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The Doctor of Ministry degree program at Hartford Seminary stresses the reflective practice of ministry, that is, ministry grounded in a practical theology that grows out of an understanding of the social context in which it occurs. The program seeks to provide opportunities for broadened perspectives on ministry that come through the shared wisdom of diverse colleagues and faculty and study in a variety of disciplines.

Drawing on the tradition of “congregational studies” pioneered by the Seminary’s Hartford Institute for Religion Research, the program invites students who work in many different ministry settings – such as denominational agencies, religious orders, faith-based social service agencies, or chaplaincies, as well as congregations – to explore the human and cultural dynamics of ministry.

Recognizing that all ministry happens in a multifaith world, the program also provides the opportunity to engage in study with the faculty of the Seminary’s Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations.

Did you know?

One in five US adults was raised in an interfaith home.*

At Hartford Seminary we encourage students to engage in conversation with those of other faiths, as they deepen their own.

*Source: Pew Research Center, 2016

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