Doctorate 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. Rodney Reeves, a former pastor and now a professor of the New Testament and author of a number of books, and others (names will be announced), I will be guiding again this program that 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 highly motivated students. The first cohort is now entering into the thesis project stage and they have been an impressive, impressive group. Their cohort experience has been their highlight. 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

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for admission, please complete the Doctor of Ministry application form.  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 a cohort. 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 Master of Divinity or its educational equivalent is required in order to enroll in the DMin program.

A Note from Scot 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

The courses meet in January and summer of each year. A course/class meets for one week long intensive, five days per week, beginning on Monday at 9 a.m. and ending on Friday around noon. This is a wonderful format for DMin study and it allows you to focus for about 5-6 months on each course.

Essay Questions for Application


All applicants interested in the DMin in New Testament Context must select one of the following essay topics:

1. What distinctive elements in the Christian faith are derived from the Jewishness of Jesus and the Jewishness of Paul?

2. Explain the importance of the complex factors at work in the historical context for understanding Jesus, Paul, or Peter.

3. How does the Jewishness of Jesus, Paul, and Peter impact one major theme in his thinking?

Essays, must be five pages, typed, double spaced. Develop an academic paper through which you identify and defend how you would form a biblical, theological, and ecclesial approach. Identify, utilize, and properly cite a minimum of three scholarly academic references.


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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