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Information for current students in the Doctor of Ministry Program at Wesley!

Below you will find helpful information as you move through your DMin program at Wesley Theological Seminary.  Please click on the drop down menu to see the information.  Registration and Reading lists will be updated on a rolling schedule as new information is available.

If you are a prospective DMin student, please click here for application and track information.

Each D.Min. “track” (area of focus) requires the successful completion of 24 core credit hours and 6 credit hours of electives. 3 credit hours for the Project Seminar are included in the core courses. The project is generally written during the third year. Transfer credit is not accepted as a substitute for the required core courses, but may be permitted to replace elective courses. Prior approval must be granted from the D.Min. director before transfer credit may be granted. 

Electives can be taken during the regular sessions in January and May or on-line in the spring and fall terms each year. On occasion special interest immersion trips will also be offered. Most on-line electives will have a synchronous on-line component - check the registration page for course detail.

Registration for May 2015 opens February 1.  Click here to view the schedule.

Please call the DMin office if you have questions  202-885-8688.

Registration Instructions

To register for Doctor of Ministry Courses:

  • Registration for January Term is open from September 1 - September 30 on Wesleyweb under "DMN January" 
  • Registration for May Term is open February 1 on Wesleyweb under "DMN May"

To register  you must have a working Wesley student ID. Newly admitted students will receive a letter with their log-on information as soon as the seminary has received their admissions paperwork and deposit.

If you have trouble logging on, send an email to describing the nature of the issue.

View the current course schedule here. Then go to Wesleyweb and select the term, and the then course you would like to register for. To help you select courses, the cohort track name is noted under each course on the schedule.

Book lists and reading lists for courses are available by opening the drop down menu below for the term or program you are registering for and clicking the highlighted course number.  You can then either print and/or view the pdf document. Faculty can be e-mailed by clicking their name.

Readings lists are posted when the course number is dark purple. Updates will occur as lists are received. If you have a questions regarding a reading assignment, pelase contact the faculty person.


Any other question can be directed to the Dmin office by clicking here.





Spring On-line Electives

February 2 - March 13, 2015 (registration closed)


DM-1005 OL Cultivating Eloquence: Mid-Career Assessment of Rhetorical Skills for Improvement with Dr. Christian Lundberg, Asst. Professor of Rhetoric and Cultural Studies, UNC, Chapel Hill  (click on bio here)

This course provides a platform for reflection on and honing the rhetorical skills of pastors in the mid-course of their calling, both in preaching and in the workplace more generally.  Because mid-career pastors already have extensive experience in preaching, teaching and leading, this course will provide an in-depth look at the theory, practice, and traditions of rhetoric to provide a platform for improving the pastor's present rhetorical skill.  Students will not only read, write and discuss, but also preach and receive group feedback on their preaching.

DM-900D Project Seminar with Lewis Parks, DMin Director, Wesley Theological Seminary

This course will equip the DMin student to identify a DMin project, develop a plan of research and execution for that project, and delineate a constructive theological component to the project.  The final outcome of the course is a project proposal that is sent to the DMin Committee for approval and assignment of a faculty reader.  The faculty reader will oversee the writing of the student's project paper.
On-line segment: Tuesday mornings 8am - 9:30am synchronous format; Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, Mar 10. Students must be available during these dates and times to participate in the course.

March 16 - April 24, 2015 (registration will open in February)

DM-1010 OL Ministry to LGBT Constituents in the Context of your Denomination and Congregation with Valeria Leyva, Associate Prof and Field Education Coordinator, CA State University

As the UMC and other denominations address the theological issues related to same sec marriage and ordination of lesbian/gay clergy, more and more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals are opening up to family members and congregations about sexual orientation or gender identity. This course will provide informed pastoral care to LGBT members and families.  This course will provide specific skills and techniques for ministry with LGBT individuals and families, including issues regarding the "coming out" process, couples counseling, and other salient questions of providing care with LGBT congregation and community members.
This course requires use of several sychonous collaborate sessions via Blackboard dates TBD


Reading Lists for May/June

Registration for the May 2015 DMin term will be open February 1, 2015.  Below you will find a list of courses.  The letters in ( ) designate the cohort group.

