Doctor of Ministry

ACTS Doctor of Ministry Degree

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Need to refresh your ministry passion or reshape your ministry skills?

The DMin program focuses on 2 primary needs of seasoned Christian leaders: spiritual formation and leadership development. One week intensive courses, offered 3 times per year, enable participants to reflect upon their own spiritual journey; yet remain attentive to the demands of their ministry.

The experience brings participants into dialogue with seasoned professors as well as other mature doctoral students. This program reflects the ACTS Seminaries partner denominations and the unique Canadian perspective on Global issues.

The ongoing dissertation research projects have provided unparalleled insights into the Canadian evangelical culture. Your own research will both enhance your ministry, but also add to this increasing knowledge about the Canadian and broader Global church.

Program Focus:

  • Leadership and Spiritual Formation, both personal and community.
  • Participation in a cohort like model, that requires 2-3 one-week visits per year.
  • Six required and 2 elective courses (all one week), plus course work and individual preparation for the dissertation.
  • Designed to be completed in 3-4 years, including dissertation.

Admission Requirements:

  • Possess a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution AND have at least 3 yrs. of full-time ministry experience after the MDiv degree or its equivalent.
  • Give evidence of the ability to do doctoral level work as indicated by a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in previous graduate study.
  • Provide 3 personal references.
  • Complete a DMin application form, written statement, and other required documentation. This includes a personal plan for the completion of the DMin program.
  • Be proficient in at least 1 biblical language (recommended only); applicants can apply to have this waived.
  • Submit their application by July 1st in order to begin studies in Fall of that same year. Late applications may be considered pending available space and time.

Admission to the DMin program is open to all qualified candidates regardless of race, colour, gender or ethnicity.

Applicants, who lack the necessary prerequisites, may be admitted. However, they will be required to complete such prerequisites before joining a cohort and beginning DMin studies.

Applicants accepted into the program have 12 months to begin their first DMin course.

Applicants, for whom English is a second language, must attain a TOEFL score of 100 iBT (with 23 minimum in each category of Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing). They will be required to participate in the English Writing Lab to assist them in the completion of their assignments.

International applicants must present proof of sufficient funds to support him or her during at least the first year of study.

A maximum of 6 semester hours of course work may be transferred from other approved doctoral level programs, providing the course(s) fits the program requirements. Students would still be required to attend all three learning modules, but would be granted auditor status for the credits deemed transferable.

Vocational Outcomes:

This program is primarily designed for those already active in ministry but graduates may find expanded leadership opportunities.

Candidacy Requirements:

Candidacy is granted when the student has demonstrated ability to complete all of the degree requirements, which include:

  • Removal of prerequisite deficiencies;
  • 15 semester hours completed with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than B-;
  • Approval of the dissertation proposal;
  • Demonstration of doctoral level writing and research skills;
  • Certification by the ACTS D.Min. Program Director and the Registrar

Graduation Requirements:

  • Candidates must complete an application to graduate at least four months prior to the expected graduation date (either April 1 or October 1).
  • At least twenty four semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must be completed at ACTS. Courses with less than a B- grade will not be counted towards the completion of the degree.
  • All core requirements (31 semester hours) must be completed, as well as all course deficiencies identified at the time of application.
  • Completion of the dissertation (6 semester hours), including a successful oral examination, on an approved topic with a minimum grade of B-.

Daryl Busby 2

Daryl Busby, Ph.D.
Doctor of Ministry Director

With over 30 years of experience, both in the local church and in seminary instruction, he brings a broad resource of experience. Raised in a Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist congregation, he went on to serve in the Mennonite Brethren, the Evangelical Free Church; and presently, the Baptist General Conference of Canada. He is married to Shirley and they have 3 adult daughters. He has pastored for almost 15 years and also served for over 20 years in both Christian colleges and seminaries as an administrator and professor.