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Author Guidelines

We invite submissions of original research/writing on issues related to Doctor of Ministry education and the practice of ministry. To be considered, articles will fall within one of the following categories:

a. the practice of ministry
b. spiritual formation
c. andragogy
d. program administration

Contributors do not need to be members of ADME. Manuscripts should not have been published elsewhere unless specifically approved by the editor. In matters of format, submissions should follow the latest edition of A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, by Kate L. Turabian. Please use footnotes where appropriate.

The preferred length of articles is between 2,500 and 6,000 words. Contributors should send their submissions to the editor ( as Word documents. The author's name, address, and e-mail address should appear only on a cover sheet for the article. Authors should also include an abstract of the article (100 words or less). Before acceptance, submissions will be ";;;;;;;;;;;;;;masked";;;;;;;;;;;;;; reviewed by appropriate referees. If accepted for publication, we reserve the right to edit for usage and style..

Types of articles desired include the following:

  • Research articles:
o Theological/Philosophical foundations and issues impacting educational and ministry practice
o Historical perspectives on adult education that shed light on current issues in education and/or ministry
o Empirical research that furthers our understanding of sound practice
  • Teaching/Preparing people for effective ministry
  • Effective models of education and/or ministry
  • Assessment of congregational/parachurch ministry trends and needs
  • Cultural analysis with implications for educational practice
  • Response/Dialogue with issues or ideas in the broader field of religious education
  • Reviews of contemporary ministry models in schools, churches and/or parachurch organizations
  • Professional reviews of research, with implications for educational ministry or teaching
  • An extended summary of an outstanding D.Min thesis-project that has been recently completed


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The content of the article is clearly relevant to Doctor of Ministry directors, administrators, faculty and/or ministry practitioners.
  2. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  3. The article presents a clear idea and develops the idea in a logical and coherent manner.
  4. The article is well supported with academically credible evidence.
  5. The position/perspective of the article encourages theological reflection and integration.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.
  7. The article is respectful of readers within the broader Christian community.
  8. The article demonstrates both a significant breadth and depth of understanding of the issues it addresses.
  9. The article explores its topic in new ways. It makes a genuine contribution to our understanding, not just reviewing or rehashing things that have been addressed in other publications.
  10. The article presents a position/perspective compatible with Christian theological traditions.
  11. The article treats other positions in a fair and respectful manner.
  12. The author develops reasonable implications for educational and/or ministry practice. We want to see how the issues addressed in the article make a difference for those seeking to carry out their ministries well. This is a critical part of each article!
  13. The writing style of the article communicates well to the journal audience (D.Min directors, administrators, faculty, students and thoughtful ministry practitioners.)
  14. The article employs gender inclusive language.
  15. The subject of the article is compatible with the theme of an upcoming edition of The Journal of Christian Ministry.
  16. The submission file is in Microsoft Word.
  17. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  18. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  19. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

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