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Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry and leadership in the church and other public settings. The D.Min. offers opportunities for professional, spiritual, intellectual, and personal growth through the sound academic study of theology, careful contextual analysis, and deepened engagement with the Spirit in the world. In a community of co-learners, the D.Min. helps practitioners engage the complex issues they face every day by developing capacities for theological reflection, creative leadership, and critical awareness of the important issues that demand prophetic witness. The degree is suitable for pastors, chaplains, educators, and leaders of faith-based agencies.

The Doctor of Ministry is completed in 27 credit hours consisting of 8 courses and a professional ministry project. Core and elective courses are normally offered in one-week intensives during October and May (2 D.Min. courses are offered over a two-week period in the May term) to allow persons who work fulltime to attend. All instruction takes place on the Brite campus at TCU in Fort Worth although engagement with instructors, classmates, and course material is required prior to and after times on campus.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Department Staff Profile:

Timothy H. Robinson

Alberta H. and Harold L. Lunger Associate Professor of Spiritual Disciples and Resources


Phone: 817-257-7598


Timothy Robinson joined the Brite faculty in 2006. His research and teaching interests include the history of Christian spirituality, mysticism, ecotheology, the intersections of spirituality and social engagement—especially ecological and environmental justice—, and spiritual direction. As a theological educator he draws on the contemplative and liturgical traditions and practices of Christianity, contemporary theology, and environmental philosophy to explore with students questions of human becoming, the nature of religious experience, the Sacred in everyday life, and planetary justice. Prior to his service at Brite, he served as pastor or associate pastor to congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, KY, San Lorenzo, CA, Olathe, KS, and Lynchburg, VA.


  • Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2006

  • M.Div., Emmanuel School of Religion, 1993

  • Certificate in Urban Ministry, Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago, 1990

  • Milligan College, B.A., Milligan College, 1987

Courses Taught:

  • Spiritual Life and Leadership

  • Ecojustice and Spirituality

  • Transforming Practices: Spirituality, Leadership, and Justice

  • Howard Thurman: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice

  • The Song of Songs in the History of Christian Spirituality

  • The Practice of Spiritual Direction

  • Christian Worship

  • Thinking Theologically About Climate Justice

  • Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics: The History of Christian Spirituality

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Religion

  • Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

  • Green Seminary Initiative (member of the steering committee, 2007-present)

  • Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion

  • Spiritual Directors International

Select Publications:

  • A Companion to the Song of Songs in Christian Spirituality, editor. Leiden: Brill Publishing, 2021

  • The Reverend Edward Taylor’s Sacramental Meditations on the Song of Songs: The Erotic Devotion of an American Puritan. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2012.

  • Spirit and Nature: The Study of Christian Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2011.