Doctor of Ministry (Biblical Counseling)

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Overview of the Doctor of Ministry Program at BTS

Birmingham Theological Seminary's Doctor of Ministry program is designed to support both bi-vocational and full-time pastors active in ordained ministry, as well as full-time ministry professionals in church-based or non-profit organizations. We offer four specialized tracks in our Doctor of Ministry Program:

  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Biblical Counseling
  • Apologetics
  • Church Vitality
Qualified Faculty and Mentorship Approach

All faculty members in each program have earned terminal, post-graduate degrees and bring extensive practical experience in their respective fields. They effectively integrate biblical, historical, practical, and theological insights into successful ministries, serving as both educators and mentors.

Cohort-Based Learning and Practical Application

The BTS D.Min. program is cohort-based and emphasizes classroom-oriented learning. It challenges students to blend educational innovation with community-driven learning, aiming to balance theoretical knowledge with applied professional skills.

Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling

The Biblical Counseling track at BTS is built on a Biblical Theological Framework, affirming the sufficiency of Scripture in addressing human condition issues, particularly those related to the heart. The program's goal is to cultivate experts in counseling ministry who are also empathetic shepherds grounded in solid theology and committed to local church ministry.

Program Vision and Curriculum

The vision is to foster a resurgence in local church-based counseling ministries, guided by BTS-trained leaders who direct people to the healing work of Jesus Christ.

Sample Classes in Biblical Counseling
  • Care and Cure of Souls (Introduction to Biblical Counseling Review)
  • Advanced Hermeneutics
  • Biblical Counseling Internship Seminar
  • Biblical Counseling and Human Physiology/Psychopathology
  • Biblical Counseling and Marriage & Family
  • Biblical Counseling and Ecclesiology, Legal Issues and Peacemaking
  • Biblical Counseling & Professional/Personal Development

The Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling is designed to equip graduates with both deep theological understanding and practical counseling skills for effective ministry in various contexts.

Interested in Taking a Course?

As part of a diverse community of learners, you will be taught courses by pastor/professors that are academically excellent, biblically faithful, and ministry-oriented, equipping you for a life of ministry and humble leadership in Christ.