Pastors Deepening an Education

I will be directing a new and innovative Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program at Northern Seminary. This new DMin program is shaped to help pastors deepen their education and to provide an opportunity for them to explore how to impact the church at a new level.

Tell your pastor and pastors tell your pastor friends. The applications are now arriving and we are very excited to hear about the interest in the DMin in New Testament Context.

Here’s our announcement:

Northern is excited to announce a new Doctor of Ministry in New Testament Context.

“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

Joined by Dr. Joel Willitts, an expert on the New Testament, Dr. Scot McKnight, author of Jesus Creed and The King Jesus Gospel, is directing the program which 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 17 highly motivated students.

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 first New Testament Context cohort will begin in June 2014.  To be considered for admission, please complete the Doctor of Ministry application form by March 1, 2014.  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 highly 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 a $500 tuition 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, $50 application fee in order to be processed.

A Note from McKnight

I made a commitment some 15 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.

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!

Course Schedule

1.       Elective #1          Judaism as the New Testament Context                               Willitts      June 2014

2.       Core #1                 Becoming Drs of the Church                                                        Kent            Jan 2015                                                                                         

3.       Elective #2          Jesus in Context                                                                               McKnight    Jun or Jul 2015

4.       Core #2                 Biblical/Theological Methods                                                      Willitts  Jan 2016

5.       Elective #3          Apostles in Context                                                                        McKnight Jun or Jul 2016

6.       Elective #4          Context of the Holy Land (Trip to Israel)                               McKnight  Winter  2017

7.       Core #3                 Thesis Design                                                                                     Kent and Willitts  Jun  or Jul 2017

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 “How to Apply” page for program application instructions.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Ken Schenck

    I’m jealous. I think there is a market for this sort of DMin…

  • Brett

    Looks great. I’ll definitely be checking it out! Thanks for the heads up, Scot

  • Jon Hughes

    This looks like a great program and I hope to apply in the future once I have more Mdiv equivalency under my belt.


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