Doctor of Ministry Overview
San Francisco Theological Seminary's beautiful, historic San Anselmo campus is an ideal environment to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree. Because Christian ministry calls for constant self-giving in preaching, teaching, organizing and administration, personal refreshment and growth, and spiritual renewal are essential to pastoral leadership. The SFTS Doctor of Ministry program does more than update professional skills and encourage individual growth; it also seeks to tap into the very wellspring of creative ministry.

Established in 1970, SFTS's Doctor of Ministry program is one of the oldest and most respected of the many D.Min. programs in the United States today. The Seminary's commitment to continuing education dates from 1928, when 16 active pastors, mostly SFTS alumni, gathered weekly for graduate studies. Beginning in 1961, SFTS established doctoral level programs for pastors to produce scholar/pastors for the church. Throughout its history, the program's hallmark has been the ecumenical and international character of the student body and faculty. The Doctor of Ministry combines academic excellence and a pragmatic focus. We are committed to a program that encourages excellence in ministry.

SFTS D.Min. graduates are involved in vital and creative ministries all around the world. Rev. Dr. Sirirat Pusurinkam (D.Min. '97) is leading the fight against childhood prostitution in Thailand and is director of an orphanage for youth whose parents have died of AIDS. Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek (D.Min '85), an Anglican priest often referred to as "the Desmond Tutu of Palestine," founded and directs the Sabeel Theology Center, an organization working to bring peace to Israel/Palestine. Closer to our San Anselmo campus, Rev. Dr. G. Henry Wells (D.Min. '84 year) served as team chaplain of the NBA Sacramento Kings, was longtime pastor at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church and promotes spiritual renewal throughout the Sacramento Valley region. Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr., (D.Min. '99) is senior pastor at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland and is chair of the Progressive National Baptist Convention Economic Development Committee. He is an activist for social, economic and political justice.

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Emphases of Study
As a world leader in Christian graduate-level education, SFTS is proud to offer several concentrations in our Doctor of Ministry program. The majority of students enroll in the multidisciplinary concentration. More specialized areas of concentration include Pastoral Care and Counseling and the Pastor as a Spiritual Leader.



Multidisciplinary emphasis
The SFTS Doctor of Ministry program develops professional competencies, including critical reflection on ministry, interpersonal skills, the capacity for theological interpretation, and special skills for service in particular contexts. For more information about the Multidisciplinary program, click here.

Pastoral Care and Counseling emphasis
A Doctor of Ministry with a special emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling is designed for those who serve or wish to serve as chaplains, pastoral care specialists, pastoral counselors, and pastors with a special focus on care and counseling. For more information about Pastoral Care and Counseling, click here.

Pastor as a Spiritual Leader emphasis
Our newest program is the Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis on The Pastor as Spiritual Leader, offered by the Office of Advanced Pastoral Studies and the Program in Christian Spirituality. In this emphasis, pastors will study the dynamics of Christian spirituality and spiritual formation, and how these apply to their ministry as congregational leaders. For more information, about The Pastor as Spiritual Leader, click here.

Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction with Degree Option
The Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction is offered in conjunction with the D.Min. to form a D.Min. concentration in spirituality. Participants in the DASD who qualify for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree may combine the DASD with the D.Min. For more information, click here.

Partnership with Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
SFTS partners with Seattle University to provide a Doctor of Ministry emphasis in pastoral leadership. Students who complete the one-year Pastoral Leadership Program at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry may be eligible to enter SFTS's Doctor of Ministry program with advanced placement. For more information, go to

International Feminist, African American Theology & Urban Ministry emphases
The SFTS faculty is deeply committed to these programs. We plan to offer courses in these areas, but the programs are under review with the hope of continuing these emphases in the next few years. For information on future offerings, please contact the Office of Advanced Pastoral Studies at 415-451-2865 or 800-447-8820 x865.


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