Advanced Standing for Th.M. in Preaching

We are pleased to announce the potential for those with a Th.M. in Preaching from Gordon-Conwell to pursue Advanced Standing in our Doctor of Ministry program.

Based upon a qualified Th.M. in Preaching, this movement enables a continued journey deeply focused on preaching (in either one of our preaching tracks) or a wider journey into larger pastoral issues of leadership, caregiving, and preaching with Pastoral Theology in Practice.

Qualified students receive credit towards one of their required residencies and pay two years of tuition instead of three.

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Eligibility for this standing is verified in review of the applicant’s official Th.M. transcript from Gordon-Conwell.

Those applying after graduating with an eligible Th.M. must indicate intentions to pursue advanced standing during the regular application process.

Those applying before graduating with an eligible Th.M. may not apply for advanced standing during the application process. It is possible later, however, to apply for the advanced standing benefit – if earning an eligible Th.M. happens prior to the second DMIN residency. To petition for advanced standing after beginning the DMIN journey, a student must be in a benefit participating track and submit an official Th.M. transcript for review. This petition must be made before the fifth quarter of DMIN tuition is billed.

The Doctor of Ministry office assigns each student eligible for advanced standing a project coordinator from the mentor team of each track. This coordinator gives final approval for advanced standing after reviewing a finished advanced standing project, which the student completes at the beginning of their studies.

“Nothing influences the life of the church more than the pulpit,” (preaching mentor Dr. Jeff Arthurs).

“We want students to be encouraged to preach outside of the box as they learn from fellow preachers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds,” (preaching mentor Dr. Matthew D. Kim).

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Eligible Track Specializations

Advanced Standing in our Preaching Tracks

Advanced standing allows for those accepted into our preaching tracks to potentially skip or audit the first residency.

Those accepted with Advanced Standing into any of our preaching tracks will be asked to reserve their space with the matriculation payment.

“At Gordon-Conwell, I learned how to explain the Word, how to prove the Word, how to apply the Word; in short, I learned how to preach the Word.”

— Robert Hutchinson, D.Min. 2012.

Advanced Standing in our Pastoral Theology in Practice Track

Pastoral Theology in Practice has three modules; one each on leadership, care-giving and preaching. Advanced standing enables the recipient to advance through the preaching module.

  • Choose an entry point where Caring for the Flock and Deepening the Call follow each other
  • As the optional final module, skip or audit Proclaiming the Word. Auditors are full participants in the residency; completing pre-residency requirements and participating in discussions and presentations.

English Entry Points are every year: Charlotte (February), Liderazgo Pastoral (August), or Hamilton (October). Each entry point begins a new cohort, switching from one cohort to another is not allowed.



Proclaiming the Word/

Proclamando la Palabra

Deepening the Call/

Profundizando el Llamado

Caring for the Flock/

Cuidando el rebaño

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