The Doctor of Theology degree is designed for those current or future ministers of the church who have the additional gift of writing.
Not every pastor has the gift of writing. But some do. We believe those pastors should use their gift of writing to benefit a popular audience. This could take the form of writing blogs, writing articles for journals, writing columns for papers, writing pamphlets for their church, or even writing books for the church at large.
This degree is not intended to form a specialist scholar for the academy. This will be obvious in the requirements below. This degree is intended to form a generalist theologian for the church.
This degree is designed to be a means of education through self-study. All learning takes place in the convenience of one’s own country, state, city, church, home, etc.
All who are admitted into this program will have to fulfill these requirements:
Select 1 of these possible tracks.
- Old Testament
- New Testament
- Biblical Theology
- Systematic Theology
- Church History
- Biblical Hebrew
- Biblical Aramaic
- Biblical Greek
- Biblical Counseling
- Biblical Leadership
- City Development
- Cultural Engagement
Read 20,000 pages across no more than 100 approved books on that subject. You have the opportunity to select your own books. We’ll select books for you if that is preferred. All books must be approved by us in the end.
Write a 100-200 page book for a popular audience on an approved topic within that subject. This book must be both academic and practical. This book must be both informative and devotional. The intended audience of this book cannot be solely a scholar or a seminary student. The intended audience of this book must be a pastor or church member. The topic must relate to the chosen track. The topic must be approved before the book is written.
Participate in a small group. You may meet with fellow church members. You may meet with fellow ministers in your area who aren’t students of our program. You may meet with other students in our program at a distance via technology. Our primary hope is that you’ll learn how to think, speak, write, and live better by engaging with other believers in a group setting. We also hope you’ll learn how to partner with other believers and churches in ministry. Frankly, we’re tired of pastors competing against each other, and we’re tired of churches competing each other, especially when they share the same doctrine and belong to the same denomination.
Become mentored by a pastor. If you aren’t already a pastor, we strongly suggest you become mentored by your own pastor. If you are already a pastor, we suggest you become mentored by an older pastor in the area who has had more time to develop personal character, theological acumen, and ministry skills. Either way, we all need to be discipled by the older generations of the church. Our primary hope is that your character, theology, and skills will be developed by becoming mentored by an older, more experienced pastor.
Become an intern at a local church. If you aren’t already a pastor, we strongly suggest you intern at your own church. If you’re already a pastor, you won’t be required to intern at another church. The point is that we want every student actually serving the church, and we want them serving the church weekly. Our primary hope is that you’ll develop a greater understanding of the workings of the church, and that you’ll develop ministry skills by serving in a local church.