The Sacred Art 

of Writing

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This Doctor of Ministry cohort will invite established and emerging writers in multiple genres and contexts (those in traditional ministry and those whose work and writing move them into broader arenas of service) to think deeply, theologically, and artfully about their work. 

As people whose very life arrives from the Word, Christians ought to be those with the deepest reverence for language. Yet, too often, our writing is stilted, banal, cliched, moralistic, and bereft of the beauty and care our craft requires. If we are dealing with holy work simultaneously immersed in gritty humanity and divine transcendence, then our writing ought to carry a haunting lilt while piercing the heart and the mind. The Sacred Art of Writing aims to walk with students into this joyful, sacred calling.  

The DMin is a ministry degree that uniquely seeks to form people in lives of service to God, the church, and the world. As such, the Sacred Art of Writing program is distinct from an MFA. We will tend to matters of craft as one essential thread but also to theological and spiritual themes inherent in this vocation and essential for the writer's life and soul. 

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  • Hold a Masters Degree
  • Able to articulate a theological undergirding for their calling to the writing craft 
  • Able to articulate their writing works in service to the church and God’s world. 

Candidates will offer writing samples to demonstrate appropriate experience and competency. 

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A pastor for 28 years and the founding pastor of All Souls (Charlottesville, VA), Winn is the director of the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Imagination at WTS. 

Winn is the author of Restless Faith: Hanging on to a God Just Out of Reach; Let God: Spiritual Conversations with François Fénelon; Holy Curiosity: Encountering Jesus’ Provocative Questions; Love Big, Be Well: Letters to a Small Town Church and A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson. 

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This Doctor of Ministry Cohort is offered through the Eugene Peterson Center for Christian Imagination. 

The Doctor of Ministry Application includes:

  • Three recommendation forms
  • One letter of ecclesial endorsement
  • Two personal statements
  • One academic writing sample
  • Official Transcripts from previous educational institutions

Final admissions decisions will be made in July 2024, and all applicants will receive written and email notifications. 

If you have questions about your application, contact our admissions team at

  • October 7 - 11, 2024 | Holland, MI
  • April 2025 | Holland, MI
  • September/October 2024 | Ireland and/or UK Literary Tour
  • April 2026 | Holland, MI
  • October 2026 | Writing Retreat 
  • April 2027 | Holland, MI