Six ACTS seminaries jointly sponsor a program in preaching leading to a Doctor of Ministry degree. Faculty from LSTC, CTS, MTS, NPTS, G-ETS, and BSSF participate in teaching this program, as well as renowned preachers and teachers from across the country. The program involves three annual summer residencies in Chicago, two projects in the participant’s ministry site and a thesis project.
During each summer residency, participants take a core (required) course, an elective course relevant to the participant’s learning goals, and participate in a colloquy. During colloquy, advisory groups consisting of peers working together to assess homiletical theology, develop group and individual learning goals and design a “Preaching Ministry project” which participants conduct independently at their ministry site between September and March following the first two residencies. After the third residency, participants develop a final project resulting in a thesis.
The program requires a separate ACTS DMin in Preaching application available from the program coordinator. The application process is a two-step process. Participants first apply through one of the six partnering schools and once admitted, are brought to a joint DMin in Preaching Program Committee, where a final determination of candidates is made. Total enrollment each year is 32 participants.