McCormick Theological Seminary’s DMin program is culturally attentive, context based, and values group learning. The program attends to the cultural needs of students who represent a variety of racial or ethnic groups by providing theological education that meets ministers’ unique needs and the needs of their own particular ministry context. To that end, students matriculate through the program in specialized cohorts.
Current DMin cohorts include:
- Long-Standing Cross-Cultural Cohort
McCormick’s longest standing cohort is the most diverse in the program – in terms of race and ethnicity, denominational affiliation, and place of vocation. These cohorts often include a mix of congregational pastors, hospital or prison chaplains, and leaders of a wide variety of religious organizations.
- Prophetic Leadership Cohort
McCormick’s newest cohort is designed for pastors and religious leaders who desire to empower their congregations and faith-based organizations to take a more prophetic stance and role in impacting positive change in their local neighborhoods and communities. The cohort explores how religious leaders and their faith communities may navigate corridors of power and engage civic leaders in a way that is at once effective and faithful.
- Korean American Cohort
Drawing on McCormick’s long history of providing theological education for doctor of ministry students in Korea, this cohort comprises Korean American pastors and religious leaders from Chicago and around the country who wish to study in a bilingual context.
- Apostolic Assembly Cohort
Originating through a partnership with the Apostolic Assembly of the Faith in Christ Jesus, this cohort serves students from the United States and Latin America who wish to work in Latin@ ministries and expand their theological studies in a bilingual context. Courses for the next cohort are currently being developed – please check back soon for more information!
- Wright Scholars Cohort
This one time cohort, begun in the fall of 2017, teaches religious leaders how to do ministry from an Afro-centric perspective. The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., pastor emeritus of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, teaches or co-teaches all of the courses, examining the Bible, history, ethics, and theology through the lens of African-descended peoples.