Doctor of Ministry in Contextual Theology

Forming pastors to lead churches into Mission

Led by Dr. David Fitch, author of The Great Giveaway, The End of Evangelicalism?, and Faithful Presence, and joined by leading Missional church thinkers and practitioners, including Dr. Bob Price, Dr. Alan Roxburgh, and Dr. Scot McKnight, the DMin in Contextual Theology provides a theological, practical, and academic framework for pastors and congregational leaders to think critically, creatively, and faithfully about ministry in their context. The cohort is limited to fifteen highly motivated students.  The current cost of the DMin in Contextual Theology is $19,900.  

Northern has worked creatively to provide this quality program at a low price and to enable students to pay for the program on a monthly basis throughout the duration of the program.

We have a world class list of Doctoral thesis supervisors from around the United States and Canada. If you’d like the list, e-mail Director David Fitch.

See course descriptions for the DMin in Contextual Theology.


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  • Content aimed at shifting outdated congregational paradigms

  • Practical application of Missional theology, knowledge, and skills

  • Involvement in an action-reflection process designed to review character, ministry call, and direction

  • Conversations and courses with  three of the leading voices in Missional church ministry

Specialized Courses

  • Missional Ecclesiology

  • The Bible in Context: Gospel, Kingdom, and Salvation

  • Missional Leadership

  • Incarnating the Gospel in Culture

  • Biblical and Theological Reflection in Ministry and Culture


Northern offers two types of DMin programs with specialized emphases available in each. In the Cohort program, there are emphases in New Testament ContextChristian Community DevelopmentContextual TheologyTransformative Discipleship, and Preaching.

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