master of divinity


The ACTS Seminaries Doctor of Ministry is a professional degree that will enhance your ministry practice by providing mentored reflection on God and the scriptures as the foundation of your ministry. It helps build your character and spiritual health as a ministry leader and enables you to apply training within your ministry context.

The DMin program offers experienced Christian leaders a platform for spiritual growth and leadership development through focused self-reflection and enriching dialogue with expert professors and fellow doctoral students. There are four elements to our program: 

Meet once per year in the fall for on-campus mentored peer learning with ACTS faculty and fellow students.

Explore topics relevant to your chosen specialization and the core DMin themes through problem-based learning. Engage with your faculty mentor and fellow students to develop shared resources that connect the Mindset topics and your thesis-project.

Spend nine days embedded with an innovative ministry organization. Each spring you will join your classmates and faculty mentors in a select Canadian or international location to immerse yourself in a unique local ministry and dialogue with their leaders.

Design an applied thesis-project to advance your understanding of your chosen thesis topic and increase your ministry capacity and competence.

Integration, mentorship and specialization are key to the Doctor of Ministry.

  • Explore your area of interest with fellow students from similar ministry contexts under the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • Experience a variety of on-the-ground ministries as you journey with some of the most innovative Christian organizations across Canada
  • Your coursework and thesis project are done simultaneously, each informing the other as you go

The following summaries are samples of dissertation topics undertaken by students in the DMin program. While these themes are only representative, they do highlight the breadth and the significance of the various research projects.

What factors helped church leaders, who experienced personal conflict in ministry, to process that experience so they could move forward in their own spiritual transformation?
How are pastors, their spouses and church leaders within churches from the FEB CENTRAL Region of the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada encouraging parents to pass on their faith to their children? What barriers do they encounter and what successes are they reporting?
What impact does the British Columbia Leadership Development Network curriculum, practicum and coaching have on participants in regards to enhancing their leadership activities in their respective home congregations?
What factors seem to contribute to ongoing church involvement among young adults in an English ministry congregation within Chinese churches? What further direction should the leaders of these churches glean from these responses?
What factors do pastors in a Baptist denomination identify as critical to their well-being and their ability to stay long term in their ministries?
How have selected North American Baptist churches successfully raised next generation leaders within their congregations? What do these churches report as the reasons for their success? How would such churches describe the intergenerational aspects of their leadership structure?
What impact does an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius have in developing discernment and spiritual maturity among the adherents and members of one Baptist congregation?
How does an equipping course that discusses selected spiritual themes in contemporary movies and music affect the confidence and openness of adult Christians to listen to media for the purpose of theological reflection?
What effect does the presence of children have on the small group experience? What are the positive effects on the group when the children participate? What are the limitations on the group when children are present?

  I entered the program with decades of experience, but it was unharnessed. The DMin program at ACTS has funneled my experience and passions into a laser focus. It not only enhanced my education but pointed me towards a Kingdom contribution that fits my head, heart and hand.  

– Scott Tolhurst,
Lead Pastor, Richmond Bethel Church


For entry into the Doctor of Ministry program, you will need to:
Possess a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA AND have at least three years of ministry experience.

 Fill out the online application form.

Supply three letters of reference.


If you’re not sure whether you meet these requirements, contact one of our graduate admissions advisors. We’re here to help.

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