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Doctor of Ministry

BST’s newly revised Competency Based Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program puts the student in the driver’s seat. Doctoral students, working with expert faculty mentors, will customize their programs to gain credit for life experience while developing a variety of pedagogical methods to achieve mastery of core required competencies. Through BST’s DMin program students will have access to the rich academic resources of the Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley.

Mentors and Partners

From Anyplace At Any Time

Culturally Responsive Themes

Achieving Mastery

Cohort Themes

These thematic categories address some of the most significant social and cultural shifts experienced by congregations and other faith-based organizations in our world today. Each theme is supported by a team of faculty mentors.

Racism/Prison Renewal/Reparations

This theme will address the following topics of concern to historically Black and Latino congregations: racism, reparations, police violence, prison, returning citizens, recidivism, ICE detention, and deportation.
Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins

Preaching Social Justice

Our congregations are concerned about and relate to nearly every social justice issue raised today. We work with select congregations for whom the tradition of preaching is vital for educating and motivating for social justice.
Dr. Jacqueline Thompson, Dr. Sangyil Park

Creation Care/Greening the Church

BST partners with Green the Church, a national environmental advocacy ministry, to engage churches and other communities on one of the most critical issues of our time: the survival of the planet. Spiritual, biblical, and moral grounding on matters of the environment, food security, and the care of creation are key to the spiritual renewal of the next generation.
Dr. Ambrose Carroll, Dr. James Brenneman

Pastoral Care/Spiritual Formation
(Korean Language)

In our work with the Korean community we have become aware of the heightened interest in Pastoral Care, Spirituality, and Spiritual Formation. We will address this thematic emphasis in the Korean language.
Dr. Daesop Yi, Dr. Sangyil Park

Pastoral Care for Immigrant Churches

Immigrant populations and churches are growing in the US.  This cohort will train immigrant pastors and active lay leaders in creating sustainable ministries for immigrant congregations.
Dr. Marie Onwubuariri, Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher

Pastoral Care/Spiritual Formation
(English Language)

Gain Credit for CPE Training toward the completion of a DMin degree; Develop spiritual formation programs for your faith community.
Dr. Rick Mixon

Womanist/Feminist Gospel

Students enrolled in this theme will be equipped to engage in robust interdisciplinary and intersectional analysis of issues facing communities of faith as they are shaped by gender, class, race, and other social forces.
Dr. Valerie Miles-Tribble

Ministerial Training for Latinx Churches
(Spanish Language)

Leaders of the Latino churches in the Bay Area are theologically untrained and the congregants, many of them immigrants, have low levels of education. In addition to our BA-Equivalency program in Spanish, we help congregations to thrive in ministerial and congregation-wide education, also in Spanish.
Dr. Pedro Pablo Morataya, Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher


Year 1

  • Two five-day core intensives—orientation & updates on Bible and Theology
  • Small cohort-based thematic mentor sessions

Year 2

  • One five-day intensive on “Writing the Dissertation”
  • Small cohort-based writing workshops

Year 3

  • Fine tuning the dissertation (cohort mentor meetings as needed)
  • Oral Defense
  • Graduation


  • Master of Divinity or equivalent from accredited seminary or university

Competency-Based Education

Competency-based education provides opportunity for individuals to move at their own pace, and also quickly through portions of the academic programs for which they already have considerable background and experience.

  • Especially attractive to bi-vocational ministers and lay leaders
  • Use a variety of means for evidencing competency in designated areas
  • Opportunity for students to save time and money
  • Form meaningful relationships with mentors that contribute to skill development and ministerial formation

One of the Most Interculturally Diverse Seminaries in the Country

Since our founding 150 years ago, the core values of soul freedom, service leadership, social justice, public witness, religious liberty, and the centrality of the Word (written and spoken) still guide and sustain BST to this day. These Jesus-centered values, rooted in our inclusive inter-cultural heritage, have made BST an attractive school for students of many faith and denominational affiliations.

Here you will truly enter a spiritual “world-house” of teaching and learning, with a world-class faculty and students from every habitable continent on earth.