Doctor of Ministry

LSTC’s Doctor of Ministry (DMin) offers affordable access to diverse, world-class learning environments with a schedule suited for full-time professionals. Our two programs have distinct emphases: the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) DMin in Preaching and the Ecumenical DMin.


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“The DMin in Preaching degree has been a valuable tool in my ministry toolkit. Whether teaching about law and gospel preaching in West Africa or preaching the love of God in a congregation during a global pandemic, the excellent skills and techniques LSTC leaders taught have guided and helped me. The preaching program, with its diverse and varied teaching faculty, takes seriously the conditions of the world and the importance of gospel-based preaching that touches hearts.”

– Andrea Walker, 2007 DMin in Preaching and 1999 MDiv

Centered in a three-week summer residency on LSTC’s campus, preachers from across the country and beyond study in the ACTS DMin in Preaching Program. In addition to nationally recognized guest preacher-lecturers, advisors and teaching faculty are drawn from the seminaries of the ACTS consortium. For more information, click the Preaching Link.


  • Core courses (3)
  • Elective courses (3)
  • Colloquies (3)
  • Parish preaching project
  • Thesis and defense
  • Normally completed in 3 years


Headshot of Craig Mueller

“Being a lifelong Lutheran and a graduate of a Lutheran college and seminary, I chose the Ecumenical DMin program so that I could benefit from the ecumenical resources in Hyde Park, especially liturgy and spirituality courses at Catholic Theological Union. Though the program was demanding, I was grateful for all the connections I could make with my congregational context.”

– Craig Mueller, 2013 DMin graduate and 1988 MDiv graduate

The Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry offers concentrations in cross-cultural ministries, liturgy, spirituality, educating for witness, and Hispanic theology and ministry. This flexible program offers students the ability to commute from anywhere in the Chicagoland area while working full-time or to live in Hyde Park as a full-time student. Catholic Theological Union and McCormick Theological Seminary collaborate with LSTC to offer this degree.


  • Core colloquies (2)
  • Electives in the concentration (4)
  • Electives outside the concentration (2)
  • DMin thesis project
  • Normally completed in 2 to 5 years

For additional information, or to apply now, please visit the CTU website.

Email admissions@lstc.edu or call 773.256.0727

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