Doctor of Ministry 2017-06-22T16:10:45+00:00

Doctor of Ministry

The purpose of the D.Min. program is to provide professional and academic preparation for the highest level of leadership in Christian ministry.

This course of study is designed for men in the ministry who have a M.Div. degree or equivalent and a minimum of two years of ministry experience. The program consists of 32 credits of advanced courses emphasizing the theory and practice of the ministry, but with significant portion of its credits available to focus on the particular needs and interests of the student. The course schedule accommodates those in full-time ministry.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Ministry, the successful student will:

  1. Value the communication of biblical truth and the commitment to Biblically based separation.
  2. Evidence the ability to research, write, preach, and counsel from a biblical perspective,
  3. Integrate effective philosophies and procedures that facilitate both worship and discipleship within a local church.
  4. Apply effective solutions for addressing complex issues within the realm of church administration and management.

Doctor of Ministry Chairman

Dr. Larry Ball
Dr. Larry BallDoctor of Ministry
Pastor Larry Ball’s involvement with IBCS began when he became the General Director of International Baptist Missions in 2010. In 2012, his involvement at the college increased when he accepted the role of Interim President while the Governing Board and Administration searched for a new President He continues to serve as the General Director of IBM and brings his passion for missions into our classrooms.


Program Rotation

Course # Name of Course Hours
PR 773 Advanced Sermonic Structures 2
PR 754 Church Growth 2
EN 720 Research and Writing 1
EN 820 Advanced Thesis Writing 1
EN 830 Dissertation Project* 4
 HI 733 History of Fundamentalism 2
 PR 783 Ministry Management 2
 PR 884 Biblical Leadership 2
 TH 824 Christian Apologetics 2
Approved Electives 14


*Two credits per semester enrolled in dissertation writing for up to two semesters.


Student Spotlight

Kevin Schaal

Kevin Schaal

“Kevin Schaal graduated from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. He then earned a Master of Divinity from Calvary Baptist Seminary of Lansdale, PA, in 1987, and a Doctor of Ministry from International Baptist College, Tempe, AZ, in 1995. He has served as the pastor of Northwest Valley Baptist Church since its beginning in 1987. The church’s mission outreach has planted five other churches, four in Arizona and one in Puebla, Mexico. Dr. Schaal sometimes teaches as an adjunct professor at colleges in the States and overseas. He also serves as an executive member and advisor on various ministry boards. Dr. Schaal and his wife Sandra have five children and two granddaughters.”

Your Future

Potential Careers Include:

  • Church Administrator
  • Chaplain
  • Evangelist
  • Missionary
  • Pastor

Ministry Focus

Tri-City Baptist Church and other local churches provide International Baptist College with a variety of opportunities to gain ministry experience. Music students can be personally mentored by an experienced music pastor while serving in a children’s choir, adult choir, or church orchestra. Tri-City Christian Academy’s large enrollment allows education majors to do their observation and student teaching on campus.