Doctor of Ministry tracks for campus ministry and ministry with the poor

July 12, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC (WTS) – Wesley Theological Seminary announces the approaching application deadline of October 1 for two unique Doctor of Ministry tracks beginning in Washington, DC in January 2008 – “Campus Ministries” and “Wesley and the Poor.”


“Campus Ministries” is designed for those called to ministry on a college or university campus. Unique challenges are named and studied such as working in the shadow of secular science, witnessing in a pluralistic environment, meeting the respective needs of traditional and non-traditional students, connecting with local congregations, and establishing long-term financial support for ministry. Through high-energy seminars and innovative projects, faculty and participants will discover solutions and create best practices for campus ministry in coming decades.


Recent nationwide surveys show that nine in ten Americans want churches to be more active in ministry to and with the poor, and eight in ten want churches to be more active in giving poor people a voice in public affairs and addressing the roots of poverty. “Wesley and the Poor” addresses that call by helping church leaders stand in the heritage of John Wesley with renewed vision and tools for leading the church in ministry to and with the poor.


Other upcoming Doctor of Ministry tracks at Wesley include “Life Together: Spirituality for Transforming Community” and “Making Disciples: Theological Foundations and Best Practices” beginning in May 2008 and “Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling” and “Arts and Theology” beginning January 2009.


“The Doctor of Ministry program is a natural continuing education step for dedicated clergy who want to pursue focused study,” said Dr. Lew Parks, Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. “Beyond earning the degree, Doctor of Ministry graduates function as resource persons for the local and regional church.”


Applications are being accepted through October 1, 2007. Details are available at, and program questions can be directed to Dr. Lew Parks at or (202) 885-6481.


For application materials and information, contact the Office of Admissions at Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20016. Admissions may be reached by phone at (202) 885-8659 or (800) 882-4987 or by email: