Here is a somewhat dated article by Don Carson on deciding what doctoral work to pursue that I came across on Rod Decker’s blog. He covers all the doctoral programs offered at TEDS but that can apply to any other situation. He could have explained the DMin program a bit better but here is a quote that impacted me:
The most strenuous degree program is the Doctor of Philosophy (or Doctor of Theology, in some institutions). I am deeply convinced we need more people with Ph.D.’s training for our pulpits. I’ve sometimes urged students to go to Cambridge University in England for a Ph.D in New Testament because I know Cambridge has several churches with first-class expositors-great models for students who become infected with a vision.
This type of training ( the Ph.D.) exposes you to literature and forces you to think your way through it. A work may attempt theological synthesis and evaluation or be a detailed work on a very narrow text. Ideally, it will train you to think. And God knows we need people who think in pastoral ministry – though many of these graduates become teachers.
I have felt this way too – that more churches need pastors with PhD’s and not folks who just get their “significant ministry experience” in and then head off to a seminary or college/univeristy somewhere to teach. Perhaps they can teach on the side or teach right there in their own congregations! Wouldn’t that be something? But then again in the current “me” generation that might be too much, you know, having to deal with all the “sheeple” on a daily and weekly basis instead of hiding out in a library somehwere with our noses in a book! I know God calls many to be professors and to worship God through their research and writing and teaching, but where are the many PhD’s God has called to lead congregations? (especially in the fellowship I am apart of)
edit: see Doug’s post about someone who thinks Bible College is unscriptural
HT: Rod Decker
se here too for more thoughts on pastors and doctoral work. e