Courses offered May 12-15, 2015

DM-L601 Leadership (J)  Effective and Visionary Leadership - Dr. Lovett Weems

DM-A601 Arts (E) Theological Aesthetics - Dr. Kendall Soulen

DM- L605 Leadership (I) The Tone of Church Leadership - Dr. Michael Koppel

DM-900A Life Together (F) Project Seminar - Dr. Lew Parks

DM-N604 Nashville Cohort  Wesleyan Mission as a Healing Practice - Dr. Melanie Dobson (course held in Memphis, TN | Methodist-LeBonheur Healthcare System)

DM-M601 Military Chaplains   Chaplaincy on the Line - Drs McAllister-Wilson and Bradfield (canceled)

Courses offered May 18-22, 2015
DM-L609 Leadership (J)  Contemporary Issues in Ecclesiology - Dr. Josiah Young

DM-C605 Soul Care (D) Grounded in the Living Word - Hopkins and Koppel

DM- L603 Leadership (I) Leading Congregational Outreach and Growth in a Pluralistic Culture - Dr. F. Douglas Powe, Jr.

DM-T607 Life Together (F) Spiritual Practices for Ministerial and Congregational Transformation - Dr. Bruce Epperly

DM-N605 Nashville Cohort  Communities of Faith and Community Health - Dr. Kendra Hotz (course held in Memphis, TN | Methodist-LeBonheur Healthcare System)

DM-M602 Military Chaplains: The Past, Present and Future of Military Chaplaincies - Dr. Brinsfield, Jr. (canceled)

Global Asian in Washington, DC  | June 22-26 and June 29 - July 3, 2015

June 22-26, 2015

DM-G603-0 Spiritual Formation- Dr. Kyunglim Shin Lee

DM-G611-0 Worship- Dr. Carol Cook Moore


June 29- July 3, 2015

DM-G609-0 Social Holiness in the Wesleyan Tradition- Dr. Sondra Wheeler

DM-G610-0 Theology- Kendall Soulen

DM-900C  Project Seminar - Dr. Lewis Parks


Summer & Fall On-line Core Courses and Electives

Registration for Summer and Fall Courses will open in May. Reading lists for these courses will be added as they are received. Click on the course title to pull up the reading list.  Faculty can be e-mailed by clicking their name.
To Register, please go to Wesleyweb and select Fall DMin courses, except where indicated below.

Soul Care (D) Core Course

Sept 1 - Oct 30 2015 

DM-C604OL   Care and Counseling of Couples and Families (3 credit hours) (Valerie Leyva) This course will meet on-line September 1, 15, 29 and October 6, and 20 from 8pm - 9pm eastern time

Arts and Theology (E) Core Course

Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015 

DM-A608OL    Poetry for Spiritual Formation in Ministry (3 credit hours) (Kathleen Staudt) This course will meet on-line Thursday's from 11am - 12:30pm eastern time on October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12and 19.


Below are electives available to all tracks in the DMin program. Register via Wesleyweb. Courses in June are termed DMNspring; Courses July 1 - December are termed DMNfall.


June 1- June 5, 2015Register via the May Dmin drop down on Wesleyweb

DM-A609 Icon Writing Workshop  taught by Russian iconogrpaher, Philipp Davydov


August 2 - 7, 2015

DM-965 Pilgrimage to the Alabama of the Civil Rights Movement  (3 credit hours) (Dr. C. Anthony Hunt)  Students are required to making their own arrangements to Alabama.  The program will take care of the arrangement while on the trip, extra fees above tuition will apply. (currently projecting these fees to be around $300 for lodging and entrance to museums and activities)
Download Flier here
Down load booklist here

An optional additional three credit indenpendent study is also available. You must register for both the study trip and the independent study to qualify.  If you are interested in the indenpendent study, please notify the dmin office.

DM-966 Independent Study: Alabama Civil Rights Movement (3 credit hours)

Download booklist for Independent Study here
Download Bibliography

September 1 - October 30, 2015

DM-969OL Small Church in Social and Ecological Context (3 credit hours) (Gilson  Waldkoenig) This course will meet on-line Tuesday from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. 

September 30 - October 2, 2015

DM-393  Church Leadership Study Trip to Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS (3 credit hours)  Dr. Lovett Weems | In addition to registering for the WTS course, students must register for the conference at COR. For conference details and to register click here.

October 1 - November 30, 2015

DM-975OL Process Theology: Spirituality, Theology and Mission (3 credit hours) (Bruce Epperly)




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