The Doctor of Ministry Program
Enrich your priesthood with…
A Doctor of Ministry in the Eastern Christian Context
The Doctor of Ministry is designed to deepen and enhance your ministry through systematic study and reflection. Participants remain in their places of ministry during the program and attend classes three or four weeks a year. Emphasis is placed on integration of the theological disciplines with major areas of church leadership.
Six core seminars covering the theology of ministry, eccesiology, canon law, homiletics, spirituality and pastoral care, education, ethics and community issues make up the first half of the program. They will be taught by a combined faculty of Pittsburgh Seminary and recognized Eastern Christian scholars. Seminars will usually be five days in length.
Following completion of these courses, students will select an area for further study and design a doctoral project in that area of interest. A Proposal Colloquium, a Biblical Seminar and two electives help to prepare for the implementation of the project and the writing of the doctoral paper.
The six core seminars will be held concurrently with the Antiochian House of Studies near Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
Students will also spend two weeks at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary completing the Proposal Colloquium and the Biblical Seminar. The doctoral project will be carried out in the candidate’s place of ministry with the assistance of two faculty advisors.
This program is for you if…
- You have reached a plateau in your present ministry and are ready for new personal and professional growth.
- You would appreciate an educational approach that utilizes your experience in ministry as part of every course from administration to theology.
- You want your educational program to have direct results for the ministry in which you serve.
A Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited seminary or divinity school is required for admission. Applicants are also required to have completed a minimum of three years in ministry following receipt of the Master of Divinity.
The program is designed to be completed in three to four years, with 30 credit hours of required coursework. In addition, a doctoral project valued at six credit hours must be completed. The current tuition for the program is $224 per credit hour, due at the beginning of each course. The total program tuition is now $8064 (36 hours). Fees are reviewed annually by the Board of Directors.
Quality and Experience
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools and has offered the Doctor of Ministry degree since 1972. Several features make this unique program especially attractive. One is the emphasis on integrating academic work with the practice of ministry. Another is the resources of our combined faculty and fine libraries. A third is the collegial spirit which develops among faculty and students in the program.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
For more information, contact:
Doctor of Ministry Program
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 North Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
In cooperation with the Antiochian House of Studies
Comments on the Program
We are pleased with the program at the Antiochian House of Studies, and with the cooperation of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, we are grateful that the recognized Doctor of Ministry degree will be granted for such a program. - Abp. Peter L’Huillier, Diocese of New York and New Jersey, Orthodox Church of America
We are delighted with the establishment of this postgraduate program. As we come to the close of the twentieth century, such a program satisifies an obvious need for continuing education for tomorrow’s leaders. This is especially relevant since the program, which terminates in a Doctor of Ministry degree, will be focused on an Eastern Christian context. We pray that these opportunities will afford greater possibilities as we labor together for God’s glory and his Church. - Metr. Nicholas Smisko, American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese
Look at our world. Can you imagine a time when the clergy were more challenged to lead and minister to Christ’s flock? The D.Min. class which begins in 1999 will graduate in the new millennium—better prepared, we are convinced, to meet the challenges of ministry.
We pledge our Antiochian House of Studies to an invigorating and enriching program of theological study and reflection, firmly rooted in the ancient tradition of the Christian East.
- Metr. Philip Saliba, Primate, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Over the past three years I have enjoyed being one of the faculty, along with His Eminence Abp. Peter L’Huillier, the senior Canon Law professor in the OCA, as well as other faculty members from Pittsburgh and the Antiochian House of Studies. We have together designed a program unique to our ministry, one from which I believe every Orthodox clergyman will gain much. - Metr. Maximos, Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh
I have cherished the personal growth, a new appreciation of the Faith, and camaraderie with fellow priests and colleagues. If it were for this alone, I would have entered the program. But it has also enriched my pastoral ministry in many ways, and I know that it has benefited my parish as well, because it has sensitized me to their needs and concerns. - Rev. Fr. Kenneth M. Bachofsky, Warren, OH, American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese
The Doctor of Ministry Program in the Eastern Christian Context has proven perfect for many of us who have come to Holy Orthodoxy with theological degrees and pastoral experience from various Western Christian traditions. Bringing with us the best of the past, and maintaining our pastoral ministry, we work towards a degree which helps form in us a deeper understanding of the Orthodox way. - The Very Rev. Fr. Chad Hatfield, Academic Dean, St. Herman Seminary
- Graduates of an accredited seminary with at least a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, and
- at least three years’ experience in active ministry, and
- an interest in pursuing a professional doctoral degree in a specifically Eastern Christian perspective
(Orthodox and non-Orthodox students are accepted without discrimination)
- To provide an opportunity for structured reflection on the practice of ministry
- To equip persons for positions of specialized leadership in the church
- Six (6) core courses are offered on an intensive basis twice a year at the House of Studies (using the facilities of the Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center, Ligionier, PA) by a combination of Orthodox scholars and members of the Faculty of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Two (2) colloquia preparatory to a final doctoral project
- Two (2) electives, taken at any accredited institution
- A final project
- Classes are comprised of no more than fifteen students progressing together through completion.
- One unit is offered after Orthodox Pascha, two units in the last week of August/first week of September.
- Advance reading and a follow-up paper are required for each course.
Some student reactions:
- The Very Rev. Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary (Orthodox Church in America) writes:
"The Doctor of Ministry Program in the Eastern Christian Context has proven perfect for many of us who have come to Holy Orthodoxy with theological degrees and pastoral experience from various Western Christian traditions. Bringing with us the best of our past, and maintaining our pastoral ministry, we work towards a degree which helps form in us a deeper understanding of the “Orthodox way.”
- The Rev. Fr. Dumitru Macaila, Pittsburgh, PA (Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh) writes:
I enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Program in the Eastern Christian Context to refresh myself and become better prepared for “Confrontation.” After four seminars, I feel my priestly knowledge and experience are enriched. We doctoral students learn not only from each other’s strengths -- but from each other’s weaknesses also.
- The Rev. Fr. Kenneth M. Bachofsky, Warren, OH. (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Diocese of the U.S.A.) writes:
I have cherished the personal growth, a new appreciation of the Faith, and camaraderie with fellow priests and colleagues. If it were for this alone, I would have entered the program. [But it has also] enriched my pastoral ministry in many ways, and I know that it has benefited my parish as well, because it has sensitized me to their needs and concerns.
A new class is now forming. For information and application forms, contact:
Director of D.Min. Program
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
616 N. Highland Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206–2596
For more information contact: The Very Rev. Joseph Allen, (201)784–2501
To obtain books contact: Librarian at the Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center, (724)238–3677