Doctor of Ministry: 

Seeking Sabbath

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Humans have created such a loud, fast tempo of perfection and production that we often forget—if we ever knew it at all—the rhythms designed for our well-being.
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- April Fiet

From The Sacred Pulse

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Sabbath is the gift designed by God to give us rest and renewal amid a frantic world. God knows we need it! Yet Christians have largely lost touch with this important part of our spiritual heritage. Even those who say we “keep Sabbath” are often unaware of its potential for re-forming our walk with God, others, and all creation.

In this cohort, we’ll explore what it means to celebrate Sabbath. Through study, practice, writing, and celebration, we will “seek Sabbath” together. 

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Before joining Western’s faculty in 1994, Dr. Carol Bechtel taught at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia.

She has also served as a teaching fellow at Yale Divinity School and as interim pastor of Turn of River Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Dr. Bechtel preaches and teaches widely and is a General Synod Professor of Theology in the Reformed Church in America. She served as President of the RCA’s General Synod from 2009-2010. She also serves as the Executive Director of the American Waldensian Society.

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 by June 1, 2024, and all applicants will receive written and email notifications. 

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

  • Fall 2024: October 21-25, 2024    

  • Spring 2025: May 19-23, 2025    

  • Fall 2025: October (exact dates TBA)    

  • Spring 2026: May (exact dates TBA)    

  • Fall 2026: October (exact dates TBA)    

  • Spring 2027: April (exact dates TBA) 

Pastor Mike Gorr
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What was helpful early on was the sense of community and family that this cohort was to one another...That sense of being loved right where you were, especially as I was wrestling with all sorts of feelings that I didn’t measure up as a church planter and pastor.
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- Pastor Mike Gorr

Class of 2021