The D.Min. project/thesis is the final integrative demonstration of the competency and skill achieved through participation in the program. It allows the student to engage in structured research methods which will result in an effective ministry intervention in a specific setting, a thesis which demonstrates the integration of theology and practice, and an oral examination.

Project/Thesis Sequence

  • BIBM 724: Project/Thesis Seminar I – Spring Semester, Year 1
  • BIBM 726: Project/Thesis Seminar II – Summer, Year 2
  • Advisor selection – Summer, Year 2
  • Prospectus development – Summer and Fall Semester, Year 2
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) – Fall Semester, Year 2
  • Project Implementation – Spring Semester, Year 2 through Summer or Fall, Year 3
  • Thesis Development – Fall Semester, Year 3
  • BIBM 799: D.Min. Project/Thesis – Spring Semester, Year 3
  • Oral Defense – Spring Semester, Year 3
  • Graduation – May, Year 3

Student and Faculty Resources


Published Project/Theses
Completed D.Min. project/theses are available for full-text download at

Discernment: Theology and the Practice of Ministry
Published by the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry, this digital, peer-reviewed journal encourages effective ministerial practice by making practical theology accessible to the church. It does so through publishing essays that engage rigorous theoretical and theological reflection with contextually sensitive ministerial action.

Discernment offers a means for D.Min. alumni to make their project/thesis research and application more accessible to other Christian leaders. Content genres include:

  • Summaries of Doctor of Ministry theses or key aspects of that work;
  • Retrospectives that examine how the work done in a project/thesis five or more years ago continues to function or evolve in the work of the minister or ministry;
  • Re-contextualization and application of previously documented ministerial interventions to a new situation; or
  • Essays by scholar-practitioners that bring theory and practice together in creative and effective ways.

To read current and past issues, or to submit an article for publication, visit