Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry

doctor of ministry (dmin) in Rural Ministry and Community Development

The Saskatoon Theological Union, with the guidance and support of CiRCLe M, is offering this accredited graduate degree in a cohort-based, distance-education format.

(click here for a listing of course descriptions) (click here for upcoming courses)

This 3-year Doctor of Ministry degree program aims to help rural ministers lead their congregations in more effective engagement with their communities.   The program is interdisciplinary and will be drawing on resources and teachers from theology, rural sociology, rural health care and other disciplines.

Each cohort of students will meet together for three, one-week periods each year to do an intensive course. In the third year students who elect to do a thesis will work on that while the rest will take two more courses. The cohort will graduate together at the end of the three years. 

  • If you have a master's level degree in theology and are interested in honing your skills in rural ministry and community development this is for you. 
  • The program is open to anyone in any denomination or faith group.
  • The emphasis in this degree is on working out of your context. So students’ employers (congregations, judicatories or agencies) must agree in writing to release and support their church worker for the periods of time during each year needed for the study. And of course the study will directly benefit, not just the ministers but the ministry sites. 
  • Open this document for a look at how this program might benefit your congregation and community. 
  • Open DMin Manual (PDF)
  • Open DMin Course Requirements


For more information contact:

DMin Director: dmin.director@usask.ca; Phone: 306-966-8943


About the photo (above):

Awarding of 19 Diplomas in Indigenous Anglican Theology at the 2008 Convocation of The University of Emmanuel College-College of Emmanuel and St. Chad in partnership with the Dr. William Winter School of Ministry in the Diocese of Keewatin.