Welcome to ADME

Enhance your leadership

Barney Wells

“I have been blessed personally and professionally by this group.”

Since I became a member of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME) eleven years ago, I have been blessed personally and professionally by the group.

The ADME Executive Board is committed to raising the standard of DMin education among Association of Theological Schools (ATS) accredited schools by providing a number of DMin specific opportunities for our members.


Here are some of the key benefits of membership:


– ADME is the only professional association for theological education that holds affiliate membership with ATS in the United States and Canada.

– ADME hosts an annual conference each Spring, designed to address issues pertinent to DMin programs and their directors, with an aim to sharing and improving best practices in all member programs.


– The Journal of Christian Ministry is ADME’s annual publication. The journal provides both a forum for theological reflection in the training for and practice of Christian ministry at the highest level as well as an opportunity for members to publish peer-reviewed articles and book book reviews.


– Because of our strategic partnership with ATS, ADME members have regular opportunities to consult with accreditation experts in relation to the formation and revision of the DMin degree program standards.

Perhaps more than anything else, the members of ADME understand what a DMin director does. There are about 200 people in North America who do what DMin directors do, and ADME members want to help each other do it better


We hope you will join us to make all our programs better.

Barney Wells, President of ADME
Academic Dean and DMin Director
Lincoln Christian Seminary
Lincoln, IL


ATS schools that offer DMin


Countries combined students represented


DMin Completions for Fall 2017


Students pursuing their DMin degree (FA17 ATS)



“Let’s Strengthen DMin education together.”

The Association for Doctor of Ministry Education (ADME) was established to cultivate discussion, research, and the interchange of information regarding DMin programs with the intent of strengthening them and advancing DMin concerns in theological education by:


1) Encouraging students to think deeply in order to minister effectively;


2) Facilitating collaboration among DMin programs regarding best practices;


3) Creating venues for thoughtful and scholarly discussion of contemporary ministry issues and concerns;

4) Developing consensus in excellence for DMin education;


5) Providing venues for mutual support among DMin directors; and


6) Promoting the DMin degree as an essential contribution to theological education.


All these purposes are pursued in regular dialogue with The Association of Theological Schools. 


ADME holds affiliate status with The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

If you are a DMin dean, director, associate director or serve in other related educational leadership capacities we invite you to consider partnering with ADME.

Kurt Fredrickson, Vice President of ADME
Associate Dean for the Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Fuller Theological Seminary