About the Program

The Diploma in Ministry Studies (DMS) is a non-degree diploma designed for men and women over the age of 25 who are serving on a church staff or in other ministry positions. This ministry studies online program provides an opportunity to students, NOT seeking a degree, to develop servant leadership skills for local church ministry, as well as competencies in Bible and church history. Ministry classes may be completed in two years, although students may take longer due to family, church, and job responsibilities.  This program is not available for students who have an undergraduate degree.

Program Objectives

  1. Graduates will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Bible and how to study and apply the biblical texts.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate a basic understanding and appreciation of church history and historical core doctrines of the Christian faith.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the theology of the five purposes of the church and their application to developing a growing and healthy church.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of how to share the gospel in a variety of forms and mediums.
  5. Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to a lifelong, intentional process of spiritual development and professional growth.

DMS Program Breakdown

Required Classes

ClassCredit Hours
Touchstone Course: Developing the Focused LIfe
Examine your call to ministry and assess your ministry skills
Theology & Practice of Worship
Study the biblical foundations, theology, and history of worship.
Theology & Practice of Fellowship
Understand God’s purpose for fellowship.
Theology & Practice of Discipleship
Develop a comprehensive program of discipleship
Theology & Practice of Ministry
Understand how to equip and deploy people in ministry.
Theology & Practice of Evangelism
Learn how to develop spiritual friendships and reach your community for Christ.
Old Testament Survey
Examine the background and content of the New Testament
New Testament Survey
Study the background and content of the New Testament
Church History
Study the major events and people that impacted the growth of Christianity
Biblical Hermeneutics
Understand the meaning of Scripture and how to apply it in your ministry context
Preaching and Teaching for Changed Lives
Construct, teach, and evaluate a biblical lesson in your ministry context.
Contemporary Evangelism
Learn how to share your faith in a postmodern world
Capstone Course: Practicing the Focused Life
Complete a 360 Assessment of your growth in Ministry competencies

Total: (13 classes, 39 hrs)

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