We have two New Testament doctoral programs at Northern Seminary: Doctor of Ministry (DMin) and Doctor of Theological Ministry (DTM), the first requires an equivalent of a MDiv while the second requires only a master’s degree.

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. There is no DMin degree quite like this one and we are learning that pastors want this kind of contextual shaping kind of study of the New Testament.

Think about joining us… we begin Sept 14-18, 2020.

This will be our third iteration of a new and innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Northern Seminary. Here’s our announcement:

“The DMin in New Testament Context will give pastors the opportunity of a lifetime. In my speaking and conversations with pastors, preachers, and lay folks, one of the most illuminating features we have to bring to the church is clarifying the historical context of Jesus and the apostles. Time and time again flashes of insight come to Bible readers when they grasp a social custom at work, a religious controversy throbbing behind a question put to Jesus, or a historical memory that is shaping precisely what Jesus was teaching or the apostle Paul writing. Because this “background” or “Jewish context” is so important and at the same time much less accessible for pastors, the DMin in the New Testament Context will provide pastors with the opportunity to focus study on Jewish texts and this will enable them to shed light on pressing concerns in the church today.”– Dr. Scot McKnight

I will be guiding this cohort with Nijay Gupta that provides a theological, practical, and academic framework for pastors and congregational leaders to think critically and faithfully about the context of the New Testament. Students will develop an ability to bring the Bible to life for the people in their ministries and help to create church cultures that learn to read the Bible better. The cohort is limited to highly motivated students. The first cohort is now entering into the thesis project stage and they have been an impressive, impressive group. Their cohort experience has been their highlight.

Program Highlights

  • Creates a renewed spirit and passion for the Church’s mission and vision
  • Sharpens critical thinking through interaction with other students and contextual exegesis
  • Easy monthly payment plans for tuition
  • Content aimed developing a strong understanding of the New Testament context and an ability to communicate that effectively
  • Practical application of theology, knowledge, and skills related to understanding the context of the New Testament
  • Involvement in an action-reflection process designed to review character, ministry call, and direction
  • A trip to Israel to study the context of the New Testament first-hand

Cohort Details

The third New Testament Context cohort will begin in September 2020. To be considered for admission, please complete the Doctor of Ministry application. Follow and complete all application instructions found on the DMin application. We will begin announcing admission decisions upon receipt of completed applications. This is a competitive program and special consideration is given to highly motivated, talented students who have a passion for Christ’s church and who want to make a difference in their current context.

In addition, once admitted you must submit the standard $500 tuition fee deposit to reserve your place and join the cohort which begins in June. This deposit is applied to your first two monthly tuition payments. This tuition deposit is refundable only if you complete the entire application process and are denied admission. Your DMin application must be accompanied by the non-refundable application fee in order to be processed.

A Note from McKnight

I made a commitment some 20 years ago that I wanted to make the knowledge we have about Judaism more accessible to the church, and to do that we have to learn to “translate” those details and complicated discussions into language that not only can be understood but that matters for ordinary people living ordinary lives in ordinary churches. The DMin in the New Testament Context is designed to help pastors create church cultures that learn to read the Bible better.

Writing accessible prose is therefore an important element for our courses.

Pastors routinely tell me they don’t have time to read all those Jewish sources, so we want to carve out time for pastors to progress in a degree that leads them into great Jewish texts that are behind our New Testament. The DMin in New Testament Context will give pastors the opportunity of a lifetime, time to investigate Jewish texts in order to enhance our perspective of the New Testament. In doing so, the DMin in the New Testament Context will give pastors texts and tools to do this for themselves and for their congregation and show their congregations how they can do it too!

Courses (but not the order of courses)

  1. The NT and its World 1
  2. The NT and its World 2
  3. The NT and its World 3
  4. Biblical, Historical and Theological Method
  5. Becoming Doctors of the Church
  6. Trip to Israel: Education Beyond the Books
  7. Thesis Design: A Seminar on a Topic

Request Information

To express your interest in the program and receive more information, please complete the information request form below.

Or, to tentatively secure your place in the cohort, complete the same information request form and then submit your tuition deposit using the online payment method below the form. It is also recommended that you begin the application process right away. Priority is given to qualified applicants who apply early. Once the cohort is filled (17 students), additional applicants must wait until a new cohort is formed. Please Note: The program information request form is NOT the application for admission. Visit our admissions page for program application instructions.