  • The Research Mentor, who will be a non-participatory member, and take notes of recommendations.


The official result arrived by the panel will be communicated to the student by the Principal.

Possible outcomes are: 

  1. Accepted as it is without any amendments (except typographical).
  2. Subject only to any minor amendments to be made according to the recommendations of the panel, verified by the research mentor, that the degree of DMin be awarded.
  3. Subject to substantial revisions to be made according to the recommendations of the panel, verified by the Research Mentor, that the degree of DMin be awarded, however, re-submission may be done only in the next academic year with another viva.
  4. That no degree be awarded.


For theses resubmitted for the degree of DMin, two decisions are possible.

  1. Subject only to any minor amendments to be made according to the recommendations of the panel, verified by the Research Mentor, that the degree of DMin be awarded.
  2. That no degree be awarded, or a master’s degree be awarded.