Payne Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry: Leadership and Community Transformation Cohort

Payne Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry: Leadership and Community Transformation Cohort

Reverend Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. (First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens) and Dr. Sidney S. Williams, Jr. (Bethel Church of Morristown) have designed a new cohort that will equip pastors with the practical leadership skills required to not only transforming the communities they serve, but also how to successfully lead their congregations through this difficult process. Registration for this cohort is limited to 15 students. Candidates must apply by July 15th for admission into this cohort. For more information please visit or contact the Admissions Office at 937-376-3946, ext. 222.

DMin Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum of 3 years of ministry experience, MDiv degree or equivalent.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation – Someone who has supervised your work in the ministry; pastor or denominational representative and a colleague, a former professor, or other professional. A 750-1000 words, define your personal and professional goals particularly related to your current ministry context, and describe how the Doctor of Ministry degree will help you to achieve those goals.
  • An official transcript from the institution where Master of Divinity degree was obtained.
  • In addition to the application, there is a $50 application fee, which can be mailed in the form of a check, money order or paid by credit card over the phone by calling the Business Office at 937.376.2946, ext. 205.

Program Components:

  • Three year, Six semester program:
    • Advanced Preparation for Ministry
    • Problem Analysis in the Practice of Ministry
    • Foundations for the Practice of Ministry
    • Research Methods for Ministry
    • Field Research, Data Collection/Data Analysis
    • Research Writing and Final Preparations
  • One Intensive per semester
  • Peer Sessions via webinars

Our Mission:

Payne Theological Seminary, Founded by The African Methodist Episcopal Church In 1894, is dedicated to preparing leaders for ministry in the African-American traditions of liberation, reconciliation, social justice, and the dignity of all humankind.