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The DMin Tracks

Advanced Practice of Ministry

The Advanced Practice of Ministry (APM) track focuses on theological reflection in one of the areas of ministerial practice:
  • homiletics
  • worship
  • Christian education
  • evangelism
  • new church development
  • congregational redevelopment
  • church administration
  • pastoral care
A personalized approach to DMin studies makes it possible for the candidate to discuss other specializations with an advisor.

Pastoral Care and Counseling

The DMin in Pastoral Care and Counseling (PCC) is designed to offer a flexible advanced program of training that leads to doctoral level competence in the practice of pastoral care or counseling. Student goals may include, but are not limited to:

1. Improving skills in parish counseling or pastoral care;
2. Completing requirements for certification as a chaplain (Association of Professional Chaplains);
3. Expanding theological and spiritual reflection skills as an already licensed marriage
and family therapist, professional counselor, social worker or psychologist;
4. Completing requirements as an ACPE supervisor, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, or other professional credential; and
5. Becoming licensed as a pastoral counselor in a state that licenses pastoral counselors.

Prerequisite: One unit of CPE.

Course of Study

Loren Townsend
Loren Townsend | Director, Pastoral Care and Counseling Program

Black Church Studies

Fulltime pastors with three years of post-MDiv experience, and experienced counselors, chaplains, denominational, and para-church officials are invited to apply for the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program at Louisville Seminary. The DMin degree program offers tracks in Advanced Practice of Ministry, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Interim Ministry, and Black Church Studies. The new Doctor of Ministry with a Black Church Studies focus consists of four required seminars and three advanced professional (elective) seminars taken in Black Church Studies. Louisville Seminary will offer three courses that will fulfill this concentration during its January and June courses.

Learn More About the Black Church Studies Program 

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