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McCormick D.Min. Program

What would be the focus of my study?

The McCormick Doctor of Ministry program allows you to choose a concentration that best fits your own ministry:

Parish Revitalization

Parish Revitalization specifically addresses the challenges faced by established congregations, and its leaders, in a post-Christendom culture. The concentration is designed for those whose ministry is the local church and whose calling is to lead a people in renewed gospel witness in its community. This is not ten simply steps to success; here, students engage Christian tradition, current scholarship, and contemporary ministry meet in ways that help identify, form, and deepen the practices that make for vital, faithful churches and pastors. 

Building Beloved Community

Building Beloved Community is a McCormick commitment. It is designed for those who seek to understand culture and human difference in ways that nurture and promote a vision of the common good through justice, compassion, and active engagement with the other. Its focus is on the relationship between the local church or agency and the communities it serves, through encouraging and supporting ministry practices that can strengthen communities within and around the student’s church or agency setting.

Pastoral and Spiritual Care

The Pastoral and Spiritual Care concentration looks deeply into the spiritual nurture and care of God’s people, whether in a congregation or other ministry setting. It is designed for pastors, chaplains, and other leaders who daily bring the gospel to gospel to a hurting world and its people, by focusing on the dynamic life of the people of God as a helping community.

What Courses Would I Take?

The program is composed of nine one-unit courses and a thesis in the practice of ministry. These nine courses are the equivalent of one year of full-time work. Course requirements include five core courses, a two-week thesis residency and three elective courses in a particular area of concentration. Because the program of study is closely integrated with the student’s professional work, the normal time for fulfilling the degree requirements is three academic years.

Students enter the program with a cohort group composed of persons from a wide variety of ministry contexts.  The cohort generally takes its core courses together, providing a rich learning environment for students and faculty.  

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Core Courses

Required of all McCormick Doctor of Ministry students, regardless of concentration:

Where Three or More are Gathered: explores the relationship of group dynamics and leadership. This is the first course in the program sequence.

The Church in the World Today: explores the changing landscape of Christian expression in North America and around the world.

Biblical Interpretation and Use: explores new methods of Biblical interpretation, its use and application in church and ministry.

Culturally Attentive Pastoral Leadership: equips students to lead religious organizations with more sensitivity to diverse congregants and communities.

Research Methods: focuses on congregational and contextual analysis, approaches to leading change, and the thesis project.

Elective Courses     

Elective courses in the McCormick Doctor of Ministry program are offered in the three areas of concentration: Building Beloved Community, Parish Revitalization, and Pastoral and Spiritual Care. Students can choose from courses designed to complement and enhance the core, and to help them meet learning goals while focusing on a particular area of study. Doctor of Ministry concentrations and electives are constantly undergoing assessment. The courses listed here are examples and subject to additions and changes.

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The Building Beloved Community elective courses may include topics such as:

Peacemaking: Building the Beloved Community

Preaching, Healing, and Justice

Joining Up the Body: Building the Common Life of the Church

The Parish Revitalization elective courses may include topics such as:

Post-Christendom Church

The Gospel and Global Media Cultures

Ministry in Conflicts

Dysfunction and Transformation in Human Systems

The Pastoral and Spiritual Care elective courses may include topics such as:

Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis

Pastoral Theology of Hope

Pastoral Care as Contemplative Practice


Where and When Are Courses Offered?

Courses are offered as five-day intensives, primarily on McCormick’s campus in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. The program is composed of eight one-unit courses and a thesis in the practice of ministry, which includes a two-week thesis residency requirement. These nine courses are the equivalent of one year of full-time work. Because the program of study is closely integrated with the student’s professional work, the normal time for fulfilling the degree requirements is three academic years. Five years is the maximum time allowed unless an extension of time is granted.


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Rev. Veronica Johnson

About our seminary

The Seminary in the City

McCormick Theological Seminary is located in Chicago, in the south side community of Hyde Park—home of four other distinguished seminaries and the University of Chicago. Click here for a copy of our current Annual Report.

The McCormick Student Body

Approximately 200 men and women are enrolled at McCormick Theological Seminary. They are full and part-time students, on-campus residents and commuters, and members of doctoral ministry students for intensive study.

The McCormick Faculty

The McCormick is internationally diverse—by gender, ethnicity, national origin and religious tradition. The faculty is composed of 14 full-time faculty members in four fields of study: Bible, History, Theology/Ethics and Ministry